The gurus at Colorific Hair Color Salon believe that in order to successfully transform looks, you need a plan. Before any strands shift hues, a director colorist meets with new clients to craft an attack strategy based on their hair type, facial features, and desire to camouflage themselves in a field of wheat. A dedicated technician then custom blends a mix of Schwarzkopf color products, deftly painting and using foils to create the desired look.
Although their products are high quality and their services are indulgent, Colorific’s crew keeps costs low. To do this, they let patrons blow-dry and finish their own look at a self-styling station. But for those seeking a full-service salon day, they also offer precision cuts, styling lessons, and makeup applications using the natural, preservative-free bareMinerals line by Bare Escentuals.
Earth Mama Esthetics owner and aesthetician Karen Ley understands that the success of a skincare regimen hinges on the quality of the ingredients, which is why she stocks her spa exclusively with Dermalogica skincare products. As a Dermalogica certified skin therapist, Karen and her staff nourish and hydrate faces with three client-customized facials, a custom chemical peel, and microdermabrasion treatments. Robe-clad men and women can also partake in full-body waxing and ear piercing using Studex products.
The interior at this strip-mall spa is likewise changed with warm red and cream hues; four newly built and remodeled treatment rooms filled with high-quality aesthetic machines greets guests with the promise of imminent transformation.
Cherry-red hair dryers whir in the hands of licensed stylists at Shear Magic as they brush through the strands of their male and female clients’ hair. The salon's menu of hair services includes cuts, highlights, and perms, in addition to feather extensions for ducklings that are slow bloomers. Additionally, the stylists consult with their clients before each cut to make sure new styles match clients' personalities and complement their face shape. Inside the salon, shelves of Redken, American Crew, and Paul Mitchell hair products stand in the waiting area ready to accompany customers home, and photos of trendy hairstyles line the walls to inspire new looks.
Zen Salon & Spa offers an array of hair- and skincare services for patrons looking to spruce up and pamper their head and body coverings. Professional stylists can shear and shape customers' tresses (starting at $40 for women, $26 for men), add hues to 'dos (starting at $50 for single-process color), or apply moisturizing and protein treatments (starting at $20 each). Zen’s skilled waxers can target unwanted fuzz on brows (starting at $14), bikini lines ($36), and aging strawberries. During the spa's 30-minute express facial, an epidermis expert aims to refresh faces on the fly with a deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, and mini massage (starting at $40).
Seven levels of UV beds populate the private tanning rooms of Unlimited Tan’s numerous Chicagoland locations and join forces with automated spray-tanning booths to forge a war against wintry pallor. Tanning equipment tiers build upon basic level lamps to include extras such as high-pressure bulbs, aromatherapy, and cooling mists designed to keep clients comfortable and make it easier to maintain their hue over time. For the UV averse, spray-tanning booths send automated jets of pigment misting over bodies in 60 seconds, with the full, streak-free results gradually developing across 24 hours, like a whirlwind romance between sloths. Each of the salons also stocks a full supply of lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty, which works to protect skin and enhance the life of any tan.