According to the founders of Ortanic, it seemed there'd always been a few problems with spray tans. They smelled. They left streaks and orange tints. The results were inconsistent. To fix these common complaints, Ortanic's visionaries took matters into their own sun-dappled hands. After extensive research, they developed their own approach to spray tanning, concocting a proprietary formula to address streaks and incorporating an air-purification system to keep the extraction booths clear of particles. In January of 2009?just in time for Chicago's beach season?the first location opened.
Since then, Ortanic has expanded into four locations across Chicago. Inside each, licensed skin consultants work closely with clients to select, blend, and apply custom blends to fit their skin tone. The resulting glow lasts five to seven days?just long enough for a trip to Alpha Centauri to try tanning under another sun for a change.
The hairstylists at SuperStar Styling Studio aren't celebrities, but they do know how to make each of their clients feel like one. Between bright red walls, clients cozy into leather cutting chairs as stylists who specialize in African-American hair expertly relax, deep condition, razor cut, and press tresses into style-complementing 'dos. Looks are also transformed with quick weaves, which cover locks with a partial wig, and sew-in extensions add immediate volume and length for a natural look that can even trick your long-haired twin into thinking you are her.
The talented team at Mistress of the Arts Salon casts a wide net when looking for clientele. According to their Facebook profile, they like working with "people who want to be fabulous." The road to that glamorous goal can take many different routes, from haircuts and color treatments for both men and women to radio-frequency facials and cellulite treatments that tighten and smooth skin. The staff also administers piercings, then sends clients home with titanium jewelry and complimentary air to fill the holes.
Black-and-white checkered floors and barber chairs line the interior of Barber's Gallery, a multicultural salon "where you are the art." The spinning chairs allow the licensed cosmetologists to perfect adults' and children's hairstyles from every angle. They trim hair into traditional or modern styles and keep men's faces smooth and soft with close straight-razor shaves augmented by hot towels.
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.
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.