John Montalto, a 26-year veteran of the hair-styling industry, delivers a variety of luxurious treatments for men and women at his Western Springs salon and spa. Deft hands transform female tresses with custom cuts and colors and sweep strands into updos for charity balls or cubes. Manly follicles flee from faces after hot shaves, beard trims, and mustache modifications. A mirrored wall reflects aestheticians as they cosset nail beds during mani-pedi, and potted foliage shades clientele during facials, waxing, and various modalities of massage.
Within a clean and modern salon, proprietor Lisa Vogrich and her team of beautification beacons pamper physiques from head to toe with a multitude of services. Savvy strand specialists trim tarnished head helmets into updated shapes during haircuts, offered for women ($40+), men ($22+), children ($15+), and wax statues of children. Highlights ($65+ for partial, $75+ for full) add sunny luster to winter-weary locks, and full color ($60+) treatments are ideal for reformed clowns hoping to be taken seriously in a corporate career. Clients can obtain artfully arched brows ($15) or repel water on arms ($40) and legs ($60) with expert waxing services, or treat five-pronged pals to a manicure ($18), wherein a nail technician relaxes clappers with a massage before soaking, shaping, and painting.
Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
Organic Spa Intelligent Beauty keeps stress, noise, and toxins such as formaldehyde and other inflaming or dehydrating chemicals out of its sanctuary. What’s left is a menu of ultrarelaxing treatments that condition skin with products from organic lines including Éminence and cruelty-free Starflower Essentials. The staff treats acne and reduces sign of aging with facials or exfoliates away dead skin cells from the surface with a Dermafile resurfacing tool. To deliver a safe, sun-kissed glow, tanning technicians coat skin with a fragrance- and paraben-free solution by hand. Using disposable liners, nail technicians preform manicures and pedicures finished with a coat of vegan and cruelty-free polish.