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On weekends, Salon G's team of stylists and aestheticians often arrives well before the business technically opens. That’s because they’re there to prep bridal parties for their big race down the aisle. They sculpt nails on everybody, create updo's for bridesmaids, and design the bride's complete hairstyle, including the look and placement of the veil.

It's not just brides who benefit from the stylists' expertise, however. The hair designers spend most of their time creating manageable, everyday looks for clients. To accent these designer cuts, they often add highlights or, for men, condition and trim beards. They keep some heavy-duty treatments in their arsenal as well. Depending on the desired look, they might install natural hair extensions or apply keratin treatments to eliminate frizz and unwanted comparisons to Phil Spector.

275 Evergreen Dr
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

Operating out of Glamour Salon and Spa, stylist Stephanie Hall beautifies clients with haircuts, styling, and salon services. Her keratin treatments imbue hair with shine and smoothness.

60 W Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove,
IL
US

With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.

654 Waukegan Rd
Glenview,
IL
US

Scruples Salon & Spa oozes luxury, from its chic atmosphere to its body-coddling services. In this elegant space, soothingly adorned with orchids and pale leather sofas, skilled stylists and aestheticians take care of clients from head to toe. They offer trendsetting haircuts, coloring services, and updos to customers relaxing in massage chairs, along with spa mani-pedis, soothing facials, and waxing. Everything from body wraps and exfoliation treatments to eyelash tinting and massage therapy is available at this full-service salon and beauty center, and the calming and quiet vibe enhances the experience.

1344 Patriot Blvd
Glenview,
IL
US

The staff at Spa Soma treats clients with a varied menu of aesthetic, weight-loss, and medical beauty services. They work to pair a gentle, warm environment with high-quality medical treatments, such as laser hair removal. They also offer seven different types of massage, dispelling the notion that beauty procedures backed by scientific research must be performed in a cold, sterile environment devoid of human life. These effective treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectables, and dermal fillers, which reduce telltale signs of age, such as wrinkles or tattoos written in Sanskrit.

A full-service salon complements the center's aesthetic medical services. Here, staff members perform customized haircuts and clip nails during express and spa mani-pedis.

303 North Rand Road
Lake Zurich,
IL
US

The House of Blonde team is passionate about enhancing their clients' hair with color–and not just locks that are blonde or soon-to-be-blonde. These experienced and licensed stylists work their magic on all hair types and colors using products from brands such as Redken and Pureology. At their salon, guests can get fashion-forward haircuts and smoothing Keratin treatments, along with extensions and highlights. There's also nail, waxing, and makeup services, so clients can get beautified with no-chip pedicures, extra-thick eyelash extensions, or eyebrows perfectly sculpted to look like tiny replicas of the Gateway Arch.

1822 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights,
IL
US