Studio Within is a full service Salon and Spa with a flair of vintage charm. We offer hair, massage, facials, waxing, lash and hair extensions. As a DevaCurl Advanced Stylist, Kristy is the Queen of Curls. Clients from all over the map have flocked to Kristy for her knowledge and expertise regarding their curly 'dos. Whether you need a DevaCut that will change your life or a No-Poo Transformation Service, book with Kristy and see for yourself how this Devacurl Advanced Stylist will teach you to love and care for your curls!
Paul made me look amazing. So patient, such a good teacher, and an awesome stylist. I highly recommend him, and am a Deva-convert.
I had my first Deva appointment with Paul a few weeks ago. He made my hair look super-curly in a way I’ve never been able to do myself. He was very thorough in teaching me how to do it myself. He showed me how to wash and condition my hair, properly apply product, and how to dry it to maximize my hair’s potential.I will admit that it’s taken me some time to master what he taught me, but every day it looks closer and closer to how pretty it looked when he did it. I’m absolutely thrilled with my cut, and my new ways of caring for my hair. I recommend Paul to anyone who thinks their hair is a lost cause... because I felt that way and have been shown the light. Thank you Paul!!
This is the first time I got a haircut specifically for curly hair. I've always opted for straightening treatments because my curly hair was difficult to manage but this year I decided to embrace my natural curls. I realized I'd been getting my hair cut the wrong way all this while!! My curls were cut , conditioned and dried in different techniques and this is the first time I didn't walk out with a typical straight hair blowout but embraced my curls! First of all, the salon is amazing. Such good vibes and they always have an offer going on. The staff is super friendly and I knew I wanted to go back there as soon as I went for my initial consultation. Gina is amazing and she gave me valuable tips on how to take care of my curls and habits to involve in my everyday routine to make my curls manageable and frizz free. I got a Deva curl haircut and rose gold highlights and my curls have never looked better!! Highly recommend - this is my go to place for any hair treatments now. Gina texted me the next day to ask how my hair was doing and that just speaks to how wonderful the service is.
Love my new cut. Best. haircut. ever.
Gina worked with me for my first Deva cut ever. She explained everything she was doing and taught me new techniques for properly caring for my curls. After the transformation, my curls had never looked so defined, bouncy, and frizz-free before. Highly recommended!
Excellent service. Georgina did an excellent job in my hair. She not only made beautiful but she walked me through the process ant thought me a lot. I would definitely recommend this place, especially Georgina.
Paul was so understanding and validating of my hair. I'm used to being half complimented half mocked about my hair, and having stylists who just didn't know how to do it or what to say. So I was, understandably, hesitant to put all of my trust in his hands. But as we got further I trusted him more and when I saw the final results I was shocked. My hair had never looked or felt that way in my entire life. No one is a lost cause. I'm never going back :)
Can’t express in words how mind blowing this class has been to me. The experience, knowledge, and simplicity that this class has given me, definitely makes me re-think how I will be approaching my curly hair clientele. Paul is AMAZING ! Super excited to take the next step, and can’t wait for my next class on DECEMBER !!! Thank you Paul !
Attended an amazing class with Paul as the instructor on the Deva Curl product, as a stylist who prides themselves as being knowledgeable about textured hair I would have to say a was completely blown away with the education I received from Paul in the short amount of time spent with him. He has made me reevaluate the way I will be addressing the needs of my curly hair clients; I can’t wait to attend the next class with Deva Curl in DEC.
I had the opportunity to gain curl knowledge in a classroom setting taught by Paul. This “Curl Coach” truly knows his stuff. I learned more in 3 hours than all the research I’ve done in years. I also had the pleasure of becoming his model. My curls are beautiful. After watching Paul style my hair, I realized the mistakes of my daily routine. For an amazing curl experience, book with Paul.
I have grown my hair long for the first time in my life. Now that it is relatively long, I have been stumbling through blog posts and Internet forums trying to figure out how to take advantage of my curly hair and get it to look the best it can.A cut and style with Paul is what I’ve needed all along. He kept it simple but really explained the ‘why’ of what he does. My hair has never looked so good. I cannot recommend him more highly. Do yourself a favor and get an appointment.
I found Paul using the salon finder on this website and I’m so glad that I did! I learned so much about how to reduce the time it takes to wash my hair and what products will effectively moisturize my hair. I told him my goals for my hair and he set realistic expectations and gave me the best cut I’ve ever had. Paul diligently cut my dead ends without taking too much length, a delicate balance where I’ve been disappointed by stylists far too many times. Thank you so much, Paul!
