Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Gina Botich helms her own studio space inside Tinley Park's Jacob McLaine Salon, where she harnesses her extensive experience in high-end beauty emporiums to pamper the head threads of clients. The mane master performs a slate of services, from women's, men's, and children's haircuts to full color or partial highlights. Extensions affix volume and length to coiffures, while a keratin treatment smoothes out frizz and adds sleek shine for up to four months, making hair more manageable and easier to coerce into French braiding itself. In addition to strand services, Gina defuzzes mugs with waxing and prettifies visages with makeup applications for special occasions or glamorous visits to the produce aisle.
Family-owned Blown Away! Hair Salon recently added cosmetic teeth whitening to its lineup of beautifying services, all administered by trained technicians. Each tusk-varnishing session commences with a cuspid wipe-down that removes external impurities and doubloon-stuffed fillings so that the whitening gel can work most effectively. The tooth technician then fills a delicate mouth tray with the whitening gel, which evenly coats the teeth as the customer bites down. A specialized LED light pours into open mouths to speed up the whitening process, beaming down for 20–30 minutes. Following the procedure, guests are gifted with aftercare instructions devoid of reference to obsessive tooth brushing and sandblasters.
As part of the national network of Paul Mitchell beauty schools, Paul Mitchell the School Tinley Park teaches students—or, as the academy refers to them, future professionals—cosmetology and aesthetics skills inspired by the products and services the brand has spent decades perfecting. While expert instructors help students prepare for state board exams and training in advanced techniques, they also supervise their proteges as they practice their skills on public clients or vain houseplants who can reserve salon services at discounted rates. The school was originally opened in 2001 as the first Paul Mitchell School in Illinois, and in 2009 moved to its current 15,000 sq.-ft. studio space outfitted with modern trappings.
From the age of 12, Mz. Kelly started experimenting with hair, using her friends and family as test subjects. She realized that she had a talent for the art, and soon what began as a hobby blossomed into her life’s work: creating styles that leave the hair healthy and make people feel beautiful and confident. She specializes in short ‘dos, creating face-framing shapes and ornate patterns using shears, clippers, and a range of texturizing techniques. By merging these skills with other tools such as hair extensions and curl-boosting rod sets, Mz. Kelly can mold hair into whatever style best suits her clients' features, fashion sense, and pillow shape.
At Nails & Spa by Jenny, clients can simply relax and enjoy being pampered. That's because the nail salon adheres to strict sanitary guidelines, using all disposable, individual tools for each new client. That includes everything from the liner in the pedicure tub to the pumice stones and nail files. With the health of hands and feet always in mind, the techs perform all manner of nail services, from enhancing natural nails with acrylics and gel nails, to pampering extremities with hot-stones and soothing paraffin treatments.