Studio Ritz isn't just named for the glamorous services it provides or the elegant location it holds within the Drake Oak Brook Plaza. The boutique spa is also named after owner, Ritzie Postmus, a nail technician with more than 15 years of experience. Ritzie, along with a dedicated team of stylists and nail technicians, aims to pamper patrons to the fullest, which is why consultations are a top priority at the lavishly decorated space. A gold velvet canopy drapes around a pedicure throne, where feet are softened with callus removal and a jacuzzi soak during three types of pedicure. More than 90 Nail Harmony and 100 magnetic nail-polish bottles frame manicure stations as technicians enhance fingertips with the salon’s specialty no-chip manicures, acrylic tips, and fiber wraps. Nail techs also employ products from OPI, CND, and Gelish, and wield tools sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant.
Ritz's stylists—many of whom are platform artists at beauty shows—further beautify clients with foil highlights that add dimension, a formaldehyde-free KeraSmooth hair-smoothing treatment, and seamless hair extensions that would make Rapunzel take a second look. Knowing that waxing can cause a bit of a sting, Ritzie and her team use Clean + Easy sensitive wax on delicate areas and finish each treatment with an Aveda hydrating mask.
Michelle Myers dreamed of owning her own nail salon for 15 years before Miisha's Nail Spa finally opened its doors in 2012. Today, the passion that helped her persevere is apparent in each and every service she provides inside the luxurious space. Guests hop atop black leather pedicure chairs for one-hour herbal spa pedicures that start with soothing hand soaks before nourishing feet with all-natural botanical masks and moisturizers and fortifying tips with nail strengthener. Fingers can find similar star treatments with manicures that may begin with a soak in gardenia oil, making hands the envy of everyone they slap, and coats of no-chip polish can keep each nail looking fresh for far longer than usual. Marbled tiles and deep-cream walls give Miisha's Nail Spa a luxurious vibe, making it an ideal backdrop for both everyday pampering and private spa parties.
Technicians at Corazon's Nail Salon are well versed in an array of nail treatments ranging from spa manicures and pedicures to acrylic and gel nail applications. At their stations, technicians coat freshly buffed nails with regular polish from OPI or reach for their longer-lasting formulas for chip-free manicures.
As its name implies, Twinkle Toes Nail Salon specializes in pedicures. Though it also offers classic and no-chip manicures, its pedicures go beyond the basics by incorporating ingredients like mint and chocolate. Each spa pedicure involves a suite of indulgent treatments, starting with a scrub, continuing with a massage, and concluding with a coat of polish or a knighting ceremony. The BYOB salon opens its doors to parties, grooming scores of fingers and toes while guests relax and sip wine.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is an oasis of relaxation for everyone—even spa-shy guys. Bertuca's "Just for Him" package pampers physiques without the glitz, with treatments such as a men's haircut, a polish-free manicure and pedicure, and a deep-tissue massage. But that doesn't mean the team can't amp up the glamour for its customers too. Those in search of pampering beauty treatments can opt for hand-painted balayage highlights, sleek Brazilian blow-out treatment, and manicures in every color except the still-elusive neon brown.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.