Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
Classical sculptures and mirrors create an Old-World atmosphere at Spa Constantine, where spa travelers navigate the lengthy list of spa services to discover treatments that improve health, appearance, and mood. Spa Constantine touts opulent furnishings, from carved wooden benches softened by gilded pillows to tall golden pillars capped by plush greenery. Pedicure stations cradle clients in reclined chairs with whirlpool tubs, and pedicurists use the glow from crystal chandeliers to differentiate toes from dropped grapes or missing glass eyeballs.
Polished Nails and Tanning tidies up the digits and bronzes the bodies of men as well as women. A nail technician imbues phalanges with color and style, sterilizing the equipment with hospital-grade procedures between sessions, and a tanning professional imparts a sun-kissed hue without subjecting skin to UV rays. Staff members dedicate themselves to their continuing professional development, mastering current trends, tailoring treatments to each client, and always letting the customer win games of patty cake.
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.
In its earliest stages, airbrush technology was used solely for magazine cover models, deceased-rapper t-shirts, and makeup for the cast of Cats. But when airpaints shot to $93 a barrel in 2000 following the dot-com bubble burst, airbrush artistry became financially unviable. A drought of airbrush artists resulted in finger-paint-based photo retouching, shirtless Tupac fans, and the renaming of Cats to Humans. At the 2008 International CO2-Based Design Conference, out-of-work airbrush artists finally discovered a profitable solution: airbrush tanning. They immediately went back to work, delighting the millions of Americans patiently waiting for sunless, streak-free tanning options. “It's called Ortanic, and it's nothing short of amazing. We've tried Mystic Tan in the past and ended up looking less-than glowing and more like macaroni and cheese. We've tried self tanners and spent many nights lathering ourselves with different lotions to come to determine which one is the top runner, followed by many days walking around with different colors stained on our skin.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.