5.0 Stars

I really like this salon

I really like this salon. I have passed by it many times over the years and never stopped in, but about a year ago I was looking for a new stylist because I had been getting "curly haircuts" and never really felt happy with them. I found Jenna Spino at Maxine Salon. Jenna has curly hair herself so she understands where I'm coming from. She is very knowledgeable and cuts my hair the way I ask and communicates with me throughout the haircut to make sure I will be happy with it. Blowouts seem to be popular at this salon so I feel at home. LOL Jenna is happy to blow dry my hair so I feel good when I leave the salon. She also gives me tips for wearing my hair natural when I choose to. I've never enjoyed going to hair salons because too many times I have left very sad because either the stylist didn't understand my hair and cut it in a way that would be hard to manage or just didn't listen to me at all and cut it however he or she wanted. I enjoy my appointments with Jenna and the salon is unpretentious and comfortable. The employees there have always been very welcoming and friendly. I'm very glad I found Jenna and look forward to many more appointments with her.

Google Posted on 5/21/2024 by MG

5.0 Stars

Everyone was kind from the moment I walked in

I've used Lauren Mildice as my colorist for over 2 years and she's amazing! So amazing I followed her to Maxine's Salon from the south suburbs. Lauren always listens to what I want, and knows what colors will look best. This most recent time we added a little red peep color and I absolutely love it, and will be doing it again. Raven did a great job cutting/styling my hair. Maxines is a nice salon with friendly staff. Everyone was kind from the moment I walked in.

Yelp Posted on 6/14/2023 by Jennifer K.

5.0 Stars

She is by far the best

Shelly Aguirre has been a stylist for over 20 years. She has given me the best extensions I have ever had. She takes her time and makes sure they look authentic. I have tried salons all over Chicago, she is by far the best. Maxine's is such a beautiful salon. I highly recommend it!

Yelp Posted on 06/12/2023 by Denise L.

5.0 Stars

Best Salon Chicago!

Best Salon Chicago! Most amazing experience! Top notch, from front desk to the perfect cut and color! All over A+!

Yelp Posted on 2/24/2023 by Sarah M.

5.0 Stars

I loved my experience at Maxine Salon

i loved my experience at Maxine salon. Everyone is so welcoming, and it is Beautiful on the inside! I've seen the stylist Lauren Mildice, and she absolutely transformed my hair! She has turned my hair the best it's ever looked, shes very talented! 100/10 would recommend her! She gave me low lights and got all the brassy tone out of my hair.

Yelp Posted on 12/19/2022 by Sia K.

5.0 Stars

Great, quality haircuts

I've been going here for years, and every stylist I have seen has been fantastic. Great, quality haircuts that are actually worth the rates.

Yelp Posted on 11/21/2021 by Caduceus R.

5.0 Stars

I felt like a million bucks!

OMG!!!! Diana, Maxine's Colorist Specialist, is a Master of her craft!! I walked in thinking there was no saving my hair because of all the different colored banding and WOW! Diana fixed the horror and gave me a gorgeous new color! As if that wasn't enough, Raven then worked her magic with the scissors giving me a delicate face-framing style while keeping my hair long! The moment I got up from the chair, I felt like a million bucks! I HIGHLY recommend this power duo!! Thank you, Diana, for your vision & skills!!!! You have another life-long, loyal client!!

Yelp Posted on 11/13/2021 by Francis C.

5.0 Stars

I felt like a completely new woman!

Raven did an amazing cut on my hair, and I felt like a completely new woman! Thank you Raven, I'll be back.

Yelp Posted on 11/13/2021 by Michelle G.

5.0 Stars

Swank little hair salon!!!

Swank little hair salon!!! I was treated by a friend with a full-service trim and style. Absolutely love it. Evan was the stylist And he meticulously cut my hair and diffused it into tons of curls for me.

Yelp Posted on 08/12/2021 by Maralyn O.

5.0 Stars

Cannot recommend enough!

We decided to get married last month and literally a week before the wedding I realized that I was in serious need of a hair rescue. I had been growing out my gray and in doing so, had some gray highlights. But overall my hair was looking rather ashy and lackluster. I've been going to the same salon for years, and switching colorists/salons can be scary, especially days before a wedding. But I had read such good things about my colorist and he was able to fit me in. He worked an absolute miracle on my hair. He brought my hair back to life giving it an incredibly natural look with a lot of dimension and shine. The condition of my hair hasn't looked or felt better in years. I look at our wedding photos now and am just so happy with how my hair looks, all thanks to my colorist! And my husband continues complementing it, so that's always a good sign. I am so grateful for him and his talent and would highly recommend him. He is professional and deserves all the accolades, awards, and recognition he has received. He is also so kind and has such a warm energy. How you treat people matters and you can tell he genuinely cares for people and about his clients happiness. In fact, everyone I've interacted with at Maxine thus far has been wonderful. Cannot recommend enough!

Yelp Posted on 10/27/2020 by Natalie B.

5.0 Stars

LOVE this salon

First time today at Maxine Salon - recommended by my cousin. LOVE this salon - Lauren and Evan are incredible! Lauren nailed my color and Evan gave me terrific cut and blow dry. I am new to Chicago so relying on recommendations from others and I could not be happier with Maxine Salon! Highly recommend and looking forward to my next visit, which I already booked! Thank you Lauren and Evan - see you in 6 weeks!

Yelp Posted on 08/15/2020 by Caren L.

5.0 Stars

I adore her!

I have been going to Josie for almost 20 years, and I'm not an easy girl to please, especially when it comes to hair (pixie perfectionist). Seriously, I think I worked my way up and down Oak Street looking for the right "one." Josie is extremely talented; I adore her! ... In fact, I moved out of Chicago for a few years but continued to drive more than 3 hours, every four weeks to see her. Diana M. is another super talented gem who I've been seeing for years for color--amazing colorist. Love, love, love Maxine's staff, too! Fabulous place; can't say enough good things.

Yelp Posted on 7/1/2020 by Jeanine R.

5.0 Stars

The results exceeded my expectations

I grew my hair medium / long for a type of haircut I was trying to accomplish. I did not want a bad haircut and having to wait months for it to grow back again so I decided for the first time to risk paying more for a cut (usually I pay less then $25) and seek for an expert this time. I immediately made a reservation with Shelly Aguirre after so many great reviews online and feeling confident she was the right person. I arrived to my reservation and showed her photos of how I wanted my hair to look and she listened for every single detail. I was impressed and very happy with Shelly's work and expertise as the results exceeded my expectations and every detail explained was fulfilled. I don't want anyone but Shelly to cut my hair now and will definitely continue visiting her.

Yelp Posted on 6/28/2020 by Adrian G.

5.0 Stars

Lauren is a master for color!

Lauren is a master for color! She has an amazing way of balancing your desired look with keeping the health of your hair in focus. If you are seeking a killer blowout, make sure to see Leigh Hardges! Best styling I have ever had and such a pleasure to talk to.

Yelp Posted on 03/14/2020 by Catherine G.

5.0 Stars

He does a great job

Marshall has been coloring my hair for a couple of years now. I get all-over color with a gloss. He does a great job and is very pleasant. I cheated on him a couple of times to save money, but I regretted it both times. He was very sweet about it when I came back. I'm very picky about my hair and usually go to the most expensive salon in town just to be safe, and Marshall doesn't disappoint.

Yelp Posted on 12/10/2019 by Sue W.

5.0 Stars

Such a blessing

When my stylist extraordinaire and dear friend of 20 years, Thor Nygren, retired I was lost. He always took such good care of me and my curls! I waited a long time and when I finally tried a different stylist all my worst fears came true. Finding Michelle Dixon was such a blessing, not only is she an exceptional stylist she's a very special human being..so uplifting, kind and caring. She's also a wonderful teacher sharing her expertise so I can make my hair look it's best in between cuts.

Yelp Posted on 10/18/2019 by Marcia B.

5.0 Stars

Everyone needs to be pampered, and this is the place

Jonathan came highly recommended by a friend of mine who suggested Maxine's to me after my former hairdresser passed away. Let me just say that the entire experience from start to finish was superb. The first time with a new hairdresser is usually stressful and you tend to sit on pins & needles, but none of that happened with Jonathan. He was insightful, understanding, and patient when we discussed where my hair had been and in what direction we would be going with it. The shampoo was relaxing and he really took his time. You had the confidence that he really knows what he is doing from start to finish. He asks the right questions, and went over every inch of my head as he familiarized himself with head shape and hair growth patterns. Afterward, I felt like a new woman when I looked in the mirror. I walked out of there feeling great, sporting red carpet hair. And, as much as I liked my late stylist, I have to say that Jonathan is perfection. I've had my hair cut by the crème de crème of hairdressers in Chicago, gone to all of the top salons since the early 80's, but I have to honestly say Jonathan and Maxine's get their props from me. A non-intimidating atmosphere, a well run business and stylists that leave you looking better than when you came in: the whole purpose of finding a great salon is feeling comfortable with your stylist. Let me just say that I will be going back to Jonathan, and I would highly recommend Maxine's to any of my friends. Getting to relax with a glass of wine (which they offer at a small addtl price) made my whole afternoon. I'd put the experience right up there with one indulgent afternoon. Everyone needs to be pampered, and this is the place.

Yelp Posted on 10/8/2019 by Rita S.

5.0 Stars

Couldn't be happier

I have to admit, I'm a tough customer. Went and saw a stylist and Stacy and couldn't be happier. Thanks for the best cut and color I've had since getting it done in Manhattan

Yelp Posted on 8/15/2019 by Kaitlin X.

5.0 Stars

They are Great!!

They are great!! I have blonde hair (not naturally) and moved to Chicago from Nashville. I have been seeing the same hair colorist for years before moving here and was terrified to try someone new. After much research and stressing I made an appointment at Maxine with a blonde specialist. I was especially stressed because my previous colorist used Redken color, and Maxine uses L'Oréal . But after all my research I decided it was worth switching because of Maxine's good reviews. Well I can tell you that after having my hair done at Maxine it BLEW away my old colorist. Not only was my hair color perfect, it lasted twice as long. The way she did my roots allowed my hair to grow out for almost 3 months and still look intentional. Love this place. Very expensive for sure, but if you are looking for true professionals this is the place. As a note, of you do not also book a haircut you have to dry your own hair. The first time I went I booked a haircut. But I then decided while the haircut was awesome, I didn't find it to be worth an additional $100. So I get my hair cut elsewhere and just blow dry it myself after I have it colored.

Yelp Posted on 8/11/2019 by Amanda M.

5.0 Stars

Amy is Awesome

Receptionists were welcoming as usual. Amy is awesome, she is sweet and pay are thin to what customer says and also holds a good conversation with her customer

Yelp Posted on 7/21/2019 by Sharon W.

5.0 Stars

You must go see Bob

If you live in Chicago, you must go see Bob for your hair needs. If you are visiting Chicago, you must go see Bob. He is such a seasoned hair stylist who knows what he is doing without hesitation. A true artist, and a genuinely wonderful human being. He cuts my boss's hair, too, and I swear I can watch him for hours make magic happen. Customer service is top notch here and I look forward to going back every time. Thanks Bob!

Yelp Posted on 04/10/2019 by Aimz L.

5.0 Stars

WOW!!! I mean...wow

WOW!!! I mean...wow. Lauren and Raven made my hair look the best it's ever looked. My mom and I were in for the weekend out of town and decided to get our hair done. I knew I wanted to try something new with my hair, and both of the stylists were so accommodating and a joy to be around. Everyone at the salon is lovely and they made me feel so pampered and beautiful. If you ever need a blowout or a cut and color while your in the city, CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! IT'S WORTH IT!

Yelp Posted on 03/17/2019 by Karissa B.

5.0 Stars

There are hair stylists, and there's Amy

There are hair stylists, and there's Amy....she's a true master. Being from NYC, I've been to many well known salons and I've never had a better stylist. She can look at any picture you show her, analyze and nail it. She's also the bang whisperer. Anyone with bangs knows it can go really wrong, really fast but not in Amy's hands. She listens, airs on the side of caution and ensures I always leave with exactly what I have asked for. I don't think I've written a yelp review in years, but when someone is that good, you just have to pay it forward. Happy Haircut.....

Yelp Posted on 3/13/2019 by Michelle A.

5.0 Stars

Keep up the great work!

I've been coming here for years and Marshall Violante is the best and is VERY consistent with the quality in service and hair color. I'm very particular and have followed Marshall from Vidal Sasson to Maxine because this girl doesn't like change! So in total , I would say I've been with Marshall 5 years and I don't plan on changing anytime soon. Keep up the great work!

Yelp Posted on 02/28/2019 by Shirley A.

5.0 Stars

Go see Shelly!

I see Shelly all the time and she's the only one allowed to touch my hair! She's amazing funny and kind. I went to see her after I bleached my hair and was scared it would never be healthy again. Shelly nursed my hair back to health and its original texture. Maxine's Salon is a clean/modern vibe salon with a very friendly group of people. Whether it's an important day for you or you just want to look fly, go see Shelly! Tell her Jay sent you.

Yelp Posted on 02/09/2019 by Jay Z.

5.0 Stars

One feels immediately welcome at Maxine

I came in today with a mess (multiple layers and lots of texturing from previous salons) and was fortunate to get an appointment for a haircut with Jonathan. I felt at ease with his recommendations and appreciated his professionalism in assessing what had previously been done. He worked his magic (for nearly 90 minutes) and I left with a very pretty, easy-to-manage style that I love. One feels immediately welcome at Maxine; the vibe is friendly and genuine. Many thanks to everyone who made my visit today five stars: The front desk, several assistants and, of course, Jonathan.

Yelp Posted on 12/29/2018 by Michele G.

5.0 Stars

Never Disappoints!

Diana Mildice is an Excellent choice if you're looking for a beautiful blonde, or any gorgeous color for that matter. Not only is she kind and considerate but she will make sure you get exactly what you're looking for. Never disappoints!

Yelp Posted on 12/22/2018 by Sohp F.

5.0 Stars

I absolutely love this place!!

I absolutely love this place!! It took me many years to find the right person to trust to cut my hair!!! Shelley Aguirre is the best stylist at Maxines and I'm so lucky to have found her!! I absolutely trust her with my hair and love every time I get it cut by her!!! I always get so many compliments on my hair cut and she is the best to chat with while getting my hair cut! I love that she always remembers everything about me even if I haven't seen her in a few months! She's amazing and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fresh cut!!

Yelp Posted on 11/20/2018 by Nicki F.

5.0 Stars

I always feel like a new person!

After appointments with Tina and Amy, I always feel like a new person! Since moving out of the Chicago area, I appreciate them even more as they now have to fix someone else's attempts to maintain my color and give me an up-to-date cut. Tina is an extremely talented colorist and she knows just how to give me a natural look with a bit of a boost. She listens to my concerns and then tells me what she'd like to do to make sure we're on the same page, but truthfully, she's so good there's no need to ever change what she recommends. Amy is a mind reader - I just vaguely tell her what I want to change about whatever cut I got from someone else and she gives me a new style that works for my face and my hair - then she gives me lessons on how to create the look myself. The staff is great and they all work together to accommodate my limited availability whenever I get back to Chicago. I've been to salons from Beverly Hills to New York and DC - Tina and Amy are my favorites!

Yelp Posted on 11/5/2018 by Ali K.

5.0 Stars

I get compliments all the time!

Nicole Tabloff has been coloring my hair for over a year now. I asked her to work with me on letting me be a bit gray but not look old. It's a complicated ask given I want highlights and lowlights and stay as natural looking as possible. She's done a fantastic job. Not only do I love it so do a lot of others - I get compliments all the time!

Yelp Posted on 10/28/2018 by D. I.

5.0 Stars

I would definitely go back

I just walked in off the Street to come in for a blow out. I was fit in with in 40 minutes. My stylist and did a wonderful job. It was busy at 9:30am so I just might have had some good luck with getting in. I would definitely go back.

Yelp Posted on 10/27/2018 by Oenophile X.

5.0 Stars

Amy is wonderful!

Amy is wonderful! I had gotten a terrible haircut a while back and she's been helping me grow it out and fix it for about a year now. She's been giving me great advice on how to maintain it, how to grow it out and even pointers on what I can do with the baby hairs I'm getting in post post partum. The salon is on the pricer side but definitely worth the price. The stylist know what they are doing!

Yelp Posted on 10/3/2018 by Disha M.

5.0 Stars

I've never loved my hair more

It took me a while to find the perfect fit after moving to Chicago several years ago. I finally found my way to Maxine's and they're THE best. I go to my colorist for color. He's great. Super friendly and fun to chat with. And he has some serious talent as a colorist. There are a lot of articles about him that say he's the King of red hair. Well, that's probably true, but I have blonde/brunette balayage and he's a rock star in that department as well. For spectacular cuts, Evan can not be beat. And he's the only stylist I've ever gone to who gives me some excellent new "how-to" tip every time I see him. My partner stopped in once and couldn't get over how meticulous he was. I've never loved my hair more. These two will listen to what you want, and have superb input to go with it!! They're not inexpensive (but probably competitive for Chicago) but ABSOLUTELY worth every penny! Love it!!

Yelp Posted on 9/7/2018 by Amy W.

5.0 Stars

I love my results!!!!

I had my hair color done by Marshall and a cut and style by Shelly. I love my results!!!! I will be a returning client and recommending them to everyone. Thanks for making my day special. Karen

Yelp Posted on 7/12/2018 by Karen F.

5.0 Stars

Favorite salon in the world!

Favorite salon in the world! The artists are talented and have wonderful personalities to match. For cuts- I trust Michelle with my life! That lady knows what she is doing when it comes to hair. She is such an amazing person inside and out. It's truly a great experience with her all around. For color- I just found my new favorite guy, Robert. This was my first time working with him and he did a fantastic job with my blonde color. He knew exactly what I wanted, I think he might read minds. Cannot wait to get my hair done again.

Yelp Posted on 03/20/2018 by Olivia M.

5.0 Stars


Marshall! I have shouted Marshall's name into open car windows. I have whispered his name in line at the grocery store. I have scribbled his name on gum wrappers to pass to strangers on the street. People ask me who colors my hair all the time - all throughout the way-too-many weeks (cough, months) I let slide by between appointments. And I tell them: Marshall, Marshall, Marshall! Marshall mixes a luminous red that stays vibrant much longer than any red ever should. In spite of the deep, strong color, my hair stays healthy. We've done reds from copper to cherry to burgundy and I've loved them all. He is also just an absolutely lovely person to talk to: funny, centered, and thoughtful. Maxine is a great salon -- I love the option to book online, the space is bright and open, and the location is convenient.

Yelp Posted on 01/30/2018 by Virginia K.

5.0 Stars

Definitely recommend her!

I had my hair cut and it is just simply so cute :) She listened to my needs and perfectly executed. I had some trouble with my natural hair at the roots and some curls at the bottom left from my last perm. She made my hair lighter and natural looking again by creating a soft layer all throughout. I just appreciate how much attention she puts to what her clients want (not a lot of stylists catch that) Definitely recommend her !

Yelp Posted on 1/5/2018 by Min Kyong B.

5.0 Stars

She was amazing and I love my color

I was new to Chicago and had left my colorist of a few years. I Went to Maxine based on a friends hair that I liked. She had beautiful blonde highlights just the way I like them. She highly recommended Diana. I went and she was great. When I got home and hair dried, the color wasn't as light as I was hoping for. Diana told me to come back no charge because she wanted me to Love my color and be completely happy. The second time I brought a picture and she nailed it. She was amazing and I love my color. I highly recommended her for blonde highlights. Not only is she very talented but easy to talk to and creates a great experience. I will definitely be back

Yelp Posted on 12/31/2017 by Jamie S.

5.0 Stars

Always friendly, helpful and professional

The staff at Maxine's as always is friendly, helpful, and professional. I have never received a bad haircut or color treatment. The one time I wasn't 100 percent satisfied they worked with me until I was.

Google Posted on 01/21/2018 by Sheryl Enders

5.0 Stars

Patient, perfecting, and professional

Patient,perfecting, and professional. Marshal(colorist) & Cheryl(stylist) collaborated with me on what woukd be best for my African American, long hair. My hair was 7"of natural hair, 6" of perm- which was transitioning out of braids and in need of grey coverage. All i can say is transformative. I have never been this emotional in a good way about my hair. Marshal mixed the magic and taught at the same time. The color looked so good i forgot that i needed to be styled. But then Cheryl took it to the next level and chose all the right product, tools and cut. The cut was so good i didn't need it curled,and the lenght was still there. She briefed me on care and answered my questions. It was sleek, bouncing, -i literally looked younger when i left. It was drastically different without being overtly trendy. Magnificent.

Yelp Posted on 11/21/2017 by Will H.

5.0 Stars

What an amazing salon!

What an amazing salon! Came here today desperately needing a change after having a baby two months ago. From the front desk to the assistants to both of the stylists that I saw, Maxine Really knows how to wow their clientele Lauren was my colorist and she was absolutely amazing. She took her time and really perfected my color. Coming in, my hair was damaged and brassy but leaving Lauren's chair my hair felt brightened and healthy with the exact color and tone I requested. He cut my hair and I absolutely love It! One of the best cuts I have ever received Both stylists took their time and really perfected everything. I will definitely be returning!

Yelp Posted on 11/11/2017 by Katie H.

5.0 Stars

I love my cut

I just had my hair cut, and to be honest totally repaired, by Cheryl. She was a really good listener, had a good recommendation and I love my cut. I have curly hair which is hard to cut and have been suffering from some bad styles recently. I'll be going back to Cheryl for sure. The staff was super friendly too.

Yelp Posted on 11/10/2017 by Kristie Z.

5.0 Stars

I always have a great experience

My stylist is Shelly Aguirre, and she has surpassed any other stylist I have ever been too...she is well experienced with hair extensions, and will turn my limp, fine hair into something so lush, beautiful, and natural...I am so amazed and thankful every time!!

Yelp Posted on 10/06/2017 by Erin H.

5.0 Stars

Color is always natural

My husband and I got color from Nicole at Vidal Sassoon for many years, when she said she was leaving to join Maxine we didn't even think twice about following her. Even though our stylist is still at VS we split our visits because that's just how good Nicole is! Her color is always natural and her highlights are up to date, not chunky and very natural looking. Not only is she a talented colorist, she has the best personality and our appts are always filled with laughing and sharing crazy stories!

Yelp Posted on 09/22/2017 by A B.

5.0 Stars

I was Very Happy!!!

The moment I walked into Maxine Salon I felt welcomed. Michelle Dixon was the stylist I was referred to. My hair has been natural for about 5 years. Michelle treated me like I've been her client for years. She erased all my doubts and fears I had about my hair!!! She was very informational about different ways of styling and taking care of my hair. I wanted my hair colored also and Michelle told me that I will have to book an appointment online. I said okay, I was kind of disappointed but I didn't want to show it. Michelle told me that she will go and check for me if someone was available to color my hair. She came back with GREAT NEWS!!! Stacie Magana (Color Specialist) came over and introduced herself and told me she was free for an hour and can fit me in. I was Very Happy!!! My overall experienced was Superb. Highly recommend Michelle Dixon & Stacie Magana!!!!!! I will definitely return!

Yelp Posted on 09/07/2017 by Danielle C.

5.0 Stars

One of the best haircuts I've ever had!

I recently moved to Chicago and was in search of a good hairstylist, as I had went to the same person for years prior. I'm pretty picky about my cuts and it's always hard to find someone that does exactly what I'm hoping for. I went to three different salons before I went to Maxine's and I'm so happy I finally found someone I like. It honestly may have been one of the best haircuts I've ever had! And I do not say that often. He's great with long hair (which I have) and listens to what you want. I've seen some of his work on other lengths in addition to men's cuts and they look amazing.

Yelp Posted on 09/05/2017 by Antonia R.

5.0 Stars

Love it here

Love it here- everyone is so friendly! Always cut my hair with Evan and color with Lauren... wouldn't have it any other way! They are rockstars and always make me feel the most beautiful! Thank you guys!

Yelp Posted on 07/10/2017 by Sophia A.

4.0 Stars

Thank Michelle Dixon for a beautiful job

When arrived at the Conrad Chicago I inquired about hair and nail salons, Brittany the concierge contacted me and recommended Maxine's. My first response was"would you go there?" she replied that she would, so I said "very well, I will too." Whelp I allowed myself to be talked out of going there for another place. I went to other place yesterday and left DISAPPOINTED. As I was returning to the hotel I stopped into Maxine to check for openings for today 6/16/17. Talk about being in the right place at the right time...someone was on the phone canceling an appointment for Friday 6/16/17 @ 9. That was the exact time I walked in to inquire about someone's availability. Michelle's appointment cancelled and now I'm in.."YES!!!" Michelle did a beautiful job with my unfamiliar natural hair. She was very engaging, had BEAUTIFUL energy, and great advice on what I can do to compliment my natural curly hair. Something I am learning to manage to avoid my usual style - using heat. She concluded her services with a warm sincere hug. Thank Michelle Dixon for a beautiful job. Next time I'm in Chicago I know where to go.

Yelp Posted on 06/16/2017 by Shalan M.

5.0 Stars

She is amazing--THANK YOU!

I visited Chicago for a week while I was on a business trip, and was on a mission to find a salon where I could get my hair highlighted. I have blonde hair and have struggled to find a colorist who will make the highlights close to my hairline and make it last. If you are spending close to $200 for color, it should in my opinion be perfect. First off, I booked an online appointment after reading the reviews, and was able to get in on a few day's notice, which was amazing. I was assigned to Tracy. When I came for my appointment Tracy was very warm. I explained to her what I was looking for and admitted I was quite particular. I am writing this review after visiting two weeks ago because I wanted to see how the color would look after I washed my hair and did it myself. I am so pleased with Tracy's coloring expertise; she really did a great job. It is looking well blended, and beautiful. I have received several compliments and people are asking "where did you get it done"? BTW, I live in Vancouver BC Canada, and I will be back to see Tracy whenever I am in Chicago. She is amazing --THANK YOU! One tip--I didn't notice that colorings/stylists prefer cash as tips.

