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AJ Hair Salon

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  • 3439 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60641
    United States
    (773) 777-7737
  • (Rated 3/5 based on 52 Reviews)
  • http://www.ajsalon.net/index2.html
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Stylist: Marlene

Rating: Salon Rating: 2 Scissors

Marlene is a self proclaimed curl specialist (her shop says so on the big banner outside). My rating has to do with my experience in having her cut MY hair. I have a 3c/4a hair type. According to my research tightly curly hair like mine should be cut dry in it's natural state. Never wet, never combed out. As soon as I walked into her shop she wet my head and then began to comb it out to cut it. I was disappointed in myself for not leaving when she asked me to go to the shampoo bowl when I walked in the door. She only had one set of light products that she uses on all types of curly hair. My hair needs heavier products. However, I will say she is very nice, very organized and prompt with her appointments. But she was the wrong choice for me as far as cutting my hair.

Stylist: Olga Marlene Rodriguez

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Olga Marlene is great at what she does. My hair is naturally Curly, and a lot of product and hard work is how I got my Frizz under control. I just got my first Keratin treatment with Olga and I couldn't be happier!! I'm loving the texture, the shine and How manageable my hair is! I love it!!! Thank you for the Suggestion Olga!! You're the best!!

Stylist: Marlene

Rating: Salon Rating: 1 Scissors

Based on the recommendations from this site, I visited the salon twice. First time I chopped down a lot of my hair to try something new. She layered the back so much that after a year of growth, my hair is still very think on the bottom and growing it out has been a nightmare. Second time I went to see if maybe she'll do something better with my already bad hairstyle, but besides trimming the ends, she didn't do anything to help the curls form better or fix the awful choppy layers. She looked lost and confused as I tried to pinpoint the areas that needed to be fixed AFTER she already cut and styled it. I was very disappointed that she didn't have a clue about styling curly hair...she added a very light curling cream to my hair before drying it. Being a 3B which frizzes very easily...I ended up with super poofy bird's nest when I left the salon, no ringlets, no curls, just a big mess.. My hair needs hold- it needs a strong gel or mousse and/or smoothing serum to form and hold curls and diminish frizz, as a curly hair expert everyone claims she is, she should know this. I can do a 100% better job at styling my hair at home. So disappointed, I almost cried on my way home because it was a complete waste of my $$...I can't wear my hair down curly because it looks awful, so I'm wearing it pulled back until I have a few more inches of growth to try to even out the haircut. Now, if I can just find a stylist that will fix it.

REVIEWED BY: agusia  |  2.3.12

Stylist: Marlene

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

The first time I contacted AJ Salon was five months ago, via e-mail. I received a response promptly the next business day. I was able to get an appointment within a few days following my call. I chose this salon based upon the comments made in the reviews. I have a toddler and an infant. I needed a salon that didn't mind having little ones around who were not getting serviced- as well as one that addressed my hair needs. I was given accurate directions to the salon. I showed Marlene some pictures of how I wanted my 4a hair to be cut. She gave me what I wanted. No products or other services were pushed. It has been five months since I've had a hair cut and it still looks great. I look forward to seeing Marlene and Jose (a lovely couple) soon.

Stylist: Marlene

Rating: Salon Rating: 1 Scissors

I must say that I usually don't write reviews but I think that true African American Curly Heads should definetely stay away from this place. Marlene and her husband are great individuals but I was so.........disappointed with my over experienced when it came to doing my hair. I visited the salon in December after reading several great reviews hoping that I had finally found a place that could handle doing my 3c type hair. The time I spent there getting my hair done Marlene's husband was trying to convience me to get the Kertin treatment which I'm against for personal reasons. My hair was cut wet with a twisting technic. In addition I was told that when I blow dry my hair out that the cut would fall nicely only to find out 3 weeks later that my hair is uneven and choppy all over the place. Now I will have to get 2 inches cut off to correct the cut. When I left out of the salon with single strand twist they where still wet and not set properly. I wish stylist would be totally honest if they have not handled your type of hair and allow you to decide if you still want to take a chance and let them do your hair. Again, I'm disappointed and still have no hope of finding a salon who can do my hair well in the Chicagoland area.

