As part of the Aveda network, Persuasive Looks Salon infuses treatments for skin and hair with largely organic, botanically based formulas. Guided by a commitment to environmental responsibility and ayurvedic principles, Aveda products are principally derived from essential oils and raw herbs, at least 80% of which are certified organic. The salon's licensed skin therapists not only revitalize complexions with Aveda tonics and rapid smiling drills, but kick off every session with an Aveda Elemental Nature skin analysis that informs the creation of a custom treatment.
Stylists also use the brand's formulas as part of their arsenal for complete hair overhaul, which includes extensions and both Japanese and keratin straightening systems. Cosmetologists also offer Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions and makeup application classes so their clients may hold onto and cultivate their look. The airy, 2,900-square-foot facility is located within an hour of Chicago by car and about two hours by inner tube.
Camron Nico Salon offers treatments to make their clients over from head to toe. But before that transformation begins, each staff member receives extensive training in their respective field. That means that the stylists craft hairdos in accordance with the client's features and personal style, and the massage therapists dole out their Swedish and hot-stone techniques with specific spots of tension in mind. The salon's menu also includes mani-pedis, facials, hair extensions, and coloring treatments.
Keep It Young’s professional, certified aestheticians act as comfort concierges, summoning their experience and a philosophy of treating spa services as a craft to curate custom, soothing experiences for every client. Making good on the spa’s name, they strip away signs of aging with a comprehensive roster of services, eliminating age-inducing stress with massage, and buffing wrinkles with medical-grade facials, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing treatments. In addition to cleansing skin, they help keep epidermises smooth through hair-removal treatments that uproot fuzz with techniques such as body sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing. Whether returning smoother complexions to faces with IPL acne-clearing treatments, or harvesting wax to make homemade vinyl records during ear candling, the meticulous pamper practitioners aim to keep clients relaxed.
Each one-hour visage revamping begins with a thorough cleansing treatment and is accompanied by a soothing massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. Strive to tighten wizened skin with the C-Quench Facial (a $95 value), which sees one of Elements Salon Spa Retreat's experienced aestheticians infusing skull sheaths with vitamin C and retinol in an attempt to decrease the visibility of wrinkles and sun damage. Those with more sensitive or acne-prone skin should opt for the Oxy Trio Facial (a $90 value) to obtain a countenance that's clearer than Mr. Rogers's background check. Elements Salon Spa Retreat also satiates its guests with complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and snacks.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Licensed massage therapist Katrina Guthrie likens herself to a body mechanic; indeed, the names of her massages sound more like services at an auto shop than a massage center. The Tune Up combines a variety of modalities to forge full-body relief, and the Lube Job takes its name from the essential oils starring in the aromatherapy massage, which invigorates clients’ senses and ensures they don’t stick to their wok-shaped shoes. These whimsical titles belie Katrina’s serious approach to her profession, she possesses a strong belief in human touch as a mechanism for natural healing. Within a quaint brick building, she harnesses natural healing remedies to melt away stresses, aches, and pains from the bodies and minds of her clients.