Trendbar at goldplaited

Happy Lollapalooza, Chicago! As promised, PrettyQuick is bringing you the best events and salon promotions in the city! This weekend, our friends at goldplaited are offering $30 dry style (read: bunsbraidsfauxhawks) appointments to get you festival ready. With every dry style appointment you receive a complimentary flash tattoo of your choice. 

Image via Goldplaited

Image via Goldplaited

Our PrettyQuick team member, Justine, stopped by goldplaited last night to see just what their Trend Bar was all about. End result? She walked out with a chic braid crown and a metallic gold flash tattoo to add a little glam to her weekend.

What PrettyQuick loves most about goldplaited is their top of the notch customer service, their  talented technicians, and most importantly - their gold inspired salon space.

To book your appointment for this weekend, head on over to PrettyQuick and book your dry style! We couldn't think of a better way to start your weekend, can you?

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Agnes O

All it took was one look inside Agnes O and the PrettyQuick team was hooked. 

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Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast just minutes away from fine dining, boutique shopping, and the glamorous Magnificent Mile – Agnes O is a one stop shop for all things beauty. With dressing rooms and comfortable couches on location, it doesn't get more glam than this ladies!

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Our beauty editor, Shanna's, first visit to Agnes O was one to remember. Upon being greeted by Agnes herself, Shanna was blown away by the beautiful salon space. She described Agnes as "extremely hands-on, involved, and caring." What's better than an owner who is constantly improving, educating, and growing not only herself but her team of talented technicians?  

During Shanna's visit, she received one of Agnes O's noteworthy blowouts. Can you think of a better way to start your day? What Shanna loved most was the teaching aspect of her service and being able to leave there with some tricks + techniques to do at home. 

The end result? Shanna left Agnes O with her hair looking full and smooth, with a ton of body and bounce.

Lucky for all of you, Shanna got the inside scoop on one of the incredible services Agnes O offers that you can't find anywhere else in the city. Halo Hair Extensions are natural, comfortable, and affordable hair extensions. Agnes O explains that the halo hair goes all the way around your head, instead of starting and stopping in different places. The halo hair extensions are the perfect way to achieve a long, full, gorgeous body of hair. 

If you're looking to book your first of many appointments with Agnes O, we've got you covered here. 

For exclusive tips and tricks from owner Agnes and the excellent team head on over to Celebritized in Chicago!

Blowtique Chicago

Happy lollapalooza week, Chicago! You didn't think we'd leave out on one of the best festival hair-trends of the season did you? Remember our beauty editor, Shanna? Well... she's back with the inside scoop on the fishtail braid brought to you by one of Chicago's premiere blow-out salons, Blowtique.

PrettyQuick and our beauty editors love Blowtique and their talented team of stylists. Shanna was instantly impressed when her stylist was able to duplicate the exact look Shanna showed her in their consultation.

Here are a few tips Shanna learned from her stylist at Blowtique. I know we'll be saving these for this weekend.

  1. If your hair is dry I would squirt 3-4 sprays of water on the bottom half of your head to make it easier. Brush your hair out with a big brush, and then use a small comb to get the perfect part.
  2. Then split the hair into 2 parts 
  3. Then take one piece from part 1 and bring it over to part 2, then take one piece from part 2 and bring it over to part 1. After one complete set (of bringing 2 pieces over to the opposite side) pull the hair gently to secure the set in. Continue all the way down to the bottom, and then put a rubber band in at the bottom to secure the braid.
  4. Squirt again lightly with water, and spray down any fly-aways!
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What we love:

  1. They're open till 9pm so you can get your hair fix in late.
  2. They offer an amazing Oribe deep conditioning treatment to counteract the nefarious effects of heat styling.
  3. Their downstairs lounge is a good spot for bridal, bachelorette, or corporate events.

Make sure you head on over to Celebritized in Chicago to see Shanna's final look. To book an appointment with Blowtique's braid bar or other blow-out services, visit PrettyQuick

 

Spa Boutique at The Godfrey Hotel

Pssst....did you hear? Chicago's newest boutique hotel, The Godfrey, also has a luxurious spa offering everything from massages to facials that are tailored specifically for your skin care needs. Our PrettyQuick Beauty Editor, Shanna Lakin, let us take a sneak peek into her spa experience at The Godfrey Hotel's Spa Boutique

Here's the scoop -

From the moment Shanna walked into the Spa Boutique she was instantly impressed. Upon being greeted by the friendly and informative front desk staff, Shanna was led to their relaxing lounge area before her appointment. While waiting, spa guests can enjoy fresh lemon water and relaxing music to set the mood before their services. 

Shanna went with the 50 minute Rest Massage, the perfect option to relieve fatigue and stress in the body. She loved that the massage was enough to rejuvenate, refresh and relax her. The massage technician was able to design Shanna's massage around her needs and tension areas. Let's just say stress and tightness were no longer an issue post massage. 

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Shanna explains that, "from start to finish, my experience at The Godfrey Spa Boutique was flawless, relaxing, refreshing, and will most definitely keep me coming back for more."

The luxurious Spa Boutique at the Godfrey Hotel is centrally located in one of the highest energy points of River North. The Godfrey, being in the heart of the city, is just a quick walk away from Michigan Avenue and some of our favorite Gold Coast boutiques and restaurants. 

What to know:

  • The spa staff is made up of highly trained and experienced licensed therapists who give you exactly what you ask for, and will design the entire spa treatment around fitting your individual needs.  
  • All products used in the spa are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Major points in our book!
  • Many Chicago athletes and celebrities have been spotted indulging at The Godfrey Spa Boutique.
  • The spa provides relaxation treatment rooms for couples or can be offered in the privacy of your hotel room.
  • Although Spa hours are M-F 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm, after hour services, as well as off-site appointments, are available with advance notice.
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Chemistry Conditioning Treatment at Swerve

We all love summer, but hate the frizz that comes along with it! Having unruly summer hair,  I've tried multiple anti-frizz sprays and leave in conditioners, nothing has quite stuck out....

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...Until Elle at Swerve Salon introduced me to Redken Chemistry Treatment.  This amazing smoothing process gives you the benefits of keratin treatment at a tiny fraction of the cost and time!

Redken Chemistry Treatment has protein to help repair, strengthen, and replenish hair. The Redken Chemistry service is a 2-step professional in-salon treatment that takes about 15 minutes.

Here's how it works:

1)  The stylist will assess your hair strands to understand exactly what you need.

2) 1 of 6 treatment "shots" will be thrown into your conditioning treatment depending on its consistency:

  • Extreme Shot for distressed hair

  • Color Extend Shot for color-treated hair

  • Clear Moisture Shot for normal/dry hair

  • All Soft Shot for dry/brittle hair

  • Smooth Down Shot for very dry/unruly hair

  • Real Control Shot for dense/dry/sensitized hair

3) You'll walk out of the salon looking and feeling like a million bucks. Hair will be smooth and shiny without frizz for at least 4-6 weeks. 

Enjoy! I know I did....

 

 

BlowOuts & Bronzing: GlowOut Launches in West Loop

We had the great pleasure last week of popping in to the West Loop's new GlowOut, the brilliant brainchild of Jenn Dieas.  GlowOut grew out of Golden Girl, the boutique airbrush tanning operation Jenn lovingly started years ago.  Now she's repositioned Golden Girl as  GlowOut.  YES!  We're not kidding.  The best of tanning meets a blowout bar.  Now clients can pop in for expert airbrush tanning, blowouts, manis, and pedis.  Literally everything you need before a night out on the town.  (or a lunch meeting!  or just because!!)

 

Coco enjoys a blowout and champagne in the gorgeous new GlowOut space.  You feel like you're with your best friends in a chic loft-like environment.

Coco enjoys a blowout and champagne in the gorgeous new GlowOut space.  You feel like you're with your best friends in a chic loft-like environment.

Coco and the whole GlowOut gang in their gorgeous new space! Jenn has carefully selected top-notch talent and everyone is all smiles.

Coco and the whole GlowOut gang in their gorgeous new space! Jenn has carefully selected top-notch talent and everyone is all smiles.

No paper waste at GlowOut.  Catch up on all your reading on their IPAD's stocked with the latest mags.

No paper waste at GlowOut.  Catch up on all your reading on their IPAD's stocked with the latest mags.

Amika styling line  - means girlfriend in Latin… the perfect eco-friendly niche product for long-lasting, touchable styles.

Amika styling line  - means girlfriend in Latin… the perfect eco-friendly niche product for long-lasting, touchable styles.

Even the powder room is adorable!  We promise you'll appreciate the dark walls, vintage architectural  touches, and gauzy curtains.  

Even the powder room is adorable!  We promise you'll appreciate the dark walls, vintage architectural  touches, and gauzy curtains.  

St. Patrick's Day Beauty Tips

  1. Smokin' Green Eyes: It's all about green this weekend! Go all out with a cute green eyeliner or a sexy green smokey eye!
  2. Accessorize: Avoid all the pinching with a subtle hint of green in your accessories. Tip: Pair it with a top knot or a funky braid style to get the complete look!
  3. Go for Gold: It might be all about the the green but let's not forget about the fab pots of gold! What about a cute sparking mani?
  4. Lip Therapy: Try out one of our favorite lip exfoliators, Sugar and Butter from Jane Iredale. You know, just in case you need to kiss some cute Irish boys.