Yelp Posted on 03/31/2017 by Marion G.

5.0 Stars

Rex is great!

Rex is great! I originally came in to have my hair lightened after a wild hair history.. and he would not allow me to do so, so that I would not damage my hair... had a treatment instead. Extremely knowledgeable about his craft. Afterwards, Ramona cut my hair.. my ends had a beautiful , blunt feel to them.. and lays very beautiful. They recommended some amazing products as well.

Yelp Posted on 03/31/2017 by Carly A.

5.0 Stars

Marshall is a color God

I just followed my colorist, Marshall Violante, from his previous salon and couldn't be happier. Marshall is a color God - his judgement and technique are impeccable. Always natural looking and my hair is always healthy and in great shape. He's also super pleasant and very professional. Color work is time consuming so if you have to sit in a chair that long to look great, Marshall is the person you want to chat with. His recommendations on everything current are always spot on. Also the new salon is amazing. Lively and fun and very stylish.

Yelp Posted on 03/19/2017 by Grace K.

5.0 Stars

Shelly is AMAZING!

Shelly is AMAZING! Fantastic stylist. Love her! Highly recommend her to anyone that lives in Chicago. She cuts and styles with precision to provide the best results, consistently. Maxine has an awesome staff that always creates a great experience.

Yelp Posted on 03/17/2017 by Rocco V.

5.0 Stars

Love Robert for Color and Cheryl for Cuts

I should have done this earlier. Love Robert for color and Cheryl for cuts and Keratin. Both are experts in their specialities. On the reviews that complain about the prices of the services at this salon... everything in that part of the city is expensive. If the neighborhood is taken into account the prices are not shocking. Keratin pricing is only a little more than what I paid when I lived in a significantly less expensive part of the country. I actually think the keratin pricing is about the norm at a standard Chicago salon.

Yelp Posted on 03/11/2017 by Necia W.

5.0 Stars

Classy hip and relaxed

This is a truly lovely salon. I followed Nicole from Sassoon. If your debating trying this salon I would debate no further. You will not be disappointed Nicole is the best. They use only the best products to keep your hair healthy and happy. I also had a blow out with Tim and he was a delight to talk to. The vibe of this salon is like no other. Classy hip and relaxed. I had an awesome time and look forward to my next visit.

Yelp Posted on 03/01/2017 by Jennifer P.

5.0 Stars

Dani is nothing less than AMAZING

I've been going to Dani for about a year and a half. She is nothing less than AMAZING. If you're looking for someone to cut your hair, you need to go to her. I went to her originally to fix a mess another stylist (different salon) had made of my hair. I have fine, very straight hair and not a lot of it. Unfortunately, you can see every cut a stylist makes, so if they don't know what they're doing, they can cause some serious damage that will literally take years to grow out. Dani not only fixed my cut, but was able to salvage a really cute hairstyle. Since then, she has continued to give me the best cuts I've ever gotten. I'd give her 10 stars if I could. Go see her, you won't be sorry!!

Yelp Posted on 02/06/2017 by Amy M.

5.0 Stars

Rex Jimieson is THE best colorist for blondes in Chicago

I have been going to Maxine for about two years now and must say that Rex Jimieson at Maxine Salon in Chicago has got to be THE best colorist for blondes in Chicago, and certainly the best colorist I've ever been to in any of the major cities I've lived in. He gives a thorough consultation, takes a real detailed and somewhat scientific interest in your hair, and I have never seen a stylist pay such close attention to the timing of the color! He stays right on top of the process, no distractions, no wondering where Rex went! I had been trying to get rid of (or avoid) a golden-toned, or copper brassy blonde, and no "blonde specialist" stylists at even the best salons could ever seem to get me where I wanted, until I started working with Rex. It wasn't instantaneous, but with patience and precision, he's gotten me to the cool blonde I've always been seeking. I live overseas and sometimes my stylist there takes me back a step, but he doesn't scold or shame when I return to be fixed. We just go back to getting to a pretty pale blonde. Thanks!

Yelp Posted on 06/14/2016 by Becca K.

5.0 Stars

The best thing about me? My hair.

The best thing about me? My hair. I'd give my colorist and Amy Abramite a thousand stars from the sky if I could.

Yelp Posted on 05/28/2016 by Colleen T.

5.0 Stars

I love this salon!

I love this salon! Robert makes my color look fantastic every time. I never walk away dissatisfied.

Yelp Posted on 5/24/2016 by Denee J.

5.0 Stars

Tina does a wonderful job coloring my hair

Maxine's is what a salon should be! Tina does a wonderful job coloring my hair. I love when a stylist listens to their client. Every time I leave the salon, I feel like a new woman!

Yelp Posted on 04/19/2016 by Siobhan Hartsell H.

5.0 Stars

Amazing experience from start to finish

Amazing experience from start to finish, I have found my 'forever hair home'. Reservations: I was warmly greeted by a gentlemen when I called to schedule my first appointment. I explained what I was looking to have done, he NEVER rushed me and scheduled my services. It was refreshing to speak to a salon that was kind and accommodating vs pretentious and rude.

Yelp Posted on 04/07/2016 by Maria B.

5.0 Stars

Staff is professional, experience, and friendly.

If you are looking for hair cuts, hair color, hair anything.... go here. Staff is professional, experienced, and friendly. If you are looking for extensions, make an appointment with Ana, is terrific! My extensions looked so fabulous, and came out easy and my real hair is in great health. I love what this place offers.

Yelp Posted on 02/26/2016 by Anisa B.

5.0 Stars

Shelly was really incredible

Shelly was really incredible and helpful. She was patient--though not condescending--as she helped me realize the truth about what my hair needs, since I am a lazy non-product-using person. I had no idea my hair could look this good. She pushed my vision, and I'm glad I let her. She seems adept at styling both hair-attentive people and hair-lazy people. Furthermore, the salon was pleasant, and everyone in it was really professional yet full of personality.

Yelp Posted on 01/31/2016 by J N.

5.0 Stars

My hair color is lovely

I originally made an appointment here because I wanted to start getting my hair colored professionally, and their colorist publish articles, and I liked that they understand truly about hair and color, etc. My colorist - has been taking care of me since earlier this year, when I got married. My hair color is lovely, he is lovely - and I get lots of compliments. Thanks!!

Yelp Posted on 12/23/2015 by Holly O.

5.0 Stars

Rex and Shelly are Phenomenal

When I came to Maxine, my hair was fried from an at-home straight perm that I bought online (big mistake don't do it - ever). It was so damaged that I couldn't even run my fingers through my hair because it was fried and constantly tangling. I did my research on many Chicago Salons and decided to go with Maxine. They specialize in making your hair healthy and shiny - two things I desperately needed. I heard Rex was talented at coloring severely damaged hair so I made an appointment with him. He listened, gave his recommendations and then I also consulted with Shelly, my new stylist. We all discussed the different steps I could take to get my hair back to a healthy place again. They gave me several options and I felt confident about the course I needed to take based on their consultation. I went with a Keratin treatment, a cut and a color with a permanent, gentle color product. I cannot say enough about the salon. Rex and Shelly are phenomenal. True professionals. This isn't a hobby or a just a job for them. This is their passion and their career. They take what they do very seriously - in a good way. They want you to have the healthiest hair possible combined with the look you love. Is Maxine expensive? Yes and no. I learned a hard lesson after using that straight perm - you get what you pay for. At Maxine, you get what you pay for - a look you love, healthy hair, and a staff who cares deeply about your experience. Worth every penny.

Yelp Posted on 11/16/2015 by Happy Y.

4.0 Stars

Sarah does a wonderful job

Very elegant but not snooty salon. I go for color and am very happy. Sarah does a wonderful job and her color stays amazingly well. They carry Kerastase - very good hair care lines. The prices are not cheap but I think they are fair for the quality and service you get. If you don't want a professional blow out post color, they have the most amazing self service blow dry bar. Tons of product to choose from and a really top notch addition to the salon. When I recover from having my hair cut way too short somewhere else, I will be making an appointment for a haircut at Maxine.

Yelp Posted on 11/15/2015 by Caroline B.

5.0 Stars

I wouldn't trust my color to anyone but Diana

I have been getting my hair done at Maxine for years and I wouldn't trust my color to anyone but Diana. We always have a consultation before she begins and she truly listens. I always leave extremely happy. Thanks, Diana!

Yelp Posted on 10/26/2015 by Kimberly L.

4.0 Stars

Jenna got me looking like a million bucks!

Expensive? Sure. But everything in this neighborhood is. But I don't mind paying a little more for the service and quality experience I get at Maxine. I work in the neighborhood and needed a quick blow dry for a presentation I was giving later that day. There are plenty of blow dry salons in the area that can do a perfunctory job but I wanted to KNOW it would be perfect. I called and was lucky enough to get an appointment with Jenna. She did such a nice job she is now my "go to" person when in need of some "hair help". She took the time to hear what I wanted and then quickly got me looking like a million bucks! The salon is trendy and spotless but the most important asset is the friendliness of the staff. The front desk team never fails to take my coat and properly direct me and the wait is never very long for my appointment. $55 for a blow dry? Yep. It's a little more than other places. But I'm happy to pay it as I love the results.

Yelp Posted on 10/18/2015 by Carol K.

5.0 Stars

Love it every time!

My daughter and I have been going to Maxine salon for haircuts and color for a couple of years now. A friend recommended it and we are so glad we tried it! It's always easy to book an an appointment and the staff is very friendly. Diana does our color and she is sooo talented! Love it every time! Great haircuts with Ramona! I highly recommend both of them!

Yelp Posted on 09/24/2015 by Amy G.

5.0 Stars

Three words: Go. To. Bob.

Three words: Go. To. Bob. I booked a day-of, online appointment with "Anyone" for a ladies haircut. I was the last appointment of the day at 7:15pm. I was lucky enough to have Bob-he did an outstanding job assessing the current condition of my hair, shampooing and conditioning thoroughly, cutting my hair exactly the way I requested, teaching me helpful styling techniques, and providing an overall enjoyable and relaxing experience. I will definitely return to Maxine and I highly recommend this salon, specifically Bob. Thank you!

Yelp Posted on 09/22/2015 by Christine C.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is my favorite

I've frequented at least a dozen salons in Chicago, and Maxine is my favorite. The vibe here is very positive. The staff at the front desk is friendly and professional. They don't hustle me to buy the hair care products on display. The salon is clean. And there's usually street parking a few blocks west of the salon (although valet is available). The only thing that could be improved are the shampoo chairs, which are uncomfortable when leaning back. But the main reason I come here is my stylist Shelly Aguirre. My hair looks amazing! Which was not the case the first time I sat in her chair three years ago. I'd just been given one of the worst haircuts of my life at another salon. It was a layered mess (I'd asked for a bob). Since cutting it short wasn't an option (for me), we agreed to a strategy for growing out the layers. I'm not sure how she did it, but my hair was vastly improved after just one visit. And within six months, I had the bob of my dreams. Shelly is creative and really knows how to cut hair. She has a great personality. And she's always on time (I hate waiting anywhere when I have an appointment). So I'm in and out the door in an hour or less. I couldn't be happier.

Yelp Posted on 9/20/2015 by Marcia S.

5.0 Stars

I Love Maxine Salon!

First of all I love Maxine Salon! And I love Maxine. I have been there for services many times and without exception I see Maxine a least once during my visit making the rounds to say hello to the clients and see just how everyone is enjoying their experience and services. She is truly a gracious host. But the true reason I go to Maxine Salon is Diana for color. She is a magician. She sees color like no one else. Her judgement has been infallible from just covering grays to the most fabulous balayage highlights. And all without compromising your hair's condition or texture. She has spoiled me for any other colorist forever.

Yelp Posted on 09/01/2015 by Mary M.

5.0 Stars

The Entire Staff is Very Welcoming and Helpful

I live in the neighborhood and have been going to Maxine's for about 3 years. It's always the highlight of my day when I get my hair done! The entire staff is very welcoming and helpful. My style team is Diana and Theresa, and they are quite amazing. They have never let me down, I always leave feeling and, most of all, looking fantastic. Diana has an artist's touch with color, always makes my hair look natural and dimensional. And Theresa is a magician with scissors! She is meticulous and precise and it shows in the quality of my cut. My hair looks wonderful from every angle, has great body and movement, and keeps it's shape even after it's grown out. I really wouldn't have anyone else touch my hair because I've been spoiled by the best! I highly recommend you work with these wonderful artists.

Yelp Posted on 07/23/2015 by Patricia V.

5.0 Stars

Cheryl gave me an excelent haircut

I came to Maxine with a pretty bad haircut that I let grow out. I was referred to Cheryl by the concierge at the Peninsula Hotel. Cheryl gave me an excellent haircut; just the style I wanted, making it easy to blowdry while keeping the length pretty close to where I ultimately want to be. I love the placement of the layers, something not easily achieved by many hairdressers. I also got my hair colored by Diana and am extremely pleased with my highlights. I'll be back for sure! Thank you!

Yelp Posted on 06/30/2015 by Jennifer M.

5.0 Stars

Both Artists are Very Special People

As many with curly hair, for years I would angst over how it looked. I went to tons of hairstylists and always left unfulfilled and dissatisfied. That is until I found my stylist who helped me find my hair's true essence. I can honestly say I now feel real joy and appreciation for my locks. Actually my hair seems to make others happy as well, including my hubby and strangers I meet daily. Also at Maxine, Tracey Manger is my go to for color. She always creates a beautiful mix of highlights and lowlights while leaving my hair healthy. Both artists are very special people---talented, warm, caring and fun! You won't be disappointed!

Yelp Posted on 05/08/2015 by Marcia B.

5.0 Stars

Will definitely be returning

I am so glad that I set up an appointment with Qiana! She washed, blow-dried, cut/blended, and flat ironed my hair to perfection. The best part, I was done in about an hour!!! The salon is very clean, professional and diverse. Will definitely be returning.

Yelp Posted on 04/08/2015 by Bethany M.

5.0 Stars

I had a terrific experience at Maxine's

I had a terrific experience at Maxine's last week that I want to share. I live in Florida in a smaller town without a lot of experienced colorists for my blonde highlights. I have chin length fine hair, and alot of it. I was going to Chicago on a business trip and researched the internet for a sophisticated salon. I found Maxine Salon thru online recommendations. I booked two appointments to coincide with my business trip. Rex gave me terrific pastel blond foil highlights and Adrienne did a very nice medium length, layered bob cut. Both of them were very professional and supportive of my "hair" needs, even though I was obviously an out of towner. The front desk staff was also super very courteous when I came in straight from the airport with my bulky suitcases! I recommend this salon highly. I took a chance based on internet research and it worked out well. I'm writing this review to encourage others take the same leap of faith I did. Fortunately its not a long plane ride to Chicago, so I'll be back!

Yelp Posted on 03/30/2015 by Susan B.

5.0 Stars

I've been going to Maxine's for years

I've been going to Maxine's for years. I've seen a lot of the stylist but usually stick with. My hair is really thick and hard to cut. This is the 1st salon I have been to that didn't automatically try to texturize or thin my hair. I also do color with Sarah. Thanks Maxine's for a stress free experience. P.S. They have wine and beer if you ant so inclined. Nice!!

Yelp Posted on 03/21/2015 by C.M.

5.0 Stars

Bob gave me an incredible blowout and style

I got my Balayage done by Karissa, and I have never been more happy with my hair. I love it!!! I have very dark brown hair and she was able to give me a wonderful look without any of those brassy orange tones! I seriously can't say enough good things about this place. Bob G also gave me an incredible blowout and style- He didn't just make me look fantastic, he made the experience wonderful. He gave me some great advice on how to style my own hair. I will never go elsewhere.

Yelp Posted on 02/25/2015 by Alex R.

5.0 Stars

Colorist Stacie and stylist Shelly are both excellent

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.

Yelp Posted on 02/21/2015 by Katie M.

5.0 Stars

I Love My Hair

I got my hair styled and cut by Cheryl Flagg. I love my hair, it was unruly at first but she got it silky straight and everyone loves my new look.

Yelp Posted on 02/08/2015 by S.F.

5.0 Stars

First-class Establishment with Superior Customer Service

Maxine Salon is a first-class establishment with superior customer service. Josie is one of the best stylists in Chicago. Space is beautiful with modern decor.

Yelp Posted on 01/27/2015 by Adam S.

5.0 Stars

You know your coveted group of people who take care of you

I have been coming here for over seven years and the the colorists and stylists are part of my "money team"! You know your coveted group of people who take care of you . Rex and Evan are my go to team! But anyone I have worked with is great. Love the front desk staff too! Now if I could only find a great facialist for my money team I'd have the holy grail.

Yelp Posted on 01/21/2015 by Mike C.

5.0 Stars

Love, love, love! Shelly Aguirre

Love, love , love! Shelly Aguirre does my hair extensions and rocks them every time. Staff is A++++ would highly recommend!

Yelp Posted on 01/15/2015 by Tiffany S.

5.0 Stars

I am Exceedingly glad to have found Maxine!!

I am EXCEEDINGLY glad to have found Maxine!! This place is a gem! It's very nice, without being pretentious. Everyone who works there is SO friendly and accommodating! And you can book your appointments online!! I have naturally curly hair and I have a lot of it. I'm scarred by two things in my hair-past: 1) I had a terrrrrrible haircut 20 years ago that made me look like Garth from Wayne's World 2) I went to a stylist for a few years, who told me, and I quote, "I hate having to spend so much time on your hair...you have so much of it & I just get sick of looking at it. But since you're nice, always early, and a good tipper, I keep letting you come back..." After those 2 experiences, I became petrified about anyone touching my hair. I like to find people I trust and become their devoted, monogamous, every-5-week-like-clockwork-client. I was devastated when my last amazing stylistof 8 years decided to get married and have twins (super happy for her, but insert boo hooing for me here). Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I did TONS of research for months (at the expense of my poor hair) and found my new salon home and stylist/miracle workers: Tina: Believe the hype! She is warm, charming, engaging, and so easy to talk to. She asked me a lot of questions on my first visit to ensure that we were on the same page about what I wanted & the ability to achieve it with my hair - and she really listened & put me at ease. She touches up all my gray roots with a lovely shade of blonde & gives my hair so much dimension. She gave me the most beautiful blonde balayage and I get so many compliments on it. She lives up to every bit of her amazing reputation. Josie: She is just amazing! Worth every single penny. She looked at my hair, listened to what I wanted, and went to work. She cuts my hair beautifully! I was amazed how well she understood my hair & knew EXACTLY how to cut it, within 2 minutes of sitting in her chair. Her reputation as the curl whisperer is NO JOKE! A note to all you long haired people, scared of getting "chopped": You WANT to see Josie - she is NOT scissor happy and loves long hair. She doesn't care when I say "just a trim" - she likes that I like my length and just trims off enough to keep it healthy. Tina and Josie are simply the best! They have earned a VERY loyal client in me!!! I highly recommend both of them (particularly if you have long, curly hair). You won't regret it!!

Yelp Posted on 11/19/2014 by Jessica T.

5.0 Stars

From drab to Fab!

Michelle knows how to deal with my frizzy, curly hair! I has no idea what type if hair style would go with my face, but she gave me a cut that was cutting edge. I went from drab to Fab ! Even at 38.5 weeks pregnant, I am getting to my appointment-chauffeured- just so I can ensure I look good on baby's birth day! That's the power of Michelle at Maxine!

Yelp Posted on 11/11/2014 by Kent D.

5.0 Stars

Looking good and feeling good

I've been going to Bob for a couple of years and I don't know if I'll ever leave. I can rely on him to not only give me the most beautiful hair I've ever had, but to also make me laugh hysterically and give me a wicked head massage in the process. Looking good and feeling good at it's finest.

Yelp Posted on 11/11/2014 by Samantha S.

5.0 Stars

Sarah is the best blonde colorist in the Chicagoland area

Sarah Gartlan has been my colorist for the past 15 years. Having been a blonde my whole life, I am very picky about who will be working on my hair and the consistency of the coloring. People stop me on the street, at my kids schools, and at dinner events to complement me on my hair color. To me, that is the highest compliment that I could give to Sarah. I have referred many friends and family members to Sarah and everyone has loved their experinece with Sarah. I feel that Sarah is the best blonde colorist in the Chicagoland area.

Yelp Posted on 10/06/2014 by Kassy H.

5.0 Stars

Amazing Cut

I have gone to see Ramona over the past two years at Maxine's, and each time she has given me an amazing cut. I usually go for long layers, and each time I get a cut from her it looks great when she cuts it and it grows out beautifully. I like that she is very focused while cutting your hair, because my experience with other stylists (even at this salon) while cutting long hair is that they kind of phone it in. And also importantly, she's always on time! I hate it when stylists make me wait or don't tell me if they're running behind. So for both professionalism and my happiness with her salon styling, she gets 5 stars.

Yelp Posted on 10/02/2014 by Ang G.

5.0 Stars

I've never been disappointed

I've been going to Maxine for a long time and am finally getting around to writing this review. If you are looking to cover your grey and add some golden blond highlights, tell them you want a tint with partial highlights and be sure to request SARAH! I can't tell you how many people come up to me (even strangers!) and ask me where I get my hair done. She's meticulous but efficient and has a great sense of humor. She really knows her stuff and seems to have a big following. I've never been disappointed.

Yelp Posted on 09/01/2014 by Jackie G.

5.0 Stars

Ramona was great

I have not had my hair cut in 6 months... what a mess! Especially my bangs, which I had tried to trim myself. A friend recommended Ramona at Maxine's. A bit hesitant since I don't go downtown very often, I finally scheduled an appointment. Man, was I glad. Ramona was great. She took time to learn my hair habits and what I wanted in a style. She made a few suggestions, and she was 100% right! I love my new hair style, especially the long layers...which made my bob style cut really nice. Everyone was so nice. The salon was very chic. I especially appreciated the elevator since I am recovering from a leg injury. Mazine has a ramp plus an elevator. Grand total number of stairs I had to walk was 2. Beautiful hair cut, wonderful stylist, relaxing salon...what more can one ask for? I will definitely go back!

Yelp Posted on 08/31/2014 by Barbara I.

5.0 Stars

Love love love my new salon!

Love love love my new salon! I have gone 2 times for balayage with Rex and 1 time for cut with Sanda. Basically I have a very mild ombre with face framing for sun kissed look. I'm naturally a dirty blonde and have transitioned from getting highlights to be more low maintenance and to get that natural look while growing out (say good bye to root line :) The blonde he pulls thru my hair for the "sun kiss" is such a pure beautiful blonde (if your blonde you know what I mean) I'm impressed. And he really listens to what you want. I hate getting my haircut because I like to keep it long but my ends really needed it. I asked for her to keep it long but some how give it style and give me some side bangs. Was nervous about he bangs because I really just wanted a sweep across and not a chunk. She nailed it! a little expensive but since you actually have to go less often since they do such a nice job and you don't have to get corrections. I feel its not that bad.

Yelp Posted on 08/26/2014 by Hannah K.

5.0 Stars

This review is long over due

This review is long over due. There are only two people I trust with my hair: Shelly for the cut and Diana for the color. They are simply the best. Shelly has been cutting my hair for years so when I decided to take the plunge and cut a foot, yes a foot, of my hair off I knew she was the only woman to be trusted with job. I've had long locks my whole life so I was nervous about making such a drastic change but I couldn't be happier with the results (see picture). It's perfectly shaped and layered so that it doesn't require much styling which is ideal for me. Shelly truly is a scissor wielding artist. Diana delivers every time I see her. My highlights look natural and so does the outgrowth making my trips between coloring longer which is great for my hair and wallet. She is so great at blending and coloring that when I was in college I went about 3 months without being able to get home to see Diana and people were actually asking me where I got my ombre color done. I'm planning on going blonder to accompany my new bob and I can't wait for her to dazzle me again. I love coming to Maxine's. It's a beautiful, modern space with the most educated and friendly stylists that deliver top notch results.

Yelp Posted on 7/22/2014 by Kerianne B.

5.0 Stars

Tina does the best color

I have been going to Maxine for about four years now. Tina does the best color (highlights) for my hair I've ever had. She totally listens to what I want and also gives suggestions. Josie does a wonderful job with the haircut. I have very curly thick hair, and they both really know how to deal with curly hair. Josie's cut leaves my hair in just the right layers so it doesn't look disheveled even after a couple of months, which could easily happen! It's a modern space, and just sort of subtle music in the background which I appreciate. No loud, annoying music. Also there is a choice of beers, champagne, or prosecco for sale which is a nice touch.

Yelp Posted on 7/16/2014 by helene f.

5.0 Stars

Love Cliff!

I am very particular about cutting my hair. Love Cliff! He understood exactly what I wanted. Was realistic about expectations (in process of growing out bangs). Love kerastase products, which salon uses. Left with shiny, healthy, and bouncy hair!

Yelp Posted on 07/12/2014 by Claudia L.

5.0 Stars

BOB GARTLAN = hair magician.

BOB GARTLAN = hair magician. I am super picky about stylists, and am pleased to have FINALLY found someone who is gifted with the shears and has an artistic eye for stylish, yet professional, haircuts. If you're a professional woman who wants a stylish and manageable 'do, call Maxine and book with Bob ASAP. You won't regret it!

Yelp Posted on 7/9/2014 by Shannon S.

5.0 Stars

Robert and Shelly are absolutely the best!

