Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is devoted to providing upscale salon and spa services in a low-key, unpretentious environment. The skilled and attentive staff waits in the wings to take you by the hand, foot, or head-growth and ply your surface areas with beautifying treatments. The mani-pedi, which lasts around 45–60 minutes, includes a variety of skin-rejuvenating vitamins, organic oils, and botanical extracts. All products used are 100% natural, with nail polish from OPI for gleaming and glittering finger helmets and toe shells. Alternatively, a Brazilian blowout lasts about 90 American minutes; a skilled stylist will administer the professional, harsh-chemical-free smoothing treatment to transform frayed head threads into a mane of finely woven silk, eliminating frizziness and damage and improving hair health. After the treatment, the hair can still be worn wavy or curly, but will also dry smooth in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. Results last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance, and after that the treatment simply washes away, returning hair to normal. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Kathie Lauer, hair-coloring specialist and owner of Before & After Salon and Spa, oversees a staff of stylists, barbers, and master nail technicians. This talented team favors Moroccanoil products, which they use during haircuts, coloring, and styling, along with Matrix coloring products. They also offer chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing. Skincare specialists tend to the body with waxing and brow shaping, and the nail tech dotes upon nails with manicures and pedicures.
The skilled tanning specialists at Say Spahhh Beautique’s Elmwood Park studio spoon-feed skin with nutrients and rich, golden color. The scents of flickering candles share the air with sighs of contentment at the spa’s newly renovated facility, which houses a range of modern equipment alongside plush massage beds and bottles filled to the brim with exfoliating facial products. Like the collagen-reactivating facial, an FDA-cleared Lipomassage system works to tighten skin while it tones the body's contours and releases fat cells trapped in posteriors, legs, and behind rib-cage bars.
Chopping locks at more than 3,000 locations throughout North America, Great Clips employs an army of stylists that stays on top of trends with a rigorous ongoing training program. In addition to leveraging products from Redken, Matrix, and American Crew, the resident hairdoers call on Great Clips's own Solutions and Tea Tree lines to beautify manes faster than a lion tamer brandishing a shampoo-dipped whip. Overgrown head-hedges are trimmed into lavish labyrinths during convenient, hassle-free walk-in cuts, which are further simplified with queue-skipping mobile-phone app check-ins.
A rainbow wall of hair and skin care products brighten the storefront at Toujours Spa & Salon, which also gathers a wide range of lauded beauty therapies and expert practitioners under its roof. Many of the salon's senior stylists boast more than a decade of experience, and training in Wella coloring techniques. Their handiness with shears is exemplified by curl specialist Katrina Spence, whose deft implementation of Deva's dry-cutting technique won her a nod in Chicago magazine. In 2005, the massage therapists earned acclaim from Daily Candy for their raindrop technique, which aims to heal back pain with a combination of reflexology and antimicrobial essential oils. Lavender aromatherapy infuses nail treatments, and Toujour's signature line of skin care products appear in facials for men and women. Guests are greeted by Ned, a cardinal-red beta fish that serves as Toujours’ official mascot and freelance accountant.
When she was just 19, Chiara Lazzara became a certified national educator for Paul Mitchell. Since then, she's spent the past decade honing her skills and now dispenses styling wisdom from her own establishment, Chiara Salon. Inside this Paul Mitchell focus salon, she and her team revitalize manes with services such as haircuts, color, and highlights. They also lengthen tresses with natural human-hair extensions, and embellish visages with lash extensions, spray tanning, and mani-pedis. In addition to beautifying hair for everyday wear, the team also specializes in hair and makeup packages for weddings and special events, with services performed on location or at the salon.