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Best for updos
Tina Rosado at Studio 110: A favorite on Chicago’s black-tie circuit, Rosado will custom-order all-natural, reusable hair extensions (from $290) to give a stealth boost to the length, volume, or lift of her modern yet classic special-event styles (from $75). “I want all of my clients to look unique,” says Rosado, who takes particular pride in coaxing uncooperative fine hair into otherwise unachievable textures, heights, and thicknesses.
ALSO RECOMMENDED: Erin Nelson at Rocstar Hair uses tricked-out elastic bands to pull clients’ locks into softly textured chignons and other “organic, undone” upstyles (from $75). In beauty school, Angelica Rivera of Tigerlilie Salon fell for vintage American pin curls, curl sets, finger waves, and other old-school styles (from $65). Andreas Zafiriadis, owner of Salon Buzz, has styled hair for Glamour and Allure. He brings that same fashion mag aesthetic to special-event looks (from $150).
Best on-call beauty service
Rachel Reiman: Reiman’s client list includes the boutique Ikram, and she and her team of pro stylists bring the same camera-ready glamour to on-site prep for special events (from $175 per hour, plus $75 per trial). Her stylists—who built their resumés at Sassoon, Roque Beauty Lounge, and Trio Salon—approach wedding consultations like interviews so that each look (which could include an event-day cut, color, or blowout) reflects a bride’s unique taste. Says Reiman, who has been in the on-call beauty business for 15 years, “Everyone has her own twist.”
ALSO RECOMMENDED: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup softens classic bridal chignons (from $275, including a trial session) with natural-looking waves and gently combed curls. Brides rely on Samara Toby, head stylist at Bridal Beauty Chicago, for pulled-high ballerina buns, ultraloose side-swept curls, and other looks inspired by the red carpet (from $175). Crizen Hasegawa is experienced in makeup consultations and polished, intricate updos (from $225, including trial) for Asian and African American clients.
Photograph: Alexis Coram
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