As Maxine's creative and educational director since 2004, Amy Abramite runs the cutting and styling program and keeps the staff current on trends. She was part of the Kérastase T.E.C.H. and Shu Uemura Artistic Teams as an educator for 5 years. A stylist of 16 years, she specializes in everything, whether it's cutting hair, styling with flat irons and curling irons, blow-outs, bang-taming, special occasion updos, 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, Glamour, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, Lucky, Self, Fitness, Shape, Sophisticate's Hairstyling Guide, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social, Michigan Avenue, and at Behindthechair.com, Refinery29.com and StyleList.com. She was also featured in Charla Krupp's book How Not To Look Old in the "Getting Gorgeous City by City" chapter, and on a segment of television show "Ambush Makeover."
Amy's training is extensive and includes multiple sessions with Orlando Pita through Kérastase in New York, as well as a decade of educational trips with L'Oreal Professionnel's World Tour program. She's studied in London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Melbourne, and Vienna, with the artistic teams of Angelo Seminara, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington, Jacques Dessange, Caterina DiBiase, and Bertram K. As part of the Kérastase T.E.C.H. 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 The Row, Rachel Zoe, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Theyskens Theory, Thakoon, and Phillip Lim. She also styled hair for Project Runways' Mondo Guerra for a Maxine in-house photo shoot featuring his clothing line. In her spare time, Amy is passionate about rock and roll, travel, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and David Lynch films.
Amy's haircuts are $120.00
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!
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.
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.