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.
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.
Among the arches, pillars, and pastel-rose walls of Zena European Salon and Spa, a team of four stylists and one aesthetician attend to their clients with fashionable cuts and targeted skin treatments. Stylists trim tresses in front of a wall of mirrors, and the aesthetician gives faces the royal treatment with a 24K-gold facial under a tropical-island mural and King Midas’ jealous gaze. Since Zena’s trio of stylists accrued experience in Redken coloring techniques, they specialize in highlights and full-color treatments, and can help customers achieve new looks with feather extensions or perms. Along with 15 facials and masks, the salon’s aesthetician can scrub down patrons’ whole bodies with salt and minerals for a glow to rival irradiated glow worms.
Serving services for more than 30 years, Michael Thomas Salon & Day Spa helps transform unruly manes and scuffed soul sacks into lustrous locks and frictionless fleshoskeletons with a bevy of beautifying services performed by a talented staff. A women’s ($45–$70) or men’s ($30–$50) haircut and style or a classy up-do ($65) will chisel hair into eye-catching hair statues, and a French manicure ($23) that includes an arm massage, nail and cuticle conditioning, and crusty peanut butter removal will pretty digit plates. Spiff up frontispieces with a moisturizing European deep cleansing facial ($80), which unclogs pores and extracts impurities by utilizing exfoliation, steaming, and elaborate voodoo dances before applying a relaxing face, neck, shoulder, and confidence massage.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.