Chicago >Beauty > Urban Lift
3639 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061341.948124 -87.668718
Mon Closed,Tue-Thu 1:00 PM-9:00 PM,Fri 11:00 AM-7:00 PM,Sat 10:00 AM-5:00 PM,Sun Closed
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
I've never felt more comfortable at a salon!!! – I've lived in major cities such as Boston and Atlanta, and I've been to a variety of places in my travels- salons that catered to contemporary styles, ones suited for toned down styles, Toni & Guy in London, you name it. And I've never felt as instantly comfortable! John (owner) met me at the counter, and I was offered a beer or a glass of wine- and was a Friday, of course I accepted :-) Natalie (my stylist) and I talked about what to do, as I wanted a change, and I got a great haircut for very reasonable prices... plus a 20% first timer discount. Natalie is young, funky, and really knows what she's doing- I felt completely at ease and had a GREAT experience!
Also, if you bring in a photo, don't expect a stylist worth anything to copy it exactly- you are NOT the actress/model in the photo and do not have her features. The stylists at Urban Lift discuss everything with you (and I know they do, as I was listening to other stylists with their clients!) in a very non-bullying and open manner- you agree to it before they even pick up their scissors. If you don't like your haircut (see another review), it's your own fault for not speaking up- these guys didn't hold you captive in their chair :-) They rock too much! And one of the last things Natalie said to me was if I had any problems after washing and styling on my own, even a stray lock, to come back and she'd fix it for free.
I have gotten compliments from friends, family, and even random strangers! I'll be back, and will be bringing friends!
Nice place, awful hair cut and color – I got an appointment with John the owner for highlights and a cut after reading great reviews here. The salon is super cozy, the prices are reasonable (they give first time visitors a discount), and the people all very friendly, but unfortunately my hair cut and color were AWFUL.
Do you ever tip because you don't want to look cheap or rude, even though the service didn't warrant one, and then regret it afterwards? That's what I've been doing ever since my appointment with John, the owner of Urban Lift. I told him I wanted something lighter with a little red in it, and what he gave me, after telling me that he was, "known for his highlights," was the most fake red hair color I've ever seen. And not only was the color gross, but it was darker than my original color!
Then there's the cut...I had a shoulder length angle cut before. It was a good cut, but i wanted something softer, a little more fun and funky. I showed him a picture, and what he gave me looked nothing like what I had shown him. All he did was basically whack the longer front part of my hair off to match the back. It's totally blunt, without any shape, and it's so short that I can't even pull it back and let it grow out. It's awful.
I'm very low maintenance--I'm happy with how I look, and the idea that a haircut could upset me just seems silly, but I had to take some pr pictures for my job recently, and I know it sounds dumb, but I felt so vulnerable and ugly--all because of my hair.
So, I'm writing this in hopes someone else can avoid the mistake I made. Maybe I should have said something before I left the salon, given John a chance to fix it, but letting someone who just mucked up my hair have another go didn't seem like such a good idea. I definitely wish I hadn't of tipped though.
Love this place! – I have been looking for a place for a year now and I have fallen in love with this place!! The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Everyone is like family here. They have a little lounge area in the back and nail polish to do manicures/pedicures while you wait. I also love that first time visitors get 20% off services and, if you refer a friend, you get 10% off your next visit. Also, make sure you bring some cash for tip. I never felt rushed or uncomfortable. Urban lift is definitely a nice change from the typical stuffy salons.
I had my hair cut by Mary and she's fantastic. I went kind of short but i felt like I need a drastic change. I got exactly what I wanted with not a lot of fuss. No regrets here.
Amazing Salon with Great Atmosphere – I met John several years ago, before he opened Urban Lift Salon. I had never highlighted my hair before I went to him because I was always getting compliments on my hair. I was nervous to do anything to my hair, but I could tell I could trust John. All He did was take it up a notch. From the very first job, I absolutely loved my hair. I wouldn't let anyone else color my hair. It was so exciting to hear that he was going to open a salon, and as soon as I walked in, I could just tell it was different from all of the other salons I had been too. He has tried his best (and succeeded) in creating a very warm and inviting atmosphere. All of my friends now go to the salon. Some of them even join me when I go, just to relax and hang out with me. My mom even goes to him and has colored her hair for the first time in her life and looks amazing! John is able to enhance the natural qualities your hair already has. I highly recommend walking into the salon and checking it out. If you decide to get a cut, great! Or, you can choose from a variety of amazing products I have now become addicted to!
HAIR SALON with Excellent Service and Personality Plus! LATE HOURS too. – John has been cutting my hair for about 3 years now and I would NOT trust anyone else to give me the awesome style I am now known for ~ very cute, short and textured. The salon is comfortable and clean and all of John's girls ~ Melle, Mary and Marina are personable and I look forward to my appointments so we can chat. Marina specializes in facials and I have had a couple of soothing enzyme masks to restore my skin. Urban Lift is a great place to kick back and relax after a hard day at work. I like that they book appointments as late as 8:15pm
The Hair Guru – This is such a great laidback Salon...walk in, pet the dogs, have a beer & get ready to walk out with the best Do you've ever had. My best friend, my boyfriend & myself are all so much more good looking after having John, the hair guru, work his magic on our hair!
great atmosphere – I had a great time at Urban Lift- people were fantastic and conversation was fun. Melle really took the time to help create a hairstyle that worked for me. I went in, not sure what I really wanted to achieve and now I've had many people complement me on my 'new' look. It's a very laid-back type of atmosphere- Melle and John are very easy to talk with- and if you like dogs, they have two adorable ones hanging around the place. Book in advance because it does gets crowded in the evenings...
Urban Lift Rocks My Socks! – I have been going to John at Urban lift for over a year and couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I am constantly being asked where I get my color done...and I've been told quite often just how amazing my hair is. I give all the credit to John and Mel for their creativity and their ability to always stay on top of the latest color trends. Not to mention I love spending time in the salon, it's relaxing and fun and everything you could want in a salon!
You must try it once...you'll be a lifer.
Rock star haircuts! – John at Urban Lift is awesome. Since I started seeing him for cut/color and styling advice, I have received so many compliments on my hair! I totally trust his recommendations for treatments, color and style, and I've learned a lot about great hair care along the way! John & Melle are just the best at what they do, and Urban Lift is a great smaller salon in Wrigleyville. I refer my friends to Urban Lift all the time - they leave with the same great feeling I do. Check them out, you won't be disappointed!
I feel very refreshed and basically groovy – Just wanted to thank Melle for giving me such a creative and fun cut the other day. My friends as sushi were very impressed and actually all weekend I've been shamelessly plugging Melle to all the folks that have asked me where I get my hair cut. Wow....Melle. You rock.
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