Robert (colorist) and Shelly (stylist) are absolutely the best! Before seeing them, I went to another salon because of all the good reviews and recommendations I found on yelp. I ended up with a really bad haircut and color, and I was so disappointed, that I didn't even want to go back to that salon to have them fix the issues. I just didn't trust them. I did a lot of research, and seemed like Robert Bennett is the one I should see. From the first moment, I had a good feeling. He was so calm, nice and welcoming, listened to my concerns, and really made an effort to understand what I had in mind. He is a good listener, and an amazing colorist! I showed him a picture of what I would like to have, and he made it happen! My hair looks beautiful and natural, just the way I wanted it! No, even better! I thought it is going to be a bit high maintenance, but I was fine with it. He actually made my hair look so natural, that I don't even have to go to the salon so often! He mentioned that he has been a colorist for over 25 years...well, it definitely shows! He absolutely saved me! Also, he introduced me to Shelly (stylist). Since my hair was just recently cut way too short (somewhere else), even though I didn't like my haircut, I did not want to get another one again, only a blow dry. Shelly was great! She listened, understood the issues I had with my hair, understood the style I wanted, gave me suggestions, AND she fixed some parts of my hair that looked bad without even charging for it! She fixed it in a way that would not only look better, but would grow out nicely too. Now, I actually enjoy my shorter-than-expected haircut, because she made it beautiful! I am so happy that I've found Robert and Shelly!

Yelp Posted on 07/08/2014 by I G.

5.0 Stars

I love the style and cut

Rivkah has cut and styled my hair 3 times when we make our annual visit to Chicago. I love the styIe and cut. When I returned to hotel room my husband said "WOW". He took several pictures and we hope my stylist where we live in Florida can match it. I just got home from trip and have received lots of compliments from friends and family. The other positive is that my style is easy for me to take care of. Rivkah is excellent with listening to what you want done with your hair and giving expert advise. Her expertise shines in the finished product. She is also pleasant and enjoyable to talk to. The service at the salon was excellent-I called several weeks before I went to Chicago and receptionist was friendly and efficient. I was greeted warmly upon arrival, and was checked out in same manner. I look forward to my next visit to Chicago, and especially having my hair cut by Rivkah.

Yelp Posted on 06/17/2014 by Claudia P.

5.0 Stars

I am so Happy with the cut and color that I get at Maxine's

I am so happy with the cut and color that i get at Maxine's, that I am willing to travel a 4 hour round trip every six weeks to keep my hair fresh and happy! By nature, I do not trust people with either my cut or color without me giving very specific directions. Yet, in the very capable hands of Josie and Diana, I give them total control of my hair and my style, knowing that they will pick what is best for me. From the convenience of the valet parking (which is priced very attractively for the area!) and the friendly but capable reception staff, to the top notch services, I don't think I will ever have a need to try anywhere else...finally, after trying most everyplace in Northern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin, I have found my home.

Yelp Posted on 06/13/2014 by Leeann N.

5.0 Stars

Maxine's is well worth it to me

Was referred to Maxine's by my sister, who also recommended Bob. I have had many blow outs in my life, but the ones Bob gave me are at the top of the list. My hair is thick and often unruly. Bob managed to make my tresses look better than ever, keeping them tamed, full, polished and pretty. The price of a blow-out is higher than that of many of the neighboring blow-out bars, but shelling out a little more at Maxine's is well worth it to me.

Yelp Posted on 06/01/2014 by Tabitha G.

5.0 Stars

Do yourself a favor..go to Shelly!!

Do yourself a favor..go to Shelly!! She's amazing. You walk out with a haircut that looks fabulous & grows out really great. You can tell she has experience from the cut. My hair still looks great weeks after she cuts it. Beautiful, modern salon with great service.

Yelp Posted on 04/29/2014 by Marianne d.

5.0 Stars

Definitely coming back

I came in with a horrid outgrown Pixie cut. I made an appointment with Cheryl, not only was I impressed by the transformation but she is very talented and cuts your hair exactly how you wanted it to a T, even better at that. -Definitely coming back. -J

Yelp Posted on 04/17/2014 by Jazmin R.

4.0 Stars

I've been going to Cheryl ever since

I recently relocated to Chicago and needed to find a new salon. I found it a challenge being African American finding a salon that does ethnic hair in my neighborhood. I had several bad experiences at other salons (that shall remain nameless) that touted online that they do all types of hair and provide relaxers as a service but all the stylist did a very mediocre job and it was a total waste of money. A few months ago I found Maxine salon and figured I'd try it. I've been going to Cheryl ever since. She does a good job of explaining what she is doing and giving tips on what products to buy and techniques to use in between appointments. When I arrive for my appointments I never wait and I am always in and out. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because the salon charges the same amount for a trim as they do for a haircut which was not my experience at other upscale salons.

Yelp Posted on 03/25/2014 by Ciji W.

5.0 Stars

Jenna does a fabulous job

Jenna cuts my hair and I think she does a fabulous job from the hair cut to the blow out. She also passes time with great conversation. I've never been happier with a stylist, she is the coolest chick I have ever met and I will continue to see her and have my hair styled by such a talented and personable woman!

Yelp Posted on 03/06/2014 by Gianna D.

5.0 Stars

I haven't gone to another colorist since meeting Blue

I first sat in Blue's chair about 3 years ago. About one week prior, I hit up a well-known Chicago salon asking for a "Megan Fox", but instead walking out with a shade of brunette more along the lines of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie. Basically, I sat down and said "fix it". Welp, when all was said and done, that was the first time in memory that people, even randoms on the street, complimented my hair. I haven't gone to another colorist since meeting Blue. He'll stick to what I ask for, but if he thinks something might not work (with my hair texture, skin tone, etc.), he will be honest and make a suggestion (that always ends up looking better than what I wanted anyway). I'm pretty sure I would fly to China to get my hair colored, if he moved out that way.

Yelp Posted on 02/27/2014 by Hannah F.

4.0 Stars

I would recommend Michelle

I am a curlie; course, shoulder-length, 3yr no-chemical treatment curlie girl. Naturally I was drawn to schedule an appointment with Michelle. I'd heard good things about her work with curlies, [as well as non-curlies]. I would recommend Michelle. Upon meeting her she was very welcoming, friendly, funny, and had an overall nice demeanor about her. When I first sat in the chair we of course went over what I wanted done, I sought her recommendations based on some of my goals. While she worked on my hair, she often checked on me. She explained some of the products she used on my hair, and their intended purpose. One of the products smelled really good, and I'm going to have to go back to the salon to indulge on that product. I was really happy with the cut I got; upon my next visit I would probably revisit styling options. Other staff members were funny, polite, and offered/served me tea and water. The overall atmosphere is really nice, and definitely coming in from outside, it was like a nice treat for myself. Some may not be prepared for the fee schedule though its a salon on Rush St, with really good customer service, really good products that they use on your hair, and many of the stylists are welcoming/funny. The fees you pay for service are worth the quality you get in return. The fees are listed on their website, so you can check them out there. I intend to go back [even after I buy that smell-good mystery product] for another appointment.

Yelp Posted on 02/17/2014 by Lauren H.

5.0 Stars

Josie is the Best!

Josie is the best! I've been getting my haircuts from here for the last 4-5 years and she has helped me grow it out to be as long as it is now. Her blowouts are fabulous -- I usually get my haircut when I have somewhere to go that same night. Space is beautiful, lots of windows and modern white decor. I heard the colorists are great, as well. I'll check them out once I start coloring my hair.

Yelp Posted on 02/17/2014 by Monica B

5.0 Stars

I'd recommend Evan to anyone looking for a great cut

Went back to Evan at Maxine recently on a quick trip to Chicago and my experience was just as positive. He's easy-going, a good-listener in regard to what you are looking for and what problems you may be experiencing with your hair, and a skilled stylist. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a great cut.

Yelp Posted on 02/10/2014 by Danielle P.

4.0 Stars

Rex does a great job.

I have been going to Rex for awhile now for my color. He does my base and balyage (sp) and does a great job. The salon is fine, a little stuffy, but overall they do a great job there. I just think the salon has been around so long in the Goldcoast and has catered to the "affluent" older generation that they probably haven't focused on the younger professionals. All in all, they do a great job.

Yelp Posted on 02/08/2014 by Faye G.

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

LOVED my experience at Maxine Salon today

LOVED my experience at Maxine Salon today. They worked color magic on my hair. It turned out better than I was hoping. My time with Bob was also great. He was very knowledgeable and I'm loving the cut. I can't wait to go back!

Yelp Posted on 11/21/2013 by Jennifer B.

5.0 Stars

So Glad I found Theresa and Diana again!!

So Glad I found Theresa and Diana again !! Been seeing them for years at another salon- health issues kept me out of the city - Happy to say I am Back ! Theresa gives the BEST Hair cut in the UNIVERSE - I am NOT kidding - I have tons of hair and have been EVERYWHERE and she gives me cuts that look Good at ANY angle, she takes her time concentrates and I have NEVER been unhappy. I have had many styles over the years -shags, bobs and everything in-between. Diana has colored my hair for years as well and I have ALWAYS been thrilled - I have been a brunette with highlights and now I am a multi- dimensional blond as I am going grey/white. She is Warm and Very easy to communicate with - she advised me about improving my Non- Diana color ( she felt I was "washed out" ) and I was so glad she gave me her HONEST opinion. Diana's color gives a beautiful compliment to Theresa's amazing layering and blending talents. They really are the kind of Hair team that dreams are made of - my hair is magazine worthy....if only they had magical powers over the rest of me !!

Yelp Posted on 11/08/2013 by Betsy D.

5.0 Stars

Once I found Maxine's, I have never looked back

I've lived in Chicago for a couple years now, and coming out of large cities like LA, NY, and SF, I had high expectations for this city's colorists and stylists. It took a couple places, but once I found Maxine's, I have never looked back. I've tried a few stylists, and Evan is amazing. He listens intently and always delivers. His advice is fantastic, and he is such a perfectionist that his blowouts are immaculate and last for days with no touch-ups.

Yelp Posted on 10/30/2013 by Deb A.

5.0 Stars

Love this salon!!

Love this salon!! I was forced to change salons due to a move and I wasn't sure where to go. A friend mentioned Maxine and I'm so glad she did. Everyone is friendly, happy, and knowledgable. Finding a new salon after so many years is difficult. This was a smooth transition.

Yelp Posted on 09/15/2013 by Maribeth N.

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.

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

4.0 Stars

Awesome cut!

As soon as I posted this review, I was contacted by the manager of Maxine, Tracey, who seemed very concerned about my happiness with my hair cut/do. She scheduled me with Rivkah right away and made sure I was taken care of. I got to Maxine and Rivkah came and got me promptly. I liked her a lot and she really listened to what I had to say about ma hurr. She was so sweet and really seemed interested in what look I wanted to achieve. After the cut and blow dry, my hair looked great! She did a fabulous job and was super easy to talk to. I will definitely be going back to her. I can't wait! Thanks Rivkah and Tracey for hooking me up with an awesome cut!

Yelp Posted on 8/23/2013 by Hayley N.

5.0 Stars

BOB! Go to Bob.

BOB! Go to Bob. He's absolutely worth it. He's not only a charming man, but he gave me the greatest haircut ever. He really has a wonderful eye for aesthetics and unparalleled acuity in his visual perception. I absolutely recommend him.

Yelp Posted on 08/20/2013 by Paula G.

5.0 Stars

I LOVE it!

I had balayage with Tina for the first time this week and I LOVE it! My hair is just that gorgeous sun-kissed natural with dimension caramel blonde I have dreamt of. Lots of shine and good condition. The effect beats foils a thousand-fold. It costs a little more but it is totally worth it. Balayage is an art. The colorist paints each high and low-light by hand, selecting the strands and spots where the light naturally catches, giving the illusion of movement and fullness. And Tina has a fantastic eye for skin tone and hair texture. It goes perfectly with the personalized version of the Karlie chop that Becca has given me. This is the ultimate high-to-low maintenance cut. I can do as little as shape the bangs and let the rest air dry and get a fresh, young contemporary look that works with my natural wave. Or I can blow out with round brush for the full, sleek sophisticated bob. It's the best haircut I have ever had. And I have been going to Maxine for eight years now. I didn't think they could still outdo themselves.

Yelp Posted on 08/15/2013 by Nina G.

5.0 Stars

They were not lying, Evan is THE BEST

I actually found this salon on Yelp a few months after moving from NYC, and a couple reviews mentioned Evan so I made an appointment with him. They were not lying, he is THE BEST. He listens to what you want and makes a reco for how to make it work better for your hair/face shape. He takes his time cutting it too, so you don't feel rushed and never end up with a haircut that's inches shorter than what you requested. And when I sheepishly showed up with a mullet-like haircut from an attempt to try another salon (never again!), he fixed it to look amazing once more. Evan is my new favorite stylist - plus he's just a lovely person to chat with. Definitely recommend this salon and Evan for a great haircut and relaxing salon experience.

Yelp Posted on 08/14/2013 by Alaina L.

5.0 Stars

Great cut and blow out by Bob

Great cut and blow out by BOB !! Thank you....3 days and counting!!

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

5.0 Stars

Super friendly

Super friendly. Nice And clean environment. Great haircuts! New fav salon. Robert for color and Cliff for cut. Friends and I travel from Milwaukee to treat our hair and scalp to fabulousity!

Yelp Posted on 03/26/2013 by Count T.

5.0 Stars

"Go to" resource for any beauty managment

Hi I am a professional photographer 35+ years.I also own the premier studio for shooting fashion and beauty, Prairie Production, on Randolph. I,weekly use hair and makeup services to groom my clients and models. Max has always been an integral part of that equation.In the past 30 years Max has provided a steadfast group of people that have had Prairie at the top of the industry.Anyone from Julia Roberts to Ophrah and 500 other celebs have come to my studio for photo and video. my wife Kristin is a former model is a client and has been since we married in 1985.She is stopped on a weekly basis by people that comment on her hair style and color.I have worked with thousands of stylists,who are responsilble for my success.I have to say that I would choose Max as my "go to'" resouce for any beauty managment. Please check out my site at http://michaelroberts.tv

Yelp Posted on 03/16/2013 by Michael R.

5.0 Stars

Cheryl is Amazing!

Cheryl is Amazing! I was referred to Maxine salon by a stylist at another salon that refused to do my hair. From the moment I walked into Maxine the staff was inviting. I have very tight natural curls and my hair was not only dry, I had just taken it out of braids so it was quite the challenge. Cheryl did a fantastic job and her techniques are great. I have been seeing her for nearly 2 months now and I have not been disappointed. I have been looking for a new stylist for almost a year and I am sure I have found one! The conditioning treatments are great and I don't have a single apointment without one. I love Maxine Salon!

Yelp Posted on 02/22/2013 by Selicia W.

4.0 Stars

Good for busy professionals like myself

After hearing good critiques from my friends and Gold Coast neighbours about this salon, I decided to check it out because I was in bad need of a cut, colour, and brow wax. Getting an appointment was pretty easy and quick and they were able to literally do one service after the other with no wait times which is good for busy professionals like myself. The atmosphere was good and relaxed just like any high end salon. I think what's probably the most valuable piece of this particular salon is the fact that everyone working there has a great deal of experience (25 plus years) working in high fashion hair styling, and seems to listen to the very specific needs of each client, and does a very precise job. When it came to colour, Robert really listened to the fact that my main objective was to cover grays and at the same time get some highlights in the front, but nothing too outlandish being as I work in a conservative office setting--and he did just that. When it came to the cut, Cheryl also listened to my desire to get my very thick hair texturized and did a great job with the cut. It was the best cut I had in awhile. Jaime also did a great job at waxing the brows to where they are clean but not drag queen-like. The reason for four stars in lieu of five is the same consensus as what most have written on here- Price! More so in my case-- Most salons I have been to charge less than their standard cut/colour prices for mens' hair because it is (generally) less hair. With tip I dropped close to $300 here and ironically my credit card company even flagged my spending $300 at a hair salon as "suspicious activity" and originally declined the charges LOL (It was corrected with a quick call to a customer service rep who was astonished that it was in fact a legit charge) The last time I spent this type of money on hair services was probably in Paris at a luxury hotel salon. Don't get me wrong, I recieved outstanding service and an excellent cut/colour job, and living in the Gold Coast and doing most of my daily business in the neighbourhood am not one to have sticker shock, but think that the pricing needs to be modified especially if they want to attract a wider range of clients especially men.

Yelp Posted on 02/13/2013 by Daniel G.

5.0 Stars

Jamie Lewis at Maxine is amazing

Jaime Lewis at Maxine is amazing. A miracle worker with hot wax. Whatever, wherever you need waxed, she's your girl. Fast, efficient, clean and a great end result with practically no in-growns. In a pinch, I made the massive mistake of going to another, well-known Chicago salon with several locations. The appointment took way too long (why draw out the process of ripping hair from your body?!), and I ended up with loads of in-growns. Plus, the procedure I had was more expensive than Maxine's prices. I'm never going to let anyone else near my um, well...you know. And you shouldn't either!

Yelp Posted on 01/22/2013 by Laura J.

5.0 Stars

Totally worth it? Yes!

First time going to Maxine and I'm pretty particular about my short hair* I was actually a walk-in customer and I believe I was lucky that day to be assigned to a stylist named Rivkah. I was told short hair was her forte. All I can say is if you're considering cutting your hair short or pixie like mine, you gotta check out this stylist! She is absolutely fantastic, easygoing but highly knowledgable and honest. She will give an honest individual opinion on what to anticipate with maintaining your short 'do. She showed me how pixies can go from punk to glam. I haven't been to Maxine since that one December day due to the fact that I don't live near downtown. But I do plan returning! Pricey, yes. Totally worth it? YES! Exceptional all the way, everyone. Highly recommended. Go see Rivkah!

Yelp Posted on 01/20/2013 by Valentina M.

4.0 Stars

A great blowdry and styling

A great blowdry and styling for an event - appointment available on short notice and they did a good job! Not the most cost-efficient option so look around if that's an important factor!

Yelp Posted on 01/12/2013 by Chradha A.

5.0 Stars

I wouldn't go anywhere else

I have to start by saying I am a little biased....I have been getting my hair cut from Shelly Aguirre for 10 years and I wouldn't go anywhere else. She has given me my Keratin treatments for the past 2 years and styles my entire family. She is always current with the trendiest styles and always willing to try new things. I am extremely satisfied with every style she has ever lived thru with me and I give her my utmost respect! completely trusting someone with your hair says a lot!!

Yelp Posted on 12/7/2012 by Danelle B.

5.0 Stars

Jaime is the Best!

Jaime is the Best! I have had my brows and lip waxed as needed, but I have been terrified of bikini waxes for ten years. I went to Jaime based on recommendations two weeks ago. She is FAST, which you want with a bikini wax. I was very comfortable so we ended up doing a full wax. She is extremely professional and her room is very clean. I am a wimp, but Jaime's style and demeanor make this necessary beauty treatment almost seem like pampering. If you want or need a bikini wax, she is the best!

Yelp Posted on 11/24/2012 by Lisa L.

5.0 Stars

OMG! Love this place!

OMG! Love this place! From the online booking, to the professionalism of the staff and the ambiance of the salon is all top notch!!! It was all such an easy and stress-free experience that I'd recommend ANYONE to come here and be treated the same way with, of course, the outcome of BEAUTIFUL hair!!!

Yelp Posted on 11/20/2012 by Sarah N.

4.0 Stars

Boy did I pick the right place!

First, I must confess: I was feeling cheap, and cut my own hair all summer. I thought it was a good idea, until I realized it was time to get a real, grown-up hair cut. Boy did I pick the right place! Had a Friday evening appointment with Dani and have never received a better treatment on a visit to a salon and I've never been more happy with my haircut. From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcome and well taken care of.

Yelp Posted on 11/16/2012 by Andrew S.

5.0 Stars

I could not be more satisfied!!!

After moving from New York City to IL late summer last year, I was desperately in need of some pampering for my natural tresses. I called to book an appointment and was immediately impressed with the customer service over the phone. The receptionist asked all the right questions about my hair and the services I wanted then made recommendations on the best stylists for my needs. A few scheduling details later I was booked with Qiana and I could not be more satisfied!!! She was prompt (as I imagine all the salon's stylists are), handled my hair very gently and in the end gave me a cut, blow out and style that was impeccable. My hair was in excellent condition when I left and the movement was a work of art!!! I'm going back tomorrow and CANNOT wait to see Qiana again!! If you have natural hair, give Maxine's a call and try Qiana out! You will not be sorry!!

Yelp Posted on 11/15/2012 by Y.G.

4.0 Stars

Rex is a great colorist

Rex is a great colorist. Maxine's color department is doing cutting edge techniques that I haven't experienced at even the most high-end salons I've been to. Very impressed.

Yelp Posted on 11/04/2012 by susie s.

5.0 Stars

Do yourself a favor and have Blue do your color...

When you find that person who does great color, you have to keep going back, and follow them where they may go. I am 50! and I have been with Blue for 8 years. Not all at Maxine's. Originally our relationship started because I had a disaster happen with an inexperienced color person. I went to Blue to have him fix it. I've been a HUGE fan ever since and I follow him wherever he goes! I recently had my color done, I go every 8-10 weeks, (my hair grows slowly). And I have to say I love Blue more every time I go, this time is no exception. I literally love my color. He makes it look natural, with highlights, sometimes a single process, and gloss. It's different every time, respecting my wish to look age appropriate. I depend on him to make this happen. He does not disappoint. I know it's not just me saying this. I have been stopped in NYC, Los Angeles, Park City Utah, and of course locally, all at different times, ladies complementing my hair color. SO I have to pass on a great thing. Do yourself a favor and have Blue do your color at Maxine's, he is awesome!!

Yelp Posted on 10/25/2012 by Haramaras K.

5.0 Stars

I had such a good experience at Maxine...

So I hardly ever write reviews, but I had such a good experience at Maxine that I just had to share. I've moved around and tried salons all over the country (New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County etc.) and I have to say Maxine would be at the top of my list. I went in hoping to try the "balayage" highlights. Instead of taking my money, they explained to me in great detail what exactly the effect would be on my hair (I have too much dark dye to achieve the desired effect) and went over my options for color. Ultimately, the colorist helped me decide to wait and grow my hair before coming back and trying again. It was by far the best consultation I've had and I felt like he really knew what he was talking about. Next the girl who cut my hair, Dani, was fantastic! She didn't charge extra despite the fact that I have really long hair and did EXACTLY what I asked her to do with it. It was the best haircut I have ever had (and I am VERY picky). I cannot emphasize enough how sweet everyone was at this salon. Definitely an amazing place to get your hair done and a great value.

Yelp Posted on 10/19/2012 by Elissa K.

5.0 Stars

The Best Colour anyone had done for my hair!!!

I was in Chicago about a week ago for business and decided to get my hair colored. I had no knowledge of any good colorist but just did a google search for the "best colorists in Chicago" and Maxine's popped. I ended up making an appointment and was given Rex as the colorist. He understood exactly what I was looking for (brown low lites with blonde highlights and the outcome was amazing!! It is truly the best co lour anyone has done for my hair!! It looks natural, healthy and the co lour is amazing!! He really is quite talented!! Now all I have to do is figure out how I get him to move to Toronto so I can see him on a regular basis...or I just have to fly to Chicago more often!! Thanks Rex!!! I'm quite happy with my hair! I has never looked better! Adele from Toronto

Yelp Posted on 10/05/2012 by Adele P.

5.0 Stars

I found the best one!

Finding the right salon is one of the toughest things when you move to a new city, but I found the best one! After a few different friends referred me to Maxine, I tried it out a few weeks ago and got amazing results. From the time I entered the front door, I felt very well taken care of. I have been growing out the side of my hair that I shaved, and even that didn't get in the way. I walked away with a great new do and a fantastic experience. I also got some great products. I would absolutely recommend this salon :)

Yelp Posted on 09/24/2012 by Alexandria O.

5.0 Stars

You will be pampered, and spoiled...

Maxine's is a beautiful, modern salon, steps off of Michigan Ave. It is staffed with the finest stylists and colorists in the country. You will be pampered, and spoiled, while they make you beautiful!

Yelp Posted on 09/22/2012 by Marilyn F.

5.0 Stars

Overall a very good experience that I would highly recommend...

Last week I was in Chicago for a conference and in desperate need of a cut. My regular stylist is actually 2.5 hours from where I live, and I hadn't gotten a chance to see him lately. So I did a little research before I went on my trip and booked an appointment with Evan Roberts at Maxine. When I got there, I saw that Maxine is a nice salon with modern clean surroundings, its location is also convenient to shoppers out and about on Michigan Ave. I had chosen Evan because his description had said that he is meticulous, which was entirely accurate. First, his shampoo skills are awesome. Then he went around my head and checked the the evenness of my hair, and politely asked me what I thought of two pieces on the side. Well, those pieces had been driving me crazy with their weird lengths and I was pleased that he noticed right away. He is, as described, a great listener and minded the difficult cowlicks that I have to deal with, which was a relief to me. He is also very warm and pleasant to chat with, but easy-going enough that you can comfortably sit in silence and let him do his work as well. Honestly, it was probably the most relaxing haircut I've had, and could have fallen asleep a couple of times (and I would have trusted him with my hair if I had). Overall a very good experience that I would highly recommend.

Yelp Posted on 9/22/2012 by Danielle P.

5.0 Stars

Blue is the best colorist I have ever been to...

I followed Blue from Trio Salon to Maxine and have been a faithful client for over five years. He is THE best colourist I have ever been to. I have long dark brown hair, which I think is extremely difficult to color so that it still looks natural. I believe dark brown is so hard to achieve the perfect color so that it doesn't look too black, or too light. I never tell Blue how I think it should look, he knows exactly what works on me with my skin tone. The gloss he applies gives my hair a perfect shine so that it never looks dull or dried out, just a warm deep chestnut which I love! I get a TON of compliments on my hair, all of the time and would recommend Blue to everyone I know. I have never been disappointed. Additionally, Maxine is a beautiful salon, and the staff is exceptionally warm and friendly. I truly enjoy my experience at Maxine every time.

Yelp Posted on 09/21/2012 by Karen B.

5.0 Stars

I feel like I hit the hair lotto

I got hit twice by the hair gods and met my stylist. She is equally as amazing. Like clockwork, I go every few months for my keratin smoothing treatment. She spends time working on my hair and makes sure I leave with shiny, smooth hair - I am addicted to her treatments! I truly appreciate how she takes pride in her work and ensure that you leave feeling and looking fabulous! Thank you, thank you, thank you Maxine!

