It’s cold out, the daylight is still dim, yet it’s February and tradition says it’s the month where we’re supposed to treat ourselves to a little something special.
But who has time for a 90-minute massage or a 60-minute pedicure? Not me, and likely not you. So here are some ways to get pampered without punishing your busy schedule.
1 Blowout at drybar, 1611 N. Sheffield Ave., (312) 288-3087
This salon opened just in time for me to test it out and the experience definitely lives up to the hype. Providing hair-drying expertise for only and paced to get you in and out, drybar is going to be the hottest spot to hit the North/Sheffield quadrangle since Whole Foods. And a whole lot more fun.
2 Express *Quick Fix* mani at Noktivo, 4831 N. Damen Ave., (773) 908-2263
Sometimes I’ll cheat on time and get an hour-long no-chip manicure that lasts two to three weeks (it saves time in the long run), but when I want to go the quick route, I head to the newest nail salon on the north side. Run by nail veteran Jenny Perillo, the Quick Fix mani is a shaping and polish for .
3 Eyebrow threading at Benefit, multiple locations
Book at Benefit at the last-minute when your brows may have the best of you. Benefit’s team of threading, waxing and plucking experts will get you from bushy to beauty in less than 10 minutes.
4 Dermaplaning at The Few Institute, 875 N. Michigan Ave. #3850, (312) 202-0882
For about 40 minutes (and 0) I tried out dermaplaning-an exfoliation technique that removes dead skin and peach fuzz from the face. The process felt like a rough tickle and I even took a little snooze during the treatment. Unlike other skin treatments, you can put makeup on immediately and get right back to your meetings or school pickups. A great midday mom moment!
- Tip: Book last-minute beauty appointments at the new site Pretty Quick, prettyquick.com. Pretty awesome!