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Macy's Glamorama at the Harris Theater is one of the biggest parties of the summer and all the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. Lancome Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez and David Kafer of Red 7 Salon did a little 'Glamorama' makeover on FOX 32 producer Adina Klein.

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Peace, Hair & Music: Lollapalooza 2014

Red 7 Salon at The Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

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Backstage at Glamorama 2014

RED 7 Salon co-owner David Kafer have prepared wickedly good hairstyles that are surprisingly easy to recreate. Kafer explains his five steps for the perfect forward braid pompadour.

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Salon Today Magazine

Red 7 Salon is listed as a TOP 200 U.S. Salon again by Salon Today Magazine for 2014 for the following categroies: Growth, Recruitment & Training & Technology. Click to find out more!

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RED 7 SALON stylist David Kafer voted Best Chicago Hairdresser in Allure Magazine!

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Red 7 featured in Chicago Traveler

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RED 7 Salon's Living Art

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Red 7 featured in Chicago Moms

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Red 7 shaved people's heads yesterday to support St. BALDRICK's annual "Be Brave...Go Bald" fundraiser

Red 7 shaved over 400 people in an effort to raise funds to find a cure/prevent childhood cancers.

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Red 7 heard many inspirational stories and are honored to have been a part of it. We had a LOT of fun! And as a salon were happy to donate funds and time to this great cause!

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Elle Magazine

RED 7 SALON Featured in Elle's Top 100 Salons for 2012!

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5 Beauty Tips to Go From Day to Night

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Red 7 featured in Style Me Pretty

ALL hair and make-up was done by RED 7 SALON

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2013 STAMP Television Commercial Winner: RED 7 Salon

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LOLLA 2013

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salon Actor Alex Wallman got cut by Timea

salon Chad Kennedy & Trish from CELEBuzz got cut & styled

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salon Lady D stopped by to get her braids styled by us.

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Red 7 at the H&M Loves Music tents at the Pitchfork Music Festival

ALL hair and make-up was done by RED 7 SALON (Stephanie, Angela, & Kara)

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Pitchfork Music Festival | H&M Loves Music

Red 7 featured in Style Me Pretty

ALL hair and make-up was done by RED 7 SALON (Ashley Jensen)

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Red 7 featured in Redbook

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Chelsea Clinton & Salon 7

With the CLINTONS in Chicago last week as Hillary launched "Too Small to Fail," they called upon the RED 7 Salon for some morning hair and makeup love, reported co-owner Jason Hall. Here, posing with Chelsea in her after pic, are RED 7's Stephanie who did hair and Ashley who did makeup. What a morning!

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Red 7 featured in Hot by Hair's

RED 7 SALON featured on pg. 42-45 of Hair's How.

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RED 7 SALON Styled Artists for Lollapalooza!

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LOLLA 2012

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Destiny's Child, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, w/our very own Lindsey (RED 7 SALON Evanston Stylist) @ Lollapalooza's VIP Music Lounge @ Hard Rock Hotel. Lindsey rocked out Michelle's style!

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Oh you know, just chillin with Dev & her backup singers in the artist village at Lolla before they go on stage. This is sick!

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Laura, our Cutting Director/Senior Stylist styled the DUM DUM GIRLS in the Lollapalooza VIP Music Lounge today. Super fun group. Kudos, Laura!

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in the CK1 VIP Music Lounge @ Hard Rock Hotel for Lollapalooza - LAURA, our Cutting Director, styled Yukimi Nagano from LITTLE DRAGON! Fun!

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Left: MATT, a fabulous RED 7 SALON Senior Stylist, worked out this gorgeous look on a band member of the hot British group...the Misfits! Lollapalooza Music Lounge is sure fun:) | Right: The 2nd look of the day for this member of The MISFITS from Matt, Senior Stylist w/RED 7 SALON. Lolla magic!

