Amy Abramite

Amy Abramite, Stylist, Creative Director, Maxine Salon ChicagoAs Maxine's creative and educational director since 2004, Amy Abramite runs the cutting and styling program and keeps the staff current on trends. She is also part of the Kérastase and Shu Uemura Artistic Teams. A stylist of 13 years, she specializes in everything, whether it's cutting hair, styling with flat irons and curling irons, blow-outs, bang-taming, special occasion updos, braids and Japanese thermal straightening. Clients who want to update their look know they are in the right chair. They appreciate her cutting-edge styling as much as her endless energy. Amy has been featured in W, O, the Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Lucky, Shape, Marie Claire, on a segment of "Ambush Makeover" and on AOL's She was also featured in Charla Krupp's How Not To Look Old in the "Getting Gorgeous City by City" chapter.

Amy's training is extensive and includes multiple sessions with Orlando Pita through Kérastase NYC and Boston, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington and Mark Creed through L'Oreal Professionnel in London, UK, Jacques Dessange in Paris, France, the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA, Redken Exchange in NYC. Mod'Art International in Rome and Martin Parsons in Chicago. As part of the Kérastase Artist Team, Amy has worked back stage at several New York Fashion Weeks under the guidance of the world famous Odile Gilbert. There she styled hair for designers such as Rachel Zoe, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Theyskens Theory, and Phillip Lim. She has styled hair for Yves Saint Laurent and Escada, in addition to many local fashion shows. In her spare time, Amy is passionate about photography, travel, rock and roll, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and David Lynch films. 

Amy's haircuts are $120.00

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Dream Wedding: Spring Dream Wedding

After weeks of planning, the big day is finally here! Watch as Joe and Dolly tie the knot live on Windy City Live!


Dream Wedding: Hair, makeup on windy city live

Three styles! Which do you think is best for our bride-to-be? Stylist Brittany Brudzinski is featured on Windy City Live with styles by Creative Director Amy Abramite, stylist Adrianne Johnston and Brittany Brudzinski.


Easy, Chic Updo

Maxine Salon Creative Director Amy Abramite shows you how to create a simple, chic chignon. Perfect for a day at the office or a special night out, the look requires only a brush, a few elastic bands, bobby pins, and some good hairspray. Adorn the look with a jeweled pin, a bright and cheery bloom, or, as seen in the video, a feathered pin for a natural-but-funky look.



Red Hair

Colorist Jasen James demonstrates how to go red.


What's Hot for Summer

Creative Director Amy Abramite shows us how to pull off the versatile "undercut."


Editors Chat with Industry Notables at ABS' BeautyBASH

West Coast Editor Anne Moratto interviews Amy Abramite of the Maxine Salon. She offers details on her 2012 look at Cosmetologist Chicago's BeautyBASH at America's Beauty Show in Chicago.


Maxine Salon Photo Shoot

Maxine Salon Creative Director, Amy Abramite, and team brilliantly orchestrate our Fall 2011 collection. See how we mimic the season's outrageously interesting and richly textured fabrics into our approach to hair and the process of producing it.


Mondo Guerra Photo Shoot at Maxine Salon

When Joey Grant and stylist Josh Shores, two of the faces behind Mint Male, came to us with the proposition of a Mondo Guerra photo shoot at the salon, we were all over it. We're still spinning from the robbery he endured last season on Project Runway, but Mondo is as engaging, talented, and lovable as ever...



5.0 Stars

I always go back to Maxine

I have been going to Maxine for 8 years now. I have tried other places for convenience and let's be honest, to occasionally save a buck or two, but at the end of the day, I always go back to Maxine...mainly for Amy! She is fantastic!!!! I can't say enough about her. She is now the creative director of the salon. She styled my hair for my wedding 7 years ago, and even though my cuts are always simple and straightforward, she never steers me in the wrong direction. The whole salon has a top notch ethic. There is never any B.S. tension among the stylist, you know typical salon drama. The whole place is serene, polished, clean. Every detail is perfection. Let's just put it this way, if the same receptionists have been there for 8 years, the staff is treated well, and it shows in the overall experience. Don't waste your time trying other places, Maxine is the best!

Yelp Posted on 12/04/2013 by Sharon M.