Stylist: Marlene

I've been looking for a stylist that could cut curly hair, and I've found her. Googling salons, I came upon the Naturally Curly website, which ultimately led me to the AJ Salon. I walked into a warm atmosphere, and Marlene welcoming me immediately upon entereing. She examined my hair, and of course I had pictures of how I hoped she could cut mine. No problem, she took control, and literally my hair was washed, cut, and styled in less than 45 minutes. Fast, and a great cut. I'll definitely be going to Marlene again, and recommending her as well. Marlene, Great job.

REVIEWED BY: jla  |  12.2.10

Stylist: Marlene

Marlene & Team!! I just recently found AJ Salon, thanks largely in part to Naturally Curly. I had the relaxer cut out of my hair over 2.5 years ago and have embraced my natural curls. I got bored with my hair, again, and wanted to find a stylist who could cut, style and work with my textured locs. After an extensive search, I found AJ Salon and called to set up a consultation. Jose called me back the very next morning and was able to fit me in for a consultation two days later. They are (Marlene, Jose and the entire salon) such warm and kind people. They were really catering to me and my needs and asked me, then and even on the phone consult, what my needs were and how I wanted to wear my hair. After the consult, Marlene asked me when I wanted to get the cut and told me she could do it then b/c I made it there earlier than anticipated. She took her time, and gave me a great cut and she and one of the other stylists assisted her with a great coil-style. I love the cut and the style! I have found my new curly styling expert. Thanks Marlene, Jose and AJ Salon! You guys are great! Peace & Blessings

Stylist: Marlene

I've gone to AJ Salon about 3 times now,and I've been meaning to write a review. I can honestly say I love the way my hair looks after a haircut because Marlene takes the time to really listen to what it is you are looking for, and she makes you feel comfortable enough to tell her if there is something that's bothering you. She makes you feel like family. Keep it up Marlene!

Stylist: Marlene

I needed a trim in the worst way and as an African-American woman, I am wary of trusting ANYONE to "trim" my naturally textured hair. Marlene is an expert in curly hair, even tightly curled hair like my own. She and her husband made me feel extra comfortable & they're good honest people. Marlene styled my hair in single-strand twists or coils once it was trimmed. It was super cute!!! I was not disappointed and you won't be either! In fact, I was very pleased and excited about finally finding someone to trim my hair!!! Thanks AJ Salon & God Bless!!!

Stylist: Marlene

Following the recommendation of so many on this list, I went to AJ Salon for the first time today. Marlene and Jose couldn't be nicer, I got a great cut, and Marlene gave me quick tips on little things I can do to get the curl results I want. You can tell that she's a curly hair pro when she shows how much she'll cut and then gives the "so it will curl up to about here" length too. I'll definitely be back!

Stylist: Marlene

I have been going to AJ salon since they first opened. I have to say it has been the best place for my curly hair. I had been to many places and was really never satisfied with the way my hair was cut or styled. I had a keratin treatment and and many cuts and she has done a super job. Marlene and her husband are friendly and so funny. You'll have a blast with them. So if you have curly hair stress they will destress your hair and even your mood.You won't regret it!

Stylist: Marlene

I have been going to AJ Salon for 4 months. Marlene is an incredible stylist. My curls do what they want and with Marlene's expertise with the cut and shape, it has never looked better. I come all the way from Naperville, but it is worth the drive. Marlene and her husband, Jose, are great! Love visiting with them as well as walking out happy with my hair!

REVIEWED BY: mknous  |  6.1.10

Stylist: Marlene

You will be happy you picked AJ Salon. I read all the glowing reviews of Marlene's skill with naturally curly hair and decided to take a chance on her. I live on the far southwest side, so there are certainly closer salons than AJ Salon, but not better ones. Friendly people. Reasonable prices. They do excellent hair.

Stylist: Marlene

Everyone here is correct. Marlene is great! She listens very carefully. My color and cut are perfect. You'll also thoroughly enjoy your time there, as she and her husband are super friendly. Great prices too!

