Stacie Magana, Colorist
Stacie graduated from Maxine's intensive training program and trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Barbara. She loves coloring blondes, especially double process or platinum blondes. "I take my blondes seriously," she says. If you are seeking the best and blondest version of balayage in Chicago, Stacie is the colorist for you. It's not all cutting edge, however, as she also creates beautiful golden and caramel highlights as well.
When did you start at Maxine? I started my career as a colorist at Maxine in 2004.
What is your hair specialty? Blondes
What has been your career high? Everyday I’m grateful for my clients, so everyday is a career high.
What is your favorite color to do? Balayage is my favorite. It’s low maintenance and customized for every client.
What do you do in your free time? I’m usually taking care of my two year old son, Nicholas. Occasionally my husband and I will go out for drinks.
What do you never leave home without? Mascara and red lipstick
Any celebrity clients? Any notable past gigs? Jared Followill from Kings of Leon and Diane Lane.
Who is your style icon? Why? Blake Lively. She has such classic style, always looks great and has fantastic hair.
What is the hair care product you cannot live without? Kerastase Elixer Ultime.
What is your daily hair routine? It’s pretty simple. Wash, dry and flat iron.
Colorist Stacie and stylist Shelly are both excellent. I walked in unhappy with my blah hair and left thrilled. Stacie recommend balayage instead of regular highlights and I'm really happy with the partial balayage she did. Shelly gave me a great, flattering cut with movement and really took her time to make sure she didn't cut off more length than I was comfortable with. Important to know this is a busy salon, but it doesn't have too-loud music or so much bustling around you that you feel annoyed. Also - not cheap. But if you're happy with the results it's completely worth the slightly higher prices than what you'd pay in another downtown salon. Also, it's so great they have valet. It's in a location where you can definitely take the El or bus and walk, but if you need to drive it's such a great help to have valet.
would have NEVER considered cheating on my hairstylist even when I lived half way across the country for her....that was until I discovered Maxine. I've always been the type of person who hated my hair when I walked out of the salon and only liked it the next day when I styled it myself...which I always felt shouldnt be the case. BUT when I met Stacie & Brittany at Maxine, I knew I was right, it shouldnt be the case and now I learned to LOVE my hair the second it was finished! For Blondes - you'd be stupid not to go to Stacie, She's literally a blond whisperer.
I had a really good experience at Maxine a few weeks back. I scheduled an appointment to get a single process and hair cut. I ended up getting a full head balyage, instead of a single process. I'm very happy with the color done by Stacie. I brought in a few pictures of the style of coloring that I wanted and she did it. It's not easy working with dark brown hair without making it look very fake and streaky blond! My hair was cut by Aaron. Again, I brought in a few pictures of what I wanted and he was able to take what I wanted and make it work the best way possible with my hair. If I ever desire a very short hair style, I'm going to trust him with the scissors! He didn't mind going back in and snipping wherever I thought it needed it to make it look the way I wanted. I felt no rush to get out of the chair and be hurried along because the cut was essentially completed. That, in my books, is a good indicator of going back for future cuts or styles :)
Recently I went to Maxine to get a cut and color and could not be happier with the results. Stacie colored my hair the most beautiful chocolate brown and Brittany gave me one of the best cuts I've ever had. I have extremely thick, curly hair and she managed to give me a great style for when I decide to wear it straight as well. She was extremely informative and gives great guidance if you're not quite sure what you want. Brittany managed to keep most of my length while at the same time giving me the change I wanted. I highly recommend both Stacie and Brittany.