I've looked at dozens of tanning salons and spas in Chicago through their websites, via word of mouth and by visiting a few. Call me a nervous first-timer! I would never choose to tan except that I know in a couple weeks I'll be outdoors for an extended period of time and I know I'd burn quite badly without a bit of a base tan first. Escape was a wonderful first time experience. The prices are cheap, the staff is knowledgeable, courteous and helpful (no hard sells on packages or products). The storefront was clean, comfortable and felt more upscale than the price list would have led me to believe. The level 1 bed I used (the kind where you lay down) was perfectly clean and sanitized. When I wanted my tanning time adjusted (for fear of burning) the employee cheerfully helped me pick a time I was comfortable with. Plenty of street parking too. I'm going back in a few days (I purchased a 3-tan package good for one week-- for only $12!) and might go back in the future for a spray tan since I'm not a real UV Ray tanning kind of gal. I've spray tanned before too, at LA tan in Lakeview/boystown, which wasn't nearly as courteous or clean, but I'd go back to Escape because of the pleasant experience and the fact they took time to explain why they advertise that their spray tans last 7-10 days vs. the normal 5-7 days I normally see advertised at tanning salons. Apparently you're not supposed to use bar soap in the shower afterwards (shower gel instead) because it shortens the life of a spray tan and that they have a different formula. While I've yet to try theirs to vouch for it, the fact that they took the time to explain things and could articulate the process clearly unlike other places that seemed to employ folks without a lot of communication/cognitive skills, makes me optimistic.
I love the atmosphere that Yahya Salon has. It was well lighted clean, colorful as well as very polite stylists that work there. I had a Thursday appointment at 10a to get a full sew in. The beautician advised me to bring my own hair weave, & so I did. First she washed my hair, that's when she informed me that I had dry hair& scalp. This wasn't new news to me cause I have always had dandruff but my old stylist said there was nothing she could do about it. The beautician at Yahya Salon said she had a deep condition treatment that would help the dryness of my hair &scalp, so I gave her permission to do any & everything that would help my hair. I must say after a couple of deep conditioning treatment my dandruff is much betta. My hair style was awesome, she made me look like a picture from out of a magazine. From the looks of how I walking in to how I looked when I walked out, looked like I paid a million dollars for my hair, but her prices were very reasonable... I will let Yahya Salon service me again & I also made my family & friends knowledgeable of 1 of the best Salons in Chicago.
Ridiculously nice people. After going once, Sam and Lynn (his right-hand gal) will remember your name, the service you received last time, and how you were feeling. That's awesome (and rare) up here in Albany Park. Lynn gives stellar manis and pedis (as do the other girls who come and go- but ask for Lynn if you have a choice!) and Sam's the hair guy. You'll be offered water, tea, or- on occasion- whatever cookies and treats someone has dropped off for them. (Always accept. I've never regretted trying something new and delicious.) So why only four outta five stars? Because while the prices are unreal affordable and the service is lovely, it's not always the fanciest haircut for a girl. (For a guy- absolutely. My husband always looks awesome after coming home from here.) Cuts for a woman are *very* basic and just fine. But again, you can't beat the prices and people. Their massage chairs are also top notch. Sometimes I stay a little longer and hog one of their chairs. Bonus- Sam and Lynn are so polite that they've never told me to perhaps give the chair to a waiting client. I like that.