REVIEWED BY: kt2587  |  5.31.10

Stylist: Marlene

Thank you all that left reviews about this salon! I am just in love with Marlene and her husband Jose. First when you come in the salon, they already know who you are and make you comfortable. After Jose shampoos your hair, he leads you to Marlene's chair who then listens to you about your hair wants, the style, etc. before she even touches your hair. After you have poured your heart out about your hair she makes her suggestions and then begins to work her magic! I have never been so happy with a cut and the products she suggested for my new found natural head of gorgeous curls. I am more than happy that I chose to transition from relaxers and even more happy that I found Marlene and Jose to help me do it!

Stylist: marlene

Hello.,,,,,I visited this salon because my mother had visited first. She had gone to do her cut and highlights, she looked wonderful. So i went ahead and visited also. I got my highlights done and haircut. I was delighted and welcomed like if i were family. This place is #1. thank you Marlene and your husband too.!!!!!!!!!! ps: i still owe you the mini sandwiches!!!

Stylist: Marlene

What a delightful way to spend my Friday evening before my birthday at AJ Salon for the first time! Marlene took the time to listen to what I was after and, I have to say, I walked out with exactly what I asked for! She and her husband are such kind people. I will be visiting them again!! :)

Stylist: Marlene

I took my kids to see her before the new year and she did work her magic. My daughter has curly hair with no style. Let me tell you she has style now and has been keeping it up since. I call her my latina Shirley Temple. As for my son, he has long, wavy hair and again no style, but now he does. So she listened to them and gave her input and it worked out great. Not to mention her husband is a gem. They make quite a pair. They make you feel at home and the salon looks so nice and inviting. I'm sorry it took so long to write but life is time consuming but at least it gave them time to live with the hair styles, and hear all the comments they received. We will definitely go back. Oh, and did I forget to mention she also cut my crazy,frizzy curls? I now sometimes wear it down, when before I wouldn't. So thank you Marlene for putting style back in our lives.

Stylist: Marlene

Let me tell you how thrilled I am with Marlene! Yesterday, we were in Chicago for my birthday (we live 2 hours away in Indiana) and my hair was driving me absolutely crazy. On a lark, I mentioned that I'd love a great haircut. Enter Marlene, hair goddess, via the wonders of blackberry and nc.com! We dropped by the salon, and to my surprise and gratitude, Marlene was able to fit me in right then. She styled my 3a/3b hair into the most beautiful curls. It has been years, YEARS, since my hair has looked this good - if ever! My flat, long, lifeless hair was transformed into gorgeous, bouncy, shoulder-length curls. She took my hair seriously (and we all know how important that is!), answered my questions and made great recommendations. I have been lucky to experience many curl-friendly stylists, and Marlene has a special gift and an innate talent of knowing curls. Plus, she is a complete sweetheart! On a side note, I was stopped more than once throughout the day and asked about my hair - when was the last time that has happened? And fresh from the stylist, no less! Thanks to all who reviewed Marlene - she is as wonderful as they say! And a special thanks to her two sweet family members who so graciously shifted their schedules to make room for me.

Stylist: Marlene

I was Marlene's first review, but I'm sure that I won't be the last! My only worry with leaving another review is that she is going to be so in demand that it will be harder and harder to get an appointment with her! Let me just say that SHE IS THE BEST! Marlene has been gifted with the talent and skill to deal with curly hair. She has a gift, which I'm not sure can be learned by just anyone. I have super curly/frizzy hair and have been fighting with it for almost 40 years, well until I found Marlene. The first time Marlene ever blew my hair dry, I wanted to kidnap her! Most stylists can blow dry hair to a half frizz, half straight state and then flat iron their mistake. Well, not Marlene! If your desire is to have it straight, she can do it without the use of a flat iron. She is that good! I just switched from Yuko to Keratin with Marlene and I am so happy! I have already booked my next few appointments for the fear that I won't be able to get on her schedule! I drove for 2 hours last night in rush hour traffic (from Crystal Lake) to see Marlene and I didn't mind a bit because my hair looks awesome!

