Between winter hats and wintry mixes, your hair has been through a lot over the past few months. In fact, with all the time spent bundled up, you may not have even realized how badly your tresses are in need of an update. So, to help you achieve a 'do that’s as fresh as the first day of spring, we rounded up nine Chicago hair pros who have their fingers on the pulse of the season’s hottest trends. From pastel hues that pop to Sienna Miller’s wavy bob, there’s a showstopping look for everyone. But, you better hurry up. The warm-weather months run short in this city.
For A Sienna Miller-Inspired Bob: Michelle Forst At George The Salon
Not all bobs are alike, and celebrity stylist Michelle Forst likes to keep up with red carpet trends to make sure her cuts are always on point. Her latest creation, a wavy bob inspired by Sienna Miller’s hair at the Golden Globes, is a welcome alternative to more predictable short 'dos. In our opinion, this edgy crop is the perfect look for spring.
George the Salon, 945 North Rush Street (at Oak); 312-923-9444.
For Natural Bayalage Highlights: Renee Pelc, Gloss Salon
Renee Pelc makes highlights look like they are supposed to — natural. The 20-year-plus industry veteran has a knack for transforming tresses into effortlessly sun-kissed and vibrant locks with her precise bayalage technique. And, thanks to the new Olaplex Bond Multiplier No. 1 she uses, you can go blonder minus the breakage. Trust, you may well never go back to foils again.
Gloss Salon, 875 North Rush Street (at Delaware Place); 312-320-5424.
For Beachy, Cover Girl Waves: Anthony Cristiano At Anthony Cristiano Salon
Anthony Cristiano has quite the client roster — and there's a good reason everyone from Gigi Hadid to Kristin Cavallari to Sophia Bush has him on speed dial. As a celebrity editorial hairstylist, he truly understands the balance and proportions of someone's face shape to give them the most flattering 'do. This spring, Cristiano is embracing beachy waves, as seen on Sports Illustrated cover girl Hannah Davis and Brazilian stunner Adriana Lima. Seek him out if you'd like to give your friends a serious case of hair envy.
Anthony Cristiano Salon at the Trump Tower, 401 North Wabash Avenue (mezzanine level); 312-268-2440.
For The Best Extensions In Town: Tony Odisho, Exsalonce Salon And Day Spa
Like most Chicago girls, we've tried our fair share of hair extensions, and Tony Odisho's still win our vote as the best in the city. Whether you want to add length so you have more to work with, or a little fullness so you can finally achieve the style of your dreams, you won't be disappointed. And, with proper care, they won't damage your tresses, thanks to a keratin bond that mimics the structure of your real hair. Not a fan of sitting in the salon chair for hours? Choose the express tape option, and you'll be out the door in under an hour.
Exsalonce Salon and Day Spa, 2150 West Roscoe Street (between Leavitt Street and Hoyne Avenue); 773-327-4848.
For Someone Who Really Gets Natural Hair: Rahni Michael Flowers At Van Cleef Hair Studio
Several generations of Chicago's African-American community have had their hair coiffed to perfection by the hands of Rahni Michael Flowers at the sophisticated yet welcoming Van Cleef Hair Studio. The secret to their success? Rahni works carefully with his team to find the most beneficial products and to minimize the amount of heat that is applied, resulting in beautiful, healthy hair that can then be easily styled.
Van Cleef Hair Studio, 56 West Huron Street (at Dearborn Street); 312-751-2456.
For The Longest-Lasting Blowout Of Your Life: Giselle at Charles Ifergan
Prepare to ditch your beanie cap and let your locks shine. No matter what look you are trying to achieve, Giselle can make it happen, and in less time than your average lunch break. But, what we really love is how long our amazing blowout stays fresh. With a little care (read: dry shampoo), you can look salon-perfect for at least two to three days.
Charles Ifergan, 106 East Oak Street (between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue); 312-642-4484.
For Unicorn Hair You Can Actually Pull Off: Jennifer Doljanin At Mario Tricoci Salon & Day Spa
Over the course of 35-plus years, the Tricoci family has opened 15 full-service locations throughout Chicagoland that continuously offer the latest trends and techniques in the industry. The newest innovation in their technicians' mixing bowl is called "color touch instamatic," which livens up blonde — and slightly deeper-hued clients — with a dash of pastel color that’s painted on, balayage-style. Whether you want to channel your inner Katy Perry or your Kylie Jenner, there are six diffused shades to choose from that will tastefully fade over time. And, don’t think you’re too old for this look. If Helen Mirren could pull it off, so can you.
Mario Tricoci Salon & Spa, 900 North Michigan Avenue (between Delaware Place and Chestnut Street); 847-202-1900.
For A Bold Burst Of Color: Stevie Smith At Smith & Davis Salon
Smith is an expert at whipping up color formulas that fit her clients' lifestyle and comfort zone. But, if you’re looking to step out of that comfy place and try something different, this mix-master also has a few tricks up her sleeve. For a fun, new way to add vibrancy to the hair without an overall commitment or change, Smith suggests adding a pop of color in the form of bright hues (think peacock blue), for a bold or subtle — but never predictable or boring — look.
Smith & Davis Salon, 735 West Wrightwood Avenue (at Burling Street); 773-697-4206.
For A Next-Level Bang Trim: Amy Abramite At Maxine
If you’re looking to make a small change that delivers major results, Maxine creative director and stylist Amy Abramite is your gal. The bang aficionado starts by analyzing your head shape, the width and length of your forehead, the density of your hair, and your hairline itself before ever picking up her scissors. Then, she decides what will look best for the shape, length, and texture of your tresses — whether it's clean and blunt à la Katy Perry or soft and sexy like Dakota Johnson. Celebrity-inspired bangs? Yes, please!
Maxine Salon, 712 North Rush Street (between Superior and Huron Streets); 312-751-1511.