The staff at L.A. Massage and Spa understands the role privacy plays in crafting a serene escape. That's why aestheticians personally escort each guest from private lounges to pristine treatment stations, taking care to avoid other guests so that each client feels like they have the entire spa to themselves or like they're living the most relaxing episode of The Twilight Zone.
Guests shuffle through the 3,000-square-foot facility in robes and slippers to enjoy cosmetic treatments that foster wellness from the outside in. Laser hair removal and waxing services subdue unwanted stubble all over the body, and refreshing facials are customized to treat a number of skincare concerns, from combating acne to diminishing fine lines.
Further head-to-toe pampering encompasses detoxifying mud wraps and soothing massages tailored for the specific needs of pregnant women, athletes, and over-squeezed stress balls. Guests can follow up their treatment with an invigorating aromatherapy steam shower infused with a choice from 20 soothing scents.
Francesca D'Ambrosio's first job in the beauty biz was answering phones at a salon and spa in Naperville. Once she earned her cosmetology license, she jetted to New York to work alongside prestigious stylists and make her way to the top from the bottom of the barrel. Fortunately, her first gig as a stylist was anything but at the bottom of the barrel—she started at the Bumble and bumble salon, one of the Big Apple's hubs for celebrities, fashion-industry elites, and globetrotting wigs. She stayed in New York for about a decade, shaping the famous hairs atop Fran Drescher, Mark Wahlberg, Joan Jett, and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas.
When she relocated to Oswego, Francesca opened a salon of her own. Located on Main Street in the historic downtown area, the space has the simple sophistication that befits a transplanted New Yorker. The black-and-white scheme extends to the walls, where portraits of Audrey Hepburn and other style icons supervise haircuts, keratin treatments, and color services.
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.
The aestheticians at Skin Chic Spa focus all their treatments on pampering the body’s biggest organ. Their four basic facials complement the service menu’s advanced facials, which rely on technology such as LED light, ultrasound waves, and microcurrents to minimize signs of aging and hide hyperpigmentation. Dr. Randa Sawan stops by to administer injections and conduct laser hair removal, and other staffers see to airbrush tanning, slimming wraps, and sea-salt exfoliating scrubs.
Enzo Salon & Spa's stylists engineer new looks within the peaceful serenity of an adults-only space where silenced cell phones must wait as guests enjoy conversation with their technicians. All strand artists receive training in the latest looks from London, capably crafting their subjects' hair in classic or modern styles and referring to styling chairs as "lifts". Area highlights enhance the natural hue of locks with sun-like color, and a glazing treatment heightens shine all across the mane. A protein treatment strengthens tresses and prepares new dos to hold their own against natural elements. Technicians soothe scalps, necks, and shoulders with a complimentary massage instead of just taping gold stars to the treated area.
Like many beauty professionals, Taromina Perkins has a handle on hair. But instead of beautifying heads with blowouts, color treatments, and cuts, the licensed aesthetician focuses on hair growing from the eyebrows downward. Eyelashes adopt a more dramatic pop with Reese Robert lash extensions, which come in three tiers ranging from natural-looking to glamorous and, unlike mascara, are waterproof and smudge-proof. Eyelashes may also be tinted to match newly groomed eyebrows, which Taromina custom shapes to flatter each client's differing bone structure and varying appreciation for Groucho Marx. To whisk away hair from the rest of body, she uses an organic wax to leave lips, chins, bellies, and backs smooth for several weeks, and she also offers waxing for bikini lines, Brazilian bikini lines, and other hard-to-reach spots.