Stylist: Marlene

Marlene is amazing! She completely revitalized my curls, giving me beautiful layers that highlight the natural texture of my hair. After years of salon-hopping trying to find someone who knows the unique nature of curly hair, I finally found Marlene and my search is over! I love my haircut and I'm now a loyal client of AJ Salon. I absolutely recommend it!

REVIEWED BY: Shelby!  |  1.26.10

Stylist: Marlene

I whole-heartedly endorse the salon and stylist! Jose and Marlene make every visit very warm and inviting and will not stop until you are absolutely happy with the results. I went in for a cut, and she did an absolute wonderful job! I know how difficult I can be to work with and my curls aren't any easier, and Marlene tackled us both! I went in with a mess on my head, and came out with a cute cut and the layers are great and the unwanted weight in my hair is gone! I LOVE IT!

REVIEWED BY: Joa108  |  1.25.10

Stylist: Marlene

A+++!!! Marlene and her husband are marvelous. I was in town visiting with my sisters and got off the plane and immediately called the salon, based on the reviews I read here. They got me in that day and Marlene's husband was even kind enough to drive me to the El platform so I didn't have to take an expensive taxi back downtown. I got a great haircut at a great price from great people. Highly recommend!

Stylist: Marlene

My experience here was wonderful. These are great people. They were both so nice and very welcoming! As for the haircut, I was sooooo pleased! They are over an hour away from me but worth the trip. I never realized my curls could actually be this nice. Marlene was very knowledgeable and I felt like she really took the time to listen to what I wanted and didn't want with my hair and then gave me honest input. That was much appreciated. It was a great experience and I'm glad I met this couple, they are really great small business owners! This is the kind of place that you would go out of your way to visit! I will go back for sure!!!

Stylist: Marlene

Marlene and Jose are the absolute best. I went to AJ Salon last week and received the best haircut of my life. I highly recommend her to all my fellow curly Chicagoans.

Stylist: Marlene

My stylist of 4-5 years (who I found on this site) moved to NYC and I was devastated! What would I do? Who could fill his talented shoes? I came back to this site and found all the positive feedback about Marlene and AJ salon. From the first contact with her husband to the end of the haircut, I had a wonderful experience with a very reasonable price! I have scheduled the Keratin treatment and can't wait to see how it turns out! I highly recommend Marlene. You will not be disappointed.

Stylist: Marlene

I drove 2.75 hours to get my hair cut by Marlene after reading reviews here. I have 3b hair that is very short. Wanting to grow it out so it's long again, but knowing how brutal of a process that can be, I wanted to put it in the care of someone who know's what she's doing. She did a great job and I will be going back to her to manage my growing out process. Thanks, Marlene!

Stylist: Marlene

I am french and since I came in the US I have never found a good hair stylist. Everything changed when I met Marlene. I went to AJ salon because one of my friends did the Japanese straigthening and loved it. She highly recommend me to go and talk to Marlene for my hair extensions. I was thinking about doing it for a while but wasn't sure. After I talked with Marlene and asked her a LOT of questions, I finally did it. She was SO helpful on every level. I have this curly but really thin hair. So, it is always a challenge for me to do something with it. She took the time to explain to me everything, step by step. Everything was right : the color, the lengths and the haircut. She took the time to make sure I knew what I wanted and did it just right. It is absolutely perfect and I can't even explain how much I love it!!! Like most of the girls, I am really picky about my hair. She did an amazing job!!!! I feel so much sexier and comfortable. She gave me a lot of advice before and after. Marlene and her husband are the nicest people I have ever met in Chicago. Don't think twice, call her!!!

REVIEWED BY: a2line  |  12.12.09

Stylist: Marlene

After wearing my hair in a ponytail all the time for my entire life, I looked everywhere to find a good stylist to be able to manage my hair and I wasn't successful until I found my HERO MARLENE. I looked through this site to find someplace that could get my hair back into a new hair, soft and without frizz and I got that and more. My hair looks GREAT. I CAN'T STOP LOOKING AT MY HAIR. Marlene did an excellent job. She gave me an excellent cut. The atmosphere was friendly and Marlene and her husband Jose ARE AWESOME. They make me feel right at home and I will recommend everyone to come to this salon if you really want to get the best experience of your life. She actually listened to what I wanted and gave me the treatment I needed. Excellent job. I truly, truly love this salon and how they made me feel and how they made me look and believe me, I tried many places before and nothing compares with this beautiful place. See you guys soon.

