The salon’s pin lights loom overhead like a star constellation, bringing the rich autumnal reds of the hardwood floors. Amid these warm accents, skilled Jose Angel stylists craft sleek face-flattering cuts and bedeck tresses with color products by Matrix and Nioxin. Clients can also request a specialty updo for an upcoming wedding, prom, or skydive.
USA Athletic Club & Spa’s 61,000-square-foot health center rolls out sundry exercise machines and fitness classes, hosting sweat sessions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The club boasts such amenities as saunas, steam rooms, a lap pool, a basketball court, and an indoor track, along with more than 100 cardio-centric machines, each equipped with a flat-screen TV, allowing fit seekers to fuel their workouts with heart-pumping reruns of Bob Ross’s Joy Of Painting. Held seven days a week, group classes welcome patrons of all fitness levels with offerings such as Zumba, yoga, and spinning, which works glutes and calves inside the well-equipped spin studio. Workouts are complemented by an array of massage services performed by licensed muscle menders, who burgeon relaxation and alleviate aches with a mélange of modalities including deep-tissue, reflexology, hot-stone, and Swedish massage.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa systems as well as regularly relamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues dermises with a bronze, line-free tan without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
When Seida Chapa opened her own salon, she staffed it with trained stylists who inject industry trends into their menu of services. In addition to haircuts and color treatments, they calm frizzy tresses with keratin and chemical straightening treatments. Spa specialists can give collagen a boost, expel fat, and improve circulation with Bioslimming wraps, and aesthetic specialists use glycolic-acid peels to help subdue wrinkles, dead skin cells, and large pores. Eyelash extensions and eyebrow threading make peepers pop, as do traditional and permanent makeup services. Staffers also primp hands and feet with mani-pedis, or craft custom wigs made out of human hair harvested from John Stamos's immortal scalp.
It was her struggle with acne that led Jessica, a DePaul University graduate and former IT project manager, to make the switch from information technology to medical aesthetics. Today, she is certified by CosMedix in everything from basic epidermal care to complex chemical peels. She strives to fuel her treatments with CosMedix products, which are free of irritating ingredients such as parabens, synthetic glycolic acid, fragrances, and shredded glamour photos.
Jessica also teaches teens how to conquer acne with lessons on proper skincare and facial treatments. When she isn't helping individual clients obtain radiant skin or filing lawsuits against rosacea, she hosts spa parties for special events and provides all the necessary supplies.