Hanging from Sanctuary 7’s walls are words such as “dream,” “love,” and “laugh.” These words exemplify the spirit of the upbeat staffers, who love to impart inspiration and happiness through transformative beauty treatments. In semiprivate rooms awash in natural light, stylists sculpt hair into new ’dos and nail techs turn nails into colorful vehicles for self-expression. In another room, a massage therapist works away sinewy knots with long, slow strokes as a stone fountain trickles, burning candles emit fragrant aromas, and sparrows play miniature violins.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
In 2006, the staff at Ms Nails began decorating nails with brightly-colored polish. Since then, they've moved to a downtown Valparaiso location, expanded their team of nail techs to include a massage therapist, started to provide hair services, and built upon their service menu to incorporate CND shellac manicures, facials, and massages. One can only assume that their continued growth will manifest itself in the hiring of a mascot shaped like a giant nail file, though these rumors have no basis in reality.
Salon Diva's staffers cater to practically every beauty need, offering hair- and nailcare alongside waxing and makeup applications. And thanks to a newly minted partnership with The Cinnamon Tree, they've expanded their pampering services. Now customers can enjoy relaxing massages—including therapeutic, hot stone, and deep tissue—as well as a selection of facials.
The Lather Lounge is a Paul Mitchell–focus salon that creates an atmosphere which allows clients to look and feel their best with a menu of indulgent hair services. Before opening her own salon, Lynn Griglin spent 2.5 years honing mane-management skills at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago, before working as an educator for Paul Mitchell, where she trained fellow stylists in the art of hair chromatics. Her equally dedicated staffers conjure pleasant visits by providing two complimentary services of the client's choice, such as a steam facial or neck massage, with each haircut, waxing, or skin treatment. In addition to snipping signature 'dos and shaping eyebrows into elegant arches or intimidating lightening bolts, The Lather Lounge contributes to several charitable causes, including cancer research and an organization that uses hair clippings to clean up oil spills.
Unlike your social security number, you can change your hair color. That's the view at Nina's Salon & Day Spa, where a skilled staff specializes in both corrective color services and the application of fresh, vibrant hues. They provide on-trend cuts, too, and can adjust tresses' texture with perms, relaxers, or keratin straightening treatments. Working below the hairline, the beauty experts soothe clients with facials and massages, and treat fingers to manicures with regular or chip-resistant shellac polish.