Stylist: Marlene

Finally! I have been looking for a salon/stylist that understands my curly hair dilemma and I have found it at AJ Salon, and with Marlene. I was in and out in an hour, easy parking, great people, great price, and most important a great haircut. To quote my friend,"The best haircut I have ever had." The craziest thing is the day she saw me I rolled out of bed and twirled a few strands and ran out the door. I have never been able to do this before unless my hair was straightened. It is nice to see people that should be in the service industry doing a fabulous job. When I called to check an earlier date, depending on if I could get a babysitter, Jose offered to watch my son and I truly believe he would have gladly done it! I'm about a week into my haircut and it looks great in every style, something I have not said in a long time. Thanks AJ Salon! I'll see you soon! Jen

REVIEWED BY: jenzjp  |  12.10.09

Stylist: Marlene

After wearing my hair tied back for the past 2-3 years, I looked through this site to find someplace that could get my hair back into the curls that I used to have. Marlene did an excellent job. I even waited to review until I had washed it out twice and let it dry on its own. It still looks great. Excellent cut, friendly atmosphere and both (Marlene and her husband) very nice people. She actually listened to what I wanted and gave me the wash and wear cut I need, while keeping the almost 2 feet of length intact. Excellent job.

REVIEWED BY: sabache  |  12.7.09

Stylist: Marlene

Truly a very professional, hair artist; with a genuine personality! My drive is about 30 minutes and I was hoping it would be worth it, after reading all the reviews on this site. I am growing my hair out from a bob I had, and it is now at a medium length, about 3 inches below the shoulder. I had some layers put in to help my then wavy, partly curly hair that was laying and feeling BLAH! The person that put the layers in was from another salon reviewed on this site (sorry won't mention where), and the layers just were not cut right or blended. So I waited for another hair cut for about 10 weeks, and found Marlene with AJ Salon. They fit me into their schedule yesterday, and she said she could fix the layers properly, and I asked her to just take a smidge off the bottom. She did all that she said and perfectly! My length looks untouched, and my hair has not felt this bouncy and curly in about 12 years. It looks even better after I washed it, which is normally the opposite. I put in a little of my Rusk Thick and a little mousse; and I now have actual curls like I had so many years ago! Today is the first-time in a very long-time that I actually enjoyed wearing my hair not tied back in a clip!I will be going back for life, and I will get color next time. She is a small, nice, clean, modern business; it so nice to support an awesome small business. The price is very good, especially given what she can do; and they give you a first-timer discount; and she does not charge you extra to blow dry/style like about every place does. Please go, even if you have to drive. They are extremely pleasant people. Marlene if you read this, thank you for a great hair experience. I will see you soon!!!

Stylist: Marlene

Outstanding. As all curly girls know, searching for a new stylist is a nerve-racking, stressful, and often expensive process. I recently moved to Chicago, and had been putting off a much needed cut for fear receiving just another mediocre, over-priced salon experience. I have 3b ringlet style curly hair, and have all too often walked out of a salon with my hair pulled tightly back rushing home to "fix" the blowed-out, frizzed out mess I'm left with. Not so with Marlene. Like the other reviewers, I was intrigued by the positive feedback Marlene received on this site. I promise you, she is the real deal. I have been fortunate enough to have my hair cut once at the official salon of curly hair guru Loraine Massey in NYC so I know what a REAL curly cut should look and feel like. Marlene was hands down the closest I have EVER come to replicating the quality of that cut and at a fraction of the cost!!! (literally, a third). She asks about your hair, listens to your response, and does everything she can to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable. She is a skilled stylist and a real business woman who knows how to value her customers. I have found my Chicago stylist. Chicago curly-girls can breath a sigh of relief. AJ Salon is the place for you!

