Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
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.
New Stylists and seasoned master stylists come together at Salon 755, a licensed cosmetology salon that adds a dash of relaxation to classic beauty services. The licensed staff consults with clients to develop a personal style, then cuts hair, sculpts nails, and waxes bodies that are too uptight to molt. Specialty services include deep-conditioning treatments and special-occasion updos, and the cosmetologists can also recommend makeup and styling products to take home. Salon 755's stone-tile floors and creamy walls surround each calming service.
SuperNatural Hair revamps tresses with flattering layers and Redken color highlights, but that's just a single strand in the salon's ample coiffure. After an invigorating deep-conditioning treatment, skilled aestheticians can outfit fingertips with glitter polish or remove unflattering fuzz from brows during a private waxing session. The salon also offers a vibrant array of hair extensions available in natural hues or accent colors such as neon pink, turquoise, and camouflage.
65th Street Salon Studio's team of friendly beauticians, which ranges from Great Lengths Extensions–certified stylists to massage therapists, unites a variety of specialties to pamper a diverse clientele. Salon staff consults with clients to provide top-notch haircut and color services and hair-removal treatments. The facility’s spa hosts such indulgences as manicures, pedicures, and facials, and the resident beauticians apply makeup for brides-to-be, whether they're getting married that day or just fixing a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink.