Since founding her refuge of beauty in 1994, owner Amy Russin has amassed a staff of experienced stylists and aestheticians skilled in a variety of beautifying treatments. The menu emphasizes updo upgrades, but extends its aesthetic umbrella to include facial skincare, massage treatments, and manicure services. The glamorous gunslingers strap on bandoliers of products such as OPI, American Crew, Dermalogica, and Pureology to treat hair and hide, and other specialties include body wraps, waxing, and makeup application.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The name of our business says it all, My Friend's Place. We open our arms to each and every one of our clients and hope that all who enter as guests, leave as friends.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I wanted to open a salon that was a non-judgmental, relaxed atmosphere.
What do you love most about your job?
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Honest, Loyal, & Great Pricing
Women, men, and kids in search of new a new look have been turning to From The Top Salon for more than 20 years. The Aveda-certified staff happily grant their wishes, cutting hair, brushing on new color, and nourishing locks with the brand's botanically based products. In addition to hair treatments, the stylists fulfill the salon's long-held mission of boosting clients' self-confidence with waxing services, mani-pedis, and makeup lessons.
Sabah Haleem is in good company at Aida Spa, a full-service European salon where stylists and aestheticians pamper their clients from head to toe. They exfoliate skin with facials, offer waxing treatments, and polish nails during relaxing mani-pedis. Any of these treatments pairs nicely with a hairstyling session from Sabah, which may include everything from a flattering cut to a finishing blowout.
Most popular service: Waxing
Brands Used: Matrix, Chi
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
In India, mehndi—intricate, long-lasting patterns painted on the skin with henna—are worn to weddings and other festivities. But just because a bride-to-be lives in Chicagoland doesn't mean she can't experience this traditional body art. New Look Salon's aestheticians have been creating the designs, typically geometric shapes or the names and faces of forgettable second cousins, and performing other pre-wedding Indian beauty services since 2011. They also thread eyebrows, arrange dupattas, and set veiled jewelry in place, and bridal packages or mehndi parties can be performed at New Look or at the customer's home.
The salon performs more everyday beauty services, as well. These include haircuts and coloring with Nexxus and Redken products, Dermalogica facials that address acned or aging skin, and mani-pedis that disguise nails entering the witness protection program with beards drawn on with OPI polish. Clients can sip complimentary coffee, tea, pop, or water during their appointments.
CJ's Salon and Spa has been around since 1998, when it opened under the name Flying Colors. Even though the salon had a new name and location—it moved in June 2009—CJ's staff still offers the same high-quality products and services, including haircuts and color, perms, and no-chip manicures.