Yelp Posted on 09/13/2012 by Susan G.

I am a hair loyalist

I am a hair loyalist, so when I switched from my salon of 8 years to Maxine, that's saying a lot. Maxine (and her expert colorists/stylists) are the best of the best.

Citysearch Posted on 09/11/2012 by EBethe

5.0 Stars

the best cut I ever had

I recently went to Maxine Salon and all I have to say is I walked out with the best cut I ever had. The vibe in the salon is fantastic and Michelle was nothing short of FABULOUS. I basically left it up to her to create a cut for me -- I didn't care what it was...I left it up to her. She created such an amazing cut and style for me -- I left the salon feeling like a new woman. She took the time to figure out what she was going to do and executed beyond measure. Everyone at the salon is so much fun but MICHELLE IS THE BOMB! She is such a sweet soul and great at what she does. I highly recommend this salon.

Yelp Posted on 09/09/2012 by Andrea R.

4.0 Stars

That was until I discovered Maxine...

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 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.

Yelp Posted on 08/31/2012 by Carly H.

5.0 Stars

I Highly Recommend Her work...

Theresa has been my stylist for over 10 years and I honestly would never trust anyone else to touch my hair. Several years ago I moved to LA for work, but flew back to Chicago every 8 weeks for her cuts, despite the many salons in LA. She is meticulous in the styling process and extremely talented at developing the right look for your face and hair. I also love that she'll come to work on her days off to accommodate my friends who might be in from out of town, squeeze me into her packed schedule at the last minute, and never tires of the many bang trims I request between haircuts. She is an absolute artist and committed to her clients' satisfaction. I highly recommend her work.

Yelp Posted on 08/24/2012 by Suzanne K.

5.0 Stars


A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!!! I have gone to Danni four times now and she is beyond brilliant with haircuts and blow drys. I sit comfortably in her chair with NO ounce of anxiety. I look amazing every time (to the point people stop me on the street to ask me where I just got my hair done which has happened two times now). Danni actually takes the time to listen and works with you based on your hair and your desired look. Obviously the true test is when you come home and wash it and attempt to style yourself. I experiment with hair tools and no matter what I do straight or curly the look works FLAWLESSLY every time. It grows out beautifully to where if I go back in 2 months or 4 months it doesn't matter, it just looks fabulous. Please note I have gotten my hair done at several places all over the country (Boston, New York, LA) and all over Chicago. I truly rank this place #1 and their work speaks for itself.

Yelp Posted on 08/21/2012 by Hemal P.

5.0 Stars

Jaime was fantastic...

I go to Maxine's all the time for my cuts and occasional color. I had never had a bikini wax there before, and one day gave it a shot. My appointment with Jaime was fantastic. She had me in and out in just a few minutes, perfectly hair free. I tried to follow up with another salon, closer to work. I figured it would be easier to run out on lunch and get it done. OMG, it was the worst ever. The other girl left me with little hickeys, lots of missed hairs, and later, I learned, many ingrown hairs. While waxing, she broke the hairs instead of actually waxing them out. It also took her over half an hour. I was in a full blown sweat by the time it was over. So, embarrassed, I went back to Jaime for some help. (I had let it grow out for a few weeks). She ran right through the wax, just as perfectly as before. She's awesome. There's almost no time for pain as she moves so quickly and efficiently. She also takes the time to make sure there are no stragglers left. LOL. She's great. She's very good at making you feel very comfortable in that often akward situation. I will not attempt to go anywhere else for these kinds of services ever again. Some people, like Jaime, are just pros. Stick with the best.

Yelp Posted on 08/20/2012 by S W.

5.0 Stars

Dani has something a little bit extra special!

I paid my first visit to Maxine yesterday, and I have to say, I loved it! A nice young man opened the door for me and I was then greeted by two very nice people just inside the salon. I really liked the look and atmosphere of Maxine, however, I was most impressed by Dani, my stylist. Not only was she a sweetheart, but she gave me the best haircut I have ever had. It is truly perfect, and exactly what I had envisioned. I have had some excellent stylists in the past, but Dani has something a little bit extra special!

Yelp Posted on 08/08/2012 by Fa I.

5.0 Stars

Diana Mildice is always one step ahead!

My hair is difficult as it has changed over the years but Diana Mildice is always one step ahead!! She gives me the perfect blonde I wasn't born with and makes it look like I was. I've followed her from many salons for 10 + years- because she's THE best!! The only negative is I either have to dry my own hair or pay for a blow out after color - not Di's policy - it is the salon's. Di gets 5 stars every time!

Yelp Posted on 08/05/2012 by Michelle L.

5.0 Stars

Cheryl was amazing!

I've had a few relaxers over the years because I have kinky, curly hair. I had a consultation with Cheryl Flagg, a stylist, to see if I can have another relaxer and she recommended a Keratin treatment instead. Cheryl was amazing! She walked me through the process, I scheduled the treatment this week and my hair has never felt more healthy, soft, and straight! No more frizz and unmanageable hair. The treatment was life-changing. I highly recommend Cheryl Flagg! Her services may be a little expensive than other salons, but having tried other less-expensive salons and more "junior" stylists, one gets what one pays for, and the customer service and results are worth it at Maxine Salon and working with Cheryl!

Yelp Posted on 08/08/2012 by Ana-Liza Q.

4.0 Stars

Cheryl Was an Artist With My Hair

Sheryl was an artist with my hair. I have very fine, blond hair and she catered to my specific concerns. This was my first visit to the salon and I will be back even though i live in Rhode Island.

Yelp Posted on 07/27/2012 by Angie P.

5.0 Stars

Delighted! Diana - color; Hans - cut; Josie - extensions

Delighted! Diana - color; Hans - cut; Josie - extensions The three of them are just amazing; I have been going to Maxine for more than a year now and would not change my hair team for anything. Diana does my color simply perfect; it looks shiny and 100% natural...everyone thinks I'm a natural blonde! The tone is always perfect, right amount of highlights, never yellow, perfect. Hans does magic with the cut and especially the styling! 3 months ago I decide to put on extensions, they blend perfectly, color, texture, my friends say I look like an angel...what else can I ask for. Thank you Josie!

Yelp Posted on 07/21/2012 by Liana L.

5.0 Stars

The best colorists, fabulous cutters in Chicago

Tina and Robert are the best colorists in Chicago! My hair is very fine and dries out and breaks really easily with processing and I have allergic reactions to chemicals. But between them the team has kept my hair healthy and shiny and the color and highlights natural looking! And Sanda and Becca are fabulous cutters. I can even get away with air drying my hair in the summer because the cut is so good! Maxine is friendly, fun and personal. The staff stays there for years. Always a good sign when turnover is low and people enjoy their work and environment. And you feel that quality as a customer.

Posted on 07/20/2012 by Nina G.

5.0 Stars

From California to Illinois, I love it...

I moved from CA to IL a few years ago & was having trouble finding a colorist who could incorporate blonde highlights without them looking brassy/orangey. I have very dark brown hair. So I've been having low-lights since I was never happy with the blonde highlights. HOWEVER, Diana Mildice just did my color a few days ago & I will be going back. She did a beautiful job. They blend in so naturally that my hair looks kissed by the sun...and in 6 weeks she will add more so that the blonde highlights will gradually blend in more and more and lighten my hair color. I have lots of hair and it's very thick so it is a time consuming process for any colorist to highlight that much hair and make it look as good as it does. I love it. For my haircut I had Theresa and I loved the cut. She did a dry cut, never trimmed my hair once when it was wet. THis was a new experience for me, and turned out to be a good one. She is very precise and takes her time....which makes a beautiful end result. I got tons of compliments from family and friends who loved the beautiful color and new cut. My girlfriend wants to make an appointment there now after seeing my hair. Can't wait to go back :)

Yelp Posted on 7/09/2012 by Deena l.

5.0 Stars

Still fly to Chicago...

I moved to Las Vegas a year and a half ago, and still fly in to Chicago to have Diana Mildice color my hair and Theresa Tufte cut my hair. They have spoiled me since 2001 with their awesome skills and I am a lifetime customer. Thanks for taking great care of me! You are THE BEST!!

Yelp Posted on 07/08/2012 by Maureen S.

5.0 Stars

I will go to no one else...

I have been seeing Theresa (cutter) and Diana(colorest)for at least 10 years, I will go to know one else, I get complements from everyone no matter where I am at,they are the best.book your next appt with them you have my word you wont be sorry

Yelp Posted on 07/05/2012 by Jane P.

5.0 Stars

My new fav hair salon!

My new fav hair salon! I found Maxine when I visited for a Birchbox + Kerastase braid event in June and Cliff gave me the most fantastic crown braid I've ever seen-seriously, it was damn good. I also got to meet Maxine that night and she was just too cute, I knew I had to return! From the event I received 25% off my next service so I scheduled an appointment right away for a blow-out/style for my engagement pictures. I came back on a Saturday afternoon and the salon was packed-so much going on, I loved it! Right in the heart of the Gold Coast/River North, Maxine is just the perfect location to make you feel like you're right in the middle of everything going on in the city. The salon is white, bright, and modern and you're greeted by a wall of Kerastase and Shu Umera products and incredibly friendly and helpful staff. They have water, coffee, beer, and champagne to sip on while you wait (or while you're being pampered). In short, I'm pretty much in love with the salon! As if a fab salon wasn't enough-Cliff made my hair look so fantastic I told him I needed him to just live in my bathroom so he can give me blow outs everyday! He is super friendly and even explained what he was doing so I could try and replicate it at home (which will never, ever happen-he's too good). My hair lasted through engagement pictures that day and through my engagement party that night and everyone gave me compliments on how great it looked. I can't say enough good things about Cliff and the wonderful things he's done to my hair. With fabulous staff, luxurious products and treatments, and killer stylists-you'd have to search far and wide to find a salon that could top Maxine!

Yelp Posted on 07/02/2012 by Lauren V.

4.0 Stars

Fellow Yelpers you did not disappoint...

I wanted to have my hair done for my Chicago elopement, and I chose this salon because of the rave reviews. Fellow yelpers, you did not disappoint. I had no trouble making an appointment for Thursday morning with only a week's notice. The plan was for my groom and me to go all over the city and take pictures after the city hall ceremony, so I needed something that could withstand the 100+ degree heat. She gave me a beautiful up-do that withstood the heat and wind through more than 4 hours of photos, a dress change, dinner, and drinks. My stylist was friendly and professional. My hair looked soft and elegant, and had some serious staying power! It was as beautiful at 11pm as it was at 11am. I would definitely make another appointment at Maxine.

Yelp Posted on 07/01/2012 by Emily C.

5.0 Stars

best haircut and blowout experience of my life - that's all!

Bob at Maxine gave me only the best haircut and blowout experience of my life - that's all! From his warm greeting and mischievous smile to his honest appraisal of what would work best for me to carrying it out, Bob was so far beyond the best hair styling experience I've ever had. The blowout lasted from Friday till Wednesday and looked every bit as good the last day as the first. If I were a billionaire I'd hire Bob myself as my personal hair stylist so I could look this fabulous every single day. I love my hair cut from Bob as I style it too but what he does is pure magic.

Yelp Posted on 06/28/2012 by Vicki D.

5.0 Stars

She is my miracle worker....

I have dark brown hair and always struggle finding someone that can put some highlights in that don't look over done or just too light. I went to see Diana Mildice and she is my new best friend. She is my miracle worker.... she added some caramel colored pieces to my hair that look so natural it's amazing. I don't like to have highlights done on the top of my head because I hate to see the outgrowth come in. Diana put the highlights into my hair so that you can't even see where they started and they just blend in so natural that if I wear my hair up or parted in a a certain direction they show, but they show looking natural and not out of place or chunky. She provided me a look similiar to the Salema Hayek picture I showed her as I was trying to find someone who would be able to do my color and make it look natural. I LOVE my new hair color and plan to wear it like this going forward. I feel and look like a movie star. Thanks so much Diana for being the one that finally got it right for my dark brown hair!!!

Yelp Posted on 06/25/2012 by Marisell G.

5.0 Stars

LOVE it!

I have been going to Maxine's for the past two years and absolutely LOVE it! I have nothing but nice things to say about the entire staff. I work on the weekends and have the same schedule as my colorist. Diana is the best, somehow she always seems to fit me in! I followed her from another salon and refuse to go to anyone else. I have been dark brown, blonde and somewhere in between and I am always happy with the final outcome!!!! I highly recommend Diana for color, she is the best.

Yelp Posted on 06/23/2012 by Jessica W.

5.0 Stars

I love coming to Maxine

I love coming to Maxine and I love Diana as a colorist! Diana has been my colorist for 3 years and as someone who likes to change her color often, I always get a great consultation as well as outstanding results. Her technique is excellent, she is always on trend and "spot on" with her suggestions. The Diana - Theresa team for color and cut is phenomenal. 5 stars!

Yelp Posted on 06/23/2012 by J.A.

4.0 Stars

Maxine's has won me over!

Maxine's has won me over! Due to their their top notch customer service, I went from a ho-hum haircut with a few highlights to a sassy cut with bold striking highlights. I would highly recommend Robert for beautiful color. This salon takes their customer service to the next level. They will work with you until you are happy and do so with the most generous and gracious spirit. Thank you Tracey. You excel at your job. I feel great about my new style and look forward to my next visit.

Posted on 06/22/2012 by Kriss B.

5.0 Stars

If you are looking for a rock-star colorist - go to Maxine

If you're looking for a rockstar colorist - go to Maxine and see Diana Mildice - she's the BEST! I can't tell you the number of compliments that I receive on my color - and I can't take any credit for that - it's all because of Diana. I have long, thick, textured hair which is a challenge in itself but Diana always knows just what to do whether we have to put in high's, low's to come up with the best balance - she seriously rocks! And Maxine is a great space - it's located in the heart of the Mag Mile right there on Rush so one may be intimidated - but no need. The salon staff are always nice and extremely professional. I give my highest recommendation to both Diana and Maxine - keep rocking ladies!

Posted on 06/20/2012 by Gina M.

5.0 Stars

I decided to give Maxine a try

After reading all the great press, good reviews on Yelp and being stuck in a hair rut with my current stylist, I decided to give Maxine's a try. Sure, it's not conveniently located for a suburban girl like me but I will drive far and wide to get a good cut and color on my fine lifeless blonde hair. After my color, I went downstairs to get my haircut with Bob. I had read the reviews and heard all the praise about Bob but was skeptical at first. Well, I am now a believer! Bob gave me the layers I needed to give my thin hair volumet without removing the length (even though I said I could go much shorter). He gave me great blow dry styling advice, recommended a product but wasn't pushy about getting me to purchase it (although I did - I'm a sucker for hair products). I Ieft with a spring in my step and more bounce in my newly balyage'ed 'do. Yes it's a bit pricey, but totally worth it. For a high end salon, everyone there was very down to earth, not at all pretentious and VERY welcoming. Thanks for a great experience! I will defintely be back!!!

Posted on 06/19/2012 by Jennifer E.

5.0 Stars

Theresa and Diana are the best I found

Theresa and Diana are the best! I found this dynamic duo before my wedding and have been loving them ever since. My hair has never looked better and I get compliments from everyone, including strangers, all of the time. They are honest, kind and professional. I'm a client for life!

Posted on 06/15/2012 by P.C.

5.0 Stars

My own observation about Maxine

Having celebrated one fabulous year here in Chicago I would like to add my own observation about Maxine's and the one and only Bob. My first visit (as a result of some great Yelp reviews) was with my best friend who was visiting from Ft Lauderdale. The salon is modern and very clean and populated with pleasant professional people. But the best part of the story is Bob. He looks like your attorney or accountant complete with dress slacks and nicely starched dress shirt. Very cool and professional. It gets better though. Just when you think it will be your typical high end salon appointment he starts talking to you, like an old friend, weaving in details and gathering facts about you and your hair history in the most amazingly charming way. From there you get a world class hair cut and for the first time in my hair life an unsolicited styling lesson, which by the way works. If you are ever in the Chicago area and want or need a fabulous hair experience run as quickly as you can to Maxine's and Bob.

Posted on 06/15/2012 by Donna H.

A splurge, but results speak for themselves!

A splurge, but results speak for themselves! Always on top of trends, has a rep as the best salon in town. Ask for Hans- a sheer genius!

Citysearch Posted on 06/09/2012 by Carly B.

5.0 Stars

Bob - he is amazing!

Just had my 4th haircut with Bob -- he is amazing! He always gives me exactly what I am looking for and his blow outs make me feel like a supermodel. Love!

Yelp Posted on 06/05/2012 by Katie M.

5.0 Stars

Yes! Yes, yes, yes!

Yes! Yes, yes, yes! After a major hair crisis and 4 hours spent at another salon less than a month ago, I could no longer bear my ugly, drab "mousy" color so I called on a Friday night at 6:09 pm (they closed at 6:00) and low and behold, someone (friendly!) answered! She also said she could get me an appointment for the next day! I was beside myself with glee, and showed up early. Rex consulted with me about my mousy color and then got to work. We didn't chat much, but I was ok with that and got to relaxin'. He suggested either a treatment or a cut/trim as I had just had color and full highlights less than a month earlier. He found someone to cut my hair after he was done with his magic wand and then Cheryl gave me a trim, teased me about how long my hair was (she was just jealous!) and made me laugh the whole time. She also recommended products and treatments that would keep my long, lustrous hair in tip-top shape. They both gave me their business cards as I checked out, and then I emptied my bank account and went on my merry way, delighted with the results!

Yelp Posted on 06/02/2012 by Judie S.

5.0 Stars

I was craving something drastic

As a student in Chicago, I always get my hair cut when I am home in Los Angeles. However, I was craving something drastic, so I went to Bob at Maxine to cut my hair. He did a great job balancing the drastic cut I wanted with what would work with my hair. I have only grown to love my hair more as it has grown!

Yelp Posted on 05/20/2012 by Samantha K.

5.0 Stars

Cheryl is the best stylist I've ever had.

Love how bright and clean this place is...and the mirrors make you looks skinny, so what more could a girl ask for?!! Seriously though, Cheryl is the best stylist I've ever had. Love my keratin treatment and she rocks my cut every time. Couldn't be happier!!

Yelp Posted on 5/17/2012 by A E.

5.0 Stars


I am so fortunate to have Theresa and Diana as my hair stylist and colorist!! These two are the dynamic duo not to be missed! Outstanding!! Great Look!! A cut and color that lasts!! Heads turn after I see Theresa and Diana!! Many Thanks Ladies... You're the Best!! :)

Yelp Posted on 04/14/2012 by Gail S.

5.0 Stars

Seriously the best haircut I ever got

i went to see Bob a few weeks ago. I had not had a good haircut in a long long time and my dad and Bob are friends so my dad suggested I go see him at Maxine's. Seriously the best haircut I ever got. He took off a good amount of length which made my hair really healthy but it doesn't look that much shorter. I was really happy with it and the styling after was amazing too. I went to meet up with a friend after and she didn't even recognize me it looked so good. Thanks Bob!

Yelp Posted on 04/09/2012 by Nina M.

5.0 Stars

I've FINALLY found a place that I love going to

I've always loved getting my hair cut and mixing it up with color, but I've had trouble finding a good spot since I've moved from California. After a couple of bad experiences I actually stopped getting my hair done in Chicago at all and would just wait to get it done during my frequent trips back to Cali. It's been seven going on eight years now, and I've FINALLY found a place (and more importantly people) that I love going to. (for color) - My colorist is wonderful. He really listens to what I want, and he's one of the first colorists that I feel like understands the "language" of non-colorists (ie if I don't use the technical term he doesn't correct me or turn me a wonky color). My issue has always been that I like changing my hair a lot, and that I'm more interested in it turning out fabulous than exactly like the magazine page I ripped out (what looks good on Jessica Alba might not look so hot on me!). I always thought that would make me a dream-client: I sit down and I want suggestions and am open to anything non-green, but I always seem to get a blank stare as a response. He has given me some really fun looks while making sure that I'm comfortable and not going outside my comfort zone (ie I don't get fired!). He is always very clear about exactly what he is doing and why, so there are never any surprises. He never disappoints! Bob (for cut) - Bob is such a character (in a great way!!). He is really fun to talk to and really focuses on what looks good. I am the first to admit that I have a huge paranoia about people lopping off my hair. Bob put me completely at ease and has given me great results every time I've gone (4-5 times at the time of this review). He manages to keep my length while still mixing things up to pacify my hair ADD. He also does these head massages that are AMAZING! Chills, every time. He has a wealth of information about products and tips, and shares them freely without being pushy. The salon itself is nice and I really appreciate that a couple of days a week they have after-work hours so that I can go straight from work. All of the staff has been very friendly, and they have some yummy flavored teas worth checking out.

Yelp Posted on 03/07/2012 by Sarah S.

5.0 Stars

I Fly for Good Hair

I fly for good hair! Theresa and Diana at Maxine's are the best stylist/colorist combination a girl could ask for. I am originally from Chicago and currently live in Boulder, Colorado. Theresa and Diana had been doing my hair for years before I moved and I could not break up with this fantastic hair duo despite my new location. I come into town often and take advantage of being there to get my hair done by Theresa and Diana. They always accomodate my hectic schedule and keep my hair looking fantastic.

Yelp Posted on 03/01/2012 by Kristen F.

5.0 Stars

I Heart Bob

I heart Bob. I'm not afraid to say it. When you walk in to a hair salon, you want to walk out feeling fabulous and polished. Bob has never ever let me down. The salon itself doesn't give me the warm fuzzies (it's fine, but as others have mentioned, a tad sterile), and it's definitely pricey. HOWEVER, Bob takes his time to understand what I'm looking for, gets to know my random hair quirks, and manages to consistently create flattering cuts for my face shape. Really, what more do you need?

Yelp Posted on 02/27/2012 by Elizabeth A.

5.0 Stars

A Wonderful Place

A wonderful place. For absolutely fabulous Highlights ask for Robert. I went in with horrible looking, orangey, washed out highlights and Robert turned THAT into gorgeous, buttery, natural highlights. And for a really cute, modern cut ask for Rivkah. Needless to say everyone at that place was super nice and professional. You will enjoy the visit. I am not going anywhere else from now on.

Yelp Posted on 2/20/2012 by Ani L.

5.0 Stars

Don't settle for average hair-- go see Bob at Maxine!

I was looking for a new salon since the girl I always went to before never did anything special with my hair despite repeated requests for something new. As soon as I walked into Maxine I knew this would be a different experience. Everyone was extremely friendly and I felt immediately comfortable. Bob met me at the waiting room rather quickly and took me up to his window seat styling station. He immediately made me confident that this would be a special haircut and that he would make my long stringy flat hair look like "movie star hair". He absolutely delivered. In the past hair stylists have spent about 10 minutes max cutting my hair and gave me a quick blow dry then shoved me out the door. Bob spent 30+ minutes cutting my hair with extreme finesse and also explained what he was doing and why throughout the entire process. He gave me a wonderful shampoo message and an even better head message after the cut! Then he gave me one of his famous blow outs and talked me through it so I could repeat it myself. He didn't oversell products to me that I didn't need but did suggest one or two when I was ready to try them. My hair looks and feels beautiful and I've gotten a million compliments. He gave me an anything but ordinary cut and for that I am very thankful. 100% worth paying more than usual for my haircut- Bob is fantastic! Don't settle for average hair-- go see Bob at Maxine!

Yelp Posted by Amanda S.

5.0 Stars

Just got the best haircut ever

Just got the best haircut ever-- went yesterday and my long hair which used to lay pretty flat is now full of life and looks amazing. He was the sweetest man and such a great stylist-- I left myself in his hands and he brought my hair back to life. Could not be happier.

Yelp Posted on 01/29/2012 by Tracy K.

5.0 Stars

Severn always delivers

If you have Asian hair and need to look professional, Severn is definitely the stylist for you. I have tried many other salons in Chicago and I keep running back to Severn to fix my hair. For the past three and a half years I have been going to him for cute, business-appropriate cuts and he always delivers. It's always the highlight of my week and I never cease to get compliments.

Yelp Posted on 01/24/2012 by Y W.

4.0 Stars

I discovered Jason and he truly is an artist

Chicago is the sixth city of my career and, believe me, the scariest thing about relocation is finding the new hair colorist. But, blonde highlights should be pretty de rigeur these days, right? Wrong. My hair catastrophes could fill two more posts. Alas, I discovered Jason and he truly is an artist with blonde--plus an entertaining and sweet soul, as well. Only to be matched by the precise hair cuts and masterful blowouts of Hans. I feel like JLo when he's done! And, Maxine has even stopped by for some owner-love. Bliss. I would be there every week if not for the prices. A little steep for the working girl...exhale, exhale, it's only every six weeks. The only reason for a 4- and not 5- star. Premium salon in every regard.

Yelp Posted on 01/22/2012 by Sharon T.

5.0 Stars

I love my hair!

I have never dyed my hair before, and I went in thinking I would want my whole hair colored. I spoke with Tracey, and told her what I wanted, and she recommended highlights. I thought I would have never just wanted highlights, but I went with her advice, and I love my hair! It turned out exactly how I wanted it too, it is natural, but different and lighter. Perfect. I will definitely be going back to Tracey for future hair colorings.

Yelp Posted on 01/18/2012 by Swapna S.

5.0 Stars

Evan Roberts was Extremely Professional

If you are looking for a superb haircut in the Chicagoland area, look no further! I only get haircuts maybe twice a year, and I am so glad I chose to go to Maxine! After reading all the reviews on Yelp, I knew that I could trust this salon. Evan Roberts was extremely professional and courteous and was able to direct me to exactly the hair style that I wanted. I came in with long, Rapunzel-length hair and left with a beautifully styled long-layered cut. I'm very attached to my long hair, and he listened to my request to keep my length as much as possible. Evan answered any questions I had about how to style my hair and taught me how to dry and style my hair at home without the use of a thousand products and in minimal time. Also, his shampoo was hands-down one of the best parts of the Maxine experience! I highly recommend Maxine Salon and Evan Roberts!

