Sunshine pours in through the lofty front window, illuminating hardwood floors, shelves of advanced haircare products, and warm walls speckled with photographs. Seasoned stylist whisk about the room, administering professional haircuts, mani-pedis, and facials. The expert specialists have spent the last 20 years perfecting their craft, mastering European techniques for both skin and hair care.
Fox Valley Tanning & Massage does its best to leave nothing to chance. When lamps in a fleet of UV beds reach 60% of their lifespan, staffers swap them out—ensuring no tanning session will leave guests in the dark. They have also corralled two VersaSpa spray tan booths and Mystic HD technology, which prevent streaking, prep the skin for better color, and provide refuge for out-of-work Super Soakers. In addition to bronzing patrons, the staff soothes internal woes with five massage modalities and Formostar infrared body wraps.
Stylists at Elite Edge Hair Salon cut and color the manes of male and female clients, realizing the style goals laid out in a complimentary personal consultation. Behind their sleek leather styling chairs, stylists carefully weave So.Cap hair extensions in more than 81 different colors and three different textures, which last for up to six months. They also coat unruly strands with keratin straightening treatments, which work to keep hair as smooth as the freestyle raps of an audiobook narrator.
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.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Addy first became fascinated with eyelashes on a trip to Vietnam, when she encountered a number of women who possessed long, luxurious lashes. After falling in love with the look of lush lashes, she decided to open Eye Love Lash & Nail Studio. Today, Addy calls upon five years of experience as she applies partial or full sets of faux lashes to individual, natural lashes. Sets range from the cat-eye look—with lashes applied only in corners of the eyes—to dramatic, all-encompassing bridal looks. Addy also offers a slew of nailcare services enhanced by sugar scrubs, light massages, and organic shea butter.