5 Places to Get a Fresh Hairstyle On the Fly

They cut hair, not corners

Sometimes you need to reinvent yourself at a moment’s notice—because, well, that look you rocked at yoga might not fly for your work meeting or dinner with friends. Consider your hair handled; just drop by Chicago’s beauty salons that specialize in quick styling. Updo before you head to the office? You got it. Blowout before you go out? That too. Here’s where to go for fast transformations that take pressure off your day.

This is the place to get party ready. In a glam storefront decked with gilded accents, professional hair stylists and makeup artists get your look on point. Go for a wedding updo, festival braids or a perfectly imperfect pony you can rock anywhere. The makeup pros know the trends and can create anything from natural day looks to bold night vibes. If you’d rather the team come to you, they do house calls and pop-up events.

Pink and white never felt so right. There’s something really empowering about the sleek, modern design of Southport’s original beauty bar. Even better are the services themselves, which range from blowouts to makeup applications to manis to waxing. It’s the perfect place to hang with friends and get ready for girls’ night out. But if you want to take care of your lady business solo, rest assured you’ll find smiling faces and friendly conversation from the aestheticians.

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Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa
When you want some instant silky smoothness, squeeze in a Rejuvenate Hair Treatment. Done in 30 minutes or less, it’s a simple spritzing of a formula made with high quality keratin, collagen and argan oil. Your hair is slightly damp when it’s applied; the formula is activated by the heat from a blow dryer and flat iron. Along with improving your hairs bounce and elasticity, the treatment seals in color, tames curl, reduces frizz and heals split ends. Good for all hair types, but especially textured hair.

The on-demand beauty app gets you hair and beauty services “delivered” to your home or office. The specialties are upstyles, braids and blowouts. So, basically, the answers to every bride’s dream. Recently, owner Amanda Diedrich (an Instagram influencer in her own right) also began offering tape-in extensions, which add not only length but volume to your hair. Shy about getting beauty services in your home? Warm up to the idea by watching Amanda’s tutorials on her website; her best-girlfriend demeanor and quick wit will have you opening your door in no time. Book online at

Chicago’s first blowout salon deserves its due. They were the first to offer a wash and style service, transforming your look without a hint of color or snip of scissors. It takes about 45 minutes and you probably won’t have to wash or style your hair for the following two days. Yep, the effects last. While other blowout studios have opened since the dawn of Blowtique, this original is still at the top of its game and now offers makeup application, haircuts and coloring in its natural-wood finished space that’s both understated and calming.