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.
Specializing in event styling, the beautifying veterans at Makeup Chicago festoon peepers in trendy sets of flutter fibers with eyelash-extension applications. Composed of synthetic mink, extensions allow baby blues to snag the attention of passersby with long, thick addendums to natural lashes. A specialist applies demi-cat extensions one by one to the outer corners of eyes, affording clients the sharp, catlike look necessary to stand out in photographs or blend in at the next kitten pageant. Alternatively, full sets of extensions adorn eye curtains with custom bristles, which are curved to replicate the appearance of natural lashes. With regular touchups, extensions may last up to a year, and can safely endure the moisture-slicked effects of swimming, exercising, and competing in pie-eating contests.
Stylist and owner Robin DiPaolo designed Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to facilitate thorough relaxation with head-to-toe treatments. Besides standard cuts and colors, stylists calm wild hair textures with treatments such as japanese hair straightening, chemical relaxers, or soothing whale songs. On the spa side, aestheticians customize facials to each customer’s skin type, while massage therapists enhance Swedish or deep-tissue strokes with body polishes and hot stones.
Metropolitan MD's board-certified doctors perform both cosmetic and medical, as well as both surgical and nonsurgical, treatments for the face, body, and skin. Dr. John Rachel is triple-board-certified in otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery, qualifying him to treat nose and throat ailments as well as beautify bodies and land airplanes in Siberia. Both doctors remain active in the medical community through their publications and membership in medical associations.
Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
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.