Sometimes you need a change. It doesn’t matter whether it’s job or romance related. No matter your weight, height or current hair color, a change in hair style or color or different eye enhancing makeup could brighten your view of the world and how you appear to that world. Chicago abounds with good hair salons and makeup artists who do special occasions. But you don’t have to wait for an event to feel special. To make life easier, it’s nice to know of places that have a range of services from hair and makeup to skin treatments and waxes. Here are some of the best places in Chicago to lift your spirits with a makeover.
Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa
3226 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Give yourself the gift of a whole day to take advantage of both the salon and the spa if you go to Johnathan Breitung for your makeover. Upstairs you should meet with a stylist to discuss your cut, hair conditioning treatment and color. Also meet with a makeup specialist. Downstairs in the spa, meet with a skin care specialist to talk about a facial or other treatment. Downstairs is also where to get facial and body waxing.
Patricia Marie Salon
707 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Owner Patricia Marie has done makeovers and would understand the look you want. However, all the stylists at Patricia Marie are good. But when making an appointment, you might want to talk to the receptionist about each of the stylist’s specialties and what kind of hair you have. Indeed, that is good advice for wherever you decide to go. The salon also has a makeup specialist, so don’t think just about hair style and color if you want a transformation.
Penny Lane Studios
2658 N. Sawyer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Talk about makeovers. Penny Lane Studios works with several of Chicago’s top theaters, including Writers Theatre, to give their actors the right look. Owners Coral Gable and Christine Conley understand that a makeover can be going for a totally different color and style or something that is as subtle as highlights and a modest cut as a refreshing approach. When their makeup specialist works with a client, the goal will also be to send the person home with tips on how to best apply the makeup oneself. Gable and Conley consider the consultation to be an important part of the makeover, so be sure to schedule in enough time to look at pictures and discuss what you like and don’t like. The studio also works with wigs and people who come in after a medical treatment.
Van Cleef Hair Studio
56 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654
An advantage to going to the Van Cleef Hair Studio, a long-time salon operated by Rahni Flowers and Daryl Wells, is the owners’ experience with different hair textures and challenges, particularly that of African Americans. The salon’s stylists are interested in the health of their clients’ hair so will discuss what steps to take if there has been chemical damage. The fun of going here for a makeover is that the salon is in an interesting building that was an Assyrian Presbyterian Church. Even with its unusual-for-a-salon structure, the building is able to house a hair salon on the first floor and the mani-pedi, waxing and facial treatments on the second level. Take advantage of services on both levels if doing a makeover. Another advantage is that the salon’s stylists are willing to come in early to accommodate their clients.
Streets of London Salon
1907 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
If interested in what’s trendy, at least from a London stand point, consider having your makeover at the Streets of London Salon. They not only understand an urge to try a different hair color and cut, they know what is good for the hair and scalp and what isn’t. In addition, they will work with you on what you will want to do at home to maintain the new look. The salon also has a makeup specialist. This is a place where you can be daring.
Jodie Jacobs is a veteran journalist who loves writing about Chicago, art, theater, museums and travel. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.