As he reported to Sheridan Road Magazine, Charles Ifergan took the first steps toward establishing his hairstyling empire at the age of 13, when he talked his way into a job at the chic Paris salon where his older brother worked. Just a decade later, he settled down in the Chicago area to establish the first of four salon locations and try to convince the John Hancock building to do something about its two glaring cowlicks, and his work has since garnered media features in publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Charles's continually educated stylists keep their deft fingers on the pulse of fashion trends, which they transform into edgy hairstyles for women and men. In addition to drenching hair in deep hydration with moroccan oil and texturizing coifs with Redken products, aestheticians venture to other corners of the body with a concise menu of spa services that includes facials, waxing, body wraps, and mani-pedis.
The aestheticians, hair stylists, and nail technicians at G Skin & Beauty Institute never work alone. As students at the beauty school, they tend to clients as part of their training, always under the watchful eye of an expert. Their comprehensive, supervised services range from haircuts, deep-conditioning, and relaxer treatments to microdermabrasion and complexion-brightening facials. They can also revitalize entire physiques with body wraps. Regardless of the treatment at hand, the team strives to incorporate organic and natural products whenever possible, rather than those made with extracts from the Little Shop of Horrors plant.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian has not only been in the lipo biz since 1981 but also has authored a textbook on the topic and developed several new surgical tools of the trade. Dr. T., who has dubbed himself "Lipodoc" and is backed up by Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery Institute's team, specializes in all manner of fat removal and relocation, both by traditional means and with modern laser technology. He also wipes out wrinkles, veins, unwanted hair, and passé tattoos, and he is able to bring his treatments to many, since he speaks five languages, including Armenian, Arabic, and pigeon.
Felipe Salon's space, complete with polished hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and lofted ceilings with exposed blue ductwork, sets the scene for creativity and fashion-forwardness. The stylists mirror their surroundings with artistic hair designs that incorporate haircutting, texturizing, styling, and coloring tailored to each client's features and personal style. Mani-pedis for men and women are also on the roster, as are brow tints and airbrush makeup applications, which make skin look more even than a basketball game with one LeBron James on each side.
At Pure Ambiance salon, staffers administer refreshing facials and update locks with custom cuts and funky procedures. Feather hair extensions enhance heads with eye-catching plumage, and bling extensions weave tinsel through locks to add hints of shine and improve one's chance at a major-label record deal. Staffers update ’dos for men, women, and children, and each hair appointment begins with a complimentary consultation.
Kaaya Salon and Spa's experienced staff primps paws and pampers faces with relaxing manicures, pedicures, and facials. First, nail stylists trim talons, clip cuticles, and buff away all chalkboard-scratching memories. After guests with newly cleaned claws choose their favorite shade of OPI nail polish, technicians varnish fingers and toes with the selected shimmering shade. Next, spa specialists daub visages with pore-cleansing facials, relieving human emoticons of dead skin, excess oils, and downturned parentheses. While the staff thoroughly mollycoddles clients, the subtle, earth-tone décor sparkles in the reflection of sprawling, shiny mirrors.