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Daniel, RED 7 SALON Stylist, just styled Erin Martin from THE VOICE in the Lollapalooza Music Lounge. Wurk!!

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Taylor, RED 7 SALON Stylist, giving a fresh new cut to JC Brook of the Uptown Sounds

Clean Graffiti

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Red 7 Salon Celebrates 10 Years, 6 Here

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Celebrates 10

All Dolled Up by Red 7 Salon

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PELUQUERIAS HAIR STYLES MAGAZINE

RED 7 SALON was featured in this month's issue of Peluquerias Hair Styles magazine

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SALON TODAY - TOP 200 2012

RED 7 SALON was featured in Salon Today's Top 200 for the 7th year in a row!

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CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLES

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Raw Innovation from Red 7 Salon

Red 7 Salon in Chicago created the Raw Innovations collection as a return to nature.

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SHOP EVANSTON FEATURE

RED 7 SALON was featured in Shop Evanston Magazine for our 5th Anniversary.

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Chicago Magazine

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LOLLA 2011

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The guys from Young the Giant - Jacob (right), Francois (center), and Sameer (left) - look ready to rock Lolla after their haircuts with Laura and David.

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David gives some much needed pampering to David from Typhoon(left). Ryan (right), from Typhoon, after his summer cut w/RED 7's Stephanie!

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Comedian Adam Guerino gets a hair touch-up from Ms. Lesly before he goes enjoy the rest of the night. Have you heard this guy DJ...amazing!

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Greg from Killhannah is all straightened up & ready to party after a visit w/RED 7's Lesly. Rockin!

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Matt gives Lolla artist, Elizaveta, a beautiful hair glow. Fun!

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Shane from Electric Touch after his hair make-over w/RED 7's Lesly!

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Colin from IRATION (left) just got a huge make-over from Gabriel, and King (right) just got a huge cut change by Natalie

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Ben (right) and Andrew (left) from GIRL TALK get fresh new looks after spending time with Kelsey...RED 7's rockstar.

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Sean from WALK the MOON (left) after his haircut w/Gabriel, and Nicholas from WALK the MOON just after his haircut with Erin!

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David, RED 7 SALON's Master Stylist, hooked up Fat Jew & Jenny w/some memorable hair! Lollapalooza's VIP Music Lounge is always filled w/surprises...

Red 7 Salon Works VIP Suite at Lollapalooza!

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Rachael Ray Show

RED 7 SALON teams up with Rachel Ray to make over some unsuspecting brides-to-be at 'The Running of the Brides.' Hair and Make-Up was done by RED 7, check out the video on the Rachel Ray website by clicking here. Bonus footage can be found here.

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Photo shoot with Northwestern University student group for their STITCH Fashion magazine

Hair by Timea Katona of RED 7 SALON

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RED 7 SALON - J. CHEIKH 2011 FASHION SHOW

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RED 7 SALON NAMED TO THE SALON TODAY 200 BY SALON TODAY MAGAZINE

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (January 2011) - Chicago's Red 7 Salon owned by David Kafer and Jason Hall recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY magazine, the top business publication for salon and spa owners.

The magazine's 14th annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2011 issue. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.

The magazine honored applicants in 12 different best practice categories, including Compensation and Benefits, Retention and Referral Programs, Customer Service, Recruitment and Training, Advanced Education, Marketing, Environmental Sustainability, Philanthropy, Retail and Merchandising, Technology, and Sales Growth. Red 7 Salon was honored in the following: Growth, Recruitment & Training

"Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices," said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. "The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2011 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and fresh, sales-building ideas."

For a salon to be named to the SALON TODAY 200, it had to meet the following criteria: 1) The salon or spa opened on or before January 1, 2008. 2) The salon is a provider of professional salon services including one, or more, of the following: hair care, nail care, skin care, body care or spa treatments; 3) The salon or spa generated annual service and product sales revenues of at least $250,000 per year since 2008; 4) The owner provided statistical information about his or her business and completed at least one of the Best Practice category essay sections; and 5) The applicant submitted documentation to verify financials if he or she competed in the growth category.

