Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
The voluminous selection of services at Beyond Bare has something for every part and for every person, from hair extensions to body contouring to spa services just for men. Technicians and aestheticians are available seven days a week, and they even travel to clients' homes.
For Antonette Shearrill, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Antonette provides customized treatments at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and skincare?revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.
Inspired by her daughters’ dissatisfaction with costly visits to the salon, owner Farzana Jazeh opened Jazeh La Belle motivated by a quintessentially mom-like goal to make her children happy. By carefully selecting skin therapists and eyebrow-threading technicians, Farzana ensures her staff is top notch, not only proficient in their craft, but also excellent communicators with or without the assistance of hand puppets. The spa specializes in treatments for the face, revitalizing skin with natural and organic products and augmenting the expressive tendrils framing the eyes with extensions and tinting.
Seva—named for the Sanskrit root-word that means 'to serve selflessly'—grew from a single, simple location opened in 2008 to what is now a beautifying powerhouse with shops populating nine states. Owner Vas Maniatis stumbled upon the concept of owning an eyebrow-centric salon during a trip he took with his sweetheart-turned-wife to Chicago's Little India district on Devon Avenue. While his date indulged in a quick eyebrow threading, Vas marveled at "what looked like hands and arms and a spool of thread dancing to some peculiar rhythm." He quickly set in motion a plan to set up shop and expose the ancient hair removal technique to those living outside the Indian community.
Today, a menu of services ranges from traditional eyebrow and facial threading, to instantly-drying no chip manicures that stay flawless for up to 14 days of incessant thumb war tournaments. Additionally, aestheticians at Seva de-fuzz a variety of physical locales with warm wax such as legs and arms, as well as detox faces with anti-aging, express, and acne facials.
Aisha's training at the Niles School of Cosmetology and 17 years of experience underscore her expertise. At Aisha's Beauty Salon, she flexes her shears as a stylist and flaunts her knack for matching hues to hairs as a master colorist. She paints strands with multidimensional highlights and lowlights and dresses hair with natural or dramatic shades using single- and double-process color. Her salon’s services also include makeup applications, facials, nailcare, and threading and waxing for men and women.