Alisa Institute of Skin Care's aestheticians work to establish a relationship with each client, beginning with a consultation to discuss a skincare "fitness program" that will treat specific epidermal concerns. A roster of medical peels loosen weathered or damaged skin cells to unveil younger-looking complexions, and microcurrent therapy tones facial muscles until they can bench-press literal handlebar mustaches. Facials hydrate and improve skin texture with organic and aromatherapeutic ingredients.
IPL laser treatments fade freckles or age spots, and ultrasound technology speeds up collagen production. G5 Cellutec therapy equipment massages bodies with vertical and horizontal strokes to induce lymphatic drainage, detoxify the body, and reduce scar tissue.
The tanning pros at Xotic Tan help clients combat alabaster tones with a variety of tanning services. Clients can recline in toasty tanning beds that bronze limbs with customizable intensity. Alternatively, they can step into Mystic tanning booths for quick spritzes of UV-free bronzer, or opt for a custom airbrush tan that allows them to fit in at the beach or to stop getting mistaken for snow.
The nationally accredited European Massage Therapy School transforms students who give great back rubs into licensed massage therapists with all the tools they need for a lifelong career. At their Skokie location, the school offers a variety of massages at their student clinic, where advanced students perform soothing treatments under the watchful eye of an experienced, licensed massage therapist.
Village Hair Design first opened its doors in 1958. This old-fashioned barbershop was a haven for men in need of a classic cut-and-shave at a time when it was unseemly to discuss haircuts in public. In 1977, Mike Blaa became an employee and purchased the shop five years later. This licensed barber—alongside his wife Sherry, a licensed cosmetologist, and licensed aestheticians Geenah and Martha—draws on nearly two decades of experience.
Together, they offer an ecclectic mix of services ranging from clipper cuts and classic shaves to perms, mani-pedis, facials, chemical peels, body wraps, and full-body waxing. They also use their skills to serve their community. Since 1981, Mike has helped the men at a Lakeshore nursing home look their best; Sherry spent more than seven years snipping tresses at Misericordia Homes.
Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute helps launch careers in med spas, plastic-surgery offices, and general spas by providing hands-on training in skin and beauty treatments. The aesthetics program, which has been running for 14 years, prepares students for state board exams with guest lecturers and a cutting-edge curriculum. For students who want to learn advanced techniques, the clinical-aesthetics program teaches skills that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and cellulite treatments. The institute also doubles as a spa, where clients receive affordable treatments that are performed by students under the watchful eyes of instructors.
SoWell Massage offers more than just massage—it's a wellness center that acts as a calming, sacred space for alternative healing and complementary medicine. In addition to licensed therapists offering relaxing massages, there's Reiki, reflexology, and ear candling, along with salt-room therapy and Ayurvedic head massage. The private Cabana treatment room has walls painted to mimic the ocean shoreline and decor that suggests a breezy outdoor cabana. It sets a relaxing scene for you to enjoy a 60-minute deep-tissue massage or to breed seagulls.