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Michael / August 24, 2004 11:57 PM

Ania at Halo Salon on Clark Street.

Eamon / August 25, 2004 12:06 AM

Funny you should ask: I just got my hair cut yesterday. Lori at Kathleen's Salon is the best around, whether you're male or female. 4705 N Damen Ave, (773) 275-8339.

Andrew / August 25, 2004 12:10 AM

Reverend Billy at Milios, Belmont and Sheffield. He rocks.

Audrey / August 25, 2004 3:40 AM

Rob at Art + Science in Wicker Park...he is responsible for some of the chicest coifs I know.

MC High Life / August 25, 2004 8:26 AM

I get my hair cut by a guy called "me" at this place called "my bathroom". The Wahl's HomePro Haircut Kit that I got from Walgreens is a total rager.

jennifer / August 25, 2004 8:43 AM

The mean looking punk rock girl at Big Hair on Roscoe knows how to cut a hot choppy bob. $12 haircuts rule.

Carly / August 25, 2004 8:46 AM

Anne at Milios...she rocks! I just got a great cut from her less than to weeks ago. And this was the first time she's ever done my hair.

ksquared / August 25, 2004 8:50 AM

Jackie at Roots on Grand. She is totally great and funny, not easy to find in a stylist.

robin.. / August 25, 2004 9:14 AM

i do. can't justify paying for a haircut at this juncture. besides, no one has ever given me the 'do i wanted except me or my mom.

vit / August 25, 2004 9:20 AM

my sister.

vit / August 25, 2004 9:21 AM

jennifer -- you have name... I could use one of those (a choppy bob, not a mean looking punk rock girl).

Naz / August 25, 2004 9:37 AM

If it's not me, it's my roommate. I trust my hair with no other. I once got it cut at Fases, which was the one and last time I ever go somewhere to get my hair cut by someone else.

Pete / August 25, 2004 9:38 AM

At the moment, me, with an electric clipper that I suppose is actually supposed to be a beard trimmer. But it works well enough, and you can't beat the price. Before that, it was Racquel at Chet's in Joliet and John at Nina Ushana on Webster in Chicago.

Steve / August 25, 2004 9:40 AM

Big Hair all the way -- sure, I can fondly recall the days when a cut was only 8 bucks, but $12 is still a bargain. For both parties, since it only takes them 10 minutes to buzz me.

And it's an adventure each time you go there, since you end up with a random stylist.

Jennifer, is "mean looking punk rock girl" the black-haired stylist who is now tattooed from head to toe? She was smoking hot back in the days before she went the full-body-canvas route....

jennifer / August 25, 2004 9:41 AM

actually, vit, i don't. plus, they don't take appointments for haircuts (only color) anyway, so you wouldn't be able to request her. I always go in on saturdays, and her chair is the first chair on the left side, if that's any help at all.

j3s / August 25, 2004 9:47 AM

My friend Emily cuts it and I always get something that suits me, because she knows me. She's been cutting her own hair for years, then started cutting various friends' hair, and it looks great. I usually give her ten bucks for her time/beer.

Sarah / August 25, 2004 10:34 AM

I used to get my haircut by Carrie at Trilogy but she's since gone elsewhere and I don't know where to find her. Ah me. She turned my unruly curly hair into something out of an early 80s Madonna video. It was fab while it lasted.

paulette / August 25, 2004 10:40 AM

Andrew at Trilogy rocks. Incredibly detail oriented and not outrageously expensive ($30 for my bob). He's done right by several friends of mine too.

Lacey / August 25, 2004 10:52 AM

This is an incredibly helpful thread to me. I may try one of these places.

Lately, I've been going the Art + Sci route in Evanston. A gal named Alice will cut your hair so fast you never knew she started until she's done (and holy cow, she's good). Katie at the Evanston location is great, as well.

Joe / August 25, 2004 11:22 AM

Jim the barber, on the south side.

It costs $10.

da<e / August 25, 2004 11:24 AM

when i'm not getting my hairs cut DIY (like MC High Life) i'm at the Big Hair oh yeah!

kelly / August 25, 2004 11:35 AM

If I told you, I'd have to kill you. She's hard enough to get an appointment with as is. For real, though, I have strangers on the street complimenting my hair.

If you're a girl looking for an amazing cut, especially a short one, and you have a few bucks to spare (i.e. $45), email me. With three references, I get a free haircut.

Ian / August 25, 2004 12:28 PM

Jonathan Antin

dce / August 25, 2004 12:29 PM

Like the MC, I'm all about the WAHL® clippers. A bit of newspaper on the floor and I go to town on myself. It's very satisfying.

Shauna / August 25, 2004 1:07 PM

RE: "mean looking punk rock girl" at Big Hair, I think you mean DEE-A(like the letter A)-DRAH(at least I think this is how she pronounces it). She gave me am awesome short texturey cut recently too. She used to live in Seattle and she's totally nice.

