Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Season

Has the cool, crispy fall weather got your skin feeling dry and tight? With the change of seasons from summer to winter now is the ideal time to freshen up your skin. With summer behind us and winter lurking around the corner, your skin is asking for an extra dose of hydration.

So what exactly is a Hydration facial?

When you enter the treatment room, one of our highly trained estheticians will have a thorough consultation to better understand your skincare needs and to assess the best ‘plan of action’ for your facial service. This will consist of a pre-cleanse to remove makeup, built up debris and oils on the skin, followed by a cleanser best suited for you. After cleansing we will look at your skin more closely under a magnifying light to determine how dry (lack of oil) and/or dehydrated (lack of water) your skin is. From there, you’ll have either a physical exfoliation (something that feels grainy) or a chemical exfoliation (most likely an enzyme or AHA based product). After sloughing off all that old dead skin you’ll be treated to a facial massage to increase circulation and overall relaxation before receiving a customized hydrating mask. Your service will end with a combination of serums, eye creams, lip balm, and moisturizer specially chosen for you.

This is the perfect way to jump start your winter skincare routine. Just as we put away our flip flops and dust off our snow boots, this is the time to put away those oil-free moisturizers and stock up on creamy cleansers and hydrating serums (hyaluronic will be your new best friend, trust us).
Can’t wait to see you in the treatment room!
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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Fall is officially here, and we are starting to see pumpkin everything, everywhere we go. This time of year you can’t escape the pumpkin trend! But lets be honest, why would you want to? From pumpkin-flavored coffee and pastries, to pumpkin-scented candles, it’s no surprise fall beauty trends follow suit. Pumpkins are everywhere, and we are here for it. Find a list of pumpkin services, perks, and trends below

Pumpkin Nail Trends:

Don’t miss out on the warm and rich orange hues this season. We are also offering 20% off all nail services on Sundays Mondays and Tuesdays this season. Call or book any service online










Pumpkin Hair Trends:

Looking to spruce up your look this season? Fall leads us to deeper darker hair tones – even blondes transition to warmer and richer shades that won’t wash out their skin tones. For something a little more bold, you can’t go wrong with the stunning coppers and vibrant reds that simply shout: Fall!

Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub:

Fall is the perfect time to start refocusing on our skin’s health. Summer fun in the sun can leave your skin damaged, and the drop in humidity may have you feeling dry and itchy this time of year. We recommend transitioning to a richer moisturizer that will help hydrate and repair your skin, and keep you glowing as that tan fades. AND for all you pumpkin lovers out there – try the Glo Skin Beauty’s Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub. The soft yet effective exfoliation is the perfect fall addition to any skin service

Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

Next time you’re in the salon have a pumpkin spice coffee on us. Ask your stylist for details.

R+Co Concentrates: What they are & Why we Love them

At some point or another everyone reaches a place in their hair care routine when they are in need of a major pick-me-up. Reboot your look with these three new R+Co Concentrates: Gemstone, Dallas and Atlantis. Whether you’re looking to lock in color, add some volume to your look or repair your damaged hair R+Co has a concentrate for you. This in salon treatment improves the overall condition of your hair while each individual formula one targets a different obstacle. 




GEMSTONE: Color Locking Concentrate

 This color locking formula is the perfect add on to any color service. It leaves your hair strong and shiny like a, dare we say it, gemstone. The clinically proven concentrate will leave your color visibly more vibrant for up to 23 washes. 





DALLAS: Thickening Concentrate

This formula lends its name from Texas-style big hair and it will do just that for your locks. One  treatment repairs damaged hair and increases visual fullness by 2x. This treatment is perfect for those with fine or thinning hair. The lightweight formula helps blow up your do with our weighing it down for the perfect “bigger is better” look. 





ATLANTIS: Moisturizing Concentrate

Thirsty? Atlantis is the cold drink of water your hair has been waiting for. Brown Algae extract hydrates  your hair and scalp leaving your hair manageable smooth and soft. One treatment increases moisture levels, repairs hair and combats frizz for up to 4 weeks.

Sun Protection that Loves you Back

Memorial Day is behind us, and Summer is officially here. With summer comes beach days, BBQ’s, and patio parties. Our schedules will get busier as we jam-pack our summer full of vacations and pool parties. While enjoying all the outdoor activities, protecting your skin should always be on the top of your to-do list.

