Maybe it's something about her warm presence, or her collection of makeup awards. But when a client wanted to teach her blind mother how to apply her own makeup, she went to Clarice Loiacono. Owner of Clarice's Creating Beautiful Looks, Clarice combines her experience in pharmaceuticals with her passion for makeup and skincare. It's the challenge of using her knowledge of compounds and botanicals to achieve beauty goals that Clarice loves. "You're really making people feel good … [It's] like therapy."
Within a stately cream-and-scarlet home in Wheaton—close to Clarice's high school and family—she employs a staff of trusted aestheticians to help her administer customized facials and free follow-up appointments to track complexion improvement. Bea, who Clarice has known since grade school, began working at Clarice's as an intern. After earning experience in the industry at other spas and successfully beautifying gargoyles hoping to catch a special pigeon's eye, Bea returned to Clarice's to revamp skin with products Loiacono herself helped beta test.
Emma boasts more than 30 years of experience transforming her clients’ hair. She takes the time to learn each person’s desires before breaking out her scissors, dye, and straightening treatments. Her clients include women, men, fashion-conscious horses, and kids.
At Glam Rock Hair Studio, stylist Dana Colando cuts and colors the headscapes of clients after private consultations, with products from American Crew and Pravana backing up her work. To steamroll frizzy 'dos, Dana draws upon Coppola express Keratin Treatment's protein-packed serum, leaving locks smooth and manageable for up to eight weeks. Certified in Dreamcatchers hair extensions, Dana can also arm clients with increased length and volume to wow at an evening gala or help a prince climb up the wall of a castle tower.
The talented team at Mitchell Christopher Salon tames wayward follicles and phalange helmets via detailed services. During the 30- to 45-minute shellac manicure, a nail technician gently curtails cuticles, then trims and buffs nails. A colorful coat of shellac polish finally leaves nails shiny enough to reflect their owner's smile and strong enough to resist chipping while husking corn for up to a fortnight. Opt for a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatment to banish frizz, curls, and birds' eggs from your follicles. The two-hour process is safe for all hair types, and shiny results can last up to four months.
Min Lin Salon's stylists have coifed the likes of such celebrities as Michael Douglas and Tommy Lee and use their advanced style savvy to spoil everyday locks in the latest trends. In a mere 20 minutes, the salon's hair mavens add flare to three sections of hair with feathers culled from brand names such as Fine Feathers and Great Lengths, fusing each winged wisp to strands with the help of micro-links beads, keratin-protein bonds, or gentle cooing from an on-call mother hen. Capable of withstanding hot styling tools heated up to 450 degrees, the avian-inspired tufts can be styled much like normal hair and are easily straightened, curled, washed, and blow-dried alongside the natural head tassels. The runway-ready plumes can last up to four months, and personages can pay a visit to Min Lin Salon for quick removal just in time for fall's feathered mustache trend.
The gurus at Colorific Hair Color Salon believe that in order to successfully transform looks, you need a plan. Before any strands shift hues, a director colorist meets with new clients to craft an attack strategy based on their hair type, facial features, and desire to camouflage themselves in a field of wheat. A dedicated technician then custom blends a mix of Schwarzkopf color products, deftly painting and using foils to create the desired look.
Although their products are high quality and their services are indulgent, Colorific’s crew keeps costs low. To do this, they let patrons blow-dry and finish their own look at a self-styling station. But for those seeking a full-service salon day, they also offer precision cuts, styling lessons, and makeup applications using the natural, preservative-free bareMinerals line by Bare Escentuals.