A waiting area like a fine parlor⎯complete with soft leather furniture, honey-hued hardwood floors, and a vase of flowers perched atop a coffee table⎯welcomes guests into the specialized laser spa. During Laser l'Amour's signature hair-removal treatments, Dr. Margaret Sierantowicz wields Palomar StarLux lasers to free skin of unwanted fuzz with minimal discomfort and no downtime. Clients strut from treatment rooms after gaining a boost in confidence for beach season or an aerodynamic advantage for human-cannonball-school-admissions season. The staff also administer laser-free microdermabrasions and peels designed to leave skin softer, smoother, and scarless.
30 minutes. That's all the time Simple Touch Beauty's licensed skincare specialists need to beautify complexions with an express facial, composed of a basic cleanse, exfoliation, and optional extractions. However, give them more time, and they show off their repertoire of more luxurious treatments. Their collagen facial, for example, helps minimize wrinkles with a collagen-infused mask. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, sloughs away dead skin cells, refreshing faces without dousing them in Sprite.
For more than two decades, Shear Hair Care has tended to the manes of Elk Grove residents with skill. Under the guidance of owner Tiffiny and manager Jessica, the stylists create fetching coiffures using professional products from Redken and put uncooperative frizz back on the well-behaved path with straightening Brazilian blowouts. The salon also stocks at-home editions of products from Redken and Matrix, helping clients recreate their looks from the comfort of their own dressing rooms.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Hair Studio 626 tends to beauty needs with salon services that refresh their clients' appearances from the ends of their hair to the tips of their toenails. Staffed by an experienced team of nail technicians, hairdressers, and stylists specialized in barbering, the salon hosts mani-pedis, hairstyling and texturizing, and hair removal by way of waxing, threading, or extradition.
As a child, Michael Perich watched in awe as the women in his life enhanced their features and self-esteem by applying makeup. His wonder turned into passion when he became an expert in color theory and cosmetic techniques. As his talent grew, so did his portfolio, media recognition, and the pressure to sell, sell, sell. He found himself disillusioned. So in 2004, he opened Camp Cosmetics to return to his true passion—educating women and helping them feel beautiful and confident. Today, his Chicagoland store provides cruelty-free products made with botanical extracts and high pigment levels that keep reapplication to a minimum.