Yelp Posted on 12/01/2011 by Jelena G.

5.0 Stars

Make an Appointment for a Cut with Bob

Girls, if you want hair like you see on tv or in the magazines, then you should make an appointment for a cut with BOB. Whether I've wanted to go for a shorter shoulder length cut or long layers that I can wear straight or with waves, he always delivers the cuts perfectly. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Yelp Posted on 12/01/2011 by A F.

5.0 Stars

Sanda really knows her stuff

This is specifically for bridal/bridesmaid hair so not terribly useful, but we had such a wonderful experience here I had to rave. Sanda did my hair for my wedding and really knows her stuff. She created the most beautiful hairstyle that didn't budge all night. My hair was the only thing I was worried about all day, and the minute she finished I knew I had nothing to worry about. I got so many compliments on it all night and I'm so grateful to her for really listening to me and taking the time to make it right. Additionally, we had about 13 other chairs occupied with everyone from my 11-year-old flowergirl to my 75-year-old grandmother, and every single woman looked exceptional. My bridesmaids' updos were lovely and stayed put all night, and all the blowouts were on point. I'm so glad we went to Maxine on a friend's recommendation - if I lived in Chicago it would be my go-to salon!

Yelp Posted on 11/23/2011 by Alex A.

5.0 Stars

The staff is amazing, love them all

I have been going to this salon since 2004 and am in love with Sanda as my stylist. She is the best and I always walk out feeling and looking like a million bucks. Really fantastic!!!! Robert has been my colorist for many years as well and he works wonders with Blondes. I am at the point where I barely give them direction and let them do their thing....and i am always happy. Yes Maxine is pricey, but in the very rare times I have strayed to try and find a more budget friendly stylist, I am never happy and end up back at Maxines. I believe you get what you pay for, and this place is worth every penny. The staff is amazing, love them all :). Rick and Carlos rock!

Yelp Posted on 11/1/2011 by Lisa C.

5.0 Stars

Bob: The Best!!

Bob: The Best!! (and NO I am not his mother or sister), I found this salon while looking for a new hair stylist and while googling like a mad woman I came upon Maxine's. I am so glad I did! Everyone was very friendly and the salon was clean and inviting. I have been going to Chic salon in Palos Park and previously gone to Mario (total waste of $ there now days), Chic is great but I just felt like I needed a new pair of eyes to evaluate my hair. I had color done with Tracey Mangers, she was very good and very friendly. The color turned out beautiful. Then I moved on to Bob who turned out to be the highlight of my visit. He is sooo funny and it felt like time flew in his chair. He listened to every issue I had with my style (angled bob with some crazy cowlicks) and gave me his opinions and even showed me step-by-step how to blow dry it just like he did. H e also gave the BEST head massage ever!!!! How nice to actually be able to relax while getting a hair cut with someone new when I was so nervous about how it would turn out. He has years and years of experience and it shows with the precision and attention he gives to even the smallest details. My cut is absolutely gorgeous!! I haven't laughed so much in such a long time, thank you Bob, I will definitely be back! (maybe we can do those cornrows Bob... ; p ) Amanda~

Yelp Posted on 10/05/2011 by Amanda W.

4.0 Stars

Maxine and Dani are great

Dani is someone that I could only trust. I really feel lucky that I could find someone take care my hair in Chicago. Being at Chicago for 1 year half as a international student, I must say that it is not easy to find a hair designer could trust. But Dani really know ehat I like. Most importantly, she never miss my expetation. Just bring a picture you like. Maxine and Dani are great.

Yelp Posted on 10/02/2011 by Dennis P.

5.0 Stars

Theresa is absolutely the best!

Theresa is Absolutely the Best! I have had my hair cut by Theresa Tufte for over a decade and of course followed her when she moved to Maxine's. I really like the classy and friendly atmosphere at Maxine's, which is thankfully missing the unpleasant drama of the once great Trio salon, where she had been at previously. Despite my somewhat perfectionist nature, Theresa has always exceeded my standards. She is a true professional. Recently, I have been dealing with some health challenges that have affected my hair. Theresa went out of her way, spending extra time working with me, not only adjusting my cut, but also giving me some pointers on how to blow dry and style my hair to accentuate the positive. I cannot say enough good things about her. She may at first appear serious - as she is always intent on creating an excellent cut - so a new client might be unaware initially, that she can also be light hearted and fun depending on the conversation. Besides being a great stylist, she has a truly caring personality. I highly recommend her. I started working with Tracy after I followed Theresa to Maxine's. She not only does a great color, she has a very warm, upbeat and kind personality. She really is a joy to go to. I have been delighted with my results.

Yelp Posted on 09/05/2011 by Deb H.

5.0 Stars

I had a really good experience at Maxine

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!

Yelp Posted on 08/17/2011 by E.K.

5.0 Stars

I'm a happy client and will certainly return!

I had my first haircut and style on Saturday with Hans at Maxine. Hans was very attentive, friendly and focused on providing me with a haircut that I would love. I have long hair that was getting a bit heavy and Hans trimmed it and cut in some nice layers to add shape and volume. I'm a happy client and will certainly return!

Yelp Posted on 08/08/2011 by lisa s.

5.0 Stars

I highly recommend Cliff

I have always had long hair. That, however, was not practical when I moved to Chicago and the heat nearly killed me. It was time to get rid of em'. I went to Maxine and was so impressed. Everyone was friendly and my stylist, Cliff, was on time and so nice. Not only that, but the cut looks FANTASTIC. He took time with me, made sure everything was what I wanted every step of the way. I will definitely be going back and I highly recommend Cliff. Such a great guy and a fantastic stylist!

Yelp Posted on 07/22/2011 by Alex L.

5.0 Stars

Can't recommend Hans enough

I'm extremely picky about my hair, so I feel like I've tried half the salons in Chicago trying to find the best one. I was almost always unhappy with the result of my cuts and blow-outs... and then I came across Hans at Maxine's. He is AMAZING. I have never had another stylist as consistently excellent as Hans. I've had maybe 20 blowouts from him and a dozen haircuts -- each one has been perfect. An added bonus is the fact that he's someone you actually want to spend time with because he's fun and interesting. I have very thick hair and he's the only stylist I know who makes it bouncy and slightly wavy and gorgeous. Most stylists get really lazy with thick hair or else have no idea how to handle it -- they just take a flat-iron and make my hair stick straight (thanks, but I can just flat-iron my hair myself). Hans really takes his time to get it exactly right... the kind of blow-out that's impossible for me to replicate myself... and therefore, worth the money! Can't recommend Hans enough. The salon itself is pretty great-- I believe the owner's husband is an architect and designed the space. Le Corbusier leather sofas and chairs... clean, white, modern interior. Friendly front desk staff, and valets who can run out to get a taxi for you in the rain (essential!).

Yelp Posted on 07/22/2011 by Annie W.

5.0 Stars

Serious Talent at Maxine

Serious talent at Maxine I switched to Maxine when my colorist Tracey moved over there. Tracey is outstanding - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone. She's creative, collaborative, and great to talk to. She pays great attention to detail and is totally on top of her game. She does a great blonde (highlights) for me but I have friends who see her for other colors. I also recommend Evan for cut - he also does a great job. Also really attentive and great customer service. My cut is long and layered. Overall, Maxine is a great salon. Everyone there is friendly and approachable yet the atmosphere feels upscale.

Yelp Posted on 07/20/2011 by Kari E.

5.0 Stars

Bob is the most talented stylist in Chicago

Bob is the most talented stylist in Chicago. I have been going to him since 2002, and he has never given me less than a perfect cut. Ricky and Carlos in reception are so friendly and welcoming.

Yelp Posted on 07/19/2011 by fran a.

5.0 Stars

I highly recommend him

I had a bad cut from Supercuts and so I went to a fancy $90/cut salon and had a bad cut there too!! I saw Maxine's on Rush St and on a whim walked in and saw a woman at the cashier sporting the cut I wanted, a straight precision cut on fine hair. I asked who cut her hair, "Cliff Freeman". He does a GREAT job for $50, he's cut my hair 2x's now, I even brought in a small synthetic hairpiece that I bought and he cut that too!! I highly recommend him, great cut and blow dry, all for $50! He does a great job!

Yelp Posted on 07/10/2011 by Lanae S.

5.0 Stars

Love, love, love Shelly A.

Love, love, love Shelly A. for her great cuts. I have followed her from her previous salon and I won't let anyone else cut my hair. Go see Shelly, you won't be disappointed.

Yelp Posted on 07/05/2011 by Beth C.

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

I'm really happy with the result

I took advantage of a Groupon to get my hair cut by Bob. When I called to schedule an appointment I was recommended to see him after mentioning that I have fine hair. The place itself is really nice and modern and for such an upscale salon I was surprised by how kind everyone was. It's also not too bad of a walk from Union Station. Bob was really kind and chatty. I came in not really knowing what I wanted; I just told him that I liked having bangs and gave him a range for the length I was considering and let him decide what would work best. I'm really happy the with result and would highly recommend anyone seeing Bob!

Yelp Posted on 6/21/2011 by Katherine H.

5.0 Stars

The customer service at Maxine is unbelievable

On a whim, I scheduled a cut/color with Theresa Tufte/Diana Mildice while friends shopped!... Wow. The color was rich and beautiful, and the cut, the best I've had in years, maybe ever. I can go 5 days without washing it and it remains shiny and with lovely layers, falling beautifully. I don't have to use much if any product anymore, nor tools, which is a dream for me because I didn't do a very good job anyway. Now, I have taken to rearranging my schedule to go back every 3-4 months because that kind of service is worth it. Diana actually wrote her color "recipe" down for me for my stylist back home (no one EVER does that!) but I decided to just leave it in her expert hands. I have gotten more compliments on that cut/color, it's uncanny. The salon is light and airy and with a very energetic vibe. Maxine always comes by to say hello and check in. The first time I went, I actually returned 3-4 hours later because I forgot to apply my yelp discount, and the young woman looked up and addressed me by name! My salon at home still, after 4 years, asks me who I am and who I am there to see.....the customer service at Maxine is unbelievable.

Yelp Posted on 06/20/2011 by Audrey M.

5.0 Stars

I don't know what I'd do without these lovely girls

I have been getting my hair cut with Theresa Tufte and colored with Diana Mildice since 1997 and couldn't be happier. Over the past 14 years I've followed them to a few different salons because I wouldn't dare let someone else touch my hair. They're absolutely GREAT at what they do and have such a loyal following because of it. In addition, they are the perfect resource to ask about products or services that you have been curious about. They won't try to sell you anything you don't need and are forthcoming in their advice. I don't know what I'd do without these lovely girls.

Yelp Posted on 06/17/2011 by Kelly J.

4.0 Stars

My hair came out beautifully & lasted for a long time

I was recently in Chicago for a wedding and went to Maxine Salon due to the great reviews on Yelp and because it was near my hotel. I saw Lisette for a blow out and she did an amazing job. She took her time, asked many questions about my hair type, what kind of products I normally use, etc. before she started my shampoo. My hair came out beautifully and lasted for a long time, even in bad weather. The charge was $65 for the blowout with some curling iron action but it was worth it :)

Yelp Posted on 06/14/2011 by Meredith M.

5.0 Stars

incredibly friendly & warm

Maxine is fabulous, the kind of upscale salon you expect to find in a city like Chicago. I used the Yelp deal (50% off color & cut with Tracey and Shelly for first time customers), and was blown away at the deal. The salon itself is beautiful. After waiting a few minutes upstairs I met Tracey who took me back to her station. She was VERY attentive to what I wanted, and made sure that we were both on the same page. While Tracey worked on my color Shelly came in to meet me & find out what I wanted for my cut. While I waited to rinse my color out I had a glass of white wine & indulged in their impression selection of (current) magazines. After my color Shelly trimmed, shaped AND gave me a beautiful blowout. The end result was awesome! My hair is a beautiful rose-gold like strawberry blonde, and my hair had perfect layers. I now understand why they're known for their celebrity cliental. The best part is, for being such an upscale salon they're incredibly friendly & warm. It might be on the pricey side, but I couldn't be happier with my experience at Maxine. I'll definitely be back.

Yelp Posted on 06/09/2011 by Erica K.

5.0 Stars

I would never let anyone but Tracey color my hair

In all my years, I have never had a better colorist than Tracy, she is fabulous, I literally sit in the chair and ask her what she thinks and she works her magic. I trust her and her knowledge of hi lites, low lites, single process, etc..is above and beyond. I am always complimented by my friends and family on my color and have even been stopped by perfect strangers more than once to ask who colors my hair!! I live in Florida and travel quite often to Chicago for business so I am fortunate enough to always have my hair color maintained by Tracy, I would never let anyone but Tracy color my hair and no one has for 8 years!!

Yelp Posted on 06/08/2011 by Meg M.

5.0 Stars

Shelly listens & gives me the latest look

Love my Shelly Aguirre!....I have shorter hair & always looking for a new hip refresh.......Shelly listens & gives me the latest look Now that it is summer, I am finding I don't always have the time to finish styling & my hair still looks great! I highly recommend Shelly for a hot look & her professionalism!

Yelp Posted on 06/08/2011 by Jane T.

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 all...you'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.

4.5 Stars

Bob is definitely the guy to see!

I used a Groupon to go and see Bob. I chose Bob because of his years of experience and off course all the great reviews. I had never been to Maxine before and found the salon to be modern and clean and people to be welcoming and professional. When I met with Bob, he was outgoing, funny and extremely friendly. I immediately felt comfortable and we had a nice rapport. I knew exactly what I had wanted and even brought a picture of the haircut and style that I was planning to get. Lucky for Bob...and me off course that he agreed that I would indeed look good with that cut and style. Bob started off taking less and offered to take more off if I wanted, which was good, because I was fine with taking off less, and by less I mean abot 3". He also gave me shorter and more bangs. Bob was kind enough to do a deep conditioning treatment (which he no doubt convinced me to buy later...I swear he could sell ice to Eskimos) and then added some great products to my hair before he straightened and styled. I thought he did a good job. Sadly after I walked home through the wind, most of his fine work had been lost... If you can can afford to pay $100 for a haircut every 3 months, Bob is definitely the guy to see!

Yelp Posted on 06/04/2011 by Zarina K.

5.0 Stars

Shelly rocks!

Shelly rocks! Shelly gave me the best cut and style! She is a true expert. I was ready for a change and she suggested the best style for my face. It really complimented my features as I had no clue. I also am a big fan of blow outs and Shelly is a true expert. I can tell the difference if the stylist knows what they are doing! My blow out lasted for days and smoothed my hair out perfectly. ( I was not blessed with straight hair).

Yelp Posted on 06/03/2011 by Kelly S.

5.0 Stars

Give them a try and I promise you won't regret it

two suggestions for anyone who wants to look and feel like a million bucks: Shelly Aguirre for a cut and Diana Mildice for color. My hair has always been my security blanket. Rain or shine, gain a few pounds or have a bad skin day, i always depend on my hair to keep me feeling confident. This is thanks to these two amazing women. I'll start with Shelly. I love love love her and what she does with my over worked, long, thick hair. I've been following her to different salons for almost 5 years now and I am so happy she is now at Maxine's! Shelly always gives me the perfect cut and unlike a lot other hair dressers i've seen she listens to what I want. Every time I have walked out of an appointment with her I feel like a bombshell and get so many compliments! Diana is an artist. When I told Shelly I wanted to go blonde about a year and a half ago she recommended me to Diana and I never looked back. I am a naturual brunette and Diana has transformed my hair into the best color it has ever been. I cannot even begin to tell you how many people have asked me where I get my color done and time and time again I recommend Diana! Now that they are both working at Maxine's I couldn't be happier! Give them a try and I promise you won't regret it

Yelp Posted on 06/02/2011 by Kerianne B.

5.0 Stars

Shelly Aguirre is an awesome stylist!

Shelly Aguirre is an awesome stylist! I've been going to her for years - I wouldn't trust my haircuts to anyone else. So glad she ended up at Maxine's - what a great salon for a great stylist!

Yelp Posted on 06/02/2011 by Sue G.

5.0 Stars

I am definitely going to Maxine's now that Shelly Aguirre is there.

I am definitely going to Maxine's now that Shelly Aguirre is there. Shelly has been cutting and coloring my hair for the past three years and she has done a wonderful job always making sure my hair has been on trend. I have been growing my hair out and I have never had a cut where I didn't receive complements the next day! She is also really helpful in recommending the correct products for my hair so that it always looks shiny and healthy.

Yelp Posted on 6/1/2011 by Cory P.

5.0 Stars

Shelly Aguirre is awesome!

If you want a great cut, Shelly Aguirre is awesome! A fantastic addition to the Maxine staff.

Yelp Posted on 6/1/2011 by Nancy C.

5.0 Stars

I could not be happier

I was in a bind and needed to get a haircut on short notice, and found Maxine's here on Yelp. I am so thrilled I did!! Since January I have been going to Hans and I could not be happier. He makes you feel like every single strand of hair on your head is tremendously important and intelligently decides on how to make your hair work best for you. I chemically straightened my hair for nearly 6 years, because the stylists I have seen in the past, weren't able to work with my naturally curly/wavey hair. All that changed after seeing Hans. He has completely revived my hairstyle, making me look the best I have in almost a decade. I don't know where I would be if it weren't for Maxine's and especially Hans. Anyone looking for a great haircut and superior service need not to look any further!

Yelp Posted on 05/24/2011 by John R.

4.0 Stars

The staff is awesome

My first time through and had my stylist create a new style for me. It is fun and easy which is great for me as i am just the wash and blow dry kind. I travel through here from time to time and will definitely be stopping in again on my next trips to Chicago. Thanks for a nice and comfortable experience. The staff is awesome.

Yelp Posted on 05/21/2011 by Linda L.

5.0 Stars

Maxine's is the place to go

Maxine's is the place to go if you want a quality cut and style Front desk reception is great! They offered me complimentary coffee before I even asked for it. I got my hair colored, i showed him a couple pictures and he found the perfect highlights for my natural dark brown hair and fair skin. Evan cut my hair, he is a pro with thick, wavy, frizzy hair, the layers look great Thanks guys!! I will be back before my trip to Costa RIca

Yelp Posted on 05/20/2011 by colleen g.

5.0 Stars

Don't go anywhere else, don't waste your time.

If you want amazing color - see Blu. I used to work at a salon and have learned quite a bit about hair, but Blu takes his time, listens and then diagnosis your hair color, face etc. You walk out with perfection and it STAYS that way. Don't go anywhere else, don't waste your time. I have tried a ton of places around Chicago. It is telling when he gets multiple recommedations from OUTSIDE his salon. Amazing!!!!! In regards to cuts, go to Reese. Artist at work with the precision, detail and cut he gives. You feel incredibly relaxed. His work is solid and he takes the time to get to know you and cuts accordingly. Trust me on this one.

Yelp Posted on 05/20/2011 by Ema A.

5.0 Stars

Excellent salon, best in Chicago.

Excellent salon, best in Chicago. Cutting edge, they never disappoint. Diana makes my color look amazing!!

Yelp Posted on 05/18/2011 by Leah C.

5.0 Stars

Diana and Theresa--What a Team!

Diana and Theresa--What a Team! Just got my long, naturally curly hair cut short and hi-lited by Theresa Tufte and Diana Mildice. The consult with Theresa was great. She listed to what I was looking for and used her artistic skills and came up with a great cut that can be worn both curly and straight. Diana did not just hi-lite my hair, she hi-lited the great cut I just received. Diana uses color like a painter's palette. Both are perfectionist and compliment each others work. I love my new sexy cut and color. I'll be making a standing appointment.

Yelp Posted on 05/09/2011 by sande o.

5.0 Stars

The best stylist I have ever had

I have attempted to write a review for my talented stylist of almost 10 years, three different times and each time they've come out sounding trite. So attempt number four starts now: He is the best stylist I have ever had - and this not an exaggeration because I've had more than a few! If you are looking to radically change your look he is the ONLY person to see. If you bring him a picture, or even a partially-formed idea, he will ask questions and dig deeper to figure out what "look" you are going for, put his spin on it and I promise you will end up with the most fabulous haircut you have ever had. I have been stopped on the street dozens of times - the most recent being last Saturday after he cut some seriously HOT side-swept bangs - by women demanding to know who cuts my hair. He is without a doubt, the best there is. Plus, his head massages are amazing - it's as if he is transferring all his positive peaceful vibes to you and you leave his chair feeling refreshed and fabulous. He is truly an artist and I cannot recommend him enough. He will not disappoint.

Yelp Posted on 05/04/2011 by Kate L.

5.0 Stars

Blue is the Best, bar none!

Blue is the best, bar none! I've been a devoted fan of Blue's for years, and just recently followed him to his new home, Maxine's. As most wizards wave wands, Blue's magic comes from his color brush! Blue has taken me from golden copper, to chestnut brown to my newly favorite deep copper auburn. He's laced me with baliaged highlights and has created natural dimension without hard lines or severe faux-looking streaks. I've seen so many colorists before this, and nobody seemed to get it right--until Blue. I've recently had my best friend see him as well, and she's never had so many compliments on her shiny, baby-blonde hair. People are constantly asking us who and where we get our hair done, and we love it! The salon is gorgeous and and I am totally impressed by the level of service from the front desk staff. Not only do they have my favorite Kerastase products, but they also serve champagne and wine while you process. If you want a stellar experience, see Blue for color at Maxine's!

Yelp Posted on 05/03/2011 by Shannon H.

5.0 Stars

I love Blue.

I love Blue. Love him, love him, love him. He has been my colorist for years. Maxine's is very lucky to have him. He listens, provides honest feedback and collaborates on what will work best for you. From traditional single color to highlights to balayage - he does it all. In addition to being exceptionally talented, he is also a lot of fun. The people at Maxine's were very nice. Overall it is a great experience.

Yelp Posted on 05/01/2011 by tricia c.

5.0 Stars

The way he styled my hair changed my life

I have been going to the same salon for almost five years and truly love it...but I had a groupon for Maxine and tried it out. From the warm welcome to the cupcake while I was waiting in foils, this salon experience far surpassed any others. And that doesn't even touch on the hair! It's always a little difficult letting a new crew do your hair but I could not have been more pleased with the color from Tracy and the brilliant cut by Hans. The way he styled my hair changed my life that day. ha! Seriously though, it is worth a try. I will be returning.

Yelp Posted on 05/01/2011 by Ginger Z.

4.0 Stars

I finally found a place that knows how to cut curls!

I finally found a place that knows how to cut curls! I have searched everywhere and always am disappointed. There is nothing worse than having a straight, blunt, cut. Michelle Dixon at Maxine's understands this and gave me a gorgeous cut. She listened when I said not too short and was pleased she only took 1/4 inch off the bottom. She layered it, gave me a nice shape around my face and made it look amazing! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I'm nots used to paying $95 just for a cut. But I'm still going back.

Yelp Posted on 4/23/2011 by mel n.

5.0 Stars

The best in the business, period.

My stylist is the best in the business, period. I have followed him to every salon for the past 25 years. I always get compliments on his haircuts and, since I have no talent for styling, I feel very good about the fact that I look well groomed. The best part, though, is a wonderful scalp massage that follows his cuts. It's his signature and worth every penny. Suzie I

Yelp Posted on 04/23/2011 by Suzie l.

5.0 Stars

They were terrific girls

First time to Maxine. Tracy my color and Dani my cut. They were terrific girls. Friendly and highly competent. Loved the finished product! Will definately return.

Yelp Posted on 04/22/2011

5.0 Stars

I was stopped by two strangers

after visiting hans for a haircut, i left maxine and within an hour i was stopped by two strangers in the street who needed to know where i had done my hair. this never happens. being from LA, i've been to my fair share of great stylists but hans gave me the shiniest, most luxurious blowdry. it lasted a few days too. since moving to chicago, i have seen about a dozen stylists and never felt compelled to return to any of them, until now. hans is perceptive and versatile. he understands what looks good and i can't wait to go back again!

Yelp Posted on 4/20/2011 by Claudia P.

5.0 Stars

Great place, super friendly staff.

Great place, super friendly staff. I have been going there since I moved to Chicago - after living in France for 10 years - and I would not change. Diana is really THE color expert, she is just amazing! She lightened my hair several tones, without damaging it and making it look natural, shiny and with depth. After spending a few hours with Diana and Hans - the king of blowdryng - my hair looks so amazing that people have stopped me in the street to ask who does my hair.

Yelp Posted on 04/17/2011 by Liana L.

5.0 Stars

I love Blue!

I love Blue! He is an awesome colorist, he is new to Maxines, coming from Trio where he has colored my hair for the past 5 years. Blue is very good at listening to what you want, he will also offer suggestions. I am a redhead and I will admit, I have never had better hair color since going to Blue. Blue is also now doing the highlighting method called "Balayage" on my hair and I love it.

Yelp Posted on 04/16/2011 by Audrey L.

5.0 Stars

really - just hans.

the thing is - if you care about the most wonderful blow dry & the nicest shampoo, i would advise you to see hans. hans. really - just hans.

Yelp Posted on 4/14/2011 by Lara E.

5.0 Stars

Never disappoints.

I'm not one to write reviews on Yelp. However, I feel it completely necessary to express my undeniable satisfaction with my stylist. I have never been so happy with a haircut! I've had about a half-dozen cuts with him and each one has been magnificent. His understanding for what I want is superb and his eye for what is good for me is always on point. I always feel confident and beautiful when leaving his chair. Never disappoints.

Yelp Posted on 4/13/2011 by Chelsea R.

5.0 Stars

I'm really pleased

I got my hair cut today by Cliff, a level one stylist, and I'm really pleased. I have long hair and wanted the most minimum trim possible, just to get rid of split ends and make my hair healthier. A lot of stylists will ignore your pleas to not chop off a lot of hair, but Cliff just took off the very ends. He also trimmed up my existing layers and gave them more life. I'm really happy with the way it came out and with how he did exactly what I asked (and did it well). I've had one other experience at Maxine, which was also very positive. I went to Stacy last summer to get a one-process color. I'd gotten blond highlights and wanted to go back to all-over dark brown, and Stacy gave me a great rich brown that has lasted all this time; the blonde has never come back out.