I can tell Kristy was very well informed when it came to my curly hair. I was a little iffy when I noticed she didn't have any type of curly hair but the way she observed my hair and then spoke to me about just showed great knowledge. She left my hair so curly and bouncy, wish she could do it every morning!
I am so unbelievably happy that I found this place! Everything from the staff to the services are total perfection!
I have never met someone more passionate and meticulous about curls than Paul. I've been going to the Deva salon in NYC for almost a decade and thought I was fully versed in all things Deva. Paul showed me new tricks to the trade and shortcuts to make detangling and styling less time consuming and labor intensive. Plus he's hilarious. I've never had more fun at a salon in my life (and as a Dominican I've spent about half my life in a salon). He went the extra mile and didn't stop trying new strategies with my curls until he was happy. He explained why we must say NO to coconut oil (I know right?). I have a mop of super curly textured hair and he literally left no strand untouched. His salon chair is truly a curly oasis.
for the first time I learned how to really take care of my curly hair. paul taught me how to wash it, style it, and dry it. absolutely would recommend for any curly cue! it’ll change the way you view haircuts.
I have thick curly hair that I have never really enjoyed until I got my Deva cut from Paul. He was amazing! He not only showed how to wash and style my hair he had me do it with him. So when I left I knew exactly what I was doing to be able to wear my curls down. Best hair cut ever!!!
Kristy, thank you for fixing my curls! What a difference!
It was so nice meeting you! BEST haircut EVER! Will be flying in from Hawaii for my next haircut!
I came to see Kristy after getting a not so great haircut in another state. We had a consultation to discuss long term goals for my hair. After the our chat I felt 100% confident to have her cut my curls. What a transformation. I couldn't be happier and my hair looks fabulous.
Today I got my first Devacut by Paul. I was a bit nervous, but he was great at explaining the entire process to me. He also gave me detailed instructions on what to do at home and what products to purchase to maintain it. I was extremely pleased with the service that I received and will definitely return.
I had the pleasure of being styled by Paul. He was excellent. Not only did he transform my curls but gave me tips on how to care for my hair! I would defiantly recommend Paul. I love my curls thank you!!!
Kristy was amazing !!! I was so nervous... as you can imagine. She gave me a great style lesson. I was also using all the wrong Devacurl products for my curl texture. I'm loving my new haircut and products so much.
Paul did such a good job cutting and styling my hair! I was always hesitant when getting a haircut but now I don't have to be! Paul took the time to show me how he was styling my hair so that I could do it for myself at home. I didn't even realize my hair was as curly as it was! Paul is great and he has gained a new client!!
AMAZING! Styled by Paul, who is so helpful and friendly. He taught me all about my curls and how to care for them. My cut was wonderful, and afterwards he showed me how to clean and style my curls like a pro. My hair hasn't been THIS CURLY in so long and I'm happy Paul worked his magic and brought them back to life. PLEASE be good to yourself and visit Paul ;)
Gina was my stylist and she was wonderful! She took the time to explain everything, she was very kind, made sure I had everything I needed and she did fabulous. I love how she took her time to make sure my first experience was amazing because it was. She made me love my curls more than I've ever known and now I honestly want to wear my hair like this all the time. Thank you Gina! You really gave me confidence in my natural that I didn't know I had. It was phenomenal <3
I try to book a Deva cut while I travel for work. I have had quite a few haircuts searching for the perfect one. I found it. Kristy (the owner) taught me how to use the products and gave me a step by step lesson on how to re create my look for days to come. She was very knowledgable with the products as she answered all my many questions. I am so pleased with my haircut, my curls have never looked better. I will travel to Chicago for my haircuts from now on. Wonderful experience !!!
Call Studio Within today for a DevaCut with Kristy! She is the absolute best! I have had my fair share of bad haircuts in the past with stylists not knowing how to cut curly hair...but before we got started, Kristy asked what I was looking for, showed me exactly where she wanted to cut, asked my opinion, and away we went! Throughout the process, she was telling me step by step what she was doing and how I can do it at home too. After, she pointed out all the products with detailed instructions...oh and my curls looked fabulous and still do! This is the healthiest my hair has ever been. I'll never go back to my old products or to a normal hair cut again! Thank you so much Kristy!
I got a complementary deep condition and "curly class" with Paul because of my membership with the spa. I'm no amateur when it comes to dealing with my 3B mop and am used to devacurl cuts and products, so I was SO surprised and happy when Paul showed me some new styling tips. He showed me how to get ready faster and use up less product, and how to really work with the direction of my curl to reduce frizz. I've been using his tips for about a month now and my hair looks fabulous. His curly consult is definitely worth it and I cannot wait to get a cut with him!
