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.
Everyone at Oak Brook Salon and Spa is a specialist. Through a combination of technical ability and beauty-industry savvy, these specialists tailor their offerings to clients' unique features and image goals. Hairstylists bring services such as cuts, colors, and deep-conditioning and hot-oil treatments to the table. Skincare experts administer custom facials that target blemishes and signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dinosaur scratches. Oak Brook Salon and Spa also staffs massage therapists to soothe sore muscles and relax troubled minds with aromatherapy, therapeutic, and hot-stone massages. Other options include spa mani-pedis and henna tattooing.
The expert nail technicians at Secret Style Nail Salon decorate digits with manicures and pedicures for men and women. Their basic nail treatments clean up cuticles and reshape nails with filing sessions before ending in a flourish of polished color from brands such as OPI. Techs also harness UV rays to harden no-chip manicures, which is the most practical use of solar-themed power since scientists used the sun to cook the world?s largest pizza.
In addition to showing off their technical skills, staff members also reveal their artistic sides with custom nail art. Using luxe OPI polish, they can decorate nails with creative designs such as animal prints and floral arrangements or hand-painted characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Winnie the Pooh, and the Pink Panther.
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Since founding her refuge of beauty in 1994, owner Amy Russin has amassed a staff of experienced stylists and aestheticians skilled in a variety of beautifying treatments. The menu emphasizes updo upgrades, but extends its aesthetic umbrella to include facial skincare, massage treatments, and manicure services. The glamorous gunslingers strap on bandoliers of products such as OPI, American Crew, Dermalogica, and Pureology to treat hair and hide, and other specialties include body wraps, waxing, and makeup application.
At A'Lovish Spa, the pampering begins almost immediately. Upon entering, every guest receives a warm neck wrap and an invitation to sip cucumber water and herbal tea. The attention only gets more personal from there, especially once guests find themselves in a private treatment room. During a facial, a licensed aesthetician begins cleansing the face with organic plant extracts and lathering a smoothing moisturizing creme on the skin. But there are even more ways to get pampered at A'Lovish, which include invigorating Bodyscrubs, six kinds of facials, and a hot stone paraffin manicure that leaves nails brightly polished and skin soft enough to eliminate fingerprints. The spa also offers waxing and staffs a makeup artist who artistically prepares clients for special occasions.
At Salon 360, homemade cookies help coax each client's inner child back to the surface, lending a helping hand to the stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians who work tirelessly to resurrect lost youth and unveil hidden glamour. Haircuts and coloring treatments for men, women, and children play a staring role on the service menu, with new styles bolstered by products from Joico, Moroccanoil, and Fairy Tales Organic Hair Care. The salon is also certified in Brazilian blowout treatments that grant smoothness and shine to frizzy locks and unraveled knit caps, while heads looking to beef up their thread count find added length and volume with real hair extensions by Great Lengths or SoCapUSA.