Yelp Posted on 04/13/2011 by A.B.

4.0 Stars

I am very pleased with my haircut.

Was lured in here for the yelp deal I noticed for new customers and all the rave reviews. I have to say even for a junior/level 1 stylist I am very pleased with my haircut. I wasn't pushed to purchase products or interrogated on what shampoo I use etc. The stylist really listened to what I wanted and before styling it even asked how I'd like to have it styled. I thought that was rarer for a upscale salon; they can sometimes have the attitude of we know best but kudos to Maxine's for actually listening to the client!

Yelp Posted on 04/10/2011 by Anna A.

5.0 Stars

I can't wait to see him again.

I had the joy of working with my stylist for the first time last week and I have to say, all the hype my city-dwelling, awesomely-coiffed colleagues came true! I was graciously welcomed and on a mid/late Friday afternoon, even my 8 year old son was warmly welcomed. This is great and not at all the way I've been treated at other Oak St.-area salons (ahem, you know who you are). He greeted us and we had a very productive consult. He ensured I understood what he intended and made sure it matched what I had in mind--at each turn. I started off intending just to have a blowout, but given my nasty split ends, we both had time and I had a fabulous cut. I even have bangs. This is momentous for me: I've never had well-cut bangs, due mostly to my side-part cowlick. Now? I have hair that swings when I walk, bangs that pop, and a cut that is well worth every penny. I can't wait to see him again and while I love, love my suburban colorist, I think I might be seeing what else Maxine may have in store for me in terms of color, too. And the head massage is worth the price alone; it's *that* life-changing. You have a new customer for life!

Yelp Posted on 04/08/2011 by Ellen P.

5.0 Stars

Capital L -Love Severn

Capital L - Love Severn. I have been seeing S since 2004. Was with him at a previous salon and then had to track him down. Speaking of I am in a serious need of a hair cut!! And yes it's chichi - so what! You can find bad attitudes at haircuttery - and at any price level. It could be YOU that's the problem! You know the types, act like a cat that's been cornered, bad attitude because they feel inadequate. Everyone at Maxine's has been nothing but nice to me.

Yelp Posted on 04/06/2011 by Irene R.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is a lovely salon

He has been my stylist for more than 20 years (Maxine is the third salon I've followed him to). Why is he the only person I'll let cut my hair? My hair is very fine and there's not alot of it. Over the years, he's suggested styles that work very well with that hair type. The styles are always age-appropriate, very flattering, easy to manage, and travel well ... important when I was doing alot of business traveling. Aside from giving a stellar haircut, he is unfailingly professional, courteous, personable and a pleasure to talk to. Also, Maxine is a lovely salon. The friendly staff have always treated me well.

Yelp Posted on 04/06/2011 by B.W.

5.0 Stars

Just Perfect

Bob Gartlan (The Guru) . Never I have been so excited about a haircut as the lastest one this month at Maxine. It was the bets bday treat ever. I am very accustomed to cuts in India as they go well with my jet black thick hair. I did have a picture though guess it helped a lot( After all the bad experinces so far I was not in for any more ruins! Just Perfect

Yelp Posted on 04/05/2011 by namita m.

5.0 Stars

Lisette does some serious magic with her shears.

First time visit to Maxine: May 2010. Since then, I haven't stopped coming and Lisette L. is fully responsible for brining me to Maxine!!! I had been visiting Lisette for couple of years at her previous salon, and when she left her previous salon I was completely at a loss!! I couldn't bring myself to getting a haircut and just continued to wait, just in case we were able to reconnect. Thanks to the power of the Internet, Lisette found me!! Before going on a trip with super long hair, she emailed me and I immediately scheduled my first visit to the new salon. Lisette does some serious magic with her shears. More recently, I asked for something different and my husband and I both loved the new look. For those occasions when I really want something different. The salon itself is beautiful and in a great location to shop and eat too! It's next door to Silver Spoon (amazing Thai food) and there are always great deals over at Nordstrom Rack. :)

Yelp Posted on 04/02/2011 by Margaret P.

5.0 Stars

I was definitely in need of an update

This was my first time at Maxine's shop. I made an appointment with Diane for color and Theresa for cut based upon the reviews contained on this site. I was certainly not disappointed! I am also from LA (Orange County, California) where I live two weeks while I live in the Chicago suburbs the other two. I am in my early 40's and have NEVER had any highlights in my hair. I always just had my hair colored to cover the gray - the same color as my natural color. I have very long, very thick hair. My hair was all one color (flat black) and one length (straight & long) with 80s bangs. I was so bored with my look. I was definitely in need of an update. I called the salon, was treated well on the phone and made my appointment to see Diane and Theresa. Be forewarned - these ladies only work on Friday & Saturday so they book their time well in advance. I waited over three weeks for my appointment and it was worth every second! On my appointment day, I was running terribly late (the story of my life) and arrived almost 45 minutes after my scheduled appointment time. Despite their completely full schedules, both Diana and Theresa graciously accommodated me... I explained to Diane that I was interested in the (rather expensive) "Balayage" highlighting process. However, when I expressed what look I hoped to achieve, Diane made some other professional recommendations (that were actually less expensive). I am so pleased that I followed her advise. After our consultation but before we started our process, Theresa came over, introduced herself and conducted our consultation. They coordinated their efforts at the very beginning so that I would be sure to have the end result I wished for. Diane is a MASTER at color. My hair has NEVER looked better and frankly, her services are very fairly priced. She has amazing hair (her best advertising) and is extremely engaging. She is professional and uses her time well but does not make your feel rushed or ignored. My previously flat black hair is now a warm, shiny deep brown with caramel, natural looking highlights. It really looks beautiful. Theresa does her cuts on dry hair. I have never had a "dry" cut before but it just makes sense. She took me once Diane was done with the first step of my color process, dried my hair (herself - I was never asked to do anything on my own, nor was I ever asked to wait for any amount of time regardless of my tardy arrival) and then sculpted gorgeous long layers that frame my face, updated my look (no more 80s bangs) and performed her magic while respecting my wish to keep my long hair. It was like magic watching her work. Each time she pulled my hair up, cut away and dropped it down, I could see the work coming together. Be aware that she is very intense - not one for much chit chat or tender heads - but she is a true professional. Focused but friendly... Ladies, this is the dream team of hair! While I was there, I truly heard more than a few "guests" say they would schedule their next appointment when they were back in "town" again - many of their clients actually come from out of state to see these two and after my amazing experience, I certainly understand why they do so. I highly recommend this salon and these two ladies specifically. I know I will be going back!

Yelp Posted on 04/01/2011 by Daisy G.

5.0 Stars

He is a real find!!!

He manages to cut and style my hair, massage my scalp and remove the frizzies from my brain. All for a single price! Some stylists make me wish my time with them was over. He is very calm and very focused. I never have to worry that he is going to go off the rails; and that I will have to slip quietly into a cab and sneak home! He is a real find!!!

Yelp Posted on 03/31/2011 by maurine b.

4.0 Stars

Make your appointment soon!

I discovered Maxine 3 years ago and I am so glad I did! I would highly recommend Marie (Malese) as a stylist. She's bubbly, creative, and really listens to her clients. The salon is high-end, clean, and stylish. Carlos at reception is always pleasant and helpful. The location is great and parking is affordable. Make your appointment soon!

Yelp Posted on 03/30/2011 by Anita K.

5.0 Stars

Terrific cuts.

Terrific cuts. I've traveled over an hour for more than 10 years for my stylist to cut my hair. I've always looked for a stylist that's an artist who uses hair as a medium. He has an eye for shape and texture. I leave the style decisions up to him - easy to care for and variety every couple of months.

Yelp Posted on 3/23/2011 by Kathy S.

5.0 Stars

Great service, impeccable technique

After playing the waiting game with my long-term stylist, I needed to find someone quickly to do a great cut & style of my mixed natural long hair. I called this morning hoping someone would've cancelled with Michelle so I could get in...lucky for me she was completely booked and I discovered Rivkah. The service was seamless, from the smile greeting me at the valet, to easy check-in and directions. Rivkah gives a fabulous shampoo and scalp massage, her blow-dry technique left my hair soft and full of body. The best part was the cut and style - the lady has TALENT and my hair looks sexy and healthy! Great service, impeccable technique and I now have two great stylists (Rivkah & Michelle) at the same salon. Needless to say I booked my next appointment while checking out. Thanks Maxine!

Yelp Posted on 03/19/2011 by Kamilah J.

5.0 Stars

If you need a Master Colorist, or Master Stylist...

There are 2 employees at this salon who are truly exceptional...Diana Mildice is my Colorist, and I have NEVER found a better colorist in all of Chicago, and only one other that can compare to her abilities and skills in the entire World. (I am extremely well traveled.) Her skills are unparalleled in the industry, from corrective color with massive issues to the avant garde to simply beautiful and elegant color. If you need a colorist or are just thinking about a little freshen up, She is your girl!!! She is a Master in Her own right. I love her work and color, and she listens to you and what you want, and makes it work! She is so fabulous I just can't say enough! If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Chicago, you have to make an appointment with her. If you live here, consider yourself lucky to have the opportunity to see her on a regular basis. The other person I referred to, is Theresa Tufte. She is a Master Stylitst, and you should see the cuts she can create. I have had 3 hair styles in my life that I just went crazy over...Theresa created one of those. It was absolutely beautiful. If you need a new look or stylist, look no further. And She teaches you how to style your hair as well, always giving tips and teaching you how to utilize your product properly. If you need a Master Colorist, or Master Stylist, definitely give them a try. You won't be disappointed!

Yelp Posted on 03/18/2011 by Godiva G.

5.0 Stars

He is the only reason I ever walked through the door

He is the only reason I ever walked through the door, he has cut my hair for 15 years and I have taken him with me (his hair cut) all over the world, LA, New York and overseas. to the mountains and to the sea, white water rafting and to the Vatican. At the East Bank Club or when I am on TV, I like to think I am looking good, even when I am looking pretty bad, thanks to my stylist and to Maxine's for providing us such a great new home, it is a charming place full of light and energy ..my stylist and I are very happy here.... I am ready for my close up now...

Yelp Posted on 3/15/2011 by stanley s.

5.0 Stars

Best Hollywood hair in the middle of Chicago

I live in LA and travel for a living. In search of the perfect hair cut and color...I've gone to salons in Hollywood, Beverly HIlls, New York, Europe, South America, you name it. The best you ask? Chicago. Theresa Tufte for Cut and Diana Mildice for Color at Maxine's. I no longer waste money experimenting on new stylists, and running back to these ladies to "fix it." I always leave their chairs happy and feeling pretty. Best Hollywood hair in the middle of Chicago. Who knew?

Yelp Posted on 03/06/2011 by Gina B.

5.0 Stars

I was "WOW"ed all the way down Michigan Ave

I came down from Milwaukee just to try something new. I felt like nothing could be done with my thick curly mop after having the same cut for 20 years-by several expensive salons...I WAS WRONG! Let me tell you how it went: 1. Jason said "let me take care your color" 2. My stylist gave me the best head massage and cut that I have ever had in my lef! 3. I walked through the salon and the "WOW!"s started. 4. I was "WOW"ed all the way down Michigan Ave,, and back and through Milwaukee, even by my 18 year old daughter!! I feel and look -and my hair feels and looks-classy, updated, sexy, and WOW! Thanks to my stylist and Jason-I love you!!

Yelp Posted on 03/06/2011 by Lori N.

5.0 Stars

My Stylist does a fabulous job.

If you want a great haircut, my stylist does a fabulous job. I have thin hair, and you would never know it. His cut gives my hair added volume, body, and great swing. Diana is an expert with my color and highlights. Maxine's Salon is top notch and totally focused on the me from the time i pull to the curb for valet service until I walk out the door knowing my hair looks and feels great.

Yelp Posted on 03/05/2011 by Joan B.

5.0 Stars

I highly recommend

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 my stylist 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. She managed to keep most of my length while at the same time giving me the change I wanted. I highly recommend.

Yelp Posted on 02/19/2011 by Kathryn P.

5.0 Stars

Best cut and blowout ever!

Best cut and blowout ever! Thanks, Bob! I'll be back soon.

Yelp Posted on 02/16/2011 by Adalisa F.

4.0 Stars

Worth your Money!

Expensive but very worth your money!

Yelp Posted on 02/15/2011 by Mary F.

5.0 Stars

Bob, I repeat. Bob.

Today's distinction in definitions: Classy (adj.): stylish, admirably smart, elegant Wealthy (adj): having great wealth, rich, affluent If this is your first visit and you were a modest or middle class person, you might walk into Maxine and worry that you are not wealthy enough to be here. The atmosphere and front-desk service is a bit sterile, you'll feel a bit lost, but please, walk in anyway. You'll have made an appointment to meet with Bob for a haircut. You'll be guided to the area where you can change into a smock and be sent upstairs to wait on Bob. Bob, I repeat. Bob. You may wait for a couple of minutes. Passers by will notice that you are waiting on someone, and will offer you a drink, coffee or tea or water. You'll take or deny the drink, then wait. Just a few more minutes. Enter Bob, the one person in this place who can make you relax and remind you why it is that you've come here. If this is your first time meeting, he'll introduce himself, then bring you to his chair and have a talk about your hair while combing through it with this fingers. He'll spend some time figuring out how your hair falls, how thick it is, what kind of texture it has. Then he'll send you to get your hair washed before he begins. See? So far, not so bad. I won't go into the experience of the haircut itself because, well, to each his own head of hair. But Bob treats both your hair and you very well. He is super friendly, and just loves to chat. You forget you're in an upscale salon because, well, you're with Bob! At the end of the appointment you'll be past the point of beaming (Bob likes to think his haircuts will make you look 'so hot' once he's done, or that 'so many guys will ask for your number once you walk out of here'--I know this is psychological but it's actually happened to me on two occasions!), and seriously in love with Bob. Oh, back to our distinction with definitions. Now in the avenue of price range, sometimes the cost classy haircut falls in line with a wealthier cost. But for $100 you'll have a haircut that can last you 4-6 months (seriously---Bob tells me not to come back for half a year because he knoows that his cut will grow out well) with free bang trims. (I should also add that Bob has given me the best set of bangs in hair history.) A stylish, elegant haircut that's noticeable and attractive? A hairstylist who is treats you and your hair like the best thing that ever happened to him, if only for a short hour? At least you won't be wasting tons of money on a mediocre haircut that makes you feel decent at best. At least you've chosen a place and person who offer the best of their services at a reasonable cost. AND to get a discount once you mention Yelp? Now that's an experience that only the classy will go for. P.S. Bob, if you're a Cylon and you've replicated yourself, please send one of your models over to San Diego--the westcoast is in dire need of good hair professionals =).

Yelp Posted on 02/11/2011 by Kat S.

5.0 Stars

Everyone there was very nice and accommodating.

I have naturally dark brown hair and dyed it almost blond last summer. I needed to make it brown again quickly, and went to Maxine because there was a special on Yelp -- I think at that time it was something like $25 off a first-time color or something. Anyway, the colorist did SUCH a good job. When I first left, I wasn't all that pleased... it looked pretty much black to me. But the colorist said it would fade to my dark brown and blend well, and she was right. The highlights have never come back out, and the color has faded to look exactly like my natural shade. Everyone there was also very nice and accommodating -- I was exhausted, having arrived back that day from abroad and been awake for 48 hours, and the stylist brought me coffee and water. The deal I'd seen on Yelp was also applied to the final price without me even asking for it, which I thought was really nice.

Yelp Posted on 02/01/2011 by Kathryn M. P.

5.0 Stars

My hair has never looked better!

I've been going to Maxine for about a year now, and my hair has never looked better! Evan does my cuts, and he's a dream. He knows how to cut long hair in a stylish way without chopping it like so many other stylists do. Add to the fact that the receptionists are totally sweet, and Maxine is the best! Super happy.

Yelp Posted on 01/23/2011 by Jeannie C.

4.0 Stars

I was in great hands.

I went back to Maxine during a birthday trip to Chicago. I was feeling a little blah and wanted to get some color added to my hair for a pick-me-up. As soon as I sat down in his chair I knew I was in great hands. He was very funny and friendly, and he put me at ease immediately. I told him I wanted to try balayage, and he suggested a mix of honey and caramel shades that would work well for me. I told him to go for it and as he painted my hair, we chatted about my birthday trip and he offered me some great suggestions on things to do while I was in town. After he finished with my color, I moved on to Qiana for styling. (I had been with Rivkah before, but she was off that day.) As Qiana blew my hair dry, it was then that I was able to see how amazing his color work truly was. It made me look younger - a definite plus on my birthday! Qiana was sweet and talented, quickly curling my hair into fabulousity. When I looked at the final result, I felt hot - and I hadn't felt that way in too long. I had drinks with an old friend after leaving the salon, and he couldn't stop telling me how great I looked. Thanks again, Maxine, for making me look great, and for making my birthday special. Qiana - I'll see you again soon!

Yelp Posted on 01/18/2011 by Tasha S.

4.0 Stars

My colorist Sarah was absolutely amazing.

I came to Maxine Salon as a last minute decision to fix a botched "out of a box" highlight job. My colorist Sarah was absolutely amazing. Her friendly and thoughtful demeanor set me at ease instantly. Her professional assessment of the damage and how she would apply the color remedy was SPOT ON! She worked with precision and efficiency, communicating each step and the expected results along the way. Although it was my first time at Maxine, thanks to Sarah, I never felt apprehensive about how things would turn out. My hair looks fabulous now, and is exactly the natural golden brown color I imagined, with highlights that pop oh-so-subtly and naturally. I plan to return to have Sarah work her magic in a few months, as her talent with hair color consultation and application is exceptional!

Yelp Posted on 01/02/2011 by Lauren O.

5.0 Stars

Best in the Business

Theresa's cut and Diana's color are the best in the business. I moved to Los Angeles a year ago, and still make trips back just to get my hair done. Both ladies are incredibly talented and meticulous! Theresa is the master of cuts that most stylists mess up--especially short or layered styles--and can work with difficult hair textures. Money very, very well spent. Both cut and color outlast weeks beyond the competition!

Yelp Posted on 12/29/2010 by Alison L.

5.0 Stars

Love my new hair style!

Not sure why I decided on this place, but I'm glad I did. Everyone from the receptionist who I booked with, to the greeting staff, to the stylist was great. I did get the 25% discount (but I think they also offer this to first time clients). My stylist really listened to what I wanted, and delivered. Love my new hair style! :-)

Yelp Posted on 12/29/2010 by Nic S.

5.0 Stars

I have finally found a match that fulfils all my needs.

In the past, Ive been open to experiencing multitudes of varying colorists, stylists, etc. from sitting as a model at Vidal Sassoon to having regular cuts at Chris McMillan's salon in Beverly Hills. For the past several years however, I have finally found a match that fulfills all my needs. Diana Mildice and Theresa Tufte work exquisitely together as colorist and stylist. Ive fluctuated between blonde and chestnut over the years, and can continually count on Diana to produce the most beautiful results...she is an artist. Theresa is also amazingly skilled at her trade. Im regularly complimented on my cut and recently transitioned to bangs with no regrets. Most importantly, these women are considerate and accommodating of your input and requests. Not only will you walk out of the salon with an amazing hairstyle, you will have gained two extraordinary friends.

Yelp Posted on 12/15/2010 by Elizabeth L.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is a top salon

I can't say enough about Theresa Tufte and Diana Mildice. Maxine is a top salon and these women help make that all possible. They are perfection when it comes to finding the right color and cut for you. I have been following them for 15 years and have never been disappointed. Theresa works magic when she cuts my hair and Diana does the same for my color. I always leave my appointments feeling so great about the way I look.

Yelp Posted on 12/12/2010 by Nicole O.

5.0 Stars

Every Staff member was friendly and professional.

On the recommendation of a friend, I visited Maxine's for a much-needed cut and color. I don't mind spending money on my hair to have it done right. Every staff member was friendly and professional. Robert took me first to consult with Sanda about my cut; and then he consulted with me about my color. He listened to what I wanted and made suggestions, and I ended up getting lowlights as well as highlights and color. My color has never looked this rich, and also very natural. In fact, after my cut and dry, when I went back to show Robert the results, the client he had in his chair ended up asking him to do the same to her! Robert also told me what to ask for when I come back for maintenance, so I don't have to spend as much next time. Sanda also listened carefully to me, and made suggestions. Before she started cutting she went over it again to make sure we were on the same page. She knew exactly what she was doing and gave me a beautiful cut, then styled it and showed me how to keep some body in it. I walked out looking and feeling like a rock star! I'll definitely be back. Maxine's is pricey, but to me it's worth the money.

Yelp Posted on 12/9/2010 by Cindy S.

5.0 Stars

Diana and Theresa are superb!!!

the technicians especially Diana and Theresa are superb!!! I have never walked out the salon without someone telling how fab my hair looks. Diana is my colorist and is so creative that I am never bored. Theresa cuts my hair with such skill that you can never see my gray at the end of the 4 weeks. A great combo of experts and I am so fortunate. lindy bloom

Yelp Posted on 11/26/2010 by lindy b.

5.0 Stars

I found myself to be in a bit of a hair rut.

I had been going to the same hair stylist for 7 years (gasp!) at another salon and found myself to be in a bit of a hair rut. Based on the recommendation of a friend I chose Maxines, with a colorist doing my color and Evan doing my haircuts. First- my colorist. He gives me the most perfect highlights using balayage. I never thought I could have such naturally sunkissed hair since I am a natural brunette. He is incredibly patient as he paints my locks, and I never have felt that he was trying to rush me out of the chair. I feel that he is truly taking the time to make my color look its absolute best, and after three times of seeing him I have 100% confidence in him and his opinion. Now Evan. He has given me an entirely new haircut without cutting off my beloved length, so long haired ladies he is your guy! He has made my layers more uniform and beautiful. He really takes his time as he cuts my hair, and the result has been consistently beautiful. He also gives me the most fabulous styling after the cut (just an added bonus) All in all, both my colorist and Evan are absolute sweethearts. Both very fun & easy going guys, and I really look forward to the several hours I spend with them every 7 weeks :) Thanks to Maxines, my colorist, & Evan as you have all made me love my hair again. I never feel less than a million bucks after our afternoons together.

Yelp Posted on 11/22/2010 by Valerie v.

4.0 Stars

One of the best cuts that I've ever had!

Qiana relaxed and cut my hair and it is truly one of the best cuts that I've ever had! I grew my hair out from a pixie to almost a bob, and it was difficult to shape. When I visit other salons, stylists always compliment my cut. To top it all off, I've never spent longer than 2 hours here getting serviced, true professionals.

Yelp Posted on 11/19/2010 by Joi I.

5.0 Stars

Rivkah is AMAZING

Rivkah is AMAZING --- I have been going to this salon for about 2 years now and I am never disappointed....Rivkah does an awesome job -- I would highly recommend her. And make sure you have somewhere awesome to go to after your haircut...you will not want to waste her great styling.

Yelp Posted on 11/18/2010 by Megan F.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is what I consider the top salon in the city of Chicago

Maxine is what I consider the top salon in the city of Chicago. I have followed Theresa and Diana from their days at Sasson, then Trio, now Maxine. Not only does Maxine have top notch stylists and colorists, but the ambiance, service and professionalism of the staff makes this salon a cut above the rest. I have never had a dissapointing cut or color from Theresa or Diana, as I have always put my hair in their hands. I have had years of compliments on my hair styles. Maxine is worth the drive for me.

Yelp Posted on 11/14/2010 by Robin S.

5.0 Stars

Theresa fits the bill!!

Hair is a big thing for me... I think it is worth spending a lot on your haircut because you wear it everyday and is more important than anything else you would wear! After my lifelong hairstylist left the country a few years ago I have been on the hunt to find someone new I could trust and would consistently give amazing haircuts. Theresa fits the bill!! She really knows what she is doing and people are always asking me where I go because they love the cut. I barely have to do anything with my hair because the cut works for itself.

Yelp Posted on 11/11/2010 by sarah f.

5.0 Stars

Tracey really is the best there is at color.

I have been going to see Tracey Mangers for many years. She just switched over to Maxine Salon and I was happy to follow her. Tracey really is the best there is at color. Over the years she has done just about everything for me. I have been a sun kissed blond, blond with balyage, then back to my natural color, and now my natural color with amazing highlights. Tracey always listens to what I want and I always walk out happy with what she does. She always seems to know what will look good. I receive so many compliments on my hair - all thanks to Tracey!

Yelp Posted on 10/27/2010 by Meredith l.

5.0 Stars

Diana Mildice is the best colorist in Chitown!!!

Diana Mildice is the best colorist in Chitown!!! I met Diana almost 3 years back when I moved to Chicago. After trying all the other big name salons in the city, I decided to try TRIO Salon in the Wabash neighborhood. In our 1st meeting, Diana spent a lot of time talking to me... understanding my color needs. She wanted to make sure that while making me happy with the color, she was preserving the health of my hair. We clicked there right away! :-) I have dark black hair and was looking to go lighter(caramel blonde preferably). She did an wonderful job that day and I walked out elated and happy after a very long time!! My hair felt healthy and looked amazing!! Over the years she has continued doing an amazing job. Now, she works at Maxine salon and I have followed her there. Diana is very experienced, she truly cares about the health of her clients hair, she takes time to understand the long term and short term color needs and then delivers a fantastic job. She is also very personable and sweet person. I have always got oodles of compliments every single time after she has colored my hair. She is the BEST in the business and hands down to her!! If you are looking for experience, expertise and a great personality in your colorist....you search ends with Diana :-)

Yelp Posted on 10/24/2010 by Sharada S.

5.0 Stars

I could not get over how great my hair looked

I went here once because of all the yelp reviews, and wow. I could not get over how great my hair looked afterwards. Sadly, because I am in medical school I had to move from the area before I was able to go again, but if i am ever in chicago, this is my go to salon!!

