Inside a blue-walled salon, expert stylists revamp clients’ looks as regulars swap gossip from their padded leather chairs. Staffers at the community-minded salon fill their Facebook page with gorgeous before-and-after shots, insider makeup tips, and treasure maps that reveal the location of one’s own eyelashes. Makeover artists transform locks with shimmering color, and they keep on top of the latest hair trends by studying celebrity clips and mastering smoothing keratin treatments. A zeal for quality is apparent in the deluxe products that line the salon’s high shelves, including Shellac nail polish and Tigi makeup.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
Among the hair stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians that brighten Clydon Salon's interior, a common philosophy permeates—one founded in a genuine interest in each client's well-being and translated into services precision tailored to meet personal needs. Through continued training, the staff learns the many manners of pampering, as hair stylists massage away thought bubbles trapped within scalps and aestheticians dissolve anxiety by revealing glowing skin worthy of HDTV close-ups. Great Lengths' 100% human hair strands extend natural locks with laudable discretion, and Biolage haircare products celebrate the discoveries of scientists diligently surveying the flowers and botanicals flourishing in the field of beauty.
Grand U offers a more holistic approach to wellness by hosting a medical facility and workout area. Aside from such basic medical care as cancer screenings, immunizations, and fatigue management, the center also provides laser treatments and a space to build muscle and endurance. Dr. Dhana Ganesan sees each patient as “a balance between mind, body, and soul” and uses her medical training in diverse social and cultural settings to create treatment plans that address the medical and aesthetic needs of her patients.
The skilled tanning specialists at Say Spahhh Beautique’s Elmwood Park studio spoon-feed skin with nutrients and rich, golden color. The scents of flickering candles share the air with sighs of contentment at the spa’s newly renovated facility, which houses a range of modern equipment alongside plush massage beds and bottles filled to the brim with exfoliating facial products. Like the collagen-reactivating facial, an FDA-cleared Lipomassage system works to tighten skin while it tones the body's contours and releases fat cells trapped in posteriors, legs, and behind rib-cage bars.