I was nervous about seeing a new stylist, but Paul assuaged my fears and I left the salon with an incredibly adorable cut, beautiful highlights, and great tips and tricks for styling my coily curls at home. This is not my first Deva cut, but it is, by far, the best! Paul is patient and professional and I appreciate the time he devoted to making my hair look great!
I can't get over how amazing my hair looks thanks to the magic of Paul Martinez. He unveiled the curls that had been hiding under frizz for years. Provided a lesson on how to keep up the curls and made sure I understood the routine. My hair looks healthier than it has for a long time. I can't imagine letting anyone else near my hair after this amazing experience.
I have a love/hate relationship with my curls. For the past 3 years I've been giving my hair a break from the hot tools (with the occasional blow dry every now and then) but since I moved to Chicago I hadn't been able to find anyone who made me feel comfortable getting a curly hair cut. Paul was very knowledgeable and helpful. He showed me how I should be styling my hair, how to massage and condition it, how to diffuse it, and even how to put it up in a pony tail! I couldn't be happier with my first experience with the DevaCut. 100% recommend Paul at Studio Within!
I was looking for a new curly style that could be professional for C-suite yet still have some sex appeal for after work. Paul took the challenge and gave me a great cut/style and gave me lots of good tips. Paul also decided my color needed a tone down and put on the final touches. Voila!Couldn't be happier.
I highly recommend Paul Martinez. I went in for a hair cut and pintura highlights and I was really impressed with how much attention he put into my appointment. Not to mention he taught me how to style my hair the right way which definitely has updated my routine. If you have the money, I would definitely recommend setting an appointment up with him since I know it is a tad bit expensive but it's well worth it to have gorgeous curly hair.
I found Paul on this website, after a friend of mine told me about the Devacurl cut. He is very experienced and took his time to explain the process and teach me how to get the most of my curls. I am very happy with my new do!
I was walking by the salon and saw they had Deva Curl products so I stopped in to look just as a whim. Paul approached me and asked if I'd like a complimentary consultation which included a free demonstration and styling of the products on my hair. Why not? He took me through step by step and showed me how to wash, condition, dry and style my hair. Was amazed with the results!!
Paul is by far the best curly hairstylest around! Not only does he style your hair to perfection but he also teaches you how to take care of it. The salon itself is clean, open, and friendly. If you're in town this salon is a must!
I have had curly hair struggles my whole life. I made an appointment with Jacob after seeing his work on Instagram. AMAZING! Jacob explained the cut and gave me several color options. I'm in love with the results. I've already had many compliments on my hair. I'm so happy I found Jacob and Studio Within.
I made an emergency appointment at Studio Within after my normal hairdresser, who never cut my hair curly before, made the attempt...and failed miserably. I am so glad the excellent staff at Studio Within was able to find an appointment for me within a few days, and with an expert like Paul, no less. He made sure I was on-board with his approach, and then carefully walked me through every step of the process. I wish I had taken notes, he gave me so much good information - but, fortunately, he sent me home with a summary! I only hoped to bring my hair from disaster to bearable, but Paul sent me home with a style that I'm genuinely excited about. He DEFINITELY knows his stuff!
I'm in love with my new Devacurl cut. After years of horrible haircuts I finally left the salon with amazing curls. My hair has never looked better. Thank you, thank you Kristy. I love my new hair.
I went to Studio Within Salon for my first devacut with Jacob Greenfield as my stylist. I checked his work on instagram and was pleasantly surprised to find that all of his styles were gorgeous and some on girls with similar curls to mine (3b/c). He has free consultations (about 15 min) so I went in a week before to show him some pictures I found on pinterest of styles I was interested in. He shared, per my request, what he thought would look good on me ("lots of layers").I was so blessed to have him as my stylist! There was a $75 special for new clients to get their first devacut (includes: cut, wash, and style w/devacurl products), which is exactly what this college girl needed! I walked out feeling more beautiful and comfortable than I have ever felt in my curls! The style lasted for four full days before I pinned it back on day five because of frizz, and then washed it on day six. I am so pleased and plan on purchasing more deva products (the primary reason my hair turned out so well) in the near future! I’ll be back for another cut probably next year! #besthaircutinmylife
I went into Studio Within looking for a new stylist in my neighborhood. I'm glad I came across this place because I saw they have Deva Curl products and I have curly hair. I had my haircut with Gina and she is terrific and super nice, she's also a deva certified stylist. I absolutely love my curls more than I ever had in the past. If you're looking for a new stylist, I highly recommend Gina!
