Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
Unless you're one of the lucky humans who can age backwards, your body needs regular maintenance if it's to last. That's why the skilled aestheticians at Dolce Vita Day Spa keep the mind and body tuned up with rejuvenating and beautifying body treatments. Clients can opt for voluminous lash extensions or retreat to a private room for Swedish or hot-stone bodywork from licensed massage therapist Justyna Gomula.
Diversified Touch Massage brings soothing massage therapy into the offices of local businesses and welcomes guests onto its studio’s massage tables. With Diversified’s mobile services, therapists station chair massages inside the nerve centers of such businesses and government agencies as ComEd, AT&T, the CTA, the Chicago Police Department, Blue Plate Catering, Griffith Laboratories, and various schools, easing muscle aches and tension. Diversified Touch Massage also offers a cocktail of massage services at its studio, practicing a blend of deep-tissue, sports, Swedish, and prenatal techniques.
At 7 Days Spa, nail techs pamper hands and feet with the Ultimate Angel spa mani-pedi, a beautification session that takes about 80 minutes and includes a soothing massage and sea salt scrub. But clients can also opt for treatments that get them in and out the door quickly such as mini manicures and pedicures. When they aren't painting nails with OPI, Essie, and China Glaze polishes, staffers wax away unwanted hair, a much more effective tactic than giving your upper lip a stern talking-to.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is devoted to providing upscale salon and spa services in a low-key, unpretentious environment. The skilled and attentive staff waits in the wings to take you by the hand, foot, or head-growth and ply your surface areas with beautifying treatments. The mani-pedi, which lasts around 45–60 minutes, includes a variety of skin-rejuvenating vitamins, organic oils, and botanical extracts. All products used are 100% natural, with nail polish from OPI for gleaming and glittering finger helmets and toe shells. Alternatively, a Brazilian blowout lasts about 90 American minutes; a skilled stylist will administer the professional, harsh-chemical-free smoothing treatment to transform frayed head threads into a mane of finely woven silk, eliminating frizziness and damage and improving hair health. After the treatment, the hair can still be worn wavy or curly, but will also dry smooth in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. Results last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance, and after that the treatment simply washes away, returning hair to normal. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.