In the commemorative January/February 2011 issue, SALON TODAY profiled 200 individual salons, although these salons could be honored in more than one category. The 2011 SALON TODAY 200 honored 100 salons in Growth; 26 in Compensation and Benefits; 25 in Retention and Referral Programs; 23 in Customer Service; 21 in Recruitment and Training; 25 in Advanced Education; 25 in Marketing; 27 in Environmental Sustainability; 20 in Philanthropy; 27 in Retail and Merchandising; and 25 in Technology.

Salon Today is a division of Modern Salon Media, which is owned by Vance Publishing Corporation in Lincolnshire, IL.

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New Year, New You... Makeover Contest

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ROUGE MAGAZINE MAKEOVER

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SHOP EVANSTON MAGAZINE REVIEW

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SALON TODAY 2010

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MODERN SALON

RED 7 SALON Colorist - Jennifer - was featured in the latest issue of Modern Salon Magazine!

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LOLLAPALOOZA: Styling Rockin' Hair with RED 7 Salon to Lady Gaga!

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LOLLA 2010

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Ke$ha with Stylist Kelsey

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The National with Stylist Katherine

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Sarah from Arcade Fire with Master Stylist David

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Nora (The Greeks), Aaron (Magnetic Zeros) with Master Stylist David

Wella Color Discovery Tour Stops in the Windy City!

Second City Style had the opportunity to catch up Managing Director/Co-Owner of RED 7 Salon, Jason Hall, about finding the right hair colorist, the hottest hair color trends for transitioning from summer to fall, and how to maximizes at-home care for a healthy head of colored tresses. Read The Full Article

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RED 7 SALON (David Kafer/hair & Crystal Thomas/make-up) styles Perez Hilton for his Lollapalooza party, "One Night in Chicago"

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Chicago Mag

RED 7 SALON (210 W. Kinzie St., 2nd floor; 312-644-7337) refutes the notion that all high-end salons are intimidating and impersonal, David Kafer, the former director of education at Tiffani Kim, and his partner, Jason Hall, have decorated this charming River North space with warm primary color tones and vintage furniture. They spray hand towels with lavender, offer complimentary hand massages, and send customers a quarterly newsletter that announces salon events and happy hours. And the haircuts? "Stylish - and slightly daring," says one happy customer, Jackie Adams. "My last haircut received compliments from friends and co-workers, and even from style-challenged guys who never noticed hairstyles."

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Hat Tea

MAY 2010 - Hat Tea for the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

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8 Chicago salons offer hot hairstyles for spring
By Erin Sarris

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Finding a good salon is like finding the perfect pair of black stiletto boots. The search is painful - trying on style after style - but in the end, it fits perfectly.

Such was the case when I stumbled (probably because of my senseless stilettos) into Red 7 Salon on Kinzie Street a few days ago.

After climbing a fantastically cartoonish set of stairs, I landed on a platform, immediately smelling salon air. Red 7's part whimsical, part rock 'n' roll, part David Mamet Chicago, and a large part Alice in Wonderland. I half expected the tea I was drinking (that the very friendly staff brewed for me) to bear a signing reading ‘Drink Me.'

First things first, they bathed my untamed hair with high quality Bumble & Bumble product. However, the quality product was secondary to the scalp massage. This wasn't the obligatory scratch-client's-head-for-17-seconds-to-make-the-customer-feel-good scalp massage. This was a complimentary, very thorough service that they offer to all clients. (Another comp service: easy check out. Pay from your chair and walk out the door.)