Paul is a miracle worker. Curly girls, go see him! My curls are infused with fresh life and moisture! He spent tons of time with my tangled mane, and my curls have never looked better!!
I'm transitioning from Brazilian Blowout to my naturally curly state. Was very nervous about my first curly cut - what if I hated it?? No worries with Paul. He explains everything, was very respectful that I wanted to keep my length and did a wonderful job. He spent almost 3 hours with me, teaching me all the deva steps to keep my hair in good condition while transitioning. By the time I walked out, I was in love! He's a curly haired person himself, so he definitely gets it. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with him!
All I can say is thank you to Paul and everyone at Studio Within! My favorite thing about this salon is that the stylists truly care about clients being able to sustain the health and beauty of their curls after they leave the salon. I've learned more about how to care for my curls in the past year than I have my entire life! Today, Paul gave me a new cut that rings true to who I am and the statement I'm trying to make. I couldn't be more grateful and thankful! For any of my curly hair family in Chicago looking for a salon to call home look no further!
I was walking by this salon after lunch with a friend who has great curls and she wanted to go in to check out DevaCurl. She loves DevaCurl and didn't know of a place here in Chicago. So we go in and are immediately greeted by Paul (he's got amazing curls of his own!) He takes us back to his room and starts talking to both of us about curls, how to style them and giving great tips. He then asks if we would like a demonstration and starts to cold wash my hair using DevaCurl products for wavy hair. He talked us through applying and scrunching the hair to style it. He then dried my hair and brought out waves I didn't even know I had! This was quite the afternoon and I felt so pampered without even having an appointment! I walked away with great hair and products! What a great experience. I will definitely bring people here and go back myself.
Paul gave me the cut and the look I've been dreaming of for years! I just moved to Chicago from Seattle. Right before moving I went to a "curl specialist" who left me with he worst cut of my life and no time to fix it. I wear my hair short, which is no easy feat with curls--unless you have the right cut! Coming from a rural life to a city life with four kids I needed to look and feel up-to-date and fresh. Living with a grandma cut was dragging me down and now I feel like a new woman! I couldn't be happier with the experience and the results. Studio Within is a great spot with great people and Paul is fabulous!!!
Paul transformed my dead blonde hair into a dark color that was healthy again. He's the best!
Thank you Paul for spending hours with me and teaching me how to style my hair. An amazingly talented and patient teacher.. Zen like!! My curly hair has always had a mind of it's own and be as oppositional as I can be sometimes!
I Love my devacut and color Paul changed my life. People say they never knew I had curly hair, a star from Los Angeles has arrived in Chicago!
I never did anything to my hair all through college, in fear of living another nighmare. I heard of devacurl found Paul on the stylist finder reviewed is instagram @curlcoachpaul. He is the real deal, all curly girls that look amazing. Paul is our knight in shining armour! Thank you for the haircut and highlights I found my stylist for life!
I just left Paul Martinez at Studio Within and all I can say is thank you. No wait ... HOLY HAYELL, THANK YOU!Paul took an incredible amount of time with me, ?coming in as someone who straightened my hair for 10 years and now returning to the curl life). He snipped slowly and methodically, took time at every single step to show me how to properly clean, condition and style, and was friendly & funny to boot.He fixed some bad "puppy dog ears" I had happening - no easy feat. My curls are now blended, moisturized and beautiful.I had a Deva cut with another stylist a few years ago and was totally disappointed. I'm so glad I decided to return and that I chose to see Paul. He clearly knows what he's doing, and that Master certification isn't for nothing!I highly, highly, highly recommend going to see Paul Martinez. He's a great curly stylist, a fun person to chat with while getting pretty, and overall hair life magician! Oh and he has long curly hair himself! He gets it.10/10 :)
I have long, loose curls that I have been growing out for years, and I've experimented with many products and techniques, but never tried Devacurl. Paul styled my hair and transformed my frizzy locks into perfect ringlets and imparted tons of wisdom new. Now I always use a spraybottle to apply my products, scrunch correctly, dry with a t-shirt or pillowcase, and blowdry super carefully. All of these tricks have reduced my frizz and added lots of bounce! I came back for a trim, and once again I left with volume and flair. Many of my colleagues noticed and complimented me the next day, which is rare for a curly trim. I was committed to my former stylist, but Paul's total knowledge and confidence with curls has got me hooked. He's the curl master and I totally recommend him!
You guys, do yourself a favor and just book an appointment. They are awesome! I was fortunate enough to work with both Kristy and Paul and they are both excellent. Kristy did my cut and then Paul did my color and SO much education about how to manage my curls at home. He was so thorough in explaining everything and was patient with me when I asked him to repeat the routine I should use back to me like three times so I wouldn't forget! Can't say enough great things about them.
