After gaining success at international salons, fashion shows, and photo shoots, stylists Laurence Hegarty, David Raccuglia, Beth Lloyd, and Sally Raccuglia joined forces to establish the first Art + Science Salon in 1989. Now, more than two decades later, the quartet of hairstylists has cemented their position in the beauty world by opening three locations across Chicago and creating a philosophy to which each salon holds true: provide world-class, yet wearable, haircuts.
To meet this goal, each salon is staffed with expert stylists and colorists who must complete the salon's rigorous apprenticeship program, which is based on the European system of blending art with science to create modern, wearable styles. The specialists transform hair with help from products from Mensdept., Bumble and Bumble, American Crew, and Shu Uemera. They also make sure clients go home knowing how to maintain and recreate their dos. To welcome more gentlemen into the salon, Art + Science has unveiled The Barbershop at Art + Science, which offers hot towels, straight-razor shaves, and stylish cuts.
For more than 10 years, Salon Lamia has been welcoming clients in with a smile and sending them out with a new style. The salon is staffed by licensed hairstylists who share a common goal of combining hair-design techniques with creativity and modern trends. The result is haircuts that frame the face and hew to each client's features. They also provide coloring that?gives a vibrant bump to hair that's going through a black-and-white period. Other staffers are on hand for skincare and makeup services, plus mani-pedis, tanning, and waxing.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
Steven Papageorge opened his one-man salon in 1983, and like so many strands, it grew and flourished to include multiple locations and even a hair academy. Today, the salons continue to beautify clients with stylish cuts and a number of hue-altering services—such as highlights, color blocking, and ammonia-free Inoa color. The staff’s arsenal includes products from American Crew and Moroccanoil, with the latter adding shine and strength to hair.
Hair stylists cut and slather manes with K?rastase, Bumble and bumble products, and ammonia-free Inoa, and aestheticians wield wax to shape eyebrows and seal formal eviction notices to upper-lip hairs. Faces fortify themselves for special occasions under the deft digits of the salon's makeup artists.
Leo Passage came to the United States in 1958, traveling with his wife Lenie and pair of shears. Leo was a rising star in the European hairdressing world, and had already gained noticed for his cuts that were a little more creative than most. He drew inspiration from the Bahaus principles of art and design as a starting point for his hair styles. His creative approach to personal style won him 95 hair dressing competitions and the title of World Supreme Champion and Hairdresser of the Year at New York's famed International Beauty Show in 1961. A year later, Leo decided to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of hairdressers, and founded the first Pivot Point Academy on the north side of Chicago.
Now, more than 50 years after its founding, Pivot Point's schools still embrace Leo's creative vision. Instructors arm students with top notch hair cutting and aesthetic skills, as well as an impeccable eye of style. The schools invite clients to come experience just how talented their students are with services such as haircuts, manicures, and pedicures, the cure for a listless foot.