Wet and clean, I made my way to David's chair. Oh David!...one of the very few stylists (and co-owner of the salon) who actually cares about what the client wants. "Trim or cut?"; "Layers or no?"; "Bangs or wisps?" And at the end of my haircut (after stimulating conversation ranging from color guards to dating to Chicago architecture, and a complimentary, hot lotion hand massage) - guess what? - he listened. My hair was barely shorter, but a whole lot healthier, bouncier, and bangier. Plus, I made a new friend.

Two, in fact. Crystal - the cutest, spunkiest thing you ever did see - completed my look with a make-up consultation. I like to think I know a thing or two about make-up (duh, you can't wear pink lipstick with blue liner), but this one knows it all, and you can see it on her face. Flawless, fun, and composed, I think she pulled the same look off on me.

I was now ready to take on the town....or the Red Queen...whatever happened first.

So head to Kinzie Street - up the whimsical, red-carpetted staircase and past the steam of salon air. After your services, you'll be thrilled with what you see reflected through the lookingglass...

Salon Today 2010

RED 7 SALON won TWO more categories - Customer Service, and Recruitment and Training by SALON TODAY MAGAZINE.

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Stitch Fashion.com

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Underground Club - Anna Fong show

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Rachael Ray Show

DAVID KAFER, Master Stylist/Co-Owner

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Crave Chicago

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Modern Salon

If you were in Chicago this past weekend, there was no way to miss it: Lollapalooza was back for its fourth summer in the Windy City! For the third year, our friends at Red 7 Salon were the hairstylists of choice, with a prime spot in VIP gifting suite at the Hard Rock Hotel -- and they invited us along to hang out with all the cool kids!

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U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 -- Red 7 Salon has been selected for the 2009 Best of Chicago Award in the Hair Salons category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

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Hat Tea

MAY 2009 - Hat Tea for the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

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Salon Today 2009

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (January 2009) - Chicago's Red 7 Salon owned by David Kafer and Jason Hall, recently was named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine, a top business publication for salon and spa owners.

The magazine's twelfth annual Salon Today 200 profiled the selected salons in its January 2009 issue. The 200 salons were selected from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country. The magazine honored the applicants who posted the highest increases in gross sales between 2006 and 2007.

"The twelfth annual issue of the Salon Today 200 features growing salons with excellent customer service, innovative marketing and top education for employees," said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today. "In an ever-challenging economic climate, the Salon Today 200 salons continue to grow by implementing the best business practices, providing a rewarding environment for their staff members and a standout experience for their clients."

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Amber Lynn Designs

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HAIR BALL Cats in Space

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Wanda Cobar Fashion Show

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Fashion Chicago Magazine

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LOLLAPALOOZA - The Music Lounge

The artist getting his haircut is BEN JELEN.

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Anna Fong Collection

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USLBA June 2008

Red 7 Salon Receives 2008 Best of Chicago Award

U.S. Local Business Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
WASHINGTON D.C., June 17, 2008 -- Red 7 Salon has been selected for the 2008 Best of Chicago Award in the Hair Salons category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

2008 Best of CitySearch

Congratulations! RED 7 SALON has been voted the Best of Citysearch, Look Hot Feel Good Winner for the Haute Haircut by the Citysearch Chicago User Community.

Follicle transplants are raising eyebrows

By Josh Zembik | Columbia News Service
March 11, 2008

NEW YORK - The doctor injected a local anesthetic above Norma Ostraco's brow and behind her ear. Ostraco was awake and excited during the two-hour surgery. Follicle by follicle, Dr. Robert Bernstein harvested a tiny clump of hair from the side of her head and gave her new eyebrows.

Ostraco, 56, of New York City, had always been proud of her eyebrows, which she never waxed or tweezed. "Every girl was jealous of my arches," she boasted. "As the years went by though, one day I looked in the mirror, and thought, 'Wow, they've gotten so thin and sparse.'"

So Ostraco, a retired New York City police detective, went straight to her computer and looked for solutions. She briefly considered eyebrow tattoos, but her daughter convinced her that it was not a good idea. She didn't want her tattooed eyebrows to droop as she aged. Then she read about eyebrow transplants.

