Bliss Salon of Winnetka's stylists and designers, each graded according to experience and skill, redesign hair and nails to suit the style goals laid out by clients in personal consultations. Hair takes on a fresh appearance after incorporating waves, straightening, and split-level birdhouse construction, each rated based on whether the service is conducted by a master designer, director, or master director. Colorists and master colorists add new hues to flowing locks, and therapists assuage beleaguered hands and feet using gel nail and paraffin treatments. The warm, studio-lit interior shows off modern décor and framed paintings.
Beneath bright lights and slender chandeliers, Vidal Sassoon–educated owner Robert Gold guides a team of 15 highly trained hair technicians, two aestheticians, and a dedicated nail specialist in mastering a variety of aesthetic services. Deft hands shape strands into precise styles decided on during a one-on-one consultation, or emblazon locks with vibrant highlights and glazes. Traditional nailcare treatments and 10 different facials pamper weary limbs, and full-body waxing prepares clients for beach vacations or Blue Man Group auditions. The staff bolsters their professional skills with an arsenal of professional-grade products from Moroccanoil, Kérastase Paris, and other popular lines.
The success of The Daymaker Salon relies on two distinct principles: design savvy and a commitment to personal attention. The first component walks into the salon every day inside the head of stylist Edmond Selfollari, who spent years training under industry heavyweights Elizabeth Arden and Mario Tricoci. His stylists bolster his keen aesthetic eye with their own, which they continuously hone with ongoing training and education, a dedication to perfection that earned them the honor of acting as stylists for makeover features on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Jenny Jones Show. In service of the second component—commitment to personal attention—every haircare service begins with a complimentary consultation. Stylists chat with clients and listen to their fashion goals and wishes. By the time the scissors come out, stylists know what their clients want and how to use their vast cosmetic knowledge in service of those expectations. The stylists can help their clients to change up their hairstyle or find solutions to color problems such as natural hair tones that wash out the complexion or match a rival debate team's jersey colors.
Village Hair Design first opened its doors in 1958. This old-fashioned barbershop was a haven for men in need of a classic cut-and-shave at a time when it was unseemly to discuss haircuts in public. In 1977, Mike Blaa became an employee and purchased the shop five years later. This licensed barber—alongside his wife Sherry, a licensed cosmetologist, and licensed aestheticians Geenah and Martha—draws on nearly two decades of experience.
Together, they offer an ecclectic mix of services ranging from clipper cuts and classic shaves to perms, mani-pedis, facials, chemical peels, body wraps, and full-body waxing. They also use their skills to serve their community. Since 1981, Mike has helped the men at a Lakeshore nursing home look their best; Sherry spent more than seven years snipping tresses at Misericordia Homes.