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.
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.
The stylists at Who Does Her Hair Salon & Supply expertly create enviable weaves and straighten curls with relaxer treatments. After taking a seat, clients can relax as stylists transform their heads with a stylish cut, sew-in, or other hair service.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Lichtenstein, Markus Nigg can remember sweeping up the hair in his dad's barbershop when he was only 5 years old. Following in his father's footsteps, Markus apprenticed as a barber, but instead of staying in Europe, he came to the United States and continued the tradition of the neighborhood barbershop. Now owner of M.E.N.S. Esquire, Markus keeps the shop as relaxed and welcoming as it was when it opened in 1928. A vintage-style barber pole spins just outside the entrance, and on the other side, an antique red bell announces each guest's arrival. As blues or rock plays on the radio, Markus and his three barbers stand ready by throwback chairs that cushion gents with green leather seats and sturdy metal frames. After visitors sit down, the barbers groom clients with haircuts, hot shaves, beard trims, mustache extensions, and neck cleanups.