Throughout the country, follically challenged and over-tweezed women (and some men) are discovering a new solution to their eyebrow woes that does not involve tattoos or makeup pencils.

Eyebrow transplants accounted for just 3 percent of all hair transplants in 2006, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, but they increased by 35 percent over the previous two years and appear to be gaining momentum.

Often overlooked and taken for granted, eyebrows actually play a key role in non-verbal communication.

"Eyebrows are the most important part of the face," said Crystal Thomas, a brow specialist at Red 7 Salon in Chicago. "Without eyebrows, people are expressionless. Even if somebody's got great makeup, if their eyebrows are wrong, it won't look right."

Women have long sought the perfect accent over their eyes, carefully plucking hairs to get the precise shape and look for a particular era.

Whether from over-tweezing or heredity, some women find as time passes that their eyebrows thin out or completely disappear, leading them to transplants, said Dr. William Rassman, a hair-transplant surgeon at the New Hair Institute in Los Angeles.

"But men come to us too," he added. "They usually want more of an eyebrow. They like bushy eyebrows -- not Albert Einstein bushy -- but more in that direction. It's very manly."

Hair transplants to the scalp to combat baldness have been popular since the 1980s. The first eyebrow transplant was performed in the United States in the early 1990s. The procedure takes between two and three hours.

Hair is taken from one part of the body and transplanted in the barren regions where it is needed. However, implantation in the eyebrow is trickier than in other locations because eyebrow hair lies almost flat to the brow, a tough angle at which to insert follicles.

The direction and shape of the hairs also are critical to the final result. Sometimes the surgery can result in a stray hair or two growing in a less than ideal direction. (Of course, they can always be plucked.)

A typical eyebrow requires between 50 and 300 transplanted hairs. The follicles are often taken from behind the ear, but doctors have also used hair from legs and the trunk of the body, wherever finer, more brow-like hair can be found.

Depending on the surgeon, an eyebrow transplant can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.

American Salon March 2008

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Salon Today 2007

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (January 2008) - Chicago's Red 7 Salon owned by David Kafer and Jason Hall, recently was named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine, a top business publication for salon and spa owners.

The magazine's eleventh annual Salon Today 200 profiled the selected salons in its January 2008 issue. The 200 salons were selected from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country. The magazine honored the applicants who posted the highest increases in gross sales between 2005 and 2006, and who were on track to increase sales significantly in 2007.

"The eleventh annual issue of the Salon Today 200 features growing salons with excellent customer service, innovative marketing and top education for employees," said Laurel Smoke, editor-in-chief of Salon Today. "Salon Today 200 owners keep their businesses competitive by branding their salons and spas in their communities as the best places for beauty services and treatments."

For a salon to be named to the Salon Today 200, it had to meet the following criteria: 1) The salon is a provider of professional salon services including one, or more, of the following: hair care, nail care, skin care, body care or spa treatments; 2) It generated gross annual sales revenues of at least $250,000; 3) The salon's revenues were greater in 2006 than 2005, and projected to be even higher in 2007; 4) The owner charted his or her business financial growth for the past three years and shared information about the service and product categories that fueled the salon's growth; and 5) The applicant submitted financial documentation, such as a tax return or certified letter from an accountant, to verify revenues.

Growth-oriented salons of every type and size participated and were showcased in the issue. To help the magazine's readers benchmark their own businesses against the honorees, the Salon Today 200 coverage was broken down into four revenue categories: 25 were profiled in the $250,000 to $499,999 category; 69 were profiled in the $500,000 to $999,999 category; 63 were profiled in the $1 million to $1,999,999 million category; and 43 in the $2 million-plus category. Each salon competed for a spot in the 200 against other businesses in the same revenue category.

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Salon Today 2006

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (January 2005) - Chicago's Red 7 Salon owned by David Kafer & Jason Hall, recently was named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons by Salon Today magazine, a top business publication for the professional beauty industry.

