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.
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.
For more than 30 years, Phaze One Day Spa has welcomed clients into its space for everything from haircuts to full-body massages. Guests can peruse a collection of scarves and jewelry as they wait for their appointment with the hairstylist, or they can take a gander at the selection of OPI nail polishes for their upcoming manicure, pedicure, or polish-wrestling event. Beyond the main floor, soft lighting blankets the spa’s private treatment rooms, creating a relaxing oasis for a wax, Swedish massage, or custom facial fortified by Murad skincare products.
As a skilled stylist chops sleek layers into a head of hair, a network of hanging spotlights illuminates the stylist's work as well as the salon's suede furniture and polished wood floors. Decorative mirrors further add dimension to the space, framing clients' results after stylists rewire their tresses with products by Paul Mitchell or Brocato. Since opening the salon in 1999, owners and stylists Julie Compton and Joanne Lane have made it their mission to offer clients a respite from life's chaotic moments by tailoring hair services to each person's distinct needs. The salon also offers an array of special-occasion treatments such as the Clean Me Up face wax and the Be Strong hair-conditioning treatment, which compliments the size of your biceps while fortifying your hair.
As part of the Aveda network, Persuasive Looks Salon infuses treatments for skin and hair with largely organic, botanically based formulas. Guided by a commitment to environmental responsibility and ayurvedic principles, Aveda products are principally derived from essential oils and raw herbs, at least 80% of which are certified organic. The salon's licensed skin therapists not only revitalize complexions with Aveda tonics and rapid smiling drills, but kick off every session with an Aveda Elemental Nature skin analysis that informs the creation of a custom treatment.
Stylists also use the brand's formulas as part of their arsenal for complete hair overhaul, which includes extensions and both Japanese and keratin straightening systems. Cosmetologists also offer Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions and makeup application classes so their clients may hold onto and cultivate their look. The airy, 2,900-square-foot facility is located within an hour of Chicago by car and about two hours by inner tube.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.