Chicago >Beauty > Firefly Salon
1227 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.932454 -87.659713
Neighborhoods: North Side, DePaul
Joe is great! I highly recommend! Can i just tell you I was the biggest pain and he worked with me without even a sigh. Very accomodating and talented and now my hair is soft and it looks darling!
I highly recommend Joe Kinane for keratin treatments. – I purchased the BuyWithMe deal for a keratin treatment with Joe Kinane at Firefly for $115 - the cheapest keratin deal I've found yet. I had a great experience and highly recommend Joe. For more details than you probably ever wanted to know, please read on.
The phone number on my deal rang me straight through to Joe's cell phone, which I initially thought a bit odd and maybe unprofessional but in the end was pleased with the ability to work out a mutually agreeable time with Joe himself, - without the need to go through a receptionist. My last attempt to schedule a keratin treatment at a fancy pants salon (see my review for JV) was really frustrating due to their utter lack of flexibility. I ended up taking a half day off work just to use my coupon. Joe Kinane, on the other hand, was the epitome of accommodating. I basically picked my day and time. A+ on scheduling!
Note: I later found out that Firefly is a space owned by Ellen (as noted on their listing), who rents out chairs to stylists. Joe is one such stylist. So this isn't your typical salon, but rather, more informal, hence the cell phone calling instead of a receptionist etc. Not a bad thing, just a fact.
Firefly is located a couple blocks west of the Diversey brown line stop in a cozy basement space that is surprisingly bright and welcoming. The salon is clean and tastefully decorated with art by a friend of Ellen's. There was another young, female stylist working during my appointment who didn't acknowledge my presence and seemed kinda bitchy/unfriendly. Joe, on the other hand, greeted me warmly and asked plenty of questions before getting started. He was also careful to make sure I understood the "rules" of keratin treatments both at the time of scheduling and when I walked in, which is really really important. The other fancy pants salon I went to really dropped the ball in that regard.
Joe completed the process on my hair in record time, and didn't tack on any hidden charges like the Other Salon I was keratin'd at. He did spend a fair amount of time commenting on mistakes my hairdresser had made in cutting and coloring my hair, which I found a bit uncomfortable and unprofessional. However, given the economy and nature of these groupon-type deals, I get how he needs to fight to get customers to come back to him after their deal is done.
Overall, I'm on day two after the process and my hair is stick straight, as it should be post-keratin. Joe Kinane did a fabulous job at a really cheap price, and made my appointment enjoyable. He is sincere and honest and someone I will return to for future keratin and probably a cut and highlights too.
Great Haircut – I travel 45 minutes to get my haircut by Katarina. Her haircuts are fantastic, they don't cost very much and she is as fun as she is beautiful. Don't hesitate!
No more bad haircuts! – I started going to Ellen at the recommendation of my wife. Until recently, I was the kind of guy that bounced from stylist to stylist, but Ellen's great haircut, and her attention to detail (especially taking the time to wash the hairs from the back of my neck after a cut), keeps me coming back. Ellen is friendly and down-to-earth, and she doesn't push annoying conversation unlike many of the other stylists I've gone to. The price is fair for the high quality of cut that you get, and Ellen is really helpful with recommendations for styling my hair, which can to be hard to tame. I'm always comfortable at Firefly Salon, and I'll definitely keep coming back.
best color and cut – Ellen, is in a word, awesome. She loves what she does and it shows in every cut and color she gives me. She is the master of highlights for blondes. I've been going for over 10 years and she just gets better.
She also doesn't book clients so close together that she has to rush.
I cannot recommend her enough. I've sent lots of friends and not one disappointment - not even close.
Master Colorist Extraordinaire! – Ellen is absolutely amazing! She's been my stylist for at least 6 years now and I've never even THOUGHT about going elsewhere. She is not only a master when it comes to hair, she takes time to listen and is just a nice person overall. I recommend her to everyone I know!
Joe is the BEST!!! – Joe Kinane rescued me from a truly messed-up haircut. After crying for hours, my roommate told me to go to Joe. I made an appointment with him, and he knew exactly how to fix it. He also smoothed my frizzy hair with a keratin treatment, and I'm in love with my hair for the first time in my life!!
Best Hair Colorist & Cutter! – As the rating says -- Run, Don't Walk to Firefly! I've been following Ellen Dunn around the city for years.
I always receive compliments on my hair and refer everyone I know to Ellen. Her Firefly Salon is conveniently located at Diversey & Lincoln. Ellen's places are always comfortable, including the staff! She's a true professional you need to check out!
Great Hair Colorist – Ellen is a master at color as well as all other salon services, including great haricuts, styling and blow drying. Everyone who leaves her chair looks fantastic - my color is so natural and really lasts. You can't go wrong with Ellen. I went through a whole slew of colorists before I found Ellen and I'm here to stay.
Terrific experience! – I've been going to Ellen for more that 15 years. I wouldn't trust ANYONE else. She colors and cuts my hair perfectly. She also does a great job on waxing my messy brows! If you're looking for a great place and great stylist - this is your place.
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