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.
The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 34 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
The team of aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists at Patrice Beauty bestow a complete skin care regimen of services to clients in a relaxed atmosphere. Professionals use a variety of environmentally friendly products with their nail and spa services, which include waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials, and makeup applications.
Sine Qua Non Salon has been called a Salon of Distinction by Salon Today, the home of the city's Best Highlights by Refinery29, and "the place with the hairy donuts" by a confused old man. For more than 20 years, the salon's four locations have upgraded hairdos with new colors, texturizing treatments, and expertly trained stylists. They also sling products from Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and Éminence Organic Skin Care.
Connection Salon pampers clients from scalp to tippy-toe with a wide array of services that employ high-end products by Aveda and Dermologica. Within the full-service salon's red-orange and steel-hued walls, a highly qualified staff of stylists and licensed aestheticians harnesses training from such notable institutions as the Aveda Institute and the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Mane gurus fabricate fresh cuts and coddle tresses with color and keratin using botanical-rich Aveda products. Waxing services deftly un-fuzz virtually any surface, restoring lips, legs, and unicorn horns to their original smoothness, and Dermologica treatments renew complexions with zone-by-zone mapping and skin analysis. Nimble fingers un-bunch taut physiques with sports and deep-tissue massages, and nail techs artfully advertise paw-coddling abilities on each patron’s fingers, toes, and prehensile tails.
Makeup artist Lauren Doerries uses her pigments, powders, and liners to enhance—not cover up—her clients' natural beauty. It's a talent that she has honed for years at esteemed schools and spas in London, New York, and Chicago. Over time, she has taken that knowledge and applied it to a wide swath of clients, from runway models to brides and special-effects departments. But her ease with a brush and a wand doesn't limit her to only applying makeup—she also takes pride in sharing her skills during makeup tutorials and games of Trivial Pursuit: Makeup Edition.