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.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes?but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center, Inc. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.
In 1973, Le Nail Chic opened its doors as one of the first manicure salons in Elmwood Park, delighting locals with professional-grade polishes and sophisticated french manicures. After launching a second parlor, owner and nail guru Darlene began experimenting with ways to not only beautify but also protect and treat the nail. Still among the salon’s specialties, nail wrapping bundles nails in a special tissue that aims to heal them and prevent future chips. Not limited to manicure and pedicure services, the salon's staffers also beautify bodies with custom airbrush tans designed to create beach-like glows without the usual beach-like side effects, such as cloud-shaped tan lines.
Neel Threadz Spa’s technicians are well versed in ancient Eastern beauty practices. Their nimble fingers sculpt brows using a centuries old threading technique, removing unwanted hair follicles more gently than waxing methods and more efficiently than hammering each hair back in with a hammer. The technicians also extend their expertise to henna tattoo services, adorning skin with intricate designs in temporary ink.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, LA Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues, and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or VersaSpa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
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.