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 Skin Scripts Organic Enzymes, Dermalogica, and FarmHouse Fresh skincare products. Karen?a Certified Dermalogica Expert?and her staff nourish and hydrate faces with a variety of client-customized facials and a custom Dermalogica Bio-Active Peel, which only certified expert level salons are able to offer. Robe-clad men and women can also partake in face and full-body waxing, or ear piercing using Studex products.
The interior at this strip-mall spa is imbued with a homey and relaxing atmosphere radiating from the warm red and cream hues of the four treatment rooms, greeting guests with the promise of 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.
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.
The dangers of UV tanning cease to exist at Spray of Sunshine. At locations in the city and suburbs, trained tanning technicians sheath skin in a streak-free, sun-kissed glow, without assistance from the sun itself. Clients can choose the popular Mystic HD spray tan or opt for one of Spray of Sunshine’s custom airbrush treatments, including a heat-infused option that allows patrons to choose everything from the color to the fragrance. Although Spray of Sunshine has three locations, it also offers mobile tanning for individuals and for parties of up to 16 people or bowling trophies.
The professionally trained staff members at Color Me Bronze specialize in color. Whether they’re guiding clients through six levels of tanning beds or airbrushing Fake Bake’s streak-free formula onto skin, they help foster a sun-kissed glow. In addition to deepening hues, the staff supplies clients with a light-activated whitening gel that simultaneously brightens teeth during UV-tanning sessions. Additionally, other products are available to help enhance tans post treatment.