The magazine's ninth annual Salon Today 200 profiled the selected salons in its January 2006 issue. The 200 salons were selected from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons in the country. The magazine honored the applicants who posted the highest increases in gross sales between 2003 and 2004, and who were on track to increase sales significantly in 2005.

"Salon Today 200 owners are the salon industry's cream of the crop," said Laurel Smoke, editor of Salon Today. "These owners pursue education, devise creative marketing plans and offer promotions in order to keep their businesses competitive and appealing to savvy clients."

For a salon to be named to the Salon Today 200 , it had to meet the following criteria:

1) The salon is a provider of professional salon services including one, or more, of the following: hair care, nail care, skin care, body care or spa treatments; 2) It generated gross annual sales revenues of at least $100,000; 3) The salon's revenues were greater in 2004 than 2003, and projected to be even higher in 2005; 4) The owner charted his or her business financial growth for the past three years and shared information about the service and product categories that fueled the salon's growth; and 5) The applicant submitted financial documentation, such as a tax return or certified letter from an accountant, to verify revenues.

Growth-oriented salons of every type and size participated and were showcased in the issue. To help the magazine's readers benchmark their own businesses against the honorees, the Salon Today 200 coverage was broken down into four revenue categories: 34 were profiled in the $100,000 to $500,000 category; 61 were profiled in the $500,000 to $1 million category; 71 were profiled in the $1 million to $2 million category; and 34 in the $2 million-plus category. Each salon competed for a spot in the 200 against other businesses in the same revenue category.

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Tumble Dry Low - Best Short Hair Salons

Okay, Chicago -- is it really necessary to have two great places for a woman to get her short hair cut? Can't you spread out the great stylists a little? David is yet another reason for a short haired woman to move to Chicago. I asked him what ideas he had for my hair, and he came up with a 1920's bob that hits right below my ears and makes me look like I have cheek bones. The cut I ended up with is not the bob that I wore in my high school days either--it's a fascinating cut that has a lot of style and movement. Also, and this is a plus, David was not phased when I said I don't blow dry. He simply suggested that we'll limit the amount of layers to make the hair still look good. Even so, I'll admit David's hair cut made me wish I had the patience, time, energy, and arm muscles to wield a blow dryer. After the cut was styled, this was probably the most glamorous cut I've ever received: definite model hair. I tried to put off washing my hair for as long as possible....but, in the end, you have to shampoo, you know. I've never been able to get the cut to look quite as fabulous as it did that first day. But, thanks to my three minute styling regimen, I now have a cool cut that looks like me. It's worth noting that the Red 7 Salon is one of the friendliest salons I've been to. David even charmed my mom, who came along to observe. In the end, for an hour, this salon made me feel like I was the center of the world, with a complementary hand massage (yes!), good cold drinks, a hug, and an uber-chic cut.

Windy City Media Group: Red 7 Salon: Color of Success

Contrary to popular belief, not all salons are soulless entities where employees are clad in black with faces devoid of expression. Thankfully, there is the Red 7 Salon in the River North area; the tones in the place are as warm as the staff. Apparently, Chicago magazine agrees; the journal anointed the make-over boutique "Best New Salon."

Windy City Times chatted with Jason Hall, who co-owns Red 7 with his life and business partner David Kafer. Hall weighed in on everything from charities to the salon's unique touches.

Windy City Times: How did you come up with the name Red 7?

Jason Hall: David and I came up with it together. [ Red ] is one of our favorite colors and 7 is one of our favorite numbers-not that we're gamblers! [ Laughs ] It also was our e-mail address for years. Also, we didn't want to name the place something like DavidJason. That seems a bit pretentious. We wanted to give the place a name that was cute, catchy, and meaningful.

WCT: How did you get started?

