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Chicago’s leading stylists reveal fall’s hottest hair trends and share their beauty secrets
Owner and stylist, Charles Ifergan Salons, 106 East Oak Street, 312-642-4484; 380 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, 847-940-0900; Three Oaks Plaza, 17 West 580 Butterfield Road, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-916-8868
Charles Ifergan, 56, grew up in France wanting to be a hairdresser like his older brother, Joss, who now owns salons in Mexico City. “He had the car; he had the good-looking women,” Charles explains. “I wanted to be like my brother and have the dates.” Charles moved to the United States at the age of 19 and opened his first salon on Oak Street in 1974 when he was 23. He has been attracting high-profile attention ever since. Vogue, Allure, Elle, and GQ have featured Ifergan’s work, and talk shows such as Oprah and Good Morning America frequently request his help with makeovers and style tips. Ifergan recently gave new looks to the White Sox players Joe Crede and A. J. Pierzynski.
FALL’S HOTTEST HAIR
Bobs: “There’s definitely been a trend toward all kinds of bobs,” Ifergan says. “Not just the old-fashioned one-length bob but heavily graduated bobs, shredded bobs, and asymmetric bobs.” Extensions: They make it easy if you want to have long hair for a few weeks or months. “When you don’t want it anymore, you remove them,” says Ifergan. “The extensions are giving us the playfulness that we couldn’t have before-and quickly.” Long hair: “There was lots of long hair on the runways at the fall fashion shows but not just one length-long hair that had layers to it and movement.”
“A lot of people don’t know that you can curl your hair with a flatiron,” Ifergan says. “You just hold it as you would a curling iron.” The resulting curl and wave are “what you see on the runway and what you see in the music videos.” But remember: “You have to wash your hair, blow-dry it straight, and then curl it.” He suggests styling with a hair shiner and a light gel to give hair definition and texture.
Ifergan recommends Japanese shampoo and conditioner by Créde “for fabulous hydration,” and Phyto styling products “because they are light.” (His salons carry the hard-to-find Créde products.)
HOW TO GET THE BEST CUT
Take a photo to the salon. “At least we know the direction you’re thinking,” says Ifergan. “And then, within our knowledge and talent, we should be able to direct you to something fashionable.” He also suggests checking out stylists on the Internet to see what they specialize in before scheduling an appointment.
National creative director, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and Mario Tricoci Salons & Spas, 900 North Michigan Avenue, 312-915-0960
When expert stylist Anthony Cristiano, 41, is not backstage taming the tresses of supermodels during fashion week in New York, London, or Paris, he is busy providing style tips to the nation’s top beauty editors. But his Chicago clients can still catch him ten days a month at the Mario Tricoci Salon on North Michigan Avenue. “It’s really about bringing out the best in them,” Cristiano explains, “the best in their hair texture, the best in their faces, working with their bone structures, and fitting their lifestyle.” Also the national creative director for the Red Door Spas, Cristiano says the real must-have for fall is confidence. “When you’re comfortable with yourself,” he insists, “that’s when the sex appeal comes out.”
FALL’S HOTTEST HAIR
Short, cropped, and geometric: “People are starting to cut their hair off again,” Cristiano explains. “It takes me back to where hairdressing was in the sixties, and then in the eighties, when everyone was wearing their hair really short and strong.” He cites celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, and Sienna Miller as current trailblazers. “They’ve all had these beautiful locks, but they’ve made this really bold, confident statement of shedding off their hair.” Long and billowy: Shown with lots of movement on the runway at Yohji Yamamoto. “If your hair is long, it needs to be quite beautiful and sexy,” Cristiano advises,"quite soft and tousled.”
“It’s really about having a great haircut and letting that do the work for you,” Cristiano explains. To get sexy waves, he says, blow-dry hair with a round brush to create volume, divide hair into sections, curl with fingers, and secure with metal prong clips. Let hair cool while putting on your makeup. Then take your hair down and toss it with your hands.
Not surprisingly, Cristiano recommends products from Mario Tricoci’s Match line. For curly hair, he suggests using the Shine + Define Pomade or the Curl Perfecter with the Leave-In Hair Moisturizer. For shorter hair, any type of grooming wax; for longer hair, the Pre + Post Style Activator.
HOW TO GET THE BEST CUT
“Be open-minded and come prepared,” says Cristiano. “If you want a change, come with some photos.”
Owner, stylist, and colorist, C Salon, 621 West Jackson Boulevard, 312-876-2660
Growing up in Rockford, Illinois, “uber-colorist” Carlo Michelutti spent many Saturday afternoons mixing colors and shampooing clients at his mother’s hair salon. “She always thought I should be out playing with the other kids,” Michelutti explains, “but I would rather just fold towels and sweep.” His dedication paid off. Now 36, Michelutti started his career in 1988 at Aveda’s headquarters in Minneapolis and was the national color director at Heidi’s on North Michigan Avenue from 1991 to 1997; he then helped start the color department at the ultra-chic Salon Buzz. In 2004, after working for Stonewater Luxury Salons and Spas in Connecticut, he returned to Chi-cago to open his own place, C Salon, in the West Loop. Michelutti’s clients range from socialites and fashionistas to politicians and sports personalities.
FALL’S HOTTEST HAIR
“Richer colors and fabrics translate into richer tones in hair color,” explains Michelutti. “Weaving different tones and contrasting color for dimension replaces what the summer sun has taken out of hair.”
To maintain color, Michelutti suggests using a protein conditioner before going to the salon. “That will help the richer tones hold better,” he says.
Nounou color-care shampoo and conditioner by Davines, available at C Salon and selected other locations.
HOW TO GET THE BEST COLOR
“There are certain things you just can’t do with color,” Michelutti says. “Some people are trying to complicate too much. The less they do to their hair, the better off they’re going to be.”