Most popular service: Brazilian Wax and Microdermabrasion
Brands Used: Bioelements
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Candace Matsuda, owner of Define. Skin Care & Esthetics, oversees many different kinds of services: facials, massages, waxing, and makeup applications, to name a few. She says that her favorite part is always the same, though; she enjoys "the ability to enhance the well-being and confidence of others." She and fellow skincare professionals Emily Gallagher and Jamie Matsey couch that goal within a full spa experience that lets customers feel like they've escaped the world for an hour or two?and that, instead of nothingness, outer space is like a really nice room with whale sounds in it.
Over her years of training—some under award-winning Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan—aesthetician Julie Kline has learned the power a simple skin treatment can do for a person's complexion. At her intimate studio within A Tamara Berry Studio, she calls on enzymes from natural sources to jump-start purification and renewal processes, and she anoints faces with more advanced chemical peels to obliterate the signs of aging. Some of her treatments don't require a single touch: when adjusted to a precise color, her range of light therapies can kill blemish-causing bacteria, boost the production of wrinkle-banishing collagen, or spotlight a talented freckle with Broadway aspirations. Microcurrent facials use painless low-level lasers to firm and tone facial muscles. Julie uses the skincare tools she's assembled to customize her treatments to each client's individual skin issues, whether they involve acne, sun damage, aging, or another aesthetic problem.
A diverse staff of hair specialists and an aesthetician helps About U Salon beautify bodies with meticulous attention. Many staff members have decades of experience in the industry, which they use to clear skin with specialized facials and waxing sessions, as well as add depth to hair with highlights that mimic thin rivulets of rain on the solitary window of life. All services are performed with high-end products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Mantra, and Joico.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Permanent Perfection Permanent Cosmetics? licensed beauticians upgrade clients' appearances with classic and uncommon spa services. During therapeutic cupping treatments, staffers create small pockets of suction to gently increase lymphatic flow, reduce toxins, contour bodies, and ameliorate scarring. To mold shapelier frames, technicians swaddle guests with slimming body wraps or melt fat with ultrasound liposuction. In addition to body treatments, the clinic offers teeth-whitening, facials, and permanent-makeup applications. Permanent Perfection's techs can also remove tattoos by using advanced technology or traveling back in time and trapping your past self in a net.
The beauty buffs at Envy Tan equip their newly opened salon with a collection of beds, spray-tan services, and red-light therapy that aims to bronze and tone the skin. Recline in a 12-minute lie-down bed or rehearse semaphore monologues in a 9-minute stand-up unit, all while soaking in the vitamin D emitted by the traditional Level 2 UV tanning. The pink and white upright Ergoline Beauty Angel chamber bathes bodies in therapeutic non-UV red light, which has been said to stimulate collagen production to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. The rejuvenating beams may refine skin texture, as the vibrating platform underfoot stimulates muscles and politely asks cellulite to leave the room. A trio of VersaSpa spray tan sessions evenly mists hides with a sunless bronzing formula in the comfort of a high-tech booth or low-tech bounce castle.