High ceilings, large front windows, and vases brimming with flowers greet customers at Ida’s Salon, a celebrated Northbrook beauty emporium boasting a skilled staff dedicated to pampering clients with a fleet of services. Wielding handpicked Schwarzkopf color and hair care products, mane masters shroud head threads in new hues or snip strands to match the latest trends or the mirror’s mood ring. The Keratin Complex straightening treatment smoothes out frizz for several months, while nails bask in renowned OPI and Shellac polish during European manicures and pedicures. Customers can peruse the gargantuan display of cosmetics before a makeup application or revel in multi-shaded scarves, seasonal clothes, and glamorous jewelry for sale throughout the ample space.
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.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Visage de Beauté refreshes façades with microdermabrasion treatments that utilize diamond chips to excavate the top layer of skin—clearing away dead skin cells and leaving faces smoother, healthier, and younger looking (a $125 value). The Echo 2 Plus oxygen treatment will then seek to reverse signs of aging caused by sun and pollution (a $95 value). After exfoliation, a vitamin-enriched mask deluges subepidermis cells with osmotic hydration. This clears the way for a vapor mist of pure oxygen gas, which will infiltrate the lower dermal layer with vitamins and minerals to refresh tired skin, restoring it to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
Scruples Salon & Spa oozes luxury, from its chic atmosphere to its body-coddling services. In this elegant space, soothingly adorned with orchids and pale leather sofas, skilled stylists and aestheticians take care of clients from head to toe. They offer trendsetting haircuts, coloring services, and updos to customers relaxing in massage chairs, along with spa mani-pedis, soothing facials, and waxing. Everything from body wraps and exfoliation treatments to eyelash tinting and massage therapy is available at this full-service salon and beauty center, and the calming and quiet vibe enhances the experience.
A good massage lets you soak away worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues—providing more effective pain relief than you would get from leeches, even the ones that are certified masseuses. Today's Groupon gets you a one-hour Swedish massage at Gordon Salon & Spa for $40 (an $85 value). There are three Gordon Salons in the Chicagoland area, but only the Lakeview location offers massage services. So it's safe to assume your session will involve a trip to 3336 North Clark St.