5.0 Stars

Amy Nails it Every Time

I've been going to Maxine for all of my hair needs for about four years. Super white and pristine interior, a swanky robe, yadiyadiya, I don't care, I just want nice hair. I'm extremely picky about my coarse, wavy, super thick hair, and Amy nails it every time. Her cuts are precise and even though I'm not a stylist, I can tell that she utilizes techniques that are out of the ordinary. As someone who has pretty much always had very long hair, I used to always walk out of salons with my hair in the same long layers. Not the case anymore. I tell Amy that I want something slightly different every time I see her, and she always delivers. More volume on the sides but not in the back, blend my grown-out bangs, blunt ends within my layers. Oh, and she never accidentally cuts off 5 inches when I said I wanted a trim. I also love to pick her brain about hair stuff-- I now have a home arsenal of products and tools that work really well on my hair. She's also done, hands down, the best thermal reconditioning (Japanese straightening treatment) that I have ever had. And I've been doing it since I was 12. She left my hair super silky and straight without any sign of damage. I'd get this done by her every 6 months if I could afford it. I've had my hair cut by a few other people at Maxine besides Amy, either before I tried her or when she is out of town. I feel like the general level of talent is definitely above other places in the city, but Amy still takes the cake. Rivkah gives super bouncy, Victoria's Secret-y blowouts and Josh does great color.

Yelp Posted on 08/29/2013 by Marisa A.

5.0 Stars


I have been going to Maxine's Salon for more than ten years. Amy is AMAZING, and I will never leave her. Yes, the haircuts are expensive, but she is totally worth it. I tried going to another, less expensive salon once, and hated it. I will never stray from Amy again. I highly recommend her for Japanese straightening or a hair cut. She is also so sweet with a really great sense of style.

Yelp Posted on 07/04/2011 by Ivy L.

5.0 Stars

If Picasso had been a hairdresser, he would have grown up to be Amy or Tina at Maxine

I have truly been blessed by the hair gods. Not in the sense that I was born with beautiful hair, but that I've been very lucky to sit in the chairs of some of Chicago's most talented, in-demand stylists and colorists. Maxine's Amy and Tina are as good as it gets IMO. About 10 years ago when I first moved to Chicago I randomly walked in a salon on Rush. Fortunately for me, the salon was Maxine, and the cut was fantastic. I would have been back, but soon thereafter I started working at Harpo Studios and using Oprah's employee spa, as well as taking recommendations from producers for stylists around town. Those ladies know their stuff--I ended up in the hands of some of the city's best hairdressers. For awhile I was going to Michael Jacobson at Michael & Michael, who is extraordinarily talented, and Shane Talbott for color, who is fantastic as well. I may have been with them forever if I hadn't decided to call up Amy to find out more about thermal straightening. I still remember our first phone conversation because she answered my questions about thermal straightening and the keratin/Brazilian treatment so frankly and honestly. It was like she had absolutely no vested interest in my patronage and just enjoyed answering all my questions as a public service or something. I think she even recommended I see someone in Florida instead (where I was vacationing at the time.) Possibly the best sales technique ever, because in an industry where you can encounter so much b.s., I knew I had to meet this woman and immediately called to schedule an appointment. Do you usually hear the Charlie Brown teacher noise whenever someone in a salon or spa starts talking about services or products? "Wahn wahn wahn wahn, here's some more junk for the drawers in your bathroom." This is not the case with Amy at'll find yourself hanging on to her every word. I'm sure she's great to talk to about movies or vacation plans or whatever, too, but I love spending the time picking her brain about hair. There's a Picasso quote, "My mother said to me, if you're a soldier, you will become a general. If you're a priest, you will be Pope. Instead I was a painter, and I became Picasso." If Picasso had been a hairdresser, he would have grown up to be Amy or Tina at Maxine :)

Yelp Posted on 06/06/2011 by Anna S.

5.0 Stars

I highly recommend Maxine to those in search of hair excellence.

