A cosmopolitan city, Chicago is America’s third largest city, and it is no surprise that it has many top hair salons. These establishments have been well reviewed and recognized by some of the most popular fashion magazines in the country and the city’s residents as well. Regardless of your hair type, your hair needs, or what your hair looks like when you walk in, one of the following salons will surely give you bouncy, healthy hair when you walk out.
Previously featured in Michigan Avenue and Luxe magazines, Free Nation Of Beauty salon is a
favorite of Chicagoans. Owned by Maud Jannin and Joel Mallet, the salon’s two locations cater to all hair types. Stylist, Minolis Kostantinidis, is recommended by Allure magazine for his ability to deftly transform hair’s color with highlights. Customers can also get manicure, pedicure, and eyebrow shaping services.
With three locations across Chicago and a fourth opening in June 2011, Sine Qua Non has consistently been recognized as one of he city’s best salons. In 2010, the Chicago Reader declared the chain to be Chicago’s best salon. Its stylists have worked on the coifs of Grammy-winning indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Sine Qua Non is also recognized for other services including waxing. The salon’s location at 2766 N Lincoln Avenue was recommended as one of the best places to get eyebrow waxing.
Van Cleef Hair Studio has the distinction of styling first lady Michelle Obama’s hair from the age of 18. It’s stylists also styled her hair, and that of her daughters and mother for the January 20, 2009 presidential inauguration. The salon has catered to African-American clients and many others for over 30 years and was recognized by Chicago magazine as a top salon. The establishment is situated in a former church building and is owned by Rahni Flowers and Daryl Wells, who plan to sell it and move to Costa Rica. The salon has been featured in Allure magazine, Essence magazine and the Chicago Tribune.
Recognized by Allure magazine, Chicago magazine and others, Michael & Michael Salon is known for giving customers great highlights, blowouts and overall styling. An appointment with its owner, Michael Jacobson, costs up to $375. However, other stylists in the store, including Jacobson’s self-proclaimed “salon son”, Mitch Kadlec, can cost as little as $80. Other well-reviewed stylists include Misako Grimaldi, Steven Smiss and Lisa Buenzow.
The Charles Ifergan salon has four locations across Chicago and has been featured in several magazines. These include Cosmopolitan, GQ, Marie Claire and Elle. The salon has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Allure magazine spotlighted two stylists at the salon’s Oak Street location. Aaron Scott and Agnes Lesiak can transform both fine and curly hair into enviable tresses. The salon includes spa services and offers everything from cuts to Japanese straightening processing.
This very popular Chicago salon has been featured in several publications and received numerous awards, including the Best of Citysearch award for the 2008 Haute Haircut. Chicago magazine recommended Crystal Thomas for her precision-cut hairstyles and brow shaping techniques. An appointment with the salon’s resident master stylist and co-owner, David Kafer, can cost up to $165 for an elegant up do.
According to Allure magazine, Maxine Salon is one of the best places in Chicago to get a haircut or coloring treatment. The salon’s reputation is buoyed by the fact that it has consistently been mentioned in the press every year since 2001. These publications include Michigan Avenue, Redbook, InStyle, Elle and Vogue magazines. Clients can sip on champagne while getting a thermal conditioning treatment, balayage coloring, a relaxer or highlights.
Although not located in the city of Chicago itself, Jeffrey Charles Salon is known as one of the city’s best. It is located in the suburbs of Hinsdale and is home to Paula Wilkinson, who is known for cutting men’s hair. Wilkinson, and the salon, have a devoted following who flock there to be expertly groomed.
Della Amiche salon uses many of the top styling products to offer hair extension services, keratin treatments and everyday blowouts. French stylist, Pascal Crucq, offers precision haircuts and styles to frame and enhance any face. Crucq has worked with Vogue, Elle and Details magazines and has styled Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Jennifer Connelly.