Best Hair Salons in Chicago and the Suburbs

Great stylists and studios for for men, women, and all types of hair—long, short, curly, African-American, Asian, and more

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Sine Qua Non
Sine Qua Non


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Best for curls

David Noll at Sine Qua Non: “Every curly-haired girl has had a salon horror story,” Noll says. Since not all curls are creatd equal, he starts each appointment (from $64) by examining the curl pattern, density, and length of hair. By cutting soft, long layers, he removes weight, allowing curls to spring up naturally. He swears by Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious Defining Creme and uses a twisting technique while drying hair with a diffuser to style perfect ringlets. “With the right cocktail of products and a proper cut, curly hair can be the most stunning of all textures,” Noll says.

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Jeffery Ching flies in from New York every few months to cut curls at Sandi Hawk Studio (from $200). Steven Graziano from Dennis Bartolomei is a master stylist with 18 years of experience (from $90). Karina Spence at Toujours is trained in the Deva cut, a dry-cutting technique used on tight curls (from $75). 



Photograph: Scott Shigley



3 years ago
Posted by co

The best colorist that I know is Margaret Passienik at Salon Blonde in Bucktown. I have naturally very dark brown hair, and I have been a blonde and a redhead in the past. Both colors were so natural that people who did not know me thought they were my own color. She also give a fantastic cut!

3 years ago
Posted by rmwatts4

If you have Natural Hair and decide to go to Yehia & Co. Hair Designs do not allow anyone but YEHIA himself do your hair. When you arrive at the salon make sure Yehia is there and that he knows he has an appointment. The other stylist there will try to steal your business. My self, my roommates and other natural women I know have had bad experiences at Yehia's. Natural women understand our hair will break off if handled by someone without experience and the correct training. I have been natural for 7 years and I had extremely damaged hair after my blow out and trim. I will never return.

2 years ago
Posted by Dantie

So glad that African American hair is included here, but it would be great if there were even one or two suggestions of salons that work with African American hair in its natural texture. All of the emphasis on "blowouts" is kind of irritating, since not all black women want their hair blown straight. Salons like Glo-On Natural Hair in Hyde Park would be a good place to start!

11 months ago
Posted by ChiRSA

Yes - I'm natural and I don't want my hair "blown out". Could these stylist possibly blow dry and then flat iron? All of that blowdrying isn't good for your hair.

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