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.

Spring Mani Colors with OPI Grease

Let’s be honest, we ALL have our favorite go-to Spring mani color, Fiji, Funny Bunny and Ballet Slippers just to name a few. However, there’s only so much pale pink we can choose from before it becomes too repetitive. Lucky for you, we just received our newest in collection in the salon and we’re swooning over the amazing color selection – OPI Grease Collection!

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In honor of Grease’s 40th Anniversary, OPI released a collaboration with the cult classic and we’re absolutely obsessed.

If you’re looking for colors that are bright and will stand out from the rest, this is the collection to check out. The formulation is so opaque, which allows the color stand out on your nails. And not only are the colors mega eye candy, the names are too cute. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milkshakes is a creamy off white color while Tell Me About It Stud is a vivacious, stunning red.

Check out the rest of the color names below!

So what are you waiting for? Book your next manicure now and treat yourself to these fun colors this Spring! Don’t forget, new clients will receive 20% off their first service!

All About The Jelly Pedicure

Experience the latest trend to grace our salon – Jelly Pedicures! It may look like ordinary powder for baths, but don’t be fooled. A Jelly Pedicure takes your typical pedicure experience to the next level… and we can’t wait for you to try it.

So what exactly happens when you get a Jelly Pedicure? Well, when the jelly solution is added to warm water, it instantly starts to become a translucent, fluffy jelly, which will retain its heat up to four times longer than regular water. Within minutes, what began as a tub full of water evolves into a luxurious jelly bath like watching a magic trick while invigorating the nerves and tired muscles. Feeling the bits of jelly between your toes and around all the muscles is a very relaxing way to enjoy a unique spa experience.

Benefits of the Jelly Pedicure are that the dense jelly mixture massages stressed muscle and acts as a gentle exfoliate. Jelly retains water naturally and combined with the fragrant oils in the Jelly Pedicure, moisturizes and softens dry cracked skin.

If you’re interested in treating yourself to a luxurious pedicure experience, book an appointment with us now. New clients will receive 20% off their first service!

Introducing the Lash Lift + Tint

Move over lash extensions, the latest trend has arrived at Fringe Salon and it is here to stay – lash lifts and tints! You may have heard about lash lifts and lash tints from your favorite beauty blogger, but we have the complete break down on what it is and what to expect. Keep on reading! 

What is a lash lift?

In a nutshell, this service ‘lifts’ the lashes upwards giving them a longer, fuller and thicker appearance. We recommend pairing the lash lift with a lash tint to increase the visual effect of volume and length. When finished, your eyes will look larger, the lashes will look longer and your entire face will look brighter. Think of it as the look and feel of wearing mascara without actually having to use mascara and a curler each day.

How long is the process?

The lash lift process takes about 45 minutes and additional 30minutes if you decide to add a tint.

What is the aftercare process?

Once the service is complete, no water, cleansing product or makeup should touch the lashes for at least 24 hours. After that, feel free to use mascara and no eyelash curler is needed! This is safe service that won’t wash out after showering or swimming.

How long does it last?

Typically about 6-8 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Lash Lift: $74

Lash Lift + Tint: $85

Who would be a good candidate?

  1. Anyone who wants to save time getting ready in the morning.
  2. Anyone who doesn’t want to hassle with mascara and an eyelash curler.
  3. Anyone who likes the volume of their lashes but wants them curlier.
  4. Anyone looking for a low-cost alternative to lash extensions.

If you’re interested in a low-maintenance option for longer and fuller lashes, book an appointment with us now. New clients will receive 20% off their first service!

Glossy hair, dewy skin

Glossy Hair

The question we are always asked by clients is “how can I get more shine in my hair?” The answer is: shine enhancing services, heat protection, and conditioning.

Shine enhancing services include glosses, smoothing treatments and conditioning treatments. If your hair looks dull and lackluster, a gloss treatment is the remedy. Glosses are technically haircolor, but they act like a conditioning treatment by smoothing the surface of your hair, adding depth and richness to your color, and extending the life of your hair color and highlights. It’s also a great introduction to hair color for those who never have.

Sometimes it’s the texture of your hair that is making it look dull and fuzzy. Keratin smoothing treatments are the perfect solution for those who struggle with frizz in heat and humidity. Keratin treatments use heat to fuse protein into the hair strands, leaving hair smooth and shiny for up to 3 months.

If you heat style, you must use a heat protectant on your hair- heat styling can damage your hair leaving it looking dull and lifeless. Each product line that Fringe carries has a heat protecting option- ask your stylist which is the best option for you.

Add a conditioning treatment to any service for a dose of moisture and shine. Fringe carries options from Moroccan Oil and Olaplex.

Dewy Skin

Fringe carries Glo skincare, a mineral based approach to facial treatments and make up. The end of the summer is the best time to start addressing sun damage and rough texture. Book a facial to asses what your skin’s specific needs are.

Peels are an awesome way to reveal smoother, clearer skin. Ask your technician what peel series is right for you.

The best way to maintain smooth, glowy skin is sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, sunscreen is a must for maintaining a healthy, smooth complexion. Glo Minerals make up all contains naturally derived mineral sunscreens to protect and perfect your skin.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and come in to Fringe to shine into fall!




Summer Festival Trends

Summer is in full swing here in Chicago, and with it comes festival season! Chicagoans love our festivals- from neighborhood block parties to food fests to all out days long music events.

Festivals have quickly become a place where new hair, makeup and fashion trends are born. This year is no exception.

Braided romantic looks still reign the scene from Coachella to Lolpalooza and all in between. To enhance that free spirited feel, add a flower crown or even cat ears for a touch of whimsy.

Makeup has taken a decidedly ethereal look with holographic unicorn finishes on the cheeks, lips and eyes. Add a dose of glitter and you’re ready to glide into the weekend!

