A cadre of accomplished students mans hp: the college's three Chicago-area salons, where they learn the beauty trade while enhancing client appearances for less than at standard studios. Founded in 1979, the college instructs fledgling stylists in the latest trends and aesthetic remedies with products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Dermalogica. At all three locations, sleek black styling chairs contrast with colorful bottles of hair products and OPI nail polish set amid the comfort of plush pedicure chairs. As students ply their skills on ravishing haircuts and clarifying facials, aesthetics pupils use carefully blended botanicals to add aroma, hydration, and palm-sized zen gardens to manicures and pedicures.
Students at Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology hone essential skills in styling, refining, and pampering in 17,000 square feet of salon-focused space. Advanced apprentices lavish real-world clients with beauty services at a lower rate than that found at standard salons, helping them to sharpen their skills as their subjects bask in artful hair styling, skin treatments, and nail services.
The salon is vivid in shades of marine blue and mauve, and the lobby bubbles fresh water over a brilliantly tiled fountain, where clients and students alike gaze at their reflections or beseech the water for hints about whether to choose a standard or french-tipped manicure.
Rich hardwood floors and black leather couches adorn Salon Dargento, where the family-based team beautifies hair, skin, and nails and soothes appendage stress. Locks are skillfully cut and enhanced with a variety of services including smoothing treatments, braids, coloring, and extensions that incorporate feathers and triffid branches. Technicians refresh other regions of the body with manicures, pedicures, and professional makeup applications, and massage therapists melt tension with reflexology massages.
Salon Dargento's mahogany-colored reception desk prepares eyes for the space's warm wood décor, which includes a deep-brown entertainment center supporting a flat-screen TV. Walls dappled with muted browns, beiges, greens, and exposed bricks make the salon an ideal getaway from the stresses of penning a Citizen Kane sequel.
The Stylists at Just Teasin' Hair Salon snip hair, sculpt contemporary styles, and enhance their work with Paul Mitchell hair and color products. The spacious salon glows with natural lighting from its plentiful windows. As the stylists get busy, clients relax in salon chairs in front of stylish arched mirrors. All of the staff continue to educate themselves on new trends and technology in the salon world, from innovative hairstyles to gels that make hair sprout its own umbrella in the rain.
Golden-hued walls radiate warmth inside Trendsetters Salon and Spa, where an equally inviting staff stands eager to turn envisioned hairstyles into reality. With the help of Redken and Pureology products, stylists clip, color, and highlight locks. An aesthetic team mirrors the styling team's customer-service focus, but instead leads clients to treatment rooms more private than a diary’s secret bibliography. Inside, staff members perform massages, spray tans, waxing, and facials.