Rufus McGillicuddy / August 25, 2004 1:21 PM

Some nice old Polish barber in my neighborhood.

karen / August 25, 2004 1:22 PM

I wrap a rain poncho over myself, fix a giant gin & tonic
and have a pal shave me with Walgreens purchased Wahl clippers. When I really wanna splurge,
I go to the Reverend Billy @ Milios. He's great!

brian / August 25, 2004 2:06 PM

Is Curl Up & Dye still around? I thought I saw that they were closing last time I went past.

Also, what's up with haircutteries having to have names that are horrible puns?

anne / August 25, 2004 2:18 PM

I've gone to Big Hair and been very pleased at my cuts. Each person I've been to (including the popular Deedra) has given me a slightly different hair cut than I set out to get, but I've liked them all, and the price. I keep on hearing good things about the salon Sine Qua Non (pron: Cee-NAY-quah-non) down at Lincoln and Diversey, but I don't have the money for fancy salons now.

Lisa / August 25, 2004 3:16 PM

When I'm not doing it myself, it's got to be Majel at Big Hair... I'm pretty sure she used to live in Seattle... but she doesn't look mean...

salty / August 25, 2004 3:34 PM

Aveda Institute @ Clark & Diversey

It's not great, but I can afford it and they've never truly f***ed up my hair.

That's the most I can ask for for under $15.

miss ellen / August 25, 2004 4:20 PM

i'm actually looking for places that participate in the Locks-of-Love program.

i'm about to hack off 10" & I know that some salons will do a free cut for the service. i'm looking at Tres Ambiance, but some of the chains participate as well.

anyone else know of any other spots? thanks!

anne / August 25, 2004 4:41 PM

Hey Miss Ellen, I did Locks of Love this spring. I actually went to the Aveda Institute and asked for a graduated student to cut my hair. The girl was nice, but she seemed to think I was going to burst into tears once she hacked off my 15" of locks. (I did not, never have cried at a haircut) So I ended up with a rather gingerly-performed bob, and went to Big Hair later to get it gussied up a bit. I believe you can check the Locks-of-Love website for area places that will do it for free if you tell them beforehand (you're supposed to tip the hairdresser at the end). I believe most of them were Great Clips and Supercuts and the like. I'd probably say your best bet is Big Hair if you want some funk with your cut. It's cheap!

miss ellen / August 25, 2004 5:07 PM

thanks, anne!

i looked on the website already, just thought people might know of some that aren't listed (not sure how frequently the site is updated). thanks for the tip about Big Hair, though. the only other non-chain was that Tres Ambiance, but I haven't heard much about it.

i don't think i'll be crying, either. in fact, i think i'll be happy to get rid of this mess ;)

anne / August 25, 2004 5:35 PM

You will save some cash on shampoo each month, and oh, the cool breezes against your neck!

sarah / August 25, 2004 6:48 PM

My only advice is to avoid Asha in Bucktown. I'd love recommendations on a wicker park/bucktown salon to fix my bad haircut...

bran / August 25, 2004 6:48 PM

Traci Pucci at Beauty Mark cuts and colors mine. She rocks. Too bad she goes on maternity leave in a month...

Shasta MacNasty / August 25, 2004 7:54 PM

Right now goes my hair. However I wish the fine folks at Adaru were doing my hair every morning.

Lisa / August 25, 2004 8:31 PM

I did Locks of Love last year. I think most salons will send your hair in for you so long as you give them the info (where to send it, etc.)

christian / August 25, 2004 8:56 PM

Recently I cut my own hair, and promptly went to moms' house to have her even it out a bit. She was surprised at how good of a job I did, seeing as though I cut about twelve inches off without really looking. My original intention was to shave my head and start fresh.

Lyle From Lisle / August 25, 2004 10:53 PM

"Mia" @ Hair Cuttery, Roselle and Golf.


Cinnamon / August 26, 2004 12:00 AM

I have to recommend Reverend Billy at Milios as well. He's been cutting my hair for the last 7 years. I've got straight thick hair and he does remarkable wonders with it. I'm not a product person at all and he totally makes me look great and I don't have to do anything to it besides wash, air dry, and brush. He also is a whiz with the color dying. I've gotten more than a dozen compliments on my new color and I've had it less than a week.

Anthony Ina / August 26, 2004 6:48 AM

my dad. yes, my dad. he's a hair dresser. if anybody knows anybody as cheap as him, i'll definitely give em a try.

jm / August 26, 2004 7:33 AM

Please SAY NO! Not Curl Up & Dye! I love that place and used to go there when Lakeview was still an edgy place to go. Then I found out that Carrie Fisher's character worked there in the original Blues Brothers flick. Great place, great hair cut.

Lucy / August 26, 2004 8:19 AM

Sine Qua Non on Lincoln just south of Diversey. It will cost $$$, but everyone who I have sent to her says it is the best makeover they have ever had. She is the nicest, funniest and best beauty gal in town. She shows you how to style it a few ways, put it up, blow dry plus gives love advice and has dated some of the hottest rockers in town. If you have a date after she'll touch up your makeup too and make sure you look extra cute! It is always an experience and entertaining to go see her.

