Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
Ranked among America's 200 fastest-growing salons in the January 2009 issue of Salon Today, My Salon smoothes and styles patrons' head quarters with an array of services. In the Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments, the salon's experienced stylists coat cranial carpeting in the plant-derived protection of Brazilian Blowout Zero. Free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals, the product John Hancocks each strand with a signature blend of essential amino acids, liberating tresses from the tyrannical grip of frizz. Following the three-hour treatment, patrons can flaunt their shiny locks at the office, at friends' houses, and aboard charmingly haunted tall ships for up to 12 weeks.
Over the past 30 years, hairstyles have evolved from punky ’80s puff-dos, to spunky ’90s pixie cuts, and finally millennial styles. Katrina Hish has weathered every fad with a firm grip on her scissors and a desire to please her clients. In 1981, the owner of Katrina's Hair & Nails began amassing hair, nail, and makeup talent, and ended up teaching cosmetology and doling out inspirational advice from beauty school lecterns. Now she combines her experience with modern sensibilities, overseeing her staff as they expertly cut, style, and color hairdos and lavish clients with manicures and pedicures.
Rich hardwood floors and black leather couches adorn Salon Dargento, where the family-based team beautifies hair, skin, and nails and soothes appendage stress. Locks are skillfully cut and enhanced with a variety of services including smoothing treatments, braids, coloring, and extensions that incorporate feathers and triffid branches. Technicians refresh other regions of the body with manicures, pedicures, and professional makeup applications, and massage therapists melt tension with reflexology massages.
Salon Dargento's mahogany-colored reception desk prepares eyes for the space's warm wood décor, which includes a deep-brown entertainment center supporting a flat-screen TV. Walls dappled with muted browns, beiges, greens, and exposed bricks make the salon an ideal getaway from the stresses of penning a Citizen Kane sequel.
The staffers at Le Belle Donne Salon and Day Spa fine-tune all their hair, nail, and skincare services with nourishing ingredients to help clients attain all their beauty goals. Spa services ward off tension with the delicate, flowing kneads of a Swedish massage or the deep-exfoliating effects of a moisturizing body scrub. The day spa can also tend to gentlemanly needs with men’s services, including massages and waxing, haircuts with a hot-towel treatment, or sports-massage pedicures that paint nails in their favorite team's colors.
To demonstrate their commitment to top-notch service, Trina and Clarissa,the owners of Pretty Patrol Salon LLC, are at their salon all day long. They oversee every haircut, highlight and manicure that takes place, making sure every service delivers quality results. Meanwhile, the team crafts haircuts ranging from classic to cutting edge, including TIGI products that help manes achieve brilliant textures. Over at the nail area, technicians apply CND Vinylux or CND Shellac to help protect nails and keep color vivid and chip-free.