These days there are so many different sunscreens on the market, how do you choose a sunscreen that gives you the right protection, but is also right for your skin type? This year, we recommend glo Skin Beauty for the best in sun protection and skincare.


Glo Skin Beauty is a cruelty-free, PETA approved skin care and make-up brand. Their products are an extension of your daily skin care routine, and each product compliments the next. They know your skin is as unique as you are, and focus on making products for all skin types that that allow you to create personalized skin care solutions. They also believe that what is not in their products is just as important as what is in their products, and all of their products are free of harmful chemicals and parabens. Here are two of our favorites:


This is a light-weight mineral-based sunscreen with SPF 50 that is designed for delicate and sensitive skin – we recommend this sunscreen for people with sensitive or oily skin. This is a great addition to your skincare routine for photoaging protection.


With oil free hydration, and a hint of color, this sun protection is perfect for everyday use. It offers UVA/UVB protection that doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy and has an SPF of 30. The sheer tint of color helps reduce redness and even out skin tones to keep you looking your best while protecting against the aging effects of the sun.

Spring 2019 Nail Trends

As this seemingly never ending Chicago winter slowly fades into spring the sun is starting to make an appearance. People are starting to trade their layers in for sundresses and their boots in for sandals and we are starting to see a shift in all fashion trends. Nail trends are no exception. Here are our top Spring Nail Trends of 2019


Rainbow Pastels






When we think spring those pastels shades start to saturate our mind. This trend takes those shades one step further in a rather playful way. At Fringe we are featuring Zoya’s Innocence collection. Which is a 10 free formula. If you aren’t familiar with 10 free, it is formulated without the top 10 chemicals found in most nail polish. With shades like Birch, a gentle lavender and Agnes, a muted blush these colors are sure to brighten any spring day. With colors this good why choose just one, when you can have them all?



Neutrals have continued to make an appearance. Even celebrities like Meghan Markle are fully embracing the trend (If you didn’t catch her press conference this week- people couldn’t get enough of her stunning neutral manicure). This seasons neutrals are coming in many different colors not just the boring shades of beige we have seen in the past. At Fringe we are bringing in OPI’s Always Bare Collection which features sheer shades of peach, tan, lilac and grey. As well as Zoya’s Bridal Bliss collection that comes in stunning soft neutrals like Grace, a milky baby pink.


Two Tone

The classic French Manicure is a trend we are seeing on the up and up again, but why not take it one step further with these two tone nails. Mix two different polish colors on one nail in various different styles and shapes. Try this trend with two different colors of the same family like two different shades of purple seen above or if you want to go with a bolder look try this this trend in two contrasting colors.


Rounded Natural

You can’t go wrong with these rounded natural nails. They are simple and highlight your nail health. Whatever look is your favorite, well maintained, healthy nails should be the goal of any manicure and that is one our main focuses at Fringe.

Hair To Stay…. Cancer Treatment does not have to cause Hair Loss!

     Fringe has partnered with HairToStay, a not-for-profit that provides financial assistance to Cancer patients undergoing treatment. HairToStay covers the cost of scalp cooling caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy. The scalp cooling caps are a new technology that has been proven to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy, but the cost is not covered by insurance. For every $1000 raised, HairToStay is able to provide one patient with this breakthrough treatment.
     Please consider joining us in donating to HairToStay in honor of Mother’s Day, today through May 31st.
     As a Stylist for 30 plus years, I have been there to help clients through this tragic and stressful part of treatment. Thanks to advances in technology, hair loss in no longer a necessary side effect of cancer treatment. I chose to hold this fundraiser as a way to help others, but also as a way to educate our clients that this technology is an option.
    Fringe will also hold an event on Friday May 31st, 2019 at 5:30pm, to provide on site information about HairToStay. Our client, and past scalp cooling cap user Annette Sollars, from Eyepothecary, will be on hand with the scalp cooling caps and to answer any questions.
Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Dawn Bublitz
Owner, Fringe/ A Salon


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Locations with Dignia Scalp Cooling Cap

Advocate Illinois Masonic Creticos Cancer Center

Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Midwestern Regional Medical Center

Illinois Cancer Specialists | Arlington Heights

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Oncology Specialists | Advocate Health

Locations of Paxman Scalp Cooling

Rush University Cancer Center

Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center

Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola Cancer Care & Research 

at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park

Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research

Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge

Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center – Evanston

Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center – Highland Park

Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center – Glenbrook

All about our Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

‘Tis the season for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin facials, right? You bet! As the season changes from warm and humid to cool and dry the needs of our skin change too. Just as you change your closets over from summer to winter, you’ll need to change your skincare routine too.

