Despite a long list of beautifying hair services and soothing massages, the most important sense at C'zar Salon-Spa is not sight or touch, but smell. Stemming from natural Aveda products, aromas drift throughout the space, tinting the air with rosemary, peppermint, and lavender scents that evoke pastoral scenes pulled straight out of the organic farms on which many of their ingredients grew. The Stress-Fix line of lotions—whose fragrances help to reduce anxiety—cloaks hands and feet in sage during specialty mani-pedis, and customized blends of essential oils augment Elemental Nature massages and facials.
Plants play a role in even the most detailed procedures at C'zar Salon-Spa. Flowers contribute extracts to the salon's cosmetics, and Nufree hair-removal formulas provide a botanical alternative to wax that's more gentle than tweezing with a venus flytrap. Although they don't incorporate leafy greens, wellness treatments such as acupuncture and cupping strive to round out makeovers by goading the body’s healing processes. For special events, the staff can accommodate groups inside the calming venue or transport their perfumed practices to a specified location.
As he reported to Sheridan Road Magazine, Charles Ifergan took the first steps toward establishing his hairstyling empire at the age of 13, when he talked his way into a job at the chic Paris salon where his older brother worked. Just a decade later, he settled down in the Chicago area to establish the first of four salon locations and try to convince the John Hancock building to do something about its two glaring cowlicks, and his work has since garnered media features in publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Charles's continually educated stylists keep their deft fingers on the pulse of fashion trends, which they transform into edgy hairstyles for women and men. In addition to drenching hair in deep hydration with moroccan oil and texturizing coifs with Redken products, aestheticians venture to other corners of the body with a concise menu of spa services that includes facials, waxing, body wraps, and mani-pedis.
Backed by more than two decades of styling experience, Jus' Hair Organic Salon owner Cheryl Lauderdale and team carefully selects her roster of hair products to include exclusively organic, ammonia- and chemical additive-free potions that improve hair condition and lock in color. Naturally fresh scents waft from pre-trim shampoos and a variety of conditioners that can mend frazzled ends and, if left in the hair, cause rainwater to roll off of heads like the back of a duck. Tinting solutions from Organic Color Systems and Simply Organic accentuate or obscure native hues during hair-coloring and highlighting sessions. Cinderella I-Hair and UltraTress UltraLinks extensions transplant human hair to add volume and length and conceal misguided neck tattoos of giraffe spots, and waxes free of parabens shape eyebrows into artful arches.
Across 2,800 square feet of space and five spa rooms, J. Alison Salon and Day Spa's staff helps clients meet their beauty and relaxation goals. Texturizing treatments, chic hairstyles, and the rich colors of freshly dyed manes emerge from salon chairs atop the heads of happy patrons. Elsewhere, aromatherapy fills the air as nimble fingers massage muscles and hot stones melt tension like a blacksmith shaping slinkies. To round out the beauty services, aestheticians wax away unwanted fuzz from head to toe and customize facials to address individual skin care needs.
Tucked away inside the chic Jefferson Hill shops in a Greek Revival mansion, owner Rosalyn Morris guides the team of beauticians at Studio 10. Like the plot of Face/Off, duality defines the salon's nailcare services. Two European licensed beauticians pamper both hands and feet as their owners lounge in two pedicure thrones and at two manicure stations.