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.
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.
Ocean Spa & Massage may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't stop the staff from trying to recreate the experience of lounging on an exotic beach. They largely succeed, thanks to a treatment menu that features relaxing massages, body waxing, and mani-pedis to go along with a full list of indulgent skin treatments. One of those treatments?the detoxifying mud cocoon?draws out impurities and induces metamorphosis with an application of warm mud followed by a thermal wrap.
It's something of a Catch-22: the processes that have been developed over the years to help make natural hair more manageable are, for some, destroying people's ability to grow hair at all. So the team at Natural Hair Science have focused on their trichology department, in which researchers are studying the causes of hair loss and thinning. Supporting their efforts are a team of stylists who perform services meant to foster natural hair growth. Relaxers and perms are conspicuously absent from the service menu, which is instead focused on cuts, styling, growth treatments, and maintenance sessions for locs, twists, and braids. In addition to regrowth, the stylists are also particularly interested in prevention: many of their clients are children whose parents want them to avoid the chemical processes that can contribute to early follicle damage.