Seven levels of UV beds populate the private tanning rooms of Unlimited Tan?s numerous Chicagoland locations and join forces with automated spray-tanning booths to forge a war against wintry pallor. Tanning equipment tiers build upon basic level lamps to include extras such as high-pressure bulbs, aromatherapy, and cooling mists designed to keep clients comfortable and make it easier to maintain their hue over time. For the UV averse, spray-tanning booths send automated jets of pigment misting over bodies in 60 seconds, with the full, streak-free results gradually developing across 24 hours, like a whirlwind romance between sloths. Each of the salons also stocks a full supply of lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty, which works to protect skin and enhance the life of any tan.
For founder Brandi Kirk, the creation of a facility that promotes mental and physical well-being for its visitors represents the realization of her life's dream. Kirk Center for Healthy Living accomplishes this dream by employing physical therapists that specialize in treating pelvic complications for men and women. Additionally, the facility helps to keep minds and bodies fit by hosting yoga and Pilates classes for students seeking a guided workout in a small-group setting.
Specialists in massage and reflexology—including Andrea Carli, who promotes healthy organ and gland function throughout the body by manipulating reflex points on the hands and feet—employ a number of soothing and therapeutic modalities as they gingerly relieve stress-laden musculature with the confidence of Warren Buffett during a game of Monopoly.
The staffers at Jean Marie Salon believe that the journey toward beauty should be a relaxing one, and that is evident in each of their treatments. They let clients pick an Aveda Essentials aroma before every mani-pedi, which includes a massage enhanced by a custom hydrating lotion. They also welcome clients onto their tables for soothing hot-stone massages and reflexology treatments. A sense of leisure and escape pervades the salon and spa, where even haircuts and coloring treatments include aroma-infused heated towels and scalp, hand, and arm massages to keep clients from repeatedly waving at their own reflection.
Stylist KTP’s passion for hair has only increased over almost a decade in the industry. In that short window of time, she has earned the status of colour educator from TIGI, had her styling work published in magazines, and participated in Fashion’s Night Out. Of course, she funnels most of her time and zeal into KTP Reflection, where she cuts, styles, and colors hair in a way that reflects her clients’ personalities. She’s added teaching to her repertoire as well; the classes she leads cover topics such as salon-style blowouts, evening-makeup applications, and human-makeup applications for former clowns attempting to assimilate.