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.
Clients walk into Mary Hanna’s Hair Design with one common goal in mind: to improve the state of their hair. And the stylists easily succeed with a host of tools that includes scissors, hair dye, relaxer, and deep-conditioning formulas. They also tackle the little unwanted hairs that cover patrons’ legs and face with bowls of warm wax and a piece of thread or minty dental floss.
Aqua De Vida Med Spa specializes in facial peels. Each of the spa's six peels resurfaces skin, though different fruit enzymes and acids yield different results: salicylic acid diminishes oiliness to tone acne-prone skin, and lactic acid loosens dead cells and milk moustaches to exfoliate sensitive skin. Enhancing the results of peels, LED-light therapy, vitamin-rich oxygen infusions, and dermal injections promote a radiant, wrinkle-free complexion.
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.
The staffers at Jean Marie Salon believe that the journey toward beauty should be a relaxing one, and that is evident in each of their treatments. They let clients pick an Aveda Essentials aroma before every mani-pedi, which includes a massage enhanced by a custom hydrating lotion. They also welcome clients onto their tables for soothing hot-stone massages and reflexology treatments. A sense of leisure and escape pervades the salon and spa, where even haircuts and coloring treatments include aroma-infused heated towels and scalp, hand, and arm massages to keep clients from repeatedly waving at their own reflection.
Stylist KTP’s passion for hair has only increased over almost a decade in the industry. In that short window of time, she has earned the status of colour educator from TIGI, had her styling work published in magazines, and participated in Fashion’s Night Out. Of course, she funnels most of her time and zeal into KTP Reflection, where she cuts, styles, and colors hair in a way that reflects her clients’ personalities. She’s added teaching to her repertoire as well; the classes she leads cover topics such as salon-style blowouts, evening-makeup applications, and human-makeup applications for former clowns attempting to assimilate.