The staff at L.A. Massage and Spa understands the role privacy plays in crafting a serene escape. That's why aestheticians personally escort each guest from private lounges to pristine treatment stations, taking care to avoid other guests so that each client feels like they have the entire spa to themselves or like they're living the most relaxing episode of The Twilight Zone.
Guests shuffle through the 3,000-square-foot facility in robes and slippers to enjoy cosmetic treatments that foster wellness from the outside in. Laser hair removal and waxing services subdue unwanted stubble all over the body, and refreshing facials are customized to treat a number of skincare concerns, from combating acne to diminishing fine lines.
Further head-to-toe pampering encompasses detoxifying mud wraps and soothing massages tailored for the specific needs of pregnant women, athletes, and over-squeezed stress balls. Guests can follow up their treatment with an invigorating aromatherapy steam shower infused with a choice from 20 soothing scents.
A cadre of accomplished students mans hp: the college's three Chicago-area salons, where they learn the beauty trade while enhancing client appearances for less than at standard studios. Founded in 1979, the college instructs fledgling stylists in the latest trends and aesthetic remedies with products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Dermalogica. At all three locations, sleek black styling chairs contrast with colorful bottles of hair products and OPI nail polish set amid the comfort of plush pedicure chairs. As students ply their skills on ravishing haircuts and clarifying facials, aesthetics pupils use carefully blended botanicals to add aroma, hydration, and palm-sized zen gardens to manicures and pedicures.
Like many beauty professionals, Taromina Perkins has a handle on hair. But instead of beautifying heads with blowouts, color treatments, and cuts, the licensed aesthetician focuses on hair growing from the eyebrows downward. Eyelashes adopt a more dramatic pop with Reese Robert lash extensions, which come in three tiers ranging from natural-looking to glamorous and, unlike mascara, are waterproof and smudge-proof. Eyelashes may also be tinted to match newly groomed eyebrows, which Taromina custom shapes to flatter each client's differing bone structure and varying appreciation for Groucho Marx. To whisk away hair from the rest of body, she uses an organic wax to leave lips, chins, bellies, and backs smooth for several weeks, and she also offers waxing for bikini lines, Brazilian bikini lines, and other hard-to-reach spots.
Before she was behind the stylist chair at Renew Hair Salon, Diane Gonzalez was behind the scenes at The Oprah Winfrey Show during many of their makeover segments. This, along with a tenure at Mario Tricocci Salon and Day Spa, readied Gonzalez for her own salon. Along with her specialization in hair coloring, Gonzalez excels at customizing each client's look to their lifestyle with haircuts, extensions, and straightening treatments. She also offers bridal packages complete with updos and makeup applications with wedding vows painstakingly inscribed on eyelids.