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Great Hair Makeovers

The quickest route to image reinvention is a new hairstyle. But then comes that tired old dilemma: Beyond a trim, what can I really do? We found six Chicagoans eager for a makeover and put their fate in the hands of six salons with reputations for courageous coifs.

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MAKEOVER 2: Nikki Evans

Nikki Evans, before
Before

28 / student / wants healthier hair
When she’s not studying or in class, this DePaul student juggles jobs hostessing at Osteria Via Stato and serving at Kuma’s Corner. “I get out of the shower, put a scarf over my hair, and put it up for the day,” she says. To control her curls, Evans first used a chemical relaxer at age seven; as an adult, she grew out the relaxer—but didn’t know where to go from there. “I had my hair in braids for three years,” she says. “It’s hard to find a salon that can handle my hair.”

PROPOSALS

1. The Van Cleef team believes that Evans’s bohemian style could use a sleek upgrade. Hobson loves the idea of giving Evans a cute Taraji P. Henson bob, and Robinson thinks honey highlights would liven up her flat color.

2. Streets of London would give Evans a more geometric shape and carefully place accent highlights in neutral tones on the interior of her cut.

Nikki Evans, after
After

THE VERDICT

Since Evans has had a hard time finding a stylist who can control her curls, editors take her to Van Cleef, a salon that’s experienced with both natural and chemically treated hair. Robinson uses a sliced effect to frame Evans’s face in warm honey-hued highlights. Hobson, who does mostly blunt cuts, gives Evans a chic bob and blows her hair out straight to show off the precision cut and graduated angles. “With African American hair texture, it’s not a good idea to use a razor,” she explains.

MAINTENANCE

All Evans needs to do is use her normal curling cream to define her curls, and the cut will do the rest. “Her bob is a really cute shape to wear straight or curly,” Hobson says. “Since she has an oval-shaped face, she could rock any style.”

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Photography: Taylor Castle; Hair and Make-up by Anthony Baltazar for Salon Salome

 

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