Sprucing up a hairdo before a big date, like getting beaned during the World Series, is a guaranteed way to get to first base. Score a smooch with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of salon services at Nelson Group Salon in Palatine.
Nelson Group Salon's namesake owner and his staff of friendly, knowledgeable stylists and aestheticians perform a wide array of beautifying services for hair, nails, and faces. Skillful stylists can trim head-top shrubbery into chic 'dos or badger topiary with a haircut ($35+ for women, $30+ for men, $25+ for children) or splash color into tresses to revamp a look or match a fuchsia-hued aura ($50+). Waxing and threading options remove superfluous fur from numerous bodily regions ($15+), and makeup applications transform facial canvasses into dermal works of art ($50). The salon is housed in a building dating back to 1890, a time when french manicures ($27+) were still imported using horse-drawn airplanes.
Nelson Group Salon
Named a Reader's Choice salon by the Daily Herald in 2012, the Nelson Group Salon staffs skilled stylists who groom clients' locks, skin, and nails using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf. Many of the salon's stylists boast more than a decade of experience and professional training from such coiffure heavyweights as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, which they apply to their services as they snip and color locks in modern styles.
Built in 1890, the salon's charming interior once housed a hospital, which was then subsequently repurposed into a bakery and next into a zombie factory, before finally transforming into its present state more than 20 years ago. Salon owner Nelson, a stylist for more than 23 years, still prefers "old-school German shears" to style ever-evolving haircuts. He emphasizes keeping up with trends and mastering new techniques, saying, "it's not just a job, but a craft."
39 W Slade St.
Palatine, Illinois 60067