At Exquisite Nail Boutique, men and women treat their hands, feet, and faces to revitalizing mani-pedis and facials that melt away the stresses of the day. Amid onyx stone tiles and cushy, white-leather furniture, guests forget about work schedules, bills, and the Machiavellian politics of the office break room as they soak their feet in warm aromatherapy masks and coat their nails in protective vitagel and no-chip polish. Shea butter balms and gentle massages soothe hardworking appendages, and customized facials and individually applied eyelash extensions breathe youthful vitality back into faces. Top-shelf products, such as Soul Purpose salt and sugar scrubs, lotions, and ultrarich cremes nourish, shield, and soften skin all over the body with healing conditioners.
In her more than 17-year career, Melinda Rodriguez has participated in fashion shows for Nicole Miller and Armani, and crafted styles for such notable personalities as actress Jane Seymour and Latin-pop singer Chayanne. To expand the reach of her red-carpet styles, she founded Roque Beauty Lounge, a spacious salon and spa where a team of energetic style experts draw on experience in Chicago, Miami, and London to craft face-flattering looks that adhere to the salon's shared creative vision. Here, three tiers of stylists perform services at prices that match their individual experience level while using products by Moroccanoil. Roque Beauty Lounge also houses The Lashe Spot, where lash technicians accentuate eyes by shaping brows and amplify lashes with synthetic extensions.
Ambitious Nails and Lips Bar's digit decorators doll up nails and lips with polish and glosses in an array of hues. Customized to the client's preference, the nail technicians lavish hands and feet with mani-pedis that soften skin and prevent spontaneous hand jives displayed by bored and neglected extremities.
Tucked inside the Landmark Building situated along Chicago's Printer's Row, Spa Anjou shelters clients from the nearby bustle with a tranquil umbrella of rejuvenating and relaxing spa treatments. The staff of trained aestheticians imbues Western-style aesthetic treatments with traces of Eastern philosophy, resulting in facials, microdermabrasion, and LED therapy that leave pores unclogged, fine lines diminished, and skin tones as healthy as an apple addict. The same glow carries over to the rest of the body, where aestheticians nourish the skin with Alaskan glacial mud from the Copper Riva Delta and unwind frayed nerves with reflexology and chair massages. Staffers also care for surface concerns, beautifying bods with additional services such as mani-pedis, eyebrow tints, and spray tanning.
The owner of A Class Act Nail Spa paid her dues working in swanky Chicago-area spas such as The Spa at the Ritz before venturing out on her own. At Class Act, she harnesses the high-quality care and pampering, personalized attention that distinguished her previous places of employment. That means services such as a spa manicure with a scrub and paraffin treatment are doled out with deliberation and focus. In fact all of her treatments are performed with an emphasis on relaxation, pristine equipment, and name-brand products. All nail treatments, from French mani-pedis to sports-buff and no-chip manicures, are conducted so as to make clients feel like the center of the world while their nails are shaped and painted.
Whether you currently have natural nails or are wearing acrylic, fiberglass, or gel ones, the technicians at Nail City can help you maintain them. No matter the texture, they get to work touching up surfaces or removing cuticle overgrowth. For faux nails, they may add extensions, remove the nail, or fill in the space that forms when real nails grow. As for natural nails, the staff keeps them strong and healthy with mani-pedis that may include a paraffin dip or, if they're in the mood to sing, an enthusiastic rendition of "All That Jazz." The technicians’ talents go beyond nailcare; they also offer waxing services for the face and body.