Have no fear, our esthetics team is here to help. To get you in the fall spirit and get your skin refreshed we are introducing our Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Sounds scary, right? No way! Peels have come a long way since the “Samantha on Sex and the City” days and this peel in particular is super gentle.

So what is a Pumpkin Enzyme Peel exactly?

This is a light, gentle peel intended to have an immediate effect on the top layer of your skin by eliminating dead skin cells and impurities. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production. You will leave with noticeably brighter, softer skin.

How does the ‘peel’ work and what do enzymes actually do?

Enzymes exfoliate only dead cells, which is a why enzyme peels are great for nearly all skin types. Pumpkin is a fruit enzyme which breaks down the dead proteins and leaves your skin smooth and bright (think of enzymes like pac man eating the dead skin cells!)

Who’s it good for?

Anyone and everyone! This formula is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types in addition to anyone looking to rejuvenate their skin.

How long does it take?!

Just 45 minutes! We’ll first cleanse your skin, then apply the enzyme peel while simultaneously using steam to help intensify its results. While your Pumpkin Enzyme Peel is working its magic, we’ll treat you to a hand and arm massage. The service will end with a customized moisturizer that’s just right for you.

This is a seasonal service and we can’t wait to share it with you! Plus who doesn’t need an extra few minutes of relaxation during this busy time?

Now Trending: Color Drenching

By: Kat Prush

Summer is over, so before you start thinking about PUMPKIN E’RYTHAAAANG !!!!,  you may have been noticing your hair has been looking a little more lackluster than when you previously got it done at the end of spring before summer started.

(Balayages, I’m speaking directly to you!)

Your ends are probably much drier from summer fun at the pool or the beach, and although you may not readily admit this, you may be experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, or frustration with your hair. It’s something that I like to call “hair ennui,’’ and while it isn’t a serious condition, it affects the psychological well-being of millions of women throughout the major continents.


Hair Ennui: “a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement  hair that has fully lived its season, and has reached its expiration.’’

Don’t be ashamed; you’re not alone.

And we have a solution…

Color Drenching ! It is a super easy way to transition your hair into something richer for fall, with beautiful added dimension.

  • It is easy to maintain
  • It makes the hair look super glossy
  • It won’t take a gagillion hours

What is it exactly?

Depth is added to the base for the hint of a darker shadow, which mimicks the natural transition of hair from summer to fall, and alternating tones are strategically glossed throughout the head for color that never feels flat.

Which makes sense, right ? As the days grow shorter as winter approaches, your hair spends less time in the sun and tends to get a bit darker. It’s beautiful, it’s natural looking, and it is INSTA pretty.

Do yourself a favor and get rid of your hair ennui. Fringe Stylists are standing by.


All About Texture and Treatments

Are you tired of feeling like your hair is unmanageable and that frizz always wins? When styling products and hot tools don’t give you the results you’re looking for, a professional smoothing treatment is the next step. Our stylists are trained in the latest techniques and have mastered the ability to work with all hair types. A personal and complimentary consultation with a Fringe stylist will determine the best treatment to help you achieve a great workable style. Check out the different treatments we have to offer below!

Keratin Smoothing Treatments

Keratin Complex

Liquid protein smoothing treatment only treats the exterior cuticle layer of hair. The perfect treatment for someone who has super curly to just frizzy, type 2 wavy and type 3 curly hair. Results acheived will not be straightened, but frizz free. This treatment cuts down blow dry time by 50% and can be air dried for frizz free results.
Takes 2 hours cost $250 results last up to 4 months with proper home care.

Keratin Express

Like the Complex is ideal for those who just have frizzy and irregular large waves, type 2 hair. Will not straighten wave but provide frizz free versatile hair.
Takes 1 hour and price is $125 results last up to 2 months.


