top 5 – fall favorites

October 2016

The temperamental Fall season is back in Chicago and with that comes the change in the haircuts, colors and styles. The Sine Qua Non hair stylists brought their A-game in October, creating easy, wearable hair for the band Goldroom to long standing clients to models in our training program. Check out the latest creations from the best salon in Chicago.

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When Jessi arrived at the Concord Music Hall to style Goldroom Band from LA, band member Nikki requested the same look Jessi was rocking. Enter the Double Barrel Curl Set. A double barrel curling iron isn’t your typical hot tool– it looks like a tuning fork, with two rods to curl the hair. Jessi has been curling her hair this way lately, and inspiring all of us at Sine Qua Non in West Town. A double barrel curling iron set looks a lot more vintage, producing an S-shaped wave instead of a traditional curl. To style the amazing Nikki, Jessi used R+Co’s Grid setting spray, and weaved the hair in and out of the double iron in a figure eight. To break up the waves and give Nikki an edgy, modern finish, Jessi used R+Co’s Badlands. Check out Goldroom Band on Instagram and Soundcloud!



file_000Nicole, the blogger behind Bolt Blogs recently visited Mischa at Sine Qua Non in West Town. She was looking for a fall update to her previous blonde ombre. Mischa fills us in with the details: “I brightened her up to blend her natural color with a pre-existing, really warm ombre. Using babylights (super-fine highlights) and balayage techniques, I created a really natural, lived-in, low-maintenance color. We smudged her root with an ashy dark blonde to keep her outgrowth looking more natural. For the cut, I gave her an angled, textured lob.” We checked out Bolt Blogs, and love Nicole’s take on all things beauty and fashion. Thanks for choosing us to give you a beautiful fall look Nicole!




Processed with VSCO with e2 presetNate has been cutting Dan’s hair for three months. When Dan first came in, he had a really grown-out fade– it had been a couple months since his last haircut. Now, he and Nate are maintaining a tight fade with a hard part. To achieve this shaved-in side part, Nate makes a line with clippers first, then shaves down to the skin with a straight razor. To keep up the fade, Nate cuts the sides every 2-3 weeks and does a full haircut every five weeks or so.

Last time Dan was in, he upgraded his look with some color. Nate says, “he has a red beard, but his hair has ashed out over time, so we brought his hair color closer to his beard color with a demi-permanent color. It’s low-maintenance because it’ll fade out rather than grow out. If you started out as a blonde as a kid, your hair will ash out into a muddy color as you grow older.” Dan’s color looks super rich and natural, well done! To style, Nate used R+Co’s Jackpot styling cream and let it air dry, brushing it out afterwords. Nate explains, “Jackpot has a lot of hold, it beefs up fine hair and helps it look fuller.”




Jac gave her longtime client Jen what they both call “unicorn hair.” Jac has been doing Jen’s hair for five years, at Sine Qua Non Salon in Andersonville.  Jen, who naturally has light brown hair, has been rocking a bleach and tone for the last several years. Usually Jac just leaves her hair a light, cool blonde. Sometimes they do something different and add a fashion color. To achieve Jen’s unicorn look, Jac bleached her hair like usual, then toned it to remove brassiness. After drying it, she used three pastel colors (Joico Color Intensity in Peach, Lilac, and Mint.) “I put the fashion colors in foils, picking and choosing the sections. She let me have my creative freedom– that’s Jen!” Jac explains.

Jen has been growing her hair out for a little while, with the eventual goal of hair around chin-length. To keep growing the top out, Jac trimmed her ends. Since Jen has an undercut, she has been getting the top, back and sides trimmed to keep her hair healthy while it’s growing. To style Jen’s creative undercut, Jac used R+Co’s Chiffon mousse for a soft, flexible hold, and to add a little shine. “Chiffon is nice on processed hair because it adds slip to the hair. Slip is that shiny, slippery feel where it makes the hair seem not so processed and/or damaged,” Jac explains. We’re so thrilled to talk to Jac, and to spot a unicorn in our own backyard!


Shelly is in our Advanced Training program, and did this beautiful haircut during a recent Monday class. She gave her model a layered bob, because file_004she came in wanting a haircut in between a one-length bob and a graduated bob. Shelly consulted with her model and determined that she wanted a low-maintenance, shorter look than what she came in with. Shelly explains, “I took about 4 or 5 inches off of her hair. There are different variations of this haircut– super subtle, or a little more piece-y and funky. She wanted something more piece-y. A layered bob is great if you like the look of a graduated bob, because it’s an easier way to maintain that look.”

To style her model, Shelly used R+Co’s Pinstripe Detangling Primer and R+Co’s High Dive Moisturizing creme. “I think High Dive is really great for bobs because it gives you a sleek, smooth finish. It helps achieve that smooth “bob” look and makes the blow dry easier,” Shelly told us. To finish, she used Bumble and bumble’s Dry Spun Spray to bring texture back to the cut. 

Shelly told us her take on Sine’s Advanced Training Program: “I enjoy the training program. I’m starting to see shapes and I’m understanding precision and detail. Paying attention to detail is something I’ve been focusing on. The program helps you understand the principles of hair design so much better: what works best for what client– the whos, whys, when and where of each haircut.” Keep up the great work Shelly!


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