Chicago >Beauty > Sine Qua Non Salon - Andersonville
5057 N Clark, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.974070 -87.667812
Mon Closed,Tue 11:00 AM-9:00 PM,Wed-Thu 11:00 AM-9:00 PM,Fri 11:00 AM-7:00 PM,Sat 8:30 AM-4:00 PM,Sun Closed
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Far North Side
sine qua NO won't go back! – have been seeing this excellent stylist, brad, after discovering him in the chicago magazine's best of listing. only rave reviews up till now...
in october i was given his earliest appt. which was in december. i asked to be put on his waiting list. i was called 2 days ago and notified of an opening. there were 2 options, i picked the latter. i went yesterday to my scheduled appt. when i arrived the receptionist told me i was 15 minutes late & brad had the right to reschedule the appt. i explained that i was told the appt. was at this time.
the receptionist did not apologize for the miscommunication on the scheduler's part (assuming it was my error solely) and glazed over the computer asking me what other date would work. meanwhile i had rushed to this appt from downtown.
the receptionist asked me if i'd like to be put back on the waiting list. i inquired about my previous appt. in december. that appt. was cancelled when i accepted the appt. of today. i explained i work 6 days a week, can not be put back on the waiting list & wasn't there anything better since the appt. time was miscommunicated in the first place. response, "brad doesn't have another appt. until january 09".
i asked to pls. try and meet me half way since the miscommunication of the appt. time was not mine. she looked puzzled and finally decided to phone brad in the back room. she said to him "she's still here. should i come back there and talk to you about this? "
i left them to discuss among themselves in the back room. what kind of customer service is this? i was not a walk in, yet a regular customer.
the most egregious of their actions was brad's cowardice by hiding out in the back room and the receptionist's inability to bargain w/a customer who may clearly have been given the wrong appt. time. obvioulsy, that was never a consideration when addressing my dilemma. rather, the onous of the mistake was leveled solely on the customer.
Hooray for Sine Qua Non! – I've been going to the Lincoln Park location for about 4 and a half years but I recently made a trip north to the Andersonville location to see my favorite hairstylist Stevie. The staff is super nice here-great customer service and the salon is clean and calming. But really, it's all about Stevie. I recently went in with an idea of what I wanted but I was still undecided overall. Stevie listened to what I was looking for in my new hair cut and she did a fantastic job. I love it. It's a little funky, a little rock and roll and yet I can curl it and have it look really girly. I'm super happy with it. Thanks to Stevie and the whole SQN staff! :)
Questionable reviews – One of the reviewers tipped me off when she said she loved Bridget but Brad and Geneva are good too. How many people find a great stylist and then go to two other people in the same salon? I find all of these reviews just far too suspicious to be credible. To the stylists, friends and/or family who wrote them: Nice try but no cigar!
A little bit about Sine Qua Non....... We have been in biz for 15 years and have 3 locations. We have worked hard to build our reputation and have 24 amazing stylists on staff. Our reviews are genuine, as is the loyalty of our clientele. We invite you to come in and experience our unique culture for yourself. Thanks! Laura Boton, Owner, SQN salons
I saw Jennifer at Sine and I think she is wonderful. She did my highlights and they were beautiful. I have never had such beautiful color. When I got there she sat me down and asked me what I liked and didn't like about my hair. No one as ever asked me that before. She payed close attention to me to figure out exactly what I wanted and it was sooo great. I would recommend her to anyone.
Finally found a regular salon and stylist..Yola! – The location itself is a very nice part of the city. I prefer the Clark location over the 2 locations on Lincoln because the neighborhood is a bit calmer and there is always parking.
but on to the best stylist in Chicago...
Yola is a godsend! I have been going to every salon in the city trying to find someone that could actually do my hair the way I want it. Nobody was able to get it right. I saw reviews for Sine and decided to check it out. They booked me with Yola, which best the best thing that's happened to my hair in years.
I got a cut and highlights/all over color. The color was BEAUTIFUL and the cut was fabulous!!! I've been following her around between the 3 different Sine Qua Non locations because I refuse to go to anyone else now. I'm so happy she's in Andersonville now for good.
Go to Yola. Her services are wonderful.
The prices aren't too bad, either!!!
I've been a hair nomad for the last 6 years in Chicago... lots of $5 haircuts, lots of training program students, lots of people who were reasonably priced when I started going ($30-$40) and had raised their prices by $10 every time I went for a haircut. But I feel I've finally found a home. I made a last minute afternoon appointment and was scheduled with Yola. I love Yola! She was friendly and professional and VERY intuitive about what I wanted and what would look great on me. She made sure we both knew exactly what was going on before she started cutting. Not chatty (which I appreciate), but very good, and I am so happy with my cut. And VERY reasonably priced ($46) for the high quality of the work. All of the staff I encountered were very nice.
Chic Salon with Talent Galore – I?ve been through quite a few salons in the city searching for ?the one? that offers the most consistent service and makes me feel the most comfortable. And Sine Qua Non has done that for me. I have to give props to the Sine Qua Non establishment for drawing the most consistent and stellar talent to all of their locations, as well as knowing how to make that accessible. Located in Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village and now Andersonville, I feel like no matter where you are on the north side, there?s a SQN pretty close. I?ve settled into the Andersonville location for its minimal yet sophisticated interior and more so, for its great services. Staff has always been friendly, and the stylists are skilled, hip and top-notch time and time again. I?m partial towards Bridgett but from what I?ve seen, they all seem to be pretty good. The vibe is funky, energized, yet chill enough to make you relaxed and enjoy the visit. For me, Sine Qua Non salons beat out any downtown, overpriced, overproduced, Stepford salon. Kidding about the Stepford part but really ? if you gravitate towards neighborhood estabs over the downtown masses, I highly recommend finding the nearest SQN salon.
Excellent no-attitude salon! – Sine qua non provides excellent service from the receptionist to the stylists. The appointment-making rules may be strict to some but they give you a reminder call and are always friendly. No Gold-Coast attitude here! I've been seeing Brad for over a year and his creativity, technique, and personality are just what you want in someone cutting your hair. I even sent my boyfriend to him and now he loves Brad too! No product-pushing and the hours are very good. Most nights have appointments that work with my schedule--and I work downtown and never get home before 6 pm. The salon may be south of Foster, but that means street parking is always pretty easy to find. Bottom line, if you want a salon that will demand your loyalty and never let you down in terms of what you get for your money, Sine Qua Non is the only choice!
Top notch – Just a great, relaxing atmosphere...everyone is incredibly friendly. Bridgett is a phenomenal stylist, I have been going to her for over a year and a half. (which is an eternity for me) Highly recommended to all.
Best Salon in Andersonville!! – I love this salon. It has such cool decor and very skilled and talented stylists. My favorite stylist is Bridgett, but Brad and Geneva are also very good.
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