Lauded for their hair coloring wizardry by Citysearch.com, Joseph Drozd Salon's accomplished stylists bestow dazzling looks within an ultra clean and technologically advanced studio. Behind the façade's white door and picturesque stone storefront, stylists boost salon I.Q.s with up to date training in the application of Coppola Keratin Complex and other advanced treatments. The eponymous Joseph emphasizes client comfort and safety, making sure each stylist is certified in the proper application of chemical treatments and employing an antimicrobial salon chair that has received all its necessary shots.
John Montalto, a 26-year veteran of the hair-styling industry, delivers a variety of luxurious treatments for men and women at his Western Springs salon and spa. Deft hands transform female tresses with custom cuts and colors and sweep strands into updos for charity balls or cubes. Manly follicles flee from faces after hot shaves, beard trims, and mustache modifications. A mirrored wall reflects aestheticians as they cosset nail beds during mani-pedi, and potted foliage shades clientele during facials, waxing, and various modalities of massage.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Stylists have good reason to stick around The Salon By David and William. If they gain enough experience, they can move up the ranks from junior to senior to master stylist. It’s one way the salon retains its most promising talent, who together make up perhaps the most essential component in the salon’s ability to create contemporary looks. The stylists can attach extensions to make hair longer and fuller, or they can add a permanent wave that subtly appeals to surfers in landlocked countries. Elsewhere in the salon, beauty pros smooth out skin with waxing treatments and reduce the appearance of cellulite with toning body wraps, and massage therapists work through tension and alleviate chronic pain with Swedish or deep-tissue massages.
Hairstyling is in Terry Abraham's blood. The third-generation stylist comes from a line of hairstylists who have been managing manes for more than 80 years. Continuing in his family's footsteps, Terry partnered with 20-year master stylist Anthony Tuzzolino––who boasts world-wide training with such names as Leland Hirsh and Gambuzza––to create iDesign Salon, where today the duo pools their 50 years of combined expertise to transform tresses with products from Bumble and bumble, Moroccanoil, and Aquage. Proficient in color, the salon's self-proclaimed specialty is in the creation of "gorgeous blonds," which they fashion with help from Schwartzkopf Professional Color and advice whispered from a framed photo of Veronica Lake.