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Educational director and stylist, TRIO Salon, Ltd., 712 North Wabash Avenue, 312-944-6999
Jeri Delgado was new to Los Angeles and working at the Doyle Wilson Salon on Melrose in 1995 when the owner plopped Charlize Theron in her chair. “I told myself, Just be quiet, Jeri, and do nice hair.” More than ten years later, the 44-year-old LaGrange resident is still doing nice hair. She has unsheathed her scissors on Elle McPherson, Donna Karan, and Bill Murray and has styled shows for designers such as Vera Wang and Richard Tyler. A native of Spring Valley, Illinois, Delgado got her start in 1982 working as an apprentice at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago. She stayed with the company for 13 years, moving up the ranks to become a stylist, a teacher, and an art director; she eventually traveled the world to teach with Sassoon’s international team. In 1996, Delgado brought her scissors back to Chicago. And no one is complaining about that.
FALL’S HOTTEST HAIR
Signature shapes: Strong personalized haircuts will be all the rage. “It’s all about shapes that are well proportioned, well designed, and well balanced,” Delgado explains. “It has to be a defined look no matter what the cut is.” Bangs: “They create character and give a woman a look,” says Delgado. Whether they are long and side swept, or short and strong, bangs create a frame around any face. Bobs: “The bob has been reinvented to capture a wind-blown feminine finish, with layers that are curvy and slender,” Delgado explains. She also says that bobs can be worn long or short, with a fringe around the face.
To get a sexy layered look, Delgado recommends using hot rollers on the bottom of your hair. First, apply a styling product like Kérastase’s Double Force spray for hold, “and then place hot rollers on the bottom of dry hair and roll under.” She advises keeping the rollers in for only a few seconds before removing.
Kérastase shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. “Instead of buying everything, it’s better to have three nice products,” Delgado says. She recommends Kérastase’s Nutritive Bain Satin 2 shampoo, Lait Vital Protéiné conditioner, and Chroma Protect styling cream.
HOW TO GET THE BEST CUT
Take advantage of the complimentary consultation offered by most salons. “I want to get information from the clients,” Delgado explains. “I want to know if they’re looking for a small change, a medium change, or a big change, and then I can identify whether the change is going to be the length, the layers, or the fringe.”
Owner, colorist, and curly-hair specialist, John Vaillancourt Color Salon, 56 East Oak Street, 312-371-9906.
John Vaillancourt used to color the staff’s hair at the M.A.C. cosmetic store in downtown Manhattan, free of charge. “They would let me do anything to their hair,” recalls Vaillancourt, now 46. “I got so much business from people who just came in and admired the different colors.” Free publicity is one thing the renowned colorist no longer needs. The owner of the recently opened John Vaillancourt Color Salon on East Oak Street, Vaillancourt counts Alexandra von Furstenberg and Shirley Knight as clients. He is also the only colorist in Chicago to offer pintura, a Portuguese technique in which color is painted on the hair for a more natural look. But that isn’t the only thing that keeps Vaillancourt a cut above the competition: his salon features beds to recline on at the shampoo station as well as pale violet walls and special shadow-eliminating lights that enhance the skin color of clients.
FALL’S HOTTEST HAIR
“In the fall, hair color typically becomes darker and more golden than what you wear in the summer,” Vaillancourt explains. Golden browns and caramel colors “enhance a fading skin tone going into winter.”
Remember past experiences. “You need to know what hasn’t worked on your hair before,” Vaillancourt advises. To get the results you want, always have a thorough consultation with your stylist before a cut or color.
The entire Nigelle line, Vaillancourt says. The products are made for chemically treated hair and prevent color from fading. His salon is the only source in Chicago for Nigelle.