Yelp Posted on 10/19/2010 by Stephanie B.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is a gorgeous salon

I followed Diana Mildice and Theresa Tufte from Trio to Maxine because, quite frankly, the thought of someone else coloring and cutting my hair was scary. Maxine is a gorgeous salon - a little oasis from the chaos of the city. Diana is great for color - she listens, makes great suggestions, is very honest and always does a great job. I've been going to her for 10 years and have never been less than thrilled with my color. Follow up your color with a great haircut from Theresa. She takes the time to understand exactly what you want and gives honest feedback. It is said that the sign of a good haircut is that it grows into a good haircut and I can definitely say that is true of Theresa.

Yelp Posted on 10/10/2010 by Kristi R.

5.0 Stars

I finally found the best...Diana Mildice.

Coming to Chicago from London over 4 years ago I struggled to find a decent colorist. After unsatisfactory trips to three different salons in the Downtown area I finally found the best...Diana Mildice. Diana is a lovely person and a true professional who always takes time to discuss how you are actually feeling about your hair. You can trust her 100% to listen to you and do exactly what you want. She has now moved to Maxine from Trio I can say that I LOVE the new salon. Staff are courteous and helpful and the atmosphere is relaxed and calm. I always leave feeling completely refreshed and delighted with my highlights.

Yelp Posted on 10/10/2010 by Rosemary M.

5.0 Stars

I have found what I was looking for!

I've been looking for a new home base salon since moving to Streeterville, and after returning from Maxine's, I must say I have found what I was looking for! Evan cut my hair exactly how I described, while spoiling me with a relaxing shampoo and blow dry at the same time. I am definitely coming back for more!

Yelp Posted on 10/6/2010 by Irena G.

4.0 Stars

The service is top notch

For being on Rush Street, I don't think this salon is at all over-the-top. The service is top notch but I have never once felt intimidated (even walking in on a wet day in my three-year-old Tory Burch flats, now relegated to commuting ranks). I couldn't be happier with Josie, my stylist. She actually listened to what I wanted and gave me a sophisticated do. This is not an easy task, as my hair is thick and I either walk out looking like a) Axl Rose with lots of layers or b) a little kid with a quasi-bowl cut. The conditioning treatments are also excellent, neither putzy and needlessly drawn out nor perfunctory as they are at comparable salons. I will definitely be back to Maxine. I picked up on a high level of professionalism, which led me to believe the stylists would be trustworthy when it comes to doing color. As a bonus, Josie kept me entertained throughout my visit, telling me about her experience styling Martha Stewart's hair in advance of MS's book signing appearance. Yes kids, the stories you have heard are true. ...

Yelp Posted on 9/26/2010 by Shanti N.

5.0 Stars

Diana is the best of the best.

Diana Mildice is by far the best cororist that I have ever had. I have lived in Manhattan, Boston, and Atlanta. Diiana is the best of the best. I have fine dark blonde have that has greyed significantly. With her magic, Diana transforms this mess into a dimensional blonde. Unless I tell people, no one knows that it is colored. It looks completely natural. Diana referred me to my stylist, who now cuts my hair. He is also fabulous. I have fine hair and the cut he gives me is layered so that the volume triples. The cut also flatters the shape of my face giving me some much needed fullness on top. Another magician! Please try two. They will transform your looks!

Yelp Posted on 9/18/2010 by Sally M.

5.0 Stars

Hans is your guy.

After hitting up seemingly almost every hair salon on the North Side (the likes of Salon Siren, Sine Qua Non, Salon 1800, Mario Tricoci (I can go on and on)) I was still on my quest to find my perfect hair stylist. Maxine Salon to the rescue! I had somehow overlooked their reviews on Yelp, since they are not in my hood. However, they ARE close to work. The fact that if I mentioned Yelp I'd get a fat 25% off my first haircut, I figured it was definitely worth a try. The prospect of finally finding a place where I wouldn't be rolling the dice for my haircut & have it conveniently located by work was exciting. I called and was able to make a hair appointment on the same week at the time I requested. They asked me what kind of hair I had and what I was looking for and recommended Hans. Easy enough! I was already impressed that they matched my needs with an appropriate stylist. They even sent me an email confirmation a couple of days before. So far, so good. I had not had a haircut in over a year and my hair looked a hot mess - damage from flat ironing, really long in front, you get the picture. Don't be put off by the fact it's in the Gold Coast on Rush - they are really laid back and friendly. I was greeted by the friendly staff up front where they showed me to the coat room, offered me something to drink, helped me with my robe and sent me off to Hans. If you are looking for a laidback stylist, who will listen to what you want and hook you up with a really fresh, updated look, Hans is your guy. Apparently he is a recent New York transplant and still stays in touch with the NY scene working Fashion Week and even does some teaching on the side. Despite knowing his accolades, I could tell right away that he knew what he was doing. Hans took the time to evaluate the condition of my hair, listen to what look I was going for, and gave me a few suggestions on how he could go about achieving my look before going scissor happy. As he was styling my hair, he even took the time to give me some great tips on how I could style my hair at home so I wouldn't have to deal with that feeling we've all experienced where you can't replicate "salon styled" hair after the first wash at home. He also mentioned that if I needed a touch up on my bangs, I could come in and it's complimentary! All in all, I left with a lighter head of hair and a great, updated look and not too much damage to the bank account. One thing to note is that you can't tip on your credit card, so make sure you bring some cash with you for that (they told me this when I made my appointment so I was prepared). I left extremely happy and I am afraid to say this but... I think I have finally found my go-to stylist!

Yelp Posted on 09/09/2010 by Venessa R.

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 haircut...now 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.

5.0 Stars

How to get great hair!

I cannot say enough good things about Tina Deeke - not only has she brought my hair back to shiny, glossy condition, but Tina has the most amazing eye for skin tone and color. I have been through single process browns to highlighted warm toffees with smooth dashes of caramel. Every time Tina got the tone just right for my skin and eyes. She truly is a find! One of Tina's secrets is that she tells you honestly what is possible and what wouldn't work. So she listens to her clients but makes sure they profit from her expertise to find the solution that achieves what they want but within a natural range. Maxine runs one of the best salons in Chicago. Technically, the staff is among the best trained in the country. They are always off to national and international events to learn the latest. And Maxine is a test salon for Kerastase, first out with the latest innovations. The support staff is wonderful and the service is personal, cheerful and flexible. If Maxine was in NY you would need a waiting list to get in! We are lucky to have them in Chicago. When we lived in California I would go back to Chicago for haircuts with Bob and I have girlfriends from Boston and San Francisco who plan their flights so they may stop-over in O'hare and make a quick dash to Maxine. Nina

Citysearch Posted on 08/19/2010 by NinaGermeyer

5.0 Stars

If you want an awesome cut, go see Evan at Maxine

If you want an awesome cut, go see Evan at Maxine. What can I say, Evan is the bee's knees. I have thick hair, and when I get it cut short I always have areas that stick up all over the place. Not when Evan cut my hair. He took his time and gave me the haircut I wanted. Plus, as a bonus, Evan likes sports and music. Two things I enjoy as well and we talked about the Bears, concerts and playing in bands. Needless to say I will be going back to Evan again. Go Bears!

Yelp Posted on 7/30/2010 by Michael P.

5.0 Stars

They are simply the best hair "artists" in Chicago!

I have been following around Diana for color and Theresa for cuts for over 15 years! They are simply the best hair "artists" in Chicago! I would never go to anyone else and would travel near and far for their services. I'm constantly complimented on my hair cuts and color! Maxine's hit the jackpot hiring these two. You'd be a fool not to utilize this talent on your next visit. Perfection!!

Yelp Posted on 7/27/2010 by Noel G.

5.0 Stars

My hair looks even better after this first visit to Maxine

I also followed Diane to Maxine from Trio... Diane is the most talented colorist that I have ever used in the 20 years of highlighting my hair. My hair looks even better after this first visit to Maxine, and I think it is due to the superior quality of the products they use. I did not get my hair cut, but had scheduled Theresa to dry my hair. Drying is an extra charge which is new to me, but the additional $30 is worth the complete look. I recommend trying the two ladies for your next hair appointments - they are REALLY good.

Yelp Posted on 7/26/2010 by elizabeth p.

5.0 Stars

Try this place!

Very nice environment. Diane Mildice is THE expert in color, and Theresa Tufte is an excellent stylist. All but one staff person was extremely friendly and helpful. Try this place!

Yelp Posted on 7/25/2010 by mary z.

5.0 Stars

You will love you hair!!!!

I have gone to Diana for color and Josie for cut since I was 11 (now am 22) they are just the best and really give you what you want and provide great insight. I used to go to them at Trio and followed them here.... Let me just say, Maxine is so much nicer!!! Follow my advice and make appointments with these ladies today.... You won't regret it, and you will love your hair!!!!

Yelp Posted on 7/24/2010 by Margaret B.

5.0 Stars

She is the BEST COLORIST in Chicago

Found Diana M from Trio!!!! She is the BEST COLORIST in Chicago hands down. Maxine's is a huge improvement from Trio!!!!

Yelp Posted on 7/22/2010 by Sharyl M.

5.0 Stars

I am thrilled to share my favorite colorist

I am thrilled to share my favorite colorist and my favorite stylist with Yelp viewers. Diana Mildice has been coloring my hair and Theresa Tufte has been cutting my hair since 2001 and they are stuck with me as a client for life. They have both been so wonderful and they treat me with such great care. I recently developed an allergy to gluten and they have both gone out of her way to ensure there is no wheat protein or oat ingredients in the products they use on my hair. I am so happy to see Diana and Theresa at Maxine. The salon is clean, spacious and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Two thumbs up from this customer!

Yelp Posted on 7/18/2010 by Maureen S.

5.0 Stars

I recently discovered Maxine

I recently discovered Maxine. Wow! The entire operation manages to be organized, efficient, but warm and relaxing. Peace and calm prevail. Diana is the best colorist I've worked with over many decades. And much to the delight of my husband, Josie returned my cut to our wedding day. Prices were lower than my last salon. JK

Yelp Posted on 7/18/2010 by Jean C.

5.0 Stars

I highly recommend Theresa and Diana

I have gone to Diana Mildice for color and Theresa Tufte for cuts for over 6 years. My hair has never looked better. Diana sometimes jokes about having to go find her magic wand to fulfill my request. The truth is she doesn't need one. She is able to listen and really hear what it is I'm wanting my hair to look like (even though I have trouble articulating just what that may be). Theresa is able to cut my fine hair and afterwords, l look like I have 10 times more hair. When Theresa asks me what we're doing with my cut, I just ask what she thinks will look best. I always take her advice and I am thrilled with the results. I highly recommend Theresa and Diana for a great cut and believable blond color

Yelp Posted on 7/12/2010 by jen c.

5.0 Stars

Exceptional talent and modern techniques.

Exceptional talent and modern techniques make Theresa & Diana a perfect cut and color team! I have been a customer for years and ALWAYS feel like a rock star when they transform my hair. I have had every color and style look incredible and my hair stays healthy too! Diana & Theresa are new to Maxine but arrive with an amazing amount of experience and skill. Plus they are fun and hip - totally into the latest styles and trends but HONEST with clients and teach you how to re-create the look at home that you leave the salon with. You will be SO glad you found them! Runway ready looks from non-pretentious stylists who truly want you to feel gorgeous.

Yelp Posted on 7/11/2010 by Carla B.

5.0 Stars


I have three words of praise for Maxine's. Diana--Diana--Diana! She is the very best colorist in the city. No pretension here, just real talent mixed with a great personality. Her colors look real, like your hair just grew in that way. She makes sure she understands exactly what you want and then makes it happen like magic. Now I just tell her to do what she thinks is right and I am never unhappy (especially with all the compliments I get. Love her!

Yelp Posted on 7/11/2010 by Kay C.

5.0 Stars

My color is ALWAYS amazing

I have gone to Diane for color for years, my color is ALWAYS amazing. I am looking forward to my next appointment with her at Maxine's!

Yelp Posted on 7/8/2010 by AM H.

5.0 Stars

These girls are the best!

I've followed Diane Mildice & Theresa Tufte from their previous hair salon to Maxine Salon. Diane has been my colorist for years and I can't imagine being without her. I constantly get great feed back from people stating how much they love my hair!!!!! Theresa is by far a great stylist as well! These girls are the best!

Yelp Posted on 7/7/2010 by Alma G.

5.0 Stars

Kudos to Maxine's!

I followed Theresa Tufte and Diana Muldice when they both made the transition from Trio Salon Chicago to Maxine's Chicago. Philip Palmeri, one of Trio's partners, had colored my hair for many years and he was "the man" - the "master" with color. I have hair that is resistant to color and needs a highly skilled colorist. The only other person I trust to color my hair, who is even close to his expertise and then some, is Diana. Both Diana and Theresa are highly skilled, interesting, smart professionals and if that's not enough - they both have hearts of gold. I congratulate Maxine for recognizing the high calibre of perfection and integrity these two classy women will bring to Maxine's Chicago. I've been fortunate to have Theresa cutting and styling my hair for the past 10 years. Her hair cutting technique is truly her own and is awesome; she is an "artiste" - a real perfectionist and is never satisfied with mediocrity. Once again, kudos to Maxine's!

Yelp Posted on 7/6/2010 by C. D.

5.0 Stars

For truly gorgeous hair, enlist the aid of the dynamic duo..

For truly gorgeous hair, enlist the aid of the dynamic duo - Diana Mildice for color - blondes (without the brassy), vibrant brunettes, and glowing redheads. Diana does highlights, lowlights, and hand painting with consistent expertise. Theresa Tufte (a.k.a the Perfectionist) gives you such a precision cut, that you can actually replicate the results at home. I've been their client for over a decade, yet I still glow every time they spin my chair around to face the mirror where I can admire my glamorous new cut. More importantly, they are delightful individuals with killer senses of humor. Sassoon trained, they have recently moved from Trio to Maxine's at 712 N. Rush in Chicago.

Yelp Posted on 7/5/2010 by Mary D.

5.0 Stars

I have never, ever been disappointed

It might be pricey but I have never, ever been disappointed when I see my stylist for a cut. I have straight, flat boring hair and when he's done with it I always have this wavy volume, he's magic and i have been going to him for ages now, a super man with great feel for his clients and what they want. The new salon is amazing too, great service, clean, minimal it does not feel like your ordinary gold coast salon, definitely worth the price and the trip.

Yelp Posted on 6/26/2010 by Karin K.

5.0 Stars

Maxine is the best salon in Chicago

Maxine is the best salon in Chicago, and I have seen a lot of other places...They use the best products that are on the market right now for color ( see L'oreal Professional which are the same ones they use in Paris, Milano and London for models on professional settings ). Once you try the amazing colors and how your hair feels after you can never go back to anything else. And I know this from my own experience after using these products for years overseas as well. My fabulous person to go to here is a colorist, he is the sweetest, kindest and most attentive...I just got my hair done yesterday and even though I don't get to see him that often I am always super happy with his work. He's got great talent and a great eye for what matches my skin tone. Haven't found my match for a haircut yet, but I am looking forward to that...The great thing about Maxine is the diversity of talent they have...it might take some time to find the right one but hey, at least you have that option compared to other places...Just look around at what comes out of these people's hands...

Yelp Posted on 6/25/2010 by luca r.

5.0 Stars

Cannot imagine going anywhere else!

Just like many others, I've been going to Maxine since 2003 and cannot imagine going anywhere else! I've been seeing Robert for color and have never left there without loving the work he's done. After reading the stylists' biographies online, I chose to schedule with a newer stylist to the team who came over from another Gold Coast salong. Josie was AMAZING!!! I brought pictures from the way my previous stylist there was cutting my hair. She looked at them, cut some, looked again, etc. I cannot remember the last time I left the salon and LOVED LOVED LOVED the cut as much as the colorRobert did!! Not only is Josie fun and hip, she's amazing, has a ton of experience, has fabulous ink and is very personable! Josie is absolutely my go-to girl now! She also mentioned that if I needed a touch-up on my sideswept bangs, to please stop in at any time and she'll do her best to slide me in for the quick fix. Sure, Maxine is not a cheap salon by any means, but this just proves you DO get what you pay for. Spend a little extra and I can guarantee you won't head home and try to "fix" something your stylist did or worse, convince yourself that it'll be better in a few days. Honest.

Yelp Posted on 6/20/2010 by Denise P.

5.0 Stars

See Diana for color, Theresa for cut

See Diana for color, Theresa for cut. Diana Mildice and Theresa Tufte are new members of the Maxine team. I followed them from another Chicago salon since I couldn't imagine going to anyone else. Diana is by far the best colorist I've ever had. She'll listen to what you want while offering advice as to what will work best for you. Theresa is a truly gifted stylist. She's given me consistently awesome cuts for the past 4 years. I really think if you are looking for a colorist and/or stylist, definitely give these two a try. You won't be disappointed! Oh and they are super cool people, too. The salon itself is beautiful and I found the general vibe there very nice. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful.

Yelp Posted on 6/14/2010 by Alexandra S.

4.0 Stars

After yelp-ing different salons, I settled on Maxine's

I was in Chicago on business and after yelp-ing different salons, I settled on Maxine's. Let me tell you that my gamble paid off in spades! I first saw a colorist for my colour and she was fantastic...she knew exactly what she was doing and was super sweet. I then saw Josie for my haircut. Prior to my colour I had discussed with her different styles I was thinking about and,most importanly, the desire to fix the terrible haircut I was given at a salon in my home city. She came back with some pics and was bag-on to my wavelength. All in all, my Maxine experience was a great one...I definitely recomment it to anyone looking for a quality style and a quality salon. Oh, and don't forget to mention Yelp, the 25% discount was the cherry on the sunday :)

Yelp Posted on 5/9/2010 by Wendy H.

4.0 Stars

I decided to treat myself to a pamper day in Chicago

i live in Cincinnati, and after a rough week, I decided to treat myself to a pamper day in Chicago last week. Even though I called on a Wednesday, I was able to snag an appointment for that upcoming Saturday. I explained to the friendly receptionist that I had natural African-American hair and that I wanted to get it shampooed and blown out, and she directed me toward Rivkah, and explained that I could read more about her on Maxine's Web site. I also made a pedicure appointment with Ivy. That Saturday, I walked into the salon, and was amazed at how nice it was. It had a great energy! Since it was my first time at the salon, I had been a little nervous, but the really nice guy at the front desk instantly made me feel at home. He gave me a smock and directed me upstairs and told me Rivkah would be with me shortly - and indeed, she met me as i reached the top of the stairs . She is SO pretty! My first thought - if I end up looking half as fly, this will be great. She introduced herself, and I was struck by how nice she was. She asked me what I was looking for, and we spoke for several minutes as I explained I needed a trim, deep conditioner and blowout. She told me about the different kinds of conditioners they had and I chose the Kerastase. As she shampooed me - yep, she did it herself! - and gave me the conditioner, we chatted about how I ended up at the salon and got to know each other better. Overall, it was an extremely relaxing experience. She trimmed my raggedy ends into shape, and gave me these soft spiral curls, and my hair was bouncing and behaving! When I saw the final result, I was floored - my hair was FABULOUS! It hadn't looked that good in a LONG time. I immediately decided I would be back, and that Rivkah would be my go-to stylist. Thanks so much, Rivkah! Some have mentioned that Maxine is a little pricey, but it is worth it - you definitely get what you pay for, and feeling fabulous is priceless. :o)

Yelp Posted on 5/1/2010 by Tasha S.

5.0 Stars

As good as it gets!

Maxine is pretty much as good as it gets! I am now a total Maxine snob and refuse to go anywhere else...REFUSE. The irony of my Maxine snobbiness is that the people who work there are anything but! You'd figure that the location and quality of the work would make you feel like Julia Roberts when she walks into the bitchy dress store in Pretty Woman...but absoultely no. I think I laugh more with the people that work there than I do with some of the people I am friends with. Very cool people, from the stylists to the assistants to the people who work the front of the salon. I always see Stacie and she's been making my prematurely gray hair dissappear for the past two years. In some sort of amazing magic, she always manages to get my hair to look exactly how I want it to, no matter if its with highlights or whatever the hell else I am feeling that day. She's awesome, and I heart her. It's a very cool place, with cool people. They offer wine, which just makes an already great salon experience even better. Also, the prices are completely reasonable for the quality of the work. And they sell pretty much every Kerastase product with the added bonus of letting you try them all out if you choose to dry your own hair. Too fun. I would tell anyone looking for the best hair experience available in the 312 to call them, it's amazing how busy they are, yet they always work to get you an appointment that fits! Maxine....Yes, please.

Yelp Posted on 4/24/2010 by Jennifer D.

5.0 Stars

I didn't know what I was missing.

After going to Mario Tricocci for about 5 years I didn't know what I was missing. Tricocci was a hair chop shop where after going to see the same stylist for 5 years you would think she would act like she remembered me when she saw me but she never did! Anyways, I stumbled upon Maxines when I was totally digging the hair of a girl I met. She told me she went to Maxines and was raving about them saying that they have specific stylists that specialized in specific types of hair or cuts. So I ended up seeing Joseph who was fabulous but moved to Miami :( They recommended me to Becca who does such a wonderful job! Ironically too we made the connection that we went to college together too! Small world. She is so awesome and she loves cutting long hair and she's so wonderful at it too! They have $12 valet which is REALLY nice, Mario Tricocci or Eliz Arden do not offer that. As well, the front desk staff is SUPER nice. And if you feel the inkling they also recently started serving wine and champagne. They do offer water, tea and coffee which I usually manage to grab a drink before I sit down. This is a super nice place and they have made me a loyal customer as I have been going here for about 4 years now!

Yelp Posted on 3/30/2010 by Jennifer C.

5.0 Stars

Best Cut Ever!

I am so impressed with this salon! I was super nervous about finding a new stylist in Chicago, but I went to Evan Roberts, and he gave me the best cut I've ever had. He works great with long hair, and listened carefully to what I wanted before getting started. I'm getting married, and I was worried about getting too much chopped off. He just took off a little. Evan gave me a great cut, with beautiful layering towards my face. I highly recommend him and the Maxine salon!

Google Posted on 3/27/2010 by Jeannie

5.0 Stars

Josie is the best hair stylist in Chicago

Josie is the best hair stylist in Chicago. I have been going to her since I moved here from the west coast 9 years ago. She was at Trio Salon downtown and I almost cried when they said she was no longer there. The good news I found her!!! She is now at Maxine downtown on Rush street. She is still amazing and the new salon is beautiful. if you want a great cut and an honest opinion about your style she is your girl.

Yelp Posted on 3/15/2010 by Kym M.

5.0 Stars

I love my new hair.

I went to Maxine for the first time this past Friday and Evan was my stylist. My hair is fairly long, really thick, straight, but frizzy, and difficult to cut/style. I'm trying to grow it longer, but my hair was so uneven in the back. He truly listened to me and to what I wanted. He is super patient and took his time cutting and styling my hair and didn't rush through it at all. He gave me the most awesome bangs and fixed the un-eveness in the back and added some layers so that it wouldn't look too heavy. I love my new hair. I will definitely return and recommend him to my friends. Thanks Evan!

Yelp Posted on 2/28/2010 by Winnie K.

4.0 Stars

I have to hand it to these guys.

I have to hand it to these guys. They can do hair. I love just going in to getting my hair styled but always seem to miss it when it gets cut off. Maxine is a bit pricey, but I like to shell out for the perfect layers. I mean its a friggin tough job to get my hair right.. .espec. since its naturally curleee. I think I may try to scope out some good stylists near my hood though..

Yelp Posted on 2/23/2010 by chicagofoodchic f.

5.0 Stars

Go see Bob!!!

Go see Bob!! For my birthday, I had Bob cut my hair and it was the best present I could give myself. Not only did he do a beautiful haircut that left my hair looking healthy, but his blowouts make me want to strut down the street and whip my hair back until i have whiplash (and the blowout lasted a good 3 days - loves it). Bob is kind, funny and he definitely knows what he's doing. I felt very confident in him and could just relax and let him work his magic.

Yelp Posted on 2/22/2010 by Wren B.

5.0 Stars

Robert is AMAZING

Robert is AMAZING and I am entirely happy with the service I received at Maxine's! Robert fixed my hair and ended my six months of 'hair' misery. Let me start by saying that about six months ago I had long hair down to the small of my back. I decided to go back to my natural hair color (ash blonde/brown) and a high end salon here in Chicago over processed it and fried a lot of my hair off. Since the prior salon made my hair too blonde, I went elsewhere to have my hair dyed an ash blonde/brown. The second place accidentally dyed my hair black and mismatched my roots. After going to two places I was pretty miserable and as a young professional woman, these drastic results were unacceptable - the black was most shocking at work. Going back to my Maxine's experience, two months ago I saw Robert and asked to have my hair lightened. He was very honest with me (thank goodness) and told me my hair was too damaged to lighten at the time, and that doing so would most likely cause damage (meaning more of my hair would have to be cut off). I asked him what my options were and he gave me three: (1) lighten it that day and have most of my hair cut, (2) darken the roots to match the rest, or (3) wait six weeks to lighten it and condition it heavily with a hair mask in the meantime. I put my trust in Robert and chose option 3. On the big day Robert lightly bleached my hair twice and added red to it. He did all of this with virtually no damage. My hair color looked amazing and I still had my length! Almost instantaneously I felt 100% better about my appearance, and that's thanks to Robert. I also wanted to mention two of the guys that work at the front desk, Carlos and Richard, they were great! And I especially want to thank Carlos for recommending Robert to me. I feel that the prices, although a little high, are reasonable for what you get - remember you do get what you pay for. Overall I highly recommend Maxine's to everyone.

Yelp Posted on 2/16/2010 by Cristene M.

5.0 Stars

Maxines is in a great location

Maxines is in a great location; friendly front desk, etc.etc. But the best reason to come here is JOSIE--she recently moved here from Trio, and she is the most amazing hair-cutter/stylist, ever. If you are looking to switch things up, or just need a new cut, you will not be sorry....expensive, but its your hair! Why not spend a little more and get the very best hair cut...you will not be sorry!

