A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Norwest Stylists has deep roots in downtown St. Paul. It was founded as a barber shop more than two decades ago, and expanded over the years to incorporate cosmetologists and nail technicians. Several of the current stylists have worked there from the start.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
The aestheticians at Salon Zeo bathe porous facial skin in reinvigorating, plant-based potions designed to restore suppleness. A skin-savvy staffer begins the one-hour rejuvenation session by massaging of the facial muscles and applying Aveda Green Science skin care products. The natural ingredients smooth out age-defining wrinkles by firming the skin and forging counterfeit birth certificates. A perfecting plant peel then lifts away skin ravaged by the unrelenting effects of the sun and the space-time continuum. This treatment is designed to provide instantaneous exfoliation without the irritation associated with a traditional glycolic peel or all-purpose pharmaceutical leeches.
Mes Amis's experienced cosmetinauts and hairsplorers will work with you to craft a look that not only says "you" but says "hey, you beautiful thing, how you doing?" After your cut, salve the jealousy your feet must be feeling with a soothing pedicure. Soaked in silky emollients, your feet will drink deeply and then lie limply during their subsequent cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and callus removal. Like any good Bollywood movie, there's a happy ending: a calf massage, nail polish, and a last-minute wedding.