REVIEWED BY: colleen  |  11.29.09

Stylist: Marlene

I found this salon based on the reviews here. If you have curly hair and have been through endless horror stories, bad haircuts and accidents- Id highly recommend you give Marlene a call and discuss ways to achieve your ideal hair... I spoke to Marlene and her husband on the phone several times before heading over to their salon, and I have to say they are the nicest people, they're genuine, no pretenses or b.s. which is refreshing in this industry. They are friendly and are concerned on every level :) Marlene did the Keratin Treatment and gave me an amazing cut (it had been 11 months since I got it last cut) !!! Most stylists usually fidget or put on that "oh SHIT I have to deal with your hair look"-- but with her, there is none of that which I love, and in many years of getting my hair done she is the second stylist who was that comfortable, I have to add my hair is pretty curly 3a/b/c- I trust her and will definitely be going back!! While Chicago irritates me, Marlene is one of the best things I've found here :)

Stylist: Marlene

If you want a FABULOUS cut and color in a friendly, relaxed, clean, tastefully decorated environment, for a very reasonable price (My mouth dropped as I am used to downtown prices!) AJ's is the salon. Marlene is absolutely wonderful. Unlike other stylists who ignore your input and spend most of their time primping in the mirror rather than working on you, Marlene is completely different. You are her first priority throughout your time in the salon. She first asks about your wishes, will offer insight if asked, is considerate, kind, nice and sweet. She definitely knows how to cut and color naturally curly hair(and you know how picky we naturally curlied souls can be!), for women of all ages: E.G., examples of her clients while I was there included a Senior in High school, myself (early 40's Ph.D. professional), a 20-30 something year old professional woman, and two forty plus. Moreover, Marlene is knowledgeable about the textures and colors of the hair of all ethnic groups, Caucasian, African-American, Latin American, etc. She truly has a talent. I had a hair dresser in New Orleans for 20 years (my hair is brunette 3a), and she most certainly matches him. Moreover I have had my hair done in Ft. Lauderdale, Milwaukee, New York, Chicago, Geneva Switzerland, Budapest Hungary, Salzburg Austria, etc. just to name a few. Marlene's work surpasses them all. She and Jose, her husband are enthused about and proud of their establishment, which translates into how they run the business. So, not only is AJ's the place to get the best color and cut, it is a true pleasure to spend time there. Now Marlene will be my stylist for the next 20 + years!

Stylist: Marlene/Owner

It's TRUE about AJ's! I researched the Keratin Complex treatment and I found this website, finding AJ's and finding Marlene "the angel". Marlene & Jose are simply lovely. I contacted the salon immediately after all (14 raving reviews at the time), and AJ's was everything and more! Over the phone, Marlene took the time to discuss my concerns, needs and wants, including pricing and she 'worked it out' to fit my needs! I just went in to the salon today for 'the works': color, keratin treatment and a trim. The shop is so adorable, clean and very comfy. Marlene & Jose are very professional and just warm. My hair is healthy & silky smooth. I have found a new home. Thank you AJ's!

Stylist: Marleen

I have been a client of hers since before the opening of AJ Salon. I am a regular Saturday morning appointment for a blow dry. Before she came along I would usually flat iron my hair which would do the trick for the moment. Nothing compares to her blow drys. I am a manager at a Downtown Salon/Spa and STILL cannot find anyone that can do the job she does. Myself and my family always enjoy the atmosphere and friendly welcome we receive each and every time we come here. :)

REVIEWED BY: BBB  |  11.14.09

Stylist: Marlene

Having spent way too much time in the slums of Supercuts and other half -rate butchers, I stumbled upon AJ Salon on this site and decided to give it a try. It was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I'm a guy with curly, frizzy hair and had no idea how to work with it which resulted in me shaving my head for years. Marlene was able to give me the most in-depth consultation about ideas and avenues we could go down in creating a haircut that suited me perfectly. She explained everything she was doing thoroughly and she was able to effectively deal with my frizz prone hair. Her and her husband run a great salon that is top notch in quality and vision.