Ammonium Thio based i.e. Rusk Anti-Curl

Still a very popular relaxer for curly, type 3, hair that is not kinky or super curly. Internally changes the salt bonds to form straighter hair. Will not leave hair poker straight but will pull out curl to be more manageable. This service is perfect for someone who struggles to keep their hair straight after drying, perfect for a curly hair to fall much looser- Helps with frizz but does not entirely eliminate it like the keratin.
1 hour service, $95 results are permanent, so only new growth needs to be processed during recurring treatments.

Sodium Hydroxide i.e. Mizani Relaxer

This is the usual standard relaxer service for tightly coiled to very kinky, type 4 curl pattern hair. This is a lye relaxer that completely changes the chemical bonds in the hair to form straightened hair. Sodium hydroxide relaxers are perfect for that someone who has very dense and coarse hair along with a tight curl pattern who wishes to have permanently straightened, soft, manageable, and more flexible hair in a timely manner as it is fast acting.
1.5 hour service, $115 that includes a blowout and thermal iron service for silkiest results.

Guanidine Carbonate ie, Phytospecific Relaxer

This is a no-lye relaxer that is gentle, and hydroxide-free relaxing treatment for delicate, fine hair. The egg and soy-based formula is odorless and less irritating as they act as buffers in the relaxing cream for ultimate scalp comfort. No Lye Relaxers are perfect for type 4 curl pattern client with sensitive scalp and normal to finer hair.
1.5 hour service, $135 for a blowout and thermal ironing service as well. Results are permanent.

Thermal Reconditioning Services i.e.  Japanese Relaxers

This is an innovative hair straightening system that promises to transform frizzy, curly, wave and coarse hair into pin-straight hair while preserving the integrity of the hair. This system will improve the hair’s feel, softness and shine while providing a drastic improvement in hair manageability. Benefits include the time saved each day on not having to fight to dry, wavy or curly hair with a blow dryer and brush. Hair that has been straightened by thermal reconditioning is much quicker to dry. It requires very little attention out of the shower, giving you a professional look with minimal effort. You are also saved from the hassle of fighting frizz from humidity or physical activity.
Treated hair will be permanently straight. Only the new growth will need to be treated (in about 4 to 8 months, depending on growth rate) after the initial service. This system does not contain formaldehyde, -aldehyde or any other formaldehyde releaser. It restructures the hair with “thio” (Ammonium Thioglycolate) which has been safely used in perms for many decades because it is much milder on the hair than lye (Sodium Hydroxide or any equivalent).
A combination of a Thio-based relaxer on the internal structures of the hair along with high levels of Collagen Proteins, Natural Oils, and other proven hair conditioning ingredients on the exterior of the hair all help promote stronger bond to restructure the hair properly, and keeps the hair moisturized and looking vibrant. All of which amounts to incomparably beautiful results: Less Damage, Healthier, Natural-looking, Frizz-free, STRAIGHT, SHINY, SILKY, BEAUTIFUL HAIR.
This is a 4 hour service depending on length and amount of hair at $400.

What’s your hair type?

Fringe Salon’s First Client Makeover!

In honor of our Sweet Sixteen this year, we held a contest in May for one lucky individual to win a makeover by Fringe Salon. Our winner was Jady Plachy, and the results were amazing!

Her Story

Jady is a native Chicagoan who spent a few years living in Denver, Colorado. After moving to the Mile High City, she stopped receiving her regular facials and rarely had time for a manicure and pedicure. Over time, she adapted to the Colorado vibe and went for a natural look, which can be seen in her before pictures.

She is now back in her hometown working as a legal aid in the immigration HR department. Jady considers herself very low maintenance and this was her biggest concern when talking about the makeover. She wanted to make sure that anything we did was easy to work with and still allowed her to put up a pony tail when working out.

Her Process

Jady started with an express facial to clean her skin and exfoliate to remove clogged pores. ($72)

She then experienced a relaxing manicure and pedicure. ($56)

Her hair was colored a deeper chocolate brown and a partial balayage was applied around her face and throughout the length in the back to give her a hint of natural sun kissed tresses. ($164)

For her hair cut, she received a slightly inverted shoulder length lob. ($74)

To give her the true low maintenance look she wanted, we gave her an express Keratin treatment, which will give her 2 months of frizz free, smooth hair. ($150)

Her Before


Her After


We currently have a contest running for another lucky lady else to get a makeover. If you are looking to nominate someone please click the link here for more info.