Steve / August 26, 2004 10:05 AM

Nothing to do with hair, but can I kindly call bullshit on the state's proposal to double tolls for non-iPass users? C'mon city folk, let's band together against this tyranny of oppression, or whatever other Front 242-style slogan we wanna throw forth.

vit / August 26, 2004 10:28 AM

Only if they promise to sort out the Dan Ryan expressway for us southsiders first (I'm sick of having to drive through all that crap whenever I have to go visit the parentals) I think it is BS though, even if do I only use that stretch of road about once or twice a year.

miss ellen / August 26, 2004 10:59 AM

vit -- they're currently in the process of sorting out the ryan. been down there lately?

it's a mess right now, but much needed revamping of the red line is necessary. and, they're doing work to widen portions of the roadway & take out / insert new some ramps.

it's supposed to ease congestion, but well, more cars = more congestion no matter how many improvements are made.

steve_sleeve / August 26, 2004 10:59 AM

I was going to Sal's in Roscoe Village for a while until I went across the street and discovered Big Hair, where at the time, haircuts were only $8 (as Steve pointed out a short ways up on this page). Fortunately, as the CEO of a successful rap label, the price going up to $12 wasn't a huge problem for me.

I've had my hair cut there by two different girls (one of them the "punk rock girl" in question -- she has Fu Manchu stickers on the mirror), both have done a fantastic job. My hair isn't luxurious (or present) enough to justify going to a $40-$50 salon sort of place. I think my lady friend goes to Sine Qua Non, and she seems to like it -- though she also visits the Big Hair on occasion.

vit / August 26, 2004 11:06 AM

miss ellen -- yeah, I have, it is rather hellish right now.

Krissy / August 26, 2004 11:13 AM

Boyfriend and I double up at Big Hair, too -- I never remember anyone's names there, but I know them by face, and they pretend they recognize me, which is pretty cool.

MC High Life / August 26, 2004 11:16 AM

Dan Ryan: Just wait until 2006 when the express lanes are closed from 31st to the Skyway for reconstruction. Situation reverses in 2007. Whirrr...

vit / August 26, 2004 11:27 AM

MC High Life -- I'm making my family move to the northside, just thinking about that makes me want to pull out my hair, hey, that might solve my lack of a hairdresser problem.

Xylia / August 26, 2004 11:57 AM

Dennis at Gro in Bucktown is the best ever! xoxo

Sean / August 26, 2004 10:14 PM

My wife! Guys, a wahl clipper in untrained hands can do wonders for your faith in people.

BC / August 28, 2004 5:03 PM

David @ Gabby's!

fastrada / August 29, 2004 7:18 PM

I used to go to Erik at Salon Buzz and I liked him a lot. He's expensive, though -- in the neighborhood of $60-something now, I believe. And once I grew my hair out to one length I just couldn't justify the cost any more.

Polamer / August 31, 2004 6:52 AM

Irving Park and Austin, $5 cut. Need I say more, oh, and those eastern Euro girls cutting it for you, very nice... Otherwise, go cheap, get some clippers and buzz away!

bev / September 14, 2004 5:01 PM

Can someone recommend a stylist who is good at cutting curly hair? I'm desperate but have had bad luck with those I've tried in Chicago.

dee / September 16, 2004 5:16 PM

help, does anyone know of someone in chicago that can cut CURLY hair well?

Laura / September 20, 2004 4:09 PM

just got my hair cut by "parkey" at big hair... for $12, i'm very was my first time there. she had the first chair on the left but i don't think it's the angry punk girl...

Susie / September 22, 2004 7:26 PM

DO NOT GO TO SALON 1800!!! Especially Nacolle!!! I had to go there twice in the same week for her to fix it and she still did a terrible job!!! Avoid Salon 1800 at all costs!

Hope / October 4, 2004 4:24 PM

Alex at Salon Beauty School Dropout.
If you live in Ukranian Village or Humboldt Park, go see this girl.
She recently went solo and opened her own place in an old barbershop. She's reasonable, fast, krafty and gooooood lookin'. Support the lil' girl and tell her Hope sent you. (I get referral discounts.)
2200 West Chicago Ave
(773) 661-0310

westside / October 4, 2004 4:28 PM

Anyone have recommendations for stylists at Big Hair for short/hip bobs? and/or a stylist who uses razor blades vs scissors?

Lola / October 5, 2004 4:37 AM

For curly hair, go to Vince at VIP salon on broadway. He did such a wonderful job. I have been going to him for 1 1/2 years. I have never received so many compliments on a haircut before going to him.

Olivia / October 5, 2004 9:26 AM

Does Big Hair do color and is it also inexpensive?

Monique / October 5, 2004 11:20 PM

Aveda Institute Chicago
2828 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Great place, great price, and they use all aveda products you can get a cut, shampoo & style for $13, even though your dealing w/students have never had a complaint yet!
Have a list of services, including massage, hair removel, and coloring, etc.

Eric / October 7, 2004 10:33 AM

Beauty Skool Dropout on chicago and leavitt is the place to go. guys or girls, kuts and kolor, it's done right here. this is the first place i've let kut my hair in 10 years.

Maddie / October 25, 2004 3:24 PM

I need a salon with evening hours where I can get awesome cut & color b/c I work til 6...anyone??

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