Tress report

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17, high school student

Hair story: "I have never been to a salon."

Ever? "No, never."

Strangers tell her: "You have gorgeous hair."

Hair care products: "Almond oil. You can buy it at the grocery store."

Have you ever cut it? "I used to have it to my knees. Then, five or six years ago, I cut it to my ears and I was, 'I want my hair back.' I was crying." (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / September 6, 2011)

Cost: "$20 — then they touched it up for $7."

Max she'd pay for a haircut: $80

Reaction on the street: "Cool guys say, 'I love the style.'"

Products she buys: "A Moroccan oil and olive oil. I also like to use shea butter and coconut oil."SHAUN VIAU

24, advertising coordinator

Been to any bad stylists? "Four! But now I've been going to the same place for four years. The first time he cut it I loved it."

Thoughts on hair: "It's like a calling card."

Cost: $35 every three weeks discounted to $28 — "because I go so often."

Investment strategy: "I don't smoke. I don't have other bad habits I need to pay for. I'll put money into my hair."


23, clothing store manager

Hair philosophy: "It's very important to me. It frames your face and it's a symbol of healthiness and beauty."

Are you shopping for a stylist? "I had somebody who always did my hair in the suburbs but since I moved to the city I just go to random places. I'd much rather go to someone I liked."

How much do you pay now? $20 every three weeks

Daily hair products: Two, paste and hair spray, plus his roommate's shampoo.

What your hair says about you: "Derelict preppy."
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