A cadre of accomplished students mans hp: the college's three Chicago-area salons, where they learn the beauty trade while enhancing client appearances for less than at standard studios. Founded in 1979, the college instructs fledgling stylists in the latest trends and aesthetic remedies with products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Dermalogica. At all three locations, sleek black styling chairs contrast with colorful bottles of hair products and OPI nail polish set amid the comfort of plush pedicure chairs. As students ply their skills on ravishing haircuts and clarifying facials, aesthetics pupils use carefully blended botanicals to add aroma, hydration, and palm-sized zen gardens to manicures and pedicures.
At Pazzo Salon and Spa, stylists line up at 10 black swivel chairs, snipping hair into chic bobs, long and layered 'dos, and everything in between. Sometimes, they use unique techniques to apply highlights; other times, they finish the looks with hair glaze.
As salons go, however, this spot isn't overly focused on hair. The team also shapes eyebrows into sophisticated arches, brightens complexions with facials, and adds length to fingernails with acrylic tips. And since the salon's next door to Ciao Restaurant, clients can satisfy their appetites with a meal or drink during their appointments.
The stylists and aestheticians at Extasy Hair Studio & Spa pamper bodies from head to toe using natural beauty products. They rely on the therapeutic properties of essential oils and Éminence Organic Skin Care serums, as well as the acne-fighting benefits of fruit pulps and spices. Aveda remedies restore moisture to parched hair, and paraffin treatments hydrate dry feet better than socks soaked in Gatorade.
The full menu of services also includes haircuts, color, makeup applications, and massages. A children's room provides a place for kids to play and swap stock tips while parents get beautified.
La Coutoure's extensively trained stylists truss tresses into stylish new looks. All colorings, cuts, treatments, and salon services begin with a customized Redken consultation, ensuring follicles understand their role in the minidrama playing out on glossy heads and projected on the sides of several buildings. The savvy snappers snip manes into shape and style them ($25+), or wake up sleepy strands with the PowerDose treatment, which is five minutes of intense hair reconditioning ($20). Pump up hair hue with a single process, all-over color session ($47–$65), streak in sunshine with partial highlights ($45–$65), or remove follicles residing in a non-scalp zip code with an eyebrow and lip wax ($20). The cheerful stylists educate clients on how to achieve salon hair at home, and the busy, modern salon buzzes with the hum of hairdryers and industrious, mousse-producing bees.
Fueled's capable coterie of comb-handlers and scissor-wielders transform bashful bangs and surly split ends into magnificent, manageable manes using products from Pureology, Moroccanoil, Rusk, and Redken, among others. Each appointment starts with a consultation, during which one of these down-to-earth stylists will inquire about your tress tantrums and help assemble a 'do that accommodates rather than exacerbates them. Unburden shoulders and necklines with a trimming ($30-$50) or saturate locks with a bold new hue ($35-$125). Fueled is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Owner Shaun McMillin named his salon after his own two daughters, but he makes every client feel like a member of the family at Taylor Nicole Hair Salon & Spa, where aestheticians bring a personal touch to hair or skin treatments. The staff includes stylist instructor who specializes in haircutting for short and sassy locks and barrel-curl styles for long hair. The rest of the troupe also performs sleek cuts with practiced technique and shrewd fashion sense, offering keratin and coloring treatments that reinvigorate strands that look damaged or stripped of their glossy hues. On the spa side, UV- and spray-tanning services help bronze pale or transparent skin, and mani-pedis further aid clients' pursuit of head-to-toe beauty. Dr. Randa Sawan is also on hand to correct skin issues with Botox injections, dermal fillers, and laser hair-removal treatments.