Nails are making the ultimate statement this summer with bright colors and fun finishes including chrome, glitter, cat eye and ombré. The only nail don’t this season is an unpolished nail.

Nothing makes you feel summer ready like a body wax. Hit that beach feeling smooth and confident!

A visit to Fringe will get you festival ready! Schedule a braided style, manicure, makeup and wax all a time the same location and leave feeling like the beautiful goddess you are!

Highlights vs. Balayage

What is Balayage?

       Balayage is a hair color technique imported from France. Inspired by naturally sun kissed hair, the Balayage technique intends to lighten hair where the sun might naturally touch it. In essence, the look features chunky highlights beginning subtly near the root and expanding through the length. Balayage translates literally to “sweep”, reflecting the way in which this technique is performed.

Unlike traditional foiled highlights that are placed evenly in a pattern on the head, Balayage highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion moving from the base to the tip of the hair. Color is applied lightly to the base and generously at the tip.

Differences between Foils and Balayage:

If you are looking for an all-over lightened look with the same color running from root to end, highlights are your calling. Just remember that highlights require routine touchups every 4-6 weeks depending on degree of lightening.  

Balayage results in a more subtle, less all-over lightened style. Since the root typically remains untouched & strands become lighter toward ends, the grow out process is less obvious & only requires a touch up every 3-6 months.

Note the differences between each technique below:

Traditional Highlghts:

chunkier highlights thin highlightschunky, high contrast highlights


subtle balayage 

The benefit of highlights are that they provide an all-over lightened look, allowing for a more natural, consistent & organized effect in achieving a blonde hair color. Foil techniques can be used for colors other than blonde, but lighter locks reign in popularity.

The ease of Balayage has been popularized by models and actresses all over the world. The technique lends a gorgeous, healthy finish that looks sun kissed, glossy and expensive.

How to choose salon in Chicago for Balayage?

Balayage can be natural or strong, whatever you want, it’s all about the application technique.  Fringe / A Salon Inc has quickly become one of the “Best Balayage Salons” in Chicago.  Through in salon education and a commitment to create the perfect balayage for our guests, , Fringe is on top of the trend and uses lightening clay to achieve the best results.  This lightening clay dries on the outside but stay wet and active on the inside of the strand.  Thereby keeping your Balayage neat and in control.

This spring, the hair color looks are all about Balayage!

It’s low maintenance, looks carefree, natural, and is a modern technique that is flattering on most types of hair. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that’ll never go out of fashion.

Call to set up a complimentary consultation and find out how the best Balayage salon in Chicago can transform you.

How to choose a nail salon?

    Manicures and Pedicures are one part maintenance, one part pampering and one part social fun.  There are many things to think about when it comes to the perfect nail salon for you.

    When it comes to finding the best nail salon in Chicago for you, you should evaluate the salon’s cleanliness, quality of work,  quality of products used, timeliness and convenience of location.

First and foremost, cleanliness is the most important.  At the Nail Salon at Fringe, our motto is “cleanliness is next to godliness”.  Don’t be surprised if you see a bottle of Clorox Everyday Sanitizer left out, we use lots of it.
 At Fringe, we use a 5 step approach to keeping your health at the forefront of our services:
1. All manicure tables and product bottles are wiped down with Clorox Everyday Sanitizer.
2. All of our expert Nail Techs begin by using hand sanitizer.
3. With each and every manicure service, a new manicure kit is used.  These kits include a new nail file, buffer, pumice and orange wood stick.  We send you home with these tools after your service to maintain your look between visits.
4. Our professional grade metal tools are sanitized in our special sonic cleaning machines filled with the highest quality           industry disinfectant created specifically for manicure and Esthetics tools.
5. Pedicure tubs are pipeless magnetic jets that are cleaned and sanitized with a special cleanser in between each use. This ensures the “perfect pedicure”

        All of the services at the Nail Salon at Fringe, begin with a consultation regarding your concerns about the health and shape of your nails.  We also like to discuss any wishes or goals you may have for your nails. We understand that many individuals have specific concerns regarding their cuticles and want to ensure the greatest experience possible.
    At Fringe, we understand that lifestyle and body chemistry play an important role in how long your perfect manicure will last.  We keep in stock a large variety of brands and types of base coat, polish and top coat to find the best match for you.  We take the time to discuss and solve past issues or concerns. It is these little things that set our work apart.

The interior of the Nail Salon at Fringe was designed by New York City salon and retail designer Peter Millard. Well known for his work with designers like Ralph Lauren,  Tom Ford, Essie and L’oreal. For Fringe he has created a nail salon that is clean, smart and luxurious. With oversized pedicure thrones and manicure love seats covered in the most perfect plum, you are sure to feel like royalty. Pristine white walls and a gorgeous signature Orange ceiling, this is surely the most modern atmosphere in Wicker Park.

Our expansive space is great for events of any occasion and scale. We love hosting bachelorette parties, Baby showers, Birthday parties, and even Fantasy Football Draft parties for those of you who want to coordinate your favorite player’s jersey with your nails!

The salon offers an enormous collection of nail polish and gel lacquer to ensure that our guests will be granted the perfect palette for whatever color they have been craving. Not only do we have great variety in color, we also exclusively carry top of the line products including OPI, Essie, Chrome, Mood, Gelish, Shellac, and Chinaglaze polishes as well as an extensive collection of nail accessories.

     Fringe accepts appointments, we schedule plenty of time for you to get a high quality nail service, feeling pampered and ready to take on the world.  Don’t have an appointment? No worries, we always try to keep open appointments for those who wish to be spontaneous.
The nail salon at Fringe is open 7 days a week  and open until 8pm weeknights.