Warm leaf-green walls ascend from a sprawling hardwood floor at Sizzor Trix, where friendly beauty boosters tend to nails and hair in equal measure. The waiting area’s black leather loveseats overlook an immaculate, mirror-lined space where shears snip through men’s and women’s haircuts, and a mani-pedi station renovates digits. Patrons sink into a plush pedicure chair that, unlike those at most conventional salons, comes equipped with a foot-soaking tub not swarming with orphaned jellyfish. With gentle hands and sharp eyes, an expert eyebrow threader excises superfluous strands using the ancient method, less painful than traditional plucking, of tying thin cotton threads through brows to speedily strip foreheads.
It's all about the experience at Anointed Nails & Spa. And the Blue Island beauty shop's team ensures that experience ends with feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation. The pampering reaches a peak with the spa mani-pedi, which uses heated stones to ease knots in the lower legs and hands.
The nail technicians draw from a tool box of OPI, Essie, and China Glaze shades along with no-chip polishes and acrylic tips. With these, they create intricate nail art with myriad colors, vibrant decals, and rhinestones specifically designed to jazz up jazz hands. The team also removes facial hair with warm wax and adds volume to lash lines with extensions.
Though the technicians specialize in laser cosmetics, a slew of other clinical-grade therapies comprise the spa's treatment list. Dr. Mohammad Razzaque performs or supervises every treatment and, along with aesthetic technician Lorraine, ushers skin toward its smoothest, most vibrant self. Together they reduce acne, age-related facial sagging, and unwanted hair with customized laser treatments. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion and Botox help mugs look as youthful and wrinkle-free as freshly ironed eggs.
Keep It Young’s professional, certified aestheticians act as comfort concierges, summoning their experience and a philosophy of treating spa services as a craft to curate custom, soothing experiences for every client. Making good on the spa’s name, they strip away signs of aging with a comprehensive roster of services, eliminating age-inducing stress with massage, and buffing wrinkles with medical-grade facials, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing treatments. In addition to cleansing skin, they help keep epidermises smooth through hair-removal treatments that uproot fuzz with techniques such as body sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing. Whether returning smoother complexions to faces with IPL acne-clearing treatments, or harvesting wax to make homemade vinyl records during ear candling, the meticulous pamper practitioners aim to keep clients relaxed.
A Chat with Core Essentials
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Licensed Massage Therapist and Nurse specializing in treatment therapy
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Being a nurse for many years inspired me to find alternatives to help people reduce pain other than with medication
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing my clients improve and pain decrease, their smiles
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
One of my living social clients stated "Tanya has magic hands" reducing pain
A Cut Above Hair Studio is a Redken Elite Salon. That means the on-staff hairstylists, colorists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists not only boast years of practice, but they do their diligence to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques.
Over on the salon side, stylists provide designer cuts personalized to each client; they'll add color, give hair shape and volume, or straighten it to create a look that suits their client's individual features and lifestyle. Skincare services are just as personalized—during the custom spa facial, aestheticians employ warm towels, toners, moisturizers, and steam to wrestle out whatever blemishes are interfering with skin's natural radiance. Massages and body wraps round out the pampering services, offering respite from stresses such as work deadlines or trying to get your dog to eat your homework.