Beautiful Image Cosmetology College is devoted to the dual mission of educating future beauty-industry professionals and providing clients with a slew of salon and spa services. Under the auspices of a licensed cosmetology teacher, students undertake state-approved curricula, including a 1,500-hour cosmetology program and a 350-hour nail-technician program. Clients reap the benefits, enjoying manicures, pedicures, facials, and other treatments while students earn their credentials.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Robin Kroupa relaxes and uplifts weary bodies with eight available massage modalities. Essential oils in the aromatherapy massage promote natural healing, aim to strengthen the body's defenses, and make breakfast in bed as tightly wound muscles succumb to soothing strokes and gentle kneads. Sports massage helps athletes perform better by providing a deeper focus on specific areas and applying direct pressure to tight muscles, and energy-balancing massage employs the frequencies of tuning forks to open energy channels and help bodies say "ahhh" in the proper pitch. Clients can find full relaxation while fully clothed during the Thai massage, which rhythmically stretches bodies while working on breathing techniques.
Team Blonde's artisanal jewelry and eco-friendly spa have earned it the accolades of media outlets from the Chicago Tribune to Chicago magazine. Aspiring bling-crafters dive into a hodge-podge of luminous beads, semiprecious stones, and silver cheerios to design a custom-fitting bracelet or three pairs of earrings. As a jeweler fits the gem caddies with the necessary clasps and wires, erstwhile designers can chat amicably in the homey brick-fronted boutique and studio.
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.
The staff at The Holistic BodyLab works to maintain long-term health with natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments. Led by in-house medical director, Dr. Joseph Maides, and natural medicine doctor, Kevin Gill, they blend spa treatments, such as facials, with holistic treatments, such as massage, in order to revivify bodies both inside and out. This mix of modern medicine and age-old spa treatments aims to both soothe and heal, just like all those old lullabies about mockingbirds curing babies' tension headaches.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.