JH: David was in the salon industry for about 12 years. I've done a whole bunch of things; I went to school for theater and communication and have worked in the retail, advertising, marketing, public relations, and dot-com industries.

I got laid off from a dot-com business and looked for something comparable. [ Eventually ] a friend of a friend suggested to David and I that we should start our own business-but I said no. I envisioned that David should have his own salon but that I would be involved in something else, like advertising. However, when the topic was brought up again, it sounded like a good idea.

I did research for a couple of months about how to construct a good business plan. About three months later I came up with a plan-which I rewrote about 10 times.

Then, we decided to shop our plan around and get a loan. However, a lot of standard banks refused to give us loans because a lot of start-up salons fail. Then, we heard about ACCION Chicago ( a not-for-profit agency that works with small businesses ) -and they were a great help. We opened in May 2002. We've had some bumps along the way but, overall, things have gone pretty smoothly. That tells me that we're doing the right thing.

WCT: Something else that indicates that you're doing the right things is being named Best New Salon by Chicago magazine. How did you find out and what does [ the honor ] mean to you?

JH: It's huge. It's totally huge. Chicago magazine called us and said that they wanted to talk with us. When the reporter contacted us, she said that people had [ communicated with ] them that they should check out our place. The "Best of" issue is a bible for some people. They keep the issue all year round and visit every place that's listed, from the cobblers to the restaurants.

WCT: And has your business increased?

JH: Yes. I was concerned because I didn't know if I could handle the new business. It's the fear of success. What's been great is that the [ increase in customers ] has been very gradual. What's also great is that we ha

RED 7 SALON Review

Just steps from the Merchandise Mart is one of Chicago's top salons, RED 7 SALON. Business partners David and Jason serve as gracious hosts to an eclectic mix of loyal clientele. While David's resume is impressive, it's his innate ability and talented staff that keep this salon bustling.

Located on the second floor of a vintage three flat at 210 West Kinzie the salon itself is quaint and charming. The walls of RED 7 are painted in warm tones that conjure up a fashionable friend's stylish pad rather then the crisp minimalist look favored by many a downtown salon.

At RED 7 it's all about hair! They cut, color and style as well as offering popular treatments such as Thermal Reconditioning and hair extensions. Additional services include makeup application and brow shaping (via tweezing). RED 7 is the destination for many a bride-to-be; offering makeup and hair packages offsite as well as at the salon.

I booked an appointment on a busy Friday afternoon with David. During my visit David's talent and warmth, as well as the hospitality of the entire RED 7 team, impressed me. Don't let the laid back setting fool you, Chicago's creme de la creme are among those fortunate enough to be colored and coiffed at RED 7 SALON.

If you've been searching for an intimate spot to get an incredible cut and color while dishing with your stylist, RED 7 SALON is just the place.

RED 7 SALON - A Guy's View

I was scheduled at RED 7 SALON for a men's cut and highlight, the highlight being a treatment that I would not normally request. Upon entering the salon I was greeted and given a quick tour of RED 7, while I waited briefly for my stylist to finish up her previous appointment. I immediately felt at ease; the staff at RED 7 SALON is very polite and the atmosphere is laid-back and comfortable. In fact, the reality of RED 7 was quite different than I expected; there were no pungent product odors, nor was the salon filled with gossiping women. I sat surrounded by a clientele and staff of mixed gender in a relaxed atmosphere.

The staff seems extremely knowledgeable and very capable of handling both the female and, yes, even the male clients. I felt like I was able to just sit back and let the stylists at RED 7 SALON take care of me 100%. My stylist did a wonderful job- she gave me some input about my look while being attentive to my ideas. My female stylist was even a sports enthusiast, something I did not expect.

After my cut, we decided to try some highlights. Not something I usually do, but it turned out really well. The whole process was quick and painless. The end color is very natural (important factor), yet different. Everything turned out better than I had expected. Great experience! I left RED 7 SALON extremely satisfied.


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