Beauty & Spas in Vernon Hills

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The "ZaZa" in ZaZa Salon and Day Spa is a portmanteau of its owners names: Helen Zarovsky and her son Leo Zarovsky. But the 3,500-square-foot facility is more than a fusion of the Zarovsky's 20 years of industry experience; it's an amalgam of their devotion to quality education (they employ a team of stylists and European-trained aestheticians and nail technicians). Each stylist takes their specialization to an art-form, focusing on cuts, colors, or styles. ZaZa Salon and Day Spa combines their experience with impeccable customer service. This means that each client is greeted with a complimentary drink from the espresso and juice bar, and that every service is performed in only the most sanitary environment.

Recessed lighting and golden, mod hanging lamps illuminate the dark wood salon floor, complementing the warm color scheme and orange accents throughout. It's here that stylists draw from their top-notch arsenal of Oribe, Kevin Murphy, Moroccanoil, and organic Davines products to revamp tresses, as nail techs redo digits with OPI and essie shades or apply no-chip and UV gel manicures. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians reach for vitamin-rich Dermalogica and Intaglio skincare formulas to brighten complexions, and use regular wax, blue Azulene wax, sugar wax, and threading to remove hairs from sensitive skin and fragile peaches.

1101 S Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

Mariola's staff strives to bestow clients with an eco-friendly spa experience replete with live plants that oxygenate the air and organic bamboo linens laundered with sustainable products. After sipping complimentary organic herbal tea, clients disappear to private treatment rooms warmed by tea lights where aestheticians administer beauty services with Nufree botanical wax-free hair-removal syrup or Éminence Organic Skin Care products from Hungary, forged from fruit and plants by a workforce of trees.

3976 Route 22
Long Grove,
IL
US

Vero's menu silences the chatters of sweet teeth with sugar-laced treats such as Venetian-style fried dough, decadent hot and cold specialty drinks, and more than 60 flavors of homemade gelato and sorbet. Dessert definitions are challenged with bowls of frosty spaghetti and meatballs ($4.99), which feature noodle-shaped vanilla gelato festooned with coconut shavings, a strawberry topping, and two spherical scoops of chocolate ice cream. Mouths can celebrate the union of divergent temperatures as they nibble through the warm fried-dough base and unwarm gelato ceiling of the hot-and-cold sundae dough ($5.99), or revel wholly in frozen flavors with a fresh-squeezed lemon shaky ($2.49), both refreshing and sweet, like a school teacher who dispenses discipline with a super soaker. Pep-deficient steps might opt for one of Vero’s coffee-based libations, such as a black eye ($2.49 for a single) that slugs exhaustion with a one-two punch of fresh coffee and two espresso shots.

1720 North Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

On weekends, Salon G's team of stylists and aestheticians often arrives well before the business technically opens. That’s because they’re there to prep bridal parties for their big race down the aisle. They sculpt nails on everybody, create updo's for bridesmaids, and design the bride's complete hairstyle, including the look and placement of the veil.

It's not just brides who benefit from the stylists' expertise, however. The hair designers spend most of their time creating manageable, everyday looks for clients. To accent these designer cuts, they often add highlights or, for men, condition and trim beards. They keep some heavy-duty treatments in their arsenal as well. Depending on the desired look, they might install natural hair extensions or apply keratin treatments to eliminate frizz and unwanted comparisons to Phil Spector.

275 Evergreen Dr
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

The team at Venus vs Marz Luxury Spa Lounge pampers clients of both sexes with facials, massages, waxing, and nail services, which pair well with their line-up of signature drinks. While sipping glasses of wine or champagne-based cocktails, guests cloaked in white robes sink into plush purple benches as they dip their feet in soothing, whirlpool-free pedicure sinks during mani-pedis. Clients who opt for the Nuclear Fusion package relish in a mani-pedi, massage, and VM signature cocktail—champagne and a splash of peach, mango, and orange juice—and guys can down a beer as nail techs tend to their hands and feet with male-centric mani-pedis.

Beyond catering to their clients’ needs, the staff also focuses on sanitation. They sterilize all equipment in an autoclave after each service to meet the standards of hospitals and their moms’ chore wheel.

281 West Townline Road
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

In reflexology, the feet are seen as nerve maps, rife with pressure points to heal the body's many systems. Applying pressure to these areas allows the practitioners at Relax Magic to access deeper aches noninvasively––without surgery or harmful medicines. The facility's licensed therapists are also specialists in ancient acupressure techniques. Like reflexology, this technique uses healing meridians along the body to target deep tension and promote relaxation.

700 North Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

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