The friendly staff at each of Cost Cutters’ 840 national locations tends the tresses of men, women, and children with minimal hassle or stress. The laid-back salons welcome drop-in clients, eschewing arduous appointment scheduling and ID checks by immaculately coiffed bouncers. To help clients maintain freshly done 'dos, Cost Cutters stocks shelves with a selection of salon-exclusive shampoos, conditioners, and styling formulas, as well as select products from Paul Mitchell, American Crew, and TIGI.
Celebrity hair stylist Larelle Johnson, protege of AJ Johnson, cuts, coifs, and does custom hair color at AJ's of Chicago, treating her clients like celebrities themselves with her stellar customer service skills. AJ Johnson himself is the celebrity stylist behind AJ's of Chicago. He's appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Style Network's Chicagolicious, and Steve Harvey, where he doles out style tips and tricks as a beauty advisor. AJ's expertise is not just restricted to the hottest way to use a pair of scissors, a blow dryer, or a squirt gun—he also has his own signature line of haircare products as well as his own clothing line. At his salon, he oversees a crew of stylists, barbers, makeup artists, and nail technicians whose primary goal is to make their clients beautiful.
As a full-service outfit, Mirror Mirror Salon Spa boasts a roster of expert stylists and aestheticians to preen and pamper bodies with services for men and women, including body wraps, perms, manicures, and facials. Hair stylists make over 'dos with Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, tress-taming keratin, and expertly applied extensions, and also shampoo, condition, and style locks during every haircut. For pampering below the hairline, aestheticians perform facials using Bioelements products to revamp skin with organic botanicals and massage arms and shoulders to relieve pain and tension.
All four State Street locations are designed to look and feel like the old-timey barbershops of yesteryear, lacking only a roving quartet of harmonious vocalists in straw boaters. Sidle up to whichever storefront is most convenient and ready your masculinity for affirmation with a high-quality haircut. After settling down in a comfortable chair you'll start the haircut, tailored to your precise specifications, followed by an invigorating shampoo and condition to rid head-nests of stowaway dolphins. A staff member skilled in the ways of hot lather and straight razor will give you a neck shave sure to leave your visage soothed and gleaming, and a relaxing shoulder massage to leave you covered in an overwhelming sensation of wellness. Clients can refresh palates with a beverage from the shop's selection of Julius Meinl hot teas and coffee. State Street barbers and stylists are trained professionals, schooled in both the time-honored traditions of barbering as well as the latest trends in contemporary styling, so you can stroll away looking like an optimum blend of Don Draper and his modern equivalent, Barry Switzer.
Ellis Hair Salon makes coloring treatments a priority. Headed by colorist Manisha—who's been styling and coloring hair since 2004—Ellis uses a number of organic products from All-Nutrient Organics. A natural base of vegetable oil and keratin creates new hair colors without a reliance on harsh chemicals or magic markers that smell weird. Additionally, Manisha can keep her clients looking sharp and fashionable by trimming untidy strands or by straightening locks with keratin treatments.
The beauty professionals at Indira Salon and Spa foster serenity with eco-conscious Aveda products. As stylists trim, dye, and texture hair, aestheticians revive skin with Aveda's signature plant-based facials. The staff infuses each of their services with extra touches of luxury, such as soothing noses stressed by bickering eyebrows with aromatherapy during elemental massages and offering complimentary makeup touchups after waxing. Nail technicians lavish hands and feet with masks, steam towels, and massages during even their most basic manicures and pedicures, some of which also include foot reflexology or balms made from ginger, mango, cocoa, and lime