REVIEWED BY: erkr  |  11.12.09

Stylist: Marlene

AJ Salon, run by Marlene and her husband, is the best thing that's happened to my extremely curly hair in easily the last 10 years. Marlene cut my hair 2 weeks ago, and it's all I've wanted to talk about since. She is not only an expert with very curly hair, but she's also incredibly attuned to her client's preferences, desires, and feelings about their hair. She listened when I explained what I had in mind, and didn't once pressure me towards a high-maintenance style that I would never be able to keep up. I also had the pleasure of seeing Marlene work with a young client with beautifully long 3c hair almost identical in curliness to my own. While this client wanted her hair straightened and I wanted a cut that would maximize my curls, Marlene treated us both with the same respect and care, never once imposing her own or others preferences on either of us. I *highly* recommend AJ Salon for an awesome, affordable haircut!

REVIEWED BY: avib  |  10.30.09

Stylist: Marlene

OMG, if you have curly hair you should move to Chicago just to use this salon and work with Marlene!!! My daughter is 12, with very long, thick and 3C tightly curled hair. She has lived her life in braids. It was time to take the next step and see what our options were as my daughter was getting depressed about her challenging hair. I was nervous about who to trust, but read so many good reviews about this shop. We were scheduled for a consult and end trim. Marlene and her husband were SO uncommonly warm, caring and friendly! They were so tuned in to even see that Liz was miserable, and wanted to make sure she was happy by the time she left their shop. Marlene ended up spending over 3 hours with Liz, and did an unscheduled blow out and flat iron for her. She told us about keratin treatment, which will soften her curls without nasty chemicals, which they won't use on a child anyway. The whole shop had a feeling of family and I definately trust her with my daughters hair, we're so lucky. Its a lovely shop, and her prices are very reasonable. Best indication is that my formally sour faced, normally reserved pre-teen daughter ran up and hugged both Marlene and her hubby. Ten stars.

Stylist: Marlene

I headed over to AJ salon after reading nothing but positive reviews on how Marlene handles curly hair. I have long, curly, dried out hair and every single time that I have gone to a salon I've been disappointed. This was the FIRST time that I have left a salon COMPLETELY satisfied with my haircut. Marlene takes her time to make sure that you are comfortable and cuts your hair how YOU want it cut!! It was a great experience and I will be going back there everytime I want to get my hair done. To top it off, the services are affordable and since it was raining on the day that I went Marlene's husband gave me a ride home so that my hair style would not get ruined! They are the nicest, most genuine people! I HIGHLY recommend trying out this salon, ESPECIALLY if you have curly hair!!

REVIEWED BY: nin3veh  |  10.9.09

Stylist: Marlene

I found this salon based on this site. I had never had someone who was known for curly hair do my hair so I thought why not! First of all, Marlene and her husband are SO NICE! They make you feel right at home and great conversation. The haircut was awesome, made the curls in the back really bounce up! I then decided to have her try out my color. My hair is VERY hard to color. I go from dark to very light. I have NEVER had anyone do it correctly the first time. I warned Marlene that the first time everyone messes it up. Well guess what? She didn't! It looks great! All I can say is I am very happy! I almost don't want to post reviews on here because I want to be able to get an appointment, because once everyone finds out how great she is she will be booked solid!!!

Stylist: Marlene

Well I went into to see Marlene based on reviews I saw on this website, and I must say that I am super impressed! Since the moment I entered the salon, I was excited. The decor was beautiful and Marlene and her husband were super nice. They offered me coffee, and I was extremely pleased when Marlene asked me about what I actually wanted from my hair as opposed to just cutting my hair, and she actually listened. I told her I didn't want it cut to much off the ends(seeing as I'm trying to grow it out longer) and she didn't leave me a fish tail! Every other salon I have gone to has been a nightmare when I wanted to get my hair layered, but I am just happy that I found someone who knows what I want and isn't too proud to ask what I prefer rather then just assume. I will definately go back and get my hair cut with her from now on. I'm glad to just have someone on my curly side :)

Stylist: Marlene

I followed the previous reviews advice and visited AJ Salon. Marlene was just as great as the reviews claimed. She is Amazing with curly hair!! I love my color and the cut is so fun. Lots of volume without being too big, which my curly hair often tries to be. Plus, she is the first hair stylist who was actually able to style my curly hair after she was finished. Normally I walk out with a frizzy mass, or have to ask them to blow it out. With Marlene, neither happened. I can't wait to try the styling technique she used myself!! It's such a relief to find someone who can cater to people who don't have stick straight hair! I love, love my new dark curls and she is affordable!! Sounds too good to be true, but trust me it isn't! I'm hooked.

