Newly opened in 2012, Alta Moda Salon boasts modern décor and facilities that refresh eyes and bodies worn down by the urban elements outside its tranquil doors. Inside, its walls are dotted with the kaleidoscopic colors of Zoya nail polish, and pedicure chairs cradle each client's body as feet soak in a warm bath. The salon uses a product line that's all-natural and toxin-free, properties that are also shared by the best pet jellyfish.
Inside 5th Avenue Salon & Spa’s mahogany and green interior, skilled stylists strive to heed clients’ requests as they administer a full range of hair, skin, and nail services. With Aquage and L’Oréal products in their hands, stylists trim, color, and condition tresses. Working alongside stylists are aestheticians who whip up custom blends of Dermalogica skincare serums to cleanse and moisturize visages. They also perform waxing treatments, massages, and soothing thermal body treatments, which utilize ingredients such as wasabi and tropical asian ginger.
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
By 1988, Anthony Santangelo felt the hair restoration business had become stale. His colleagues were not innovating and moving ahead with the times. So, he started AMS Designs to focus on creating innovative solutions for clients that focused on image and style, rather than simply selling a hair-replacement system. Using the finest quality human hair available, he and his award-winning team create hairstyles that look completely natural and live up to each client's lifestyle and personality. How they do that varies from client to client. For some, a hair system may be the best option, while for others integration of new hair into existing hair will do the trick. They also offer extensions and cranial prosthesis.
Hair regrowth is another option. Through laser hair-restoration, the LLLT stimulates blood flow in the scalp, resulting in the growth of up to 135 new hairs per square inch. Topical treatments such as Minoxidal and Rogaine have also resulted in successful hair growth, and the staff also perform surgical hair transplantation. And whatever the system, they work with their clients every step of the way to ensure each client gets the look and style they desire.
Mongibello Salon and Spa, located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Dunning neighborhood, is home to expertly trained and licensed stylists who have attended top-notch style schools in Europe and the United States. With a great zeal for their clients’ beauty and contentedness vis-à-vis their tresses, the staff treats hair with several services and specializes in organic keratin hair-taming treatments. The team also presents a broad range of skincare services. One signature treatment, the five-berry facial peel, converts cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and bearberry into an acne-demolishing formula—the highest concentration of berries outside the family reunions that Chuck Berry attends. Mongibello’s technicians also render waxing treatments and perform manicures.
The tech-savvy aestheticians at Wave of Beauty renew appearances with an arsenal of hypermodern methods. The team specializes in slimming treatments that liquefy fat with noninvasive laser diodes, and they render old-school makeup obsolete with permanent cosmetics. Microdermabrasion wands exfoliate dull skin to whisk away signs of aging, and synthetic lash extensions add definition to Morse code winking.
Inside a blue-walled salon, expert stylists revamp clients’ looks as regulars swap gossip from their padded leather chairs. Staffers at the community-minded salon fill their Facebook page with gorgeous before-and-after shots, insider makeup tips, and treasure maps that reveal the location of one’s own eyelashes. Makeover artists transform locks with shimmering color, and they keep on top of the latest hair trends by studying celebrity clips and mastering smoothing keratin treatments. A zeal for quality is apparent in the deluxe products that line the salon’s high shelves, including Shellac nail polish and Tigi makeup.