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Conversations/Salon of the Month 2 1 At Penny Lane Hair Studios in Chicago, don’t be surprised if you see someone decked out in full-on zombie makeup sitting next to a lady in curlers. —Marianne Dougherty W hen best friends Christine Conley and Coral Gable decided to open a salon in Chicago’s Logan Square, they wanted a name that wouldn’t sound too girlie—for fear of scaring off male clients—but they also wanted something with a retro vibe. Since they both love The Beatles, they decided Penny Lane Hair Studios was perfect. Conley was keen on furnishing the 950-square-foot space with vintage items and flea market finds, which explains the old suitcases and library ladders, not to mention the card catalog that doubles as a bench in the reception area. “We found that at a university on the South Side that went digital and was selling everything off,” says Conley, who has considered hiding candy in the drawers in case anyone gets curious enough to look. While a general contractor handled the actual renovation, she and Gable spent four months hand-picking every piece of furniture—except the shampoo bowls and chairs, which are from Pibbs—and celebrated their grand opening just last month. With BFAs in costume design from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, Conley and Gable had been working as freelance wig stylists and makeup artists, but the work wasn’t steady. That’s when they came up with the idea of going to beauty school and opening a salon that could double as a studio for their wig work. Unlike most salons, Penny Lane is open on Monday when theaters are dark, because that’s the only day actors can come in for wig fittings or to have their hair cut or colored. Services, which are scripted on library book checkout slips, include traditional cuts and color for men and women, blowouts, roller sets and beard trims, as well as the offbeat: handlebar mustache maintenance, custom wigs and hair pieces, and Blushing Bride and Zombie Cheerleader makeovers. The two expect to be busy come Halloween, doing everything from scars to full-on zombie makeup. Looking to the future, the plan is to hire someone who specializes in alopecia and to bring on a few people to create customized wigs or hairpieces for cancer patients. Eventually, they’d like to train all of the stylists on staff in wig dressing and wig building. “The theater community is very excited that we’re here, and we’re already booking more shows,” says Conley, who envisions someday having a crew of trained professionals large enough so that she can send them on location for the run of a show. ABOVE: ➊ Library ladders lean against an exposed brick wall. ➋ Vintage suitcases keep towels within easy reach above the shampoo bowls. ➌ A card catalog serves as a bench in the reception area. 104 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | MARCH 2013 3 Penny Lane’s library motif extends to its website, where the menu looks like an n old-school card catalog. Christine Conley and Coral Gable spent four months handpicking every piece of vintage furniture— except the shampoo bowls and chairs— scoring finds at flea markets and online. Details, Details Haircare DevaCurl, Woody’s Grooming Color Line Scruples Furniture Pibbs shampoo bowls and chairs Perks Complimentary beer and coffee, and a $2 DIY nail bar PENNY LANE HAIR STUDIOS 2658 N. Sawyer Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 CHRISTINE CONLEY STUDIO CITY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013

Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013
Log On
Editor’s Notebook
On The Cover
Runway Report
Hollywood Report
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Giving Back
Mood Board
La Vie en Rose
Free Launch
Quick Tips
Social Network
Advertiser Index
World View

Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013