Licensed cosmetologist Sita Patel uses techniques culled from her native India and applies her more than 10 years of cosmetic experience to artfully beautify her clients. She enlists professional products from brands such as Bioelements and American Crew during hair services, securing loose tendrils into bridal updos adorned with glistening gems. She can also remove unwanted hair using an ancient threading technique that is completely free of chemicals and less taxing for the skin than waxing. Henna tattoos dress arms in ornate decorations more temporary than regular tattoos but less temporary than a career as a human cannonball.
Specializing in the art of nail design, Tracy Nails Salon’s team of technicians spend their days gilding nails in vibrant coats of chip-free polish. While their focus remains on digits, staffers also bustle about the salon restoring radiance to complexions with meticulously applied facials or easing shoulders achy from serving as a perch for overweight parrots with the soothing kneads of a relaxing massage.
Educated in Cracow before moving to Chicago and receiving her cosmetology license, Kate of Your Touch of Beauty has a globe-spanning knowledge of aesthetics. Drawing upon everything from eyelash extensions to manicures and collagen facials, she helps to revitalize the skin and highlight each client's natural qualities. What's more: she can cover the complexion of anyone who walks through the door with real gold during her 24k Gold facial.
The physicians and aesthetic staff all possess warm, friendly demeanors, ensuring that clients feel comfortable as they undergo one of the center's many beautifying treatments. Continually looking for new ways to rejuvenate exteriors, the aestheticians have developed a facial that harnesses the flavonoids and resveratrol in chocolate to neutralize free radicals that may have waged a microscopic poke war on skin. The spa's mission statement, etched into tan-hued walls, promises "a soothing, comfortable experience" during all services, such as Thai massage and Jane Iredale–makeup applications. Several services take a more scientific approach, employing lasers to remove spider veins, hairs, and cellulite.
As an avid cyclist and licensed massage therapist, Liz Oehmen understands the discomfort that can be felt in the legs and hips. This personal experience, combined with her continuous pursuit of knowledge in her field, makes her uniquely suited to soothe aches at Sore No More Massage. Along with her specialization in sports massage, Oehmen employs a variety of modalities to help clients re-energize, detoxify, and relax. Therapeutic sessions employ techniques such as cupping and reflexology to address specific concerns, and prenatal massages ease the stress of filling out preschool applications.
When Oehmen isn’t performing massages, she tends to clients with services such as manicures, body wraps, and ear candling. She also supports overall health by teaching raw-food-preparation and hula-hooping classes.
With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.