The keratin-square technicians at A & J Nails indulge toe tips with soothing, thorough pedicures. Tootsies soften in a relaxing soak before toenails shift shapes to form smooth arches or pointy triangles perfect for precision texting. Cuticles, calluses, and rough patches retreat to reveal velvety skin and long-lost birth marks; then pedicure pros layer polish atop bare nails to ensure that toes make good first impressions on new pairs of autumn boots. Clients can choose their color from a spectrum of high-quality Essie and OPI colors, each designed to attract sleeping puppies to chilled feet.
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.
Stylists at CK Studio Salon & Spa view styling hair less as a job than an art. They craft artful looks for Chicagoland customers, snipping hair into custom cuts, applying extensions, and constructing updos that keep hair off the face more effectively than a forehead awning. Aestheticians utilize their waxing talents by removing unwanted body hair. To reduce skin irritation after waxes, they apply 100% pure cold pressed Argan Oil which also keeps the skin feeling soft.
After more than 25 years in the business, European-style facials are second nature to Advanced Treatments of Skin Care’s aesthetician Anna. She relies on opulent and preservative-free Bio Jouvance Paris products, as well as Estelle Professional Skincare products, to perform each facial. She’s mastered ultramodern skincare techniques as well; her repertoire encompasses diamond-tip microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and nonsurgical face-lifts.
Aesthetician Jenny Bentan has kept nails in check with specialty manicuring services for more than 20 years. Drawing on this extensive experience, Jenny outfits fingers with everything from acrylic sets to high-end polishes by OPI and Essie to long-lasting Gelish polish. This durable coating offers chip-free protection even when hands are subjected to grueling tasks such as doing the dishes or milking the rattlesnakes.