Paul Martinez is a Master at his art! We discussed a plan (with pictures and good conversation) and he came up with a way to graduate into my dream style. This is the first cut/style with him and I already feel confident with his mad skills! Thanks Paul, see you in a few weeks XO
Paul transformed my hair to Beach Goddess standards. He made it silky, healthy, blonde, and sexy. People would come up to me to tell me how much they loved my hair. Paul is the Hair Guru of the Stars!
I love m curly hair now, thanks to Paul Martinez. He taught me how to do it on my own and my curls look better than they ever did!
I love my curly hair now! It looks great but the best part is that it's not crunchy like it was before I learned the Diva method and tried their products. Paul was very helpful and thorough in teaching me how to get my curls on my own.
I have been naturally curly for 7 months and could not take the shape my curls were growing in. I did my research and found Kristy! She did a FABULOUS job on cutting my curls into a more tapered look on the bottom and fuller on top. I'm now IN LOVE with my curly look and have already scheduled to see her again for my next trim. Kristy is so knowledgeable and definitely knows curly hair. You will love her!1
Kristy is the bomb.com with curls. I have 4a thick frizzy curls and she tamed them soooo good. The cut frames my face perfectly and I love the fact that she walks you through the Devacurl products so you know what to buy for your specific hair type. Def going to continue going to her as my hair grows out.
I love this place! I've had my hair cut here by most of the Deva stylists by now and have never had a bad cut. I used to straighten my hair and hide my curls, but then I heard about Devacurl and figured I'd give it a try. Kristy was the first to show me how my curls can REALLY look with a deva haircut and products. The warm atmosphere and complimentary tea just seals the deal. I tell all of my curly friends about Deva and Studio Within! Honestly I'll never go anywhere else.
I was pretty nervous to get a Devacut. I had only ever been to New York at the Devachan salon to get my cuts. I was recommended to see Kristy by a another curly girl. AMAZING !!! She was so knowledgable and even had a few new tricks for me to try to tame my frizzy curls. I will be back.
Kristy is a curl master! My curls went from lifeless locks to vivacious curls with just one haircut! Not only can she do an amazing DevaCut, she teaches you every step along the way so you can style your hair at home and always look your best. She consults with you before/after photos and makes you feel right at home with complimentary champagne and great atmosphere. Kristy and Studio Within definitely set the standard high!
If you have wavy or curly hair, Kristy is the only stylist you should be seeing. My hair is curly and pretty fine, but it was damaged from excessive bleaching and DIY dyeing over the years. After one haircut, my hair looked like it was never damaged. What was once dull and flat is now healthy and bouncy. I used to panic about getting my curly hair cut but thanks to Kristy I look forward to it! <3
I absolutely love Kristy and have recommended her to all of my curly hair-ed friends. She's the best and is great at what she does! Thanks Kristy!
I love Kristy! I have incredibly thick hair that I never knew was curly. Kristy cuts and styles my hair beautifully. Each curl is defined and gorgeous! I would never go anywhere else if I didn't move out of state. I've had it cut by another Deva stylist (she's a deva trainer) and the cut was good but no one styles my hair like Kristy! I'm planning on getting my hair cut by Kristy anytime I'm back in chicago for a visit - that's how good she is!
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This revolutionary cutting technique was designed for curls, waves and all natural textures. Hair is sculpted curl-by-curl, while dry, in its natural state according to your lifestyle, personality and preferences. This service includes a curl coaching session and a personalized DevaCurl product prescription that makes it easy to maintain your style at home.
This customized cutting technique springs from the DevaCurl foundational principles catering to highly textured, super curly clients. Hair is sculpted curl-by-curl, in its natural state, according to your curl pattern, desired style, personality and lifestyle. This service includes a personalized curl coaching session and DevaCurl product prescription that makes it easy to maintain your style at home.
Your stylist will use our signature dry-cutting technique, so please arrive at the salon with your curls detangled and dry, in their natural state. Before your appointment, it’s best to let your hair hang loosely—avoid ponytail holders or clips.
This award-winning technique was designed to add gorgeous, light-reflecting highlights to curls. Pintura Highlighting offers the perfect harmony and balance to curls giving brilliance and dimension to perfectly compliment your DevaCut.
The beauty of this service is the customized design for every client. The luxurious process begins with a thorough cleanse and conditioning. Next, your stylist will shape and style your curls the way you want them to fit your lifestyle. This service is perfect for those who want to embrace their curls, and learn the fundamentals of daily curl care.
Customized and designed for every client, this service provides tremendous value when caring for super