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.
Since opening in the early 1990s with just four stores, L.A. Tan has expanded into a national brand that counts more than 180 locations in six states. Members can tan at any location they wish, selecting from services that range from at least five levels of high-end UV beds to spray-tan booths from top brands such as Mystic Tan and VersaSpa. Anyone unsure of how to navigate all the options can seek advice from one of L.A. Tan's certified tanning professionals, who know each tanning bed on a first-name basis. They also give consultations, build custom packages based on individual skin type, and offer take-home products that help tans last longer. Dependent on the location, spray tanning systems will vary; call desired location for further details.
The beauticians at Vanity Chicago have created a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life where their clients can relax and indulge in a range of pampering treatments. Facials cleanse and exfoliate complexions, leaving them dewier than a slip 'n' slide at dawn, and body wraps melt down fat stores and boost circulation. Spray-tan artists keep their weapons loaded with Norvell sunless solution, misting clients down in a choice of three hues—sun kissed, beautifully bronzed, or deeply dark.
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 body scrubs, 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.
Located inside A Suite Salon in Oakbrook Terrace, SpaBlu Facial & Waxing is a beauty spa dedicated solely to skin services. Licensed aesthetician and owner Maryanne Efe, whose career has taken her as far away as Istanbul and to high-profile areas such as Chicago's Michigan Avenue, gently removes unwanted hair from the body and tightens pores in her private spa with facials that use Yon-Ka products.
At Skincare by Melissa, an aesthetician and makeup artist with 15 years of experience helps enhance each client's appearance with facials, peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and waxing. Her skincare services seek to eliminate the effects of acne, reverse the signs of aging, and improve complexions.