Lauren Van Beek, Colorist

Lauren Van Beek, Colorist, Maxine Salon ChicagoColorist Lauren Van Beek is a balayage specialist. The Michigan native has been schooled in the art of color at Maxine Salon and also completed courses in New York City’s L’Oreal Academy in Soho. Lauren’s biggest concern is creating a naturally beautiful look for clients and educating them on how to care for their hair after they step out of the salon. 



Favorite thing to do on a free Sunday?  Brunch, and shopping.

I like to start my Sundays off with a mimosa and catching up with friends. After words I make my pilgrimage to the Nordstrom shoe department. I am a sucker for heels. 

Who is your style icon? Why?  Grace Kelly, because her style and elegance are timeless. She was able to carry off glamorous looks with a certain amount of effortlessness. Despite her later title as the Princess of Monaco she was able to maintain a certain down to earth appeal

If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called?  I’ll take cheese with that. 

What was the best decade for hair and why? The 60s, because the styles were extremely refined. Hair was becoming an integral part of the fashion world, case in point: Sassoon's 5 point cut on Grace Coddington in 1965 and in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961, Audrey Hepburn sported some of the first man made highlights. Hair dressing was evolving with technology of the modern world.

What was the worst decade for hair and why? The 80s, because the styles were damaging to the hair. Foil highlighting was bursting forth and performed improperly as many techniques are in their infancy. Perms were also a staple look of the 80’s.  The unavailability of professional quality take home products combined with the techniques previously mentioned left the hair in a lackluster state. 

What is the hair care product you cannot live without? Oribe Gold Lust Oil. It leaves the hair feeling silky and moisturized without weighing it down. It can also be used throughout the day to control static and flyaways.

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