Yelp Posted on 2/15/2010 by Judith R.

4.0 Stars

I've been a Client here for over 7 years..wow!

I've been a Client here for over 7 years...wow! My go to girl is Qiana. She has the skill, style, patience and so much more. Although prices are a bit steep for a wash and blowdry ($80), the level of service is superb. The two best stylists for easily handling naturally curly hair are Qiana and Michelle. Both of these ladies are superb at styling, cutting, keratin treatments, special occasion up-dos and fixing bad jobs by stylists form other salons. And should you need another type of service, you're in great hands: Waxing see Jamie Make-up see Michelle..yes, she kicks butt at that too...just look at her makeup on herself! Stunning! Color see Robert Holding down the front desk are Ricky, Carlos and Tracy...some of the funniest, most personable people you'll ever meet. Treat them right and you're sure to get that last minute appointment when you need it. Above all, Maxine's carries the best product line-up your hair will ever experience - Shu Uemura and Kerastase. Trust me, you'll never want drug store again, especially if you have naturally curly hair. Four stars because of the steep prices and a la carte charging..in this economy everyone needs a deal..at least every now and then.

Yelp Posted on 2/1/2010 by SID F.

5.0 Stars

I am EXTREMELY picky about my hair

I moved to Chicago this past summer. I am EXTREMELY picky about my hair. The first time I went to Maxine I had a decent cut...nothing amazing. However, when I asked my colorist a rec. for a stylist she suggested Sanda. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Sanda. I recently went short and she did an amazing job. I have never had so many compliments on my hair before. As a struggling teacher the cut is expensive....but well worth the money. I still need to find a good colorist...everytime I get my haircolored it turns out more red than I want....I just want a natural brown. For my stylist Sanda...I give her 5 stars!!!

Yelp Posted on 12/27/2009 by Rebekah P.

5.0 Stars

Accommodating management...

Accommodating management encouraged me to give the salon another chance and I'm glad I did. Second time around was a good experience and I left the salon with a great cut. My stylist listened to what I wanted and didn't want and was extremely precise and patient.

Yelp Posted on 11/14/2009

5.0 Stars

Being Latino with curly and lots of hair..

I've been going to Maxine's since 2000. Tina and Sanda are the best for color and style. Being Latino with curly and lots of hair, I always walk out of the place feeling great. It's a bit pricey but well worth it.

Yelp Posted on 10/17/2009 by Vilma L.

5.0 Stars

My stylist was Rivka and I LOVE HER!

I am not a salon girl and I am DEFINATELY not a fancy downtown salon girl so this place HAS to be special. I have gone there a few times to this trendy, upscale and modern salon to be greeted by friendly people without major attitude. My sylist was Rivka and I LOVE HER! I love her style and her cuts! Have you ever had a haircut by a person who you didn't think was all that attractive and thought to yourself "Why would I trust my beauty to this person?" With Rivka, I don't feel that way and hope I walk out looking like her! My new haircut she suggested has looked good for months and I am still getting complimented on it!

Yelp Posted on 8/28/2009 by Kennen M.

5.0 Stars

When a business owner treats her customers with so much respect

hi, i write this note to replace a review that i had previously written about this salon. I had felt unhappy with my experience at this salon for a few reasons. In response to my review, i received a note from the owner that was honestly, over the top in graciousness. Given the number of positive reviews about her business on this site, she could have easily ignored and discounted mine in a defensive way. I know that there are no facts about the actual services in this review but i wanted to post it because, when a business owner treats her customers with so much respect, you know she runs a class act and it is worth giving the place another chance/ trying it out.

Yelp Posted on 7/20/2009 by t m.

5.0 Stars

I leave feeling like a movie star!

Every time I get my hair cut here, I leave feeling like a movie star! I've had my hair cut here 3 times. I love how, the first time I made an appointment here, they asked about my hair type and paired me up with someone who specializes in that particular type of hair. I was paired up with Adrianne and she rocks! I have a lot of super fine hair and really like to have a hairstyle, not just a plain 'ol cut. She nails my hair ever single time. I just went to see her today and I am thrilled! I took in a picture of what I wanted and she nailed it. I got a compliment in the street within ten minutes of leaving Maxine. Adrianne is always upbeat and friendly. The salon is always very clean and there are people cleaning up hairs as they are being cut. Very nice, white, modern looking place. Everyone is friendly. Love it! Thanks, Adrianne!

Yelp Posted on 7/14/2009 by Jessica M.

4.0 Stars

I got lucky and found Maxine right after moving to Chicago

I got lucky and found Maxine right after moving to Chicago. I was terrified of trying a new colorist after some past horror stories, but Yelp led me right to him and his incredible highlighting talents. He is a total sweetheart and does a fantastic job lightening me to just the right shade of blonde. I've gotten compliments on my hair color all over the place! The price is reasonable - getting regular highlights is EXPENSIVE, but this place is no more expensive than my past hair salons. The bad news is that I tried Maxine for a cut, twice. I'm too lazy to run around town using multiple salons, and I was so happy with my color that I figured it made sense. Well, the first time I got a trim and was charged $120 for the 10 minute cut. Considering I used to pay $55 to an awesome stylist, I think this is outrageous. Unfortunately, I didn't learn my lesson and went back a second time for a more substantial cut. I again paid $120 for a cut that ended up much shorter than I'd requested. I almost cried. Needless to say, I'm on the hunt for a new place for my next cut, but I could never give up my every-six-weeks visits to him!

Yelp Posted on 7/10/2009 by Melissa A.

5.0 Stars

Wonderful colorist and hairstylist

Robert Benett is the best colorist. He is a true master of his profession. I go every 8 weeks and my hair is healthy and stays shiny. I receive many compliments. Malese does a fantastic haircut with the perfect grow out. I trust her completely with my hair. Excellent.

Google Posted on 7/8/2009 by Acacia

5.0 Stars

I'm excited to try more color with Stacie.

UPDATE: I had been to Maxine a few times and I was pretty happy with it. Rivkah is very nice and gives exceptional blowouts. Last summer, I decided to do something different and go a lot shorter. There was some miscommunication and I ended up with an unsatisfactory cut. I called Maxine and they had me come in the same day and have it tweaked, free of charge. I also mentioned in my previous review that I was unhappy with the color, and Tracey contacted me and asked me to come in and try again, as her guest. I booked an appointment with Stacie and am so happy I decided to go back to Maxine! She is very knowledgeable about color and was able to tell me that the light ash brown color I am always trying to get out of my dark brown is basically impossible, among other random color questions I had. We decided on honey blonde highlights. This was my first time going much lighter but I am so pleased with the results. She did the color herself, without help from an assistant, and was very careful in applying and checking in on how the color developed. My hair has more dimension and the highlights look so natural. I notice less that my hair even has highlights. It just looks... sunnier, which is perfect for summer. I got my hair blown out by Neepa, who I ended up having so much in common with. Another great blowout from Maxine. I also really appreciate that she told me exactly what products she was using on my hair. Very impressed by the management, who in the end corrected both my haircut and my color. I'm excited to try more color with Stacie. I'll be back for sure.

Yelp Posted on 6/21/2009 by Marisa A.

5.0 Stars

If my friends don't start using you, I'm cutting them off.

UPDATE THREE This may be getting tedious that I keep making updates, but after a decade of putting up with shoddy hairdressers who claim to be elite (Toni & Guy, Charles Worthington etc salons), I am so thrilled that I found Bob at Maxine. Bob is the best - I don't need my hair cutting that often but i do need my bangs taming as they go wild inbetween cuts and i start to look like a porn version of Jill Munroe. Bob lets me run in to see him for 10 minutes to tame my bangs and then I'm off looking less pornish for another couple of months.

Yelp Posted on 6/11/2009 by Victoria G.

5.0 Stars

I love Maxine!

I thought I wrote a review earlier about this place but looks like I'm going to have to do it now! I love Maxine! Severn is AWESOME! I have really thick asian hair but Severn knows how to get in there and chop it all off making my hair perfect. I wanted layers and so I got layers!! I had a great hairstylist back in CA and was so afraid I wouldnt be able to find anyone in Chicago that could do what she did, but then I found Severn. This place accepts all credit cards but the salon will only charge you for the services. If you'd like to give any tips, you'd have to pay cash for it.

Yelp Posted on 3/6/2009 by Janet E.

5.0 Stars

Jaime is the best for a bikini wax

I agree with the post about the esthetician Jamie. She is the best for a bikini wax. I've never had an appointment more than 15 minutes long, I"ve never waited more than 5 minutes, it's as painless as a bikini wax can be, and she remembers you and picks up right where you left off in your last conversation. I've recommended her to family and friends.

Yelp Posted on 2/5/2009 by T J.

5.0 Stars

I continue to be amazed with Rivkah's skills as a stylist.

I continue to be amazed with Rivkah's skills as a stylist. She used to cut my hair when it was long and layered, but recently I wanted to go short again. She gave me the cutest, most precise graduated bob I've ever had. I keep getting tons of compliments and my husband can't keep his eyes off me.

Yelp Posted on 1/31/2009 by Elana K.

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

Nothing compares to Maxine

I miss Jaime. I seriously miss this chick that can wax me, flip my legs in abstract positions while talking sushi spots in Wicker Park. Since I'm 2,000 miles from home right now and I'm desperate, I popped into a place that had 4 stars on yelp. That extra star really does mean the world. I'm contemplating hopping on a plane just to get my hoo ha ha treated. Or if I was a self made millionaire, I'd hop HER on a plane to get me taken care of. My coif was butchered twice while I was away from home, my hairs down there are not fairing too well and all because nothing compares to Maxine. Oh well, unless summer then.

Yelp Posted on 1/5/2009 by Jessica S.

5.0 Stars


DEFINITION OF MAGICIAN: One whose formidable skill or art seems to be magical. EXAMPLE OF A HAIR MAGICIAN: Bob Gartlan! He really does have the ability to make you look like a movie star. Just let him do his thing and bask in the results. With all of the compliments you'll receive, you'll be addicted to Bob's cuts. I promise! It took me 6 long years in Chicago before I finally found my hair magician. Thanks BOB! Recently I switched colorists. I am with Robert now. Bob has the ultimate confidence in him and that is what I was looking for after being disappointed with my previous experience. I have worked with Robert only once so far and I was impressed. I look forward to seeing what else he has in store for me. If you are looking for HAIR MAGIC, check out Bob and Robert at Maxine.

Yelp Posted on 1/4/2009 by MELEK L.

5.0 Stars

It is a wonderfully peaceful place

This place is very pricey. Don't go if you're not willing to pay. But if you are willing to pay, you will get your money's worth here. It is a wonderfully peaceful place and the staff is very skilled and courteous. If you like to take care of yourself and aren't concerned about the cost, then visit Maxine.

Yelp Posted on 12/18/2008 by Tim D.

5.0 Stars

This place is great.

This place is great. My mother and both of my sisters have gone here for over two years. We all get our hair cut by Rivkah (http://www.maxinesalon...), who is fantastic - I've never had a better haircut, but it's my sisters and mom who really look dramatically different and feel great with their cool new looks. My mom gets her coloring done by Stacy, and she's been very happy with Stacy's work (plus she's "such a doll," as my mother says). The colorists and stylists at Maxine can do anything, but the vibe is very classically chic - I haven't seen many clients leaving with mohawks or garish colors.

Yelp Posted on 12/2/2008 by Robert D.

5.0 Stars

My search is over!

I just moved to the city and was a little nervous about finding a new stylist. My search is over! I have hair extensions and plan to fly back to Scottsdale to have them redone every 3 months but was looking for someone to trim them up in between (not an easy task). BOB GARTON is "THE MAN" ! I left feeling and looking like a movie star! I seriously noticed people staring at my hair as I walked down Rush Street :) I was happy that when I washed my hair and styled it by mybigself it still looked fabulous. He even sent me home with styling products that really made a differnece. I will be back

Yelp Posted on 11/19/2008 by Denise R.

5.0 Stars

I love this salon!

I love this salon! My hair looks great, everyone was friendly and what a cool space!

Yelp Posted on 10/9/2008 by Joanna V.

5.0 Stars

Wonderful gentle smiles greeting you at the door

I have been to previous salons in the past and have never experienced anything like this. Wonderful gentle smiles greeting you at the door (RICK). He is excellent, He listens and analyses your hair and tells you what would best compliement you, He listened to me as I pour my heart and soul out and was very compassionate. I recommend him to everyone, He's great with coloring ethnic hair as well(im AA). After that I went upstairs to visit the very talented and drop dead gorgeous Quiana. She is very maticulous at what she does and holds conversations which have you feeling like you have known her for years. She took my lifeless thin hair and had me walk out with my co workers asking me if I have weave in my hair. I would most def be back in 2 weeks. I wish we could color our hair every 2 weeks as well because you gave me killer highlights, unfortunately I have to wait a couple of months before I get them retouched. Yes, they are expensive but you pay for what you get so stop saying you have to take out loans, its not like you were forced to go there. If you want top notch service you better believe you have to pay $$$$ and it was worth every cent of my money. If you should find yourself at Maxines tell them Christina S. Recommended you. Excellent job Quiana.

Yelp Posted on 9/30/2008 by Christina S.

5.0 Stars

Great salon

Great salon -- they use kerastase, a prerequisite with me -- and they are really nice and friendly. Polite on the phone. Wow, why did it take me so long to find this place?? I got a really great cut here and recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere with the following qualifications: Clean, modern decor without being sterile Kerastase products (ok i'm obsessed but they smell so good) Welcoming, not snobby staff Great location Reasonable prices Availability of stylists QUALITY, stylish cuts. ((Ok not to be rude, but you won't get a "Chicago" cut. For those of you who have lived abroad or on the East coast, you know what I mean. A Chicago cut, to me, is that flippy, sticking out cut that was sort of trendy in the 90s, but not really, and people seem to still think is "cutting edge." It's like some Chicagoans see what's in style, and then they do it to the nth degree and make it ugly. I'm from Chicago don't get me wrong I love you guys but it's noticeable the second you step off the plane.))

Yelp Posted on 9/17/2008 by A S.

5.0 Stars

These people are so wonderful!

These people are so wonderful! I needed some work on the quick, the love of my life had just asked me out!, and my usual salon was booked. I fired up Yelp and found Maxine, thank heavens! Not only did they listen to me sob about being ugly for a first date, they squeezed me in pronto! Then they did such an amazing job that I'm ditching my regular salon and making this my new place. Thank you guys!!

Yelp Posted on 8/6/2008 by Erin M.

5.0 Stars

Yay! Getting my hair cut here was SO NOT SCARY!

Yay! Getting my hair cut here was SO NOT SCARY! Seriously, when was the last time you went to a new stylist and a new salon without a little trepidation? From the initial call to make the appointment during which the person who answered the phone helpfully suggested Severn on account of his experience cutting Asian hair to the appointment itself, everything was easy and relaxing. The salon is clean, spacious, and modern and everyone I talked to there was friendly and helpful. It's the sort of place that probably could be snooty if they wanted to, and yet really really weren't. Severn is fantastic. He didn't offer the slightest reproach when I ashamedly told him I hadn't had a cut in 8 months because I don't trust new places, nor did he "tsk tsk" when I told him I only blow dry on special occasions. He listened to what I need and then made suggestions for what he thought would look good. It was great that he was really thinking about what would work for me. He gave me just what I need- a clean, simple cut that looks great and won't require much styling, and he did it with lots of care and attention to detail. He even spent a few minutes meticulously trying to discover which few strands on the left side were causing it to look unbalanced (in his eyes, that is. I couldn't even tell!) The cut was relaxed and unhurried, and it was fun talking to him- he's a super nice guy with lots of interesting stories. You may at this point be wondering whether a good salon review from me holds any water given that I'm the sort of person who can go 8 months without a haircut... if you don't believe me that this guy is great, there's a magazine clipping on the wall in front of Severn's chair from the July 2008 issue of Vogue which calls him a "rising star" stylist. Make your appointment while he's still got time for you! Oh yeah- and there's a 25% discount for new customers if you mention you found them on Yelp- great deal. But do tip your stylist based on the pre-discount price... they're still giving you full service!

Yelp Posted on 8/2/2008 by Elaine H.

4.0 Stars

Becca is an absolute doll...

Becca is an absolute doll....consistently awesome cuts for my curly hair. It's rare that I find someone who cuts my very thick, very unruly hair in a cut that works both straight AND curly....while the price is a little steep, Becca's cuts always last me at least 8 weeks and I've pushed them to 12 when my travel schedule didn't allow me to get back for a cut.

Yelp Posted on 7/31/2008 by Sarah S.

5.0 Stars

Bob, Bob, Bob.

Bob, Bob, Bob. It is all about stylist Bob and his miracle cuts. He knows what I want before I know. I am thinking of a style, and when I walk out I have it. He can read between the lines when I chat about what I think would be good. His cuts last longer than usual. A good thing since I have moved to the burbs and have to travel to get there. (One of the things I miss about living in Streeter area). Would and have recommended Bob to numerous people. Those that tried Bob have great comments about their experience. He makes the whole experience fun!!

Yelp Posted on 7/28/2008 by deborah z.

4.0 Stars

I always had a great experience

OVERALL: The entire staff is extremely friendly and professional. I always had a great experience. CUTS: When I moved to Chicago I was nervous to find a good stylist. My hair is very fine and thin and I wear it so short one false move means I can't exactly go to another salon to get it fixed. A trusted co-worker recommended Severn at Art + Science on Armitage. After just one fantastic haircut, he moved to Maxine salon and I followed. Severn worked magic on my hair for two years before I moved to Austin. He was very concerned with making sure the cut looked great with my face shape, body type, personality, and styling habits. I'm to the extreme of hands-off, but he managed to give me cuts that looked amazing even on the days I bludgeoned the snooze button and walked straight out the door. Usually, short hair means really frequent haircuts, but I can't afford to go back that often. Even on very short hair, he built in so much structure that I could go nearly two months without a cut and still get asked for the the name and number of my stylist. Seriously, he gave me a discount for how many new clients I sent his way. He is that rave-worthy. On top of his amazing hair talent, he is a joy to be around. I wished I was one of those old-school Barbie dolls whose arm you could crank up and down to make her hair grow, just because he is so much fun. He's great at remembering what's going on in your life, and we found a lot of ground for interesting conversations. He always made me comfortable, even though I don't feel like I belong in fancy salons. It's pricey, but who isn't crotchety on bad hair days? 800 great hair days in a row, consistent compliments, zero stress come haircut-time, and Severn's company was worth every penny. COLOR: I had color done once by Stacey. We had some serious miscommunication about what I was looking for and it was so far off that before Severn even finished cutting my hair, it was clear something needed to be done. Stacey is very sweet and fixed it no questions asked. I was ecstatic with the results and her recommendation for a shampoo to prolong the vivid color. The only trouble I've had is that on part of my hair, she put in highlight color, and walked off to shampoo someone else. I didn't realize it for a while, but those parts of my hair were so damaged that when I colored next, it disproportionately absorbed the dye and my hair was a complete disaster. I had to go unnecessarily dark to cover it up. I believe she is normally very talented, and this was a mistake that was part communication and part carelessness on an overbooked Saturday. I would go to her again for a single process color or if she was not as busy.

Yelp Posted on 7/13/2008 by cat m.

4.0 Stars

Jaime is the best for bikini waxes.

Jamie is the best for bikini waxes. She is so friendly, remembers her clients and makes what can be a very awkward and painful experience...less so.

Yelp Posted on 7/7/2008 by E P.

4.0 Stars

I wish I weren't so addicted to Bob.

The only reason I can't give Maxine a 5 is because it is pricey. I guess it's not their fault - it's the neighborhood - I just wish I weren't so addicted to Bob. Not only does he always give me a great haircut (and is mindful of the fact that I'm not coming back every 6 weeks or buying $100 worth of product), but I have a HUGE crush on him.

Yelp Posted on 6/27/2008 by Molly S.

5.0 Stars

Talented staff with great attitudes.

Talented staff with great attitudes. Becca freshened up my bob, Tina gave me beautiful, warm, high & lowlights, and Rivkah gave me a sleek blowout. Everyone there seems so friendly & genuinely accommodating. Also, they're really good at reading you, i.e. they won't yap your ear off when you're tired & just want to bury your face in a magazine. I think I've found my new salon.

Yelp Posted on 5/24/2008 by Melissa J.

5.0 Stars

Hands Down one of the best salons in town.

Hands Down one of the best salons in town. Amy is the best.

Yelp Posted on 5/11/2008 by DEBBI C.

5.0 Stars

Adored this salon.

Adored this salon. Decided to try somewhere new recently (because I didn't want to explain to my normal hairdresser why I wasn't pregnant anymore, not because I didn't like him), and this place was perfect. Many top notch stylists and colorists who have been featured/quoted in fashion and beauty mags made me think it would be hard to get an appointment. I was surprised to have the phone answered by a human being (see my review of Mario Tricoci) and to get an appointment with only a couple days' notice. Very posh feeling to the salon, but friendly, down to earth folks working there. Less pricey than I would expect at $70 each for cut and single process color. My stylist spent a lot of time and care on my haircut and made tweaks to get my angled bob to sit just perfectly. I definitely plan to go back.

Yelp Posted on 4/7/2008 by Kathleen C.

5.0 Stars

This place is incredible.

This place is incredible. I get my haircut with Bob, and he's fantastic. It's such a joy to get a haircut! The colorists are so talented as well...I have had him color my hair and he's dynamite. The salon is beautiful inside and always busy...so you know they are doing something right. It is more expensive than most salons, even in the downtown area, but you get what you pay for, and it is very much worth it!

Yelp Posted on 4/8/2008 by Jennifer H.

5.0 Stars

In a word, this salon is excellent.

In a word, this salon is excellent. I have been going for about six months and love every single person I've met there. Jason does awesome blonde highlights. Once when I needed to get in last minute, they set me up with Sara who was also amazing. The service is impeccable and the location is great. You won't be dissapointed.

Yelp Posted on 4/1/2008 by Laura K.

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

I love this place.

I love this place. Everyone is so friendly--not snooty like a lot of upscale salon employees. I recommend Bob for your cut. Again, understands what I want and has NEVER left me traumatized and I am really picky and weird about my hair. He's handsome in a classic way and extremely charismatic. This place rules.

Yelp Posted on 12/9/2007 by Angela H.

5.0 Stars

Hair cuts are second to none

I am a black woman and have been going to Maxine's for over 8 years. Amy cuts my hair and takes her time and does it right. Tina colors me and really warms up the tones in my hair. I have had other services done here including manicures, pedicures, and waxes. Those are great, but the hair cuts are second to none. Great salon for black and white customers. Timely, clean, cutting edge salon!

Yelp Posted on 10/19/2007 by Krista H.

5.0 Stars

Stylist Adrienne ROCKS!

I was in town for a wedding and on my concierge's recommendation, went to Maxine for a blowout/style. I'm always wary of new stylists but I had absolutely nothing to fear. Adrienne is the BEST stylist I've ever met, and that includes my regular stylist at home in San Francisco. She worked her magic and my hair turned out voluminous and full while still soft and swingy. She also added some subtle waves....a touch of tasteful GLAM. She really listened to what I wanted and totally exceeded my expectations. She is AWESOME!!! Front desk staff was a little aloof and snooty, but I was so happy with my hair I didn't care. Thanks, Adrienne! I wish you lived in San Francisco! * Pros: Adrienne, the best stylist in the world. Trendy Rush St. location. * Cons: A little pricey. Snooty front desk staff.

Citysearch Posted on 9/6/2006 by kyd96

5.0 Stars

great highlights

I went to this salon for the first time to get my hair hilighted by robert. I left with my hair looking brighter and much more natural. Although the prices are high their is no pressre to add on more services or products. Beautiful salon, robert is highly recommended. * Pros: colorist, service, valet parking

Citysearch Posted on 6/2/2006 by blondiej88

5.0 Stars


Jamie is the best brazillian waxer in Chicago. I have been to many of the "quote" best waxers in Chicago and none compare to the experience that I had with Jamie at Maxine's. She is super fast, virtually painless, precise (no stray hairs), completely entertaining and professional.

Citysearch Posted on 3/17/06 by seacup

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 the colorist 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

Never Disappointed

Every time I enter Maxines I get excited. Why because I know I will leave looking better than I did the time before. Becca is an absolute doll always surprising me. I use to be the person with the magazines saying I love that or how about this. Now I sit in her chair and say whatever you think will be fine. Color is also a no brainer with the colorist, he stops for a minute asks a couple questions asks if I have any ideas on what I would like to see and takes it from there. I never had such a relaxing experience at a salon. Well worth the money and well worth the time. Check out is also a breeze. The receptionist are always polite and always there to help if you need it. * Pros: valet parking, service, atmosphere * Cons: closed on mondays

Citysearch Posted on 10/14/2005 by fussy

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

Awesome Atmosphere

Maxine salon is absolutely amazing!! The entire salon is feng shui. The employees are warm and welcoming. From awesome haircuts to spa and makeup, Maxine has it all. This is one great salon right in the heart of downtown. I will definitely be back. * Pros: Reasonable, Exquisite Atmosphere, Friendly Staff

Citysearch Posted on 7/27/2003 by psychodancer02

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


I love the salon they treated me like a queen!

Citysearch Posted on 11/14/2002 by kelly_cassella

5.0 Stars

Sanda is amazing!

I went in for a simple layered style, and Sanda did a great job. I would highly recommend Maxine. * Pros: great hairstylists..., friendly

Citysearch Posted on 10/31/2002 by ghchang

4.5 Stars

Maxine Rocks!!

I love Maxine hair salon. I've been going to them since they were at another location. Thier colorist Tina is truley a miracle worker. My whole family loves Maxine. * Pros: Professional stylists, up-to-date looks, friendly people * Cons: not open on sun-mon

Citysearch Posted on 9/26/2002 by webbygal

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