Van Michael Salon

The lowdown: First there were highlights, then ombré and now dip-dye — bright, punk-inspired streaks, spotted of late in the locks of Lauren Conrad and Kate Bosworth. For a fresh color job, seek out Van Michael Salon’s colorist of six years, Taylor Trace. “Another big trend for fall is that there’s going to be a lot of red heads,” Taylor says.

The ‘hood: Van Michael Salon is a puddle-jump away from Lincoln Road on Michigan Avenue. Neighbors include Genius Jones and Ice Box.

The vibe: “We’re very laidback and diverse,” Taylor says of the Aveda salon. White oak floors and pops of grays and yellows exude a hip and fresh feel.

The must-have service: “I love the challenge behind blondes,” Taylor says of her love of making locks lighter. Want a chestnut or ruby hue for fall? Taylor is your girl. Single process color starts at $60 while highlights start at $75. If you’re feeling absolutely adventurous, give the ombré trend a whirl (starting at $250) — it’s to dye for.

The sweet deal: Mention this article when booking a color appointment with Taylor and receive a free Aveda conditioning treatment.


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