Kathie Lauer, hair-coloring specialist and owner of Before & After Salon and Spa, oversees a staff of stylists, barbers, and master nail technicians. This talented team favors Moroccanoil products, which they use during haircuts, coloring, and styling, along with Matrix coloring products. They also offer chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing. Skincare specialists tend to the body with waxing and brow shaping, and the nail tech dotes upon nails with manicures and pedicures.
Using the Apogee Elite laser system, Cosmedic Laser Spas' techs accommodate both light and dark skin types during laser hair-removal and skin treatments. The laser delivers pulses of light to destroy hair follicles at their root, and also skims skin terrain to erase signs of aging, including age and sun spots. Aestheticians further beautify façades by buffing away fine lines, blemishes, and smeared handprints with microdermabrasion treatments.
Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
From fuchsia hair coloring to elaborate updos, Fushia LeFlair proves that the name High Power Hair is no idle boast. Dedicated to creating eye-catching coiffures, her studio can style hair to match the glitziest outfits for nights on the town or undercover stints as a boutique mannequin. More sedate cuts suit those looking for day-to-day elegance while extensions lengthen locks with aplomb.
The hairstylists at SuperStar Styling Studio aren't celebrities, but they do know how to make each of their clients feel like one. Between bright red walls, clients cozy into leather cutting chairs as stylists who specialize in African-American hair expertly relax, deep condition, razor cut, and press tresses into style-complementing 'dos. Looks are also transformed with quick weaves, which cover locks with a partial wig, and sew-in extensions add immediate volume and length for a natural look that can even trick your long-haired twin into thinking you are her.