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Marianne Depaul’s medical and cosmetic expertise helps her clients achieve the look they desire while the small size of her staff maintains a familial office environment. This friendly band of aestheticians and physicians turns to electrolysis and lasers to execute their wide array of services. The menu runs the cosmetic gamut, from removing hair or micropigmentation across the body to noninvasive face-lifts and skin rejuvenation. The team also carries a large stock of skincare products so clients can maintain youthful visages without holding séances with Ponce de León.

1515 N Harlem Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

La Piel Perfecta's skin-clarifying clinic keeps patients smooth by lasing away hair, wrinkles, veins, and other epidermal imperfections. The staff also rewinds skin clocks with dermal fillers such as Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse, and uses mechanical massage to reduce unsightly cellulite during noninvasive Endermologie treatments.

1272 Winston Plz
Melrose Park,
IL
US

We spoke with Waxing Room owner CherylAnn Gutierrez about how it feels to have your hair removed with thread and what you can do to make the process quicker and easier.

What does threading feel like?

CherylAnn compares the sensation to tweezing, "but many hairs at a time." As the aesthetician works strands of cotton thread around the brows and lips, a quick twist uproots an entire line of hair at the follicle. CherylAnn says her staff can help soothe away any sting afterwards by applying ice, cortisone, a gentle massage, or even cucumber slices to the treated areas.

How quickly can your aestheticians thread a line of hair?

"We've never timed it," she says while laughing, "but very quickly."

Which is better: threading or waxing?

CherylAnn refuses to take sides: each one has a place. Threading may be especially useful for people who are allergic to certain waxes or who have sensitive skin due to, for example, a recent chemical peel. But her general advice is "try each one." She says fans of threading tend to believe the process gives aestheticians greater control, allowing them to create better definition, straighter lines, and more dramatic angles than are possible with waxing. But the main reason CherylAnn offers threading is that she knows it's ultimately a personal preference, and she "wants to be able to serve everyone."

What can clients do to get the best results?

During appointments, clients will be asked to slightly stretch the skin around their eyebrows so that it's flat and level. According to CherylAnn, the most important thing you can do at this time is to hold your skin so that it's as taut as possible. She says this allows the aesthetician to go line by line with greater speed and accuracy, which minimizes any potential discomfort.


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3115 N Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

Specializing in threading—the ancient technique of hair removal using thin cotton threads—the staff at Thread Away also is versed in a variety of beauty services, from facials to henna. Thread Away’s interior buzzes with staff expertly rolling and twisting thread to remove unwanted fuzz from the eyebrows, upper lip, and face, as well as offering temple massages to calm the mind and the mind’s pet genie. Meanwhile, tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians perform body-waxing services, and a host of facials use top-shelf Dermalogica products to care for all skin types. Each treatment is performed according to Thread Away’s core philosophy of “beauty through nature and healing,” which is reflected in the spa’s serene decor and organic, fresh ingredients used in its therapies.

500 N Wells St
Chicago,
IL
US

Located on a trendy stretch of real estate a pop fly's distance from Wrigley Field, Nas Salon & Spa keeps its hip North Racine facility uncluttered by excess products and commotion even while beautifying nails and hair. Dramatically aimed track lights illuminate pristine hardwood flooring, and exposed-brick walls surround plush reclining pedicure chairs and mirrored salon stations. During Cubs baseball games, clients who phone upon their arrival are treated to complimentary valet service, eliminating the challenge of finding a parking space and fending off irate umpires stationed at every parking meter. The salon’s staff performs massages or waxing services with a friendly demeanor expressed in the Serbian word nas_—properly pronounced _nosh_—which translates to _our.

3757 N Racine Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Recognizing that hair loss occurs for myriad reasons, Hair Trauma Center's specialists tailor their hair restoration treatments to suit each individual case they encounter. They fill in thinning scalps with laser therapy, thickening formulas, and custom hairpieces, prefacing each treatment with a thorough consultation and the advice of affiliated medical professionals. For existing strands, stylists also color, cut, and style hair, or relax unruly locks by tickling them under the chin.

Decisions about health care should not be made in haste. Consultation required as all candidates may not be eligible. Eligibility will be determined on an individual basis applying the accepted and prevailing standards of practice. Non-candidates will be refunded.

155 N Michigan Ave
Chicago,
IL
US