I went to Maxine as a last resort of Chicago salons. I had had some terrible experiences before, and was really looking for basically the best of the best to cut my hair. I read the different stylist profiles on their website, and actually wrote them a message describing my hair type and what I was looking for, as well as the stylists I thought might work best for me. they wrote me an email back and said that Amy would be a great match, and to schedule a free consultation. So I did. After having my appointment with Amy, I felt like I had finally arrived. Amy is very smart, and is very good at what she does. I don't like being told 'no' when it comes to my hair, and she took that very seriously. We talked extensively about my hair, what it does, what it doesn't do, the texture, the style, my style, and what I was looking for and how she could make that work for me. I scheduled my appointment for a week later, and I could hardly wait to get back in her chair and be transformed! I was brimming with excitement, and was very pleased with the style she gave me. I was absolutely glowing when I left the salon! When I first went to Amy, I was "just a girl with hair" always wishing I had a great I'm the girl with an incredible haircut that receives countless compliments daily! I just got my second cut yesterday, and I went a little shorter. I let her do her thing and holy moly my hair is divine! I swear 8 people at work asked me where I got it cut and who did it and what was their phone number! EVEN the guys at my job noticed my hair!! now that's a sign of true haircutting and styling genius!!! I highly recommend Maxine to those in search of hair excellence. **I want to add one thing. I have to absolutely disagree with the reviews that talk poorly about the customer service! I have been there three times, one of them for tree, and have received nothing but great service...always help me with the robe, offer me a beverage, and are very friendly and courteous.

Yelp Posted on 08/27/2010 by Stacey C.

4.0 Stars

Amy, the down-to-earth hair guru

I am quite the cheapskate so when I saw the price list I kind of freaked. But I gave it a whirl after talking to a coworker about the difficult life of ladies with fine hair. My solution: Amy, the down-to-earth hair guru, who, instead of chatting you up about her drama, teaches you all things hair. I've adjusted my budget now to fit her into my beauty regimen. Thank you, Amy!

Yelp Posted on 1/5/2009 by andrea s.

5.0 Stars

Amy is an amazing stylist.

Amy is an amazing stylist. You get EXACTLY what you asked for. I have had her cut my hair in three extremely different styles. They were all perfectly done. I usually come armed with several photos because I believe they convey more than my decriptive language would.

Yelp Posted on 1/27/2008 by Kera E.

5.0 Stars

My Favorite Salon

I love Maxine! From the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed and at ease. This is not a snooty gold coast salon by any means! Everything I've had done...incredible haircuts from Amy, golden blonde highlights with Jasen has been a positive experience. They're so nice here and everyone seems to be the best at what they do. And I've checked out a lot of salons. I go here for everything now. * Pros: knowledgeable staff, evening hours

Citysearch Posted on 11/23/2005 by salonaddict

5.0 Stars

Robert and Amy rock

I have been going to Maxine for my entire life. My mother started with Maxine about 20 years ago and we have followed her to over 3 locations. While it took me awhile to find my perfect stylist I am very very happy now. Robert is very good for my color, though if you're looking for something shocking you'd be better visiting a salon on Belmont. They aim for more natural looking color though I have gotten him to do pink streaks before. Amy is the best stylist I have ever had. I'll never forget my first time with her, I decided to cut my long hair very short. She was thrilled at the idea and it turned out amazing. She has a great personality and we always have a great time. The haircuts she gives me are always complimented by my friends, coworkers and even people on the street.

Citysearch Posted on 4/3/2005 by kittychicago

5.0 Stars

Great Experience

I had a fabulous experience here. I got my color done by Tina and my hair cut by Aimiee. Both were unbelivable. Tina listened to every word that I had to say and worked with me to get exactly the look I wanted. Aimiee did not make one cut to my hair until she looked at exactly what I already had (layers, lenght, ect) and explained to me in full of what she wanted to do. Once I agreed to the plan she went on her way to giving me an excellent haircut. The place is clean and the people are so nice. I will be returning. * Pros: Nice Staff, Clean, Talented Individuals

Citysearch Posted on 1/17/2003 by mweinstein

5.0 Stars

artsy amy

Amy is the best hair cut in Chicago. She is Sasoon trained and each cut is a work of art. I like the the salon. * Pros: nice atmosphere, friendly help * Cons: limited parking, use the valet at the door

Citysearch Posted on 8/22/2002 by dlcontirn

5.0 Stars

Nice chop

I recently had my haircut by Amy, very sweet and listened to what I wanted. I am very pleased.

Citysearch Posted on 6/30/2002 by xxmmdxx