Stylist: Marlene

Marlene is the best curly hair stylist specialist ever! I just got a haircut at AJ salon yesterday and I am so happy with it. I have long, curly locks that have been poorly cut so many times I had given up hope, but I'm back, baby! Marlene knows curly hair, and she really listens to what you want. The only negative for me is the salon is kind of a long haul from downtown, but if you're near Addison blue line it's no problem. I will definitely be continuing with Marlene from here on in. I am so happy with my cut!!! And it didn't break the bank; only $40 for a great cut and style - deal!! P.S. She mentioned she cuts men's hair for some ridiculous price like $12 or something, so I am bringing my boyfriend with me next time too!

REVIEWED BY: sandim  |  9.11.09

Stylist: Marlene

Hi Fellow Curly Chicago Girls. I just moved here from Philly, and as always, I am looking for someone to cut my very thick, curly hair. In addition to a cut, I also wanted to try out curly bangs for the first time ever! Marlene was awesome! She took the time to talk to me & meet me before my appointment to talk about her technique. She did an amazing job and my bangs look amazing. If you have curly hair and live in Chicago, AJ Salon is the ONLY place to go :)

Stylist: Marlene

To all the curly haired divas in Chicago! You know when you are in a dilemma of wanting a haircut and not knowing who you can trust with your curly locks? Well, I discovered Marlene's salon! Believe me, I am the biggest skeptic and the most finicky when it comes to, not only my curly hair but also my daughter's curly hair, and who is allowed to even touch it!! Marlene did an outstanding job on all our haircuts, and I am not getting my hair colored while writing this review :)!! Got curly hair? Then you have to try Marlene!

Stylist: Marlene

I just had the Keratin treatment done on 08/28. I love it!! I waited out the 3 days until I could wash it. After washing my hair it still has natural curls, but it took less time to blow dry it. It left my hair looking healthier, smoother and without frizziness. I have a lot of really thick, curly hair. I recommend this treatment to everyone that has curly hair and lots of frizz!! Marlene and her husband are so sweet; they made me feel very comfortable!!

REVIEWED BY: angelaa  |  9.2.09

Stylist: Marlene

This was my first time in the salon. I went there trusting the reviews below, even though I felt a little skeptical since I have very curly hair and not a lot of people can blow dry my hair straight…Marlene was great!!

REVIEWED BY: angelaa  |  8.17.09

Stylist: Marlena

I also visited the salon because of the reviews and because of the reasonable price, and I am so glad I did! I got the best haircut I have gotten in years, and Marlena was helpful in giving me style tips for home. I've just washed and restyled my hair after the cut on Friday and I it still looks great. She's a curly herself so she knows techniques and products as she uses them for herself as well. Marlena and her husband are so kind and personable. They own the salon. It is small but very nice, clean and bright. I really hope others will discover this gem.

Stylist: Marlene

This was my first time at the salon after reading the first reviewer's review. I have wavy/curly hair and its hard to find a stylist that can cutmyhair right and listens to what I say. Marlene was great and did exactly what I said I wanted (it was just a trim) however I've gone in for trims before and they chop my hair. She was very nice and welcoming and so was her husband. Mucho Gracias, Marlene!

Stylist: Olga Marlene Rodriguez

Wow! I just had my 2nd Thermal Reconditioning (Japanese Straightening) treatment with Marlene and I am so in awe of her talent! She was formally with Delle Amiche (a Gold Coast Salon) and now has opened her own very trendy salon at 3443 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. So nice to have "Gold Coast" talent without the "Gold Coast" price tag! My 1st treatment was 4/4/08 and I was able to wait 7 months for my 2nd treatment. My hair is so straight and beautiful. This past summer was my best summer ever because I didn't have to deal with the humidity. I will follow her anywhere! Thanks, Olga Marlene!