Sue, of Sue's Hair Removal, brings years of experience to ancient sugaring methods (called shelta) and customized facials. Through the Middle Eastern practice of shelta , Sue quickly and effectively evicts unwanted tendrils from across the body for up to four weeks. Her facial services release nutrient-rich ingredients into the epidermis, brightening skin with vitamin C, exfoliating it with Dead Sea salts, and nourishing it with hyaluronic acid, plenty of water, and classical music.
Board-certified physician and surgeon Dr. Mohammad Ghani and his trained staff eliminate unwanted body fuzz with laser hair-removal treatments suitable for most skin types. During each treatment, a licensed medical aesthetician hovers an Alma laser over the desired patch of follicle foliage, destroying each hair down to the root with pulses of light and withering insults about its keratin content. They can also wield a CoolGlide laser to treat darker skin. The treatment can evict hair from a small area⎯preparing bikini lines, hands, or feet for the lead role in a remake of Flipper ⎯ or defur large areas such as the chest and back.
Creations is an appropriate word for Simply Amazin Hair Creations to include in its name—the salon's specialty is working with various types of hair extensions, using them to create length, volume, and thickness. Stylists use wefts of virgin Indian and Russian hair, gluing, sewing, or microlinking them to natural hair. Of course, the stylists also perform traditional salon services, including cuts, color, and relaxers, for hair that hasn't had a vacation in years.
Makeup artist Lauren Doerries uses her pigments, powders, and liners to enhance—not cover up—her clients' natural beauty. It's a talent that she has honed for years at esteemed schools and spas in London, New York, and Chicago. Over time, she has taken that knowledge and applied it to a wide swath of clients, from runway models to brides and special-effects departments. But her ease with a brush and a wand doesn't limit her to only applying makeup—she also takes pride in sharing her skills during makeup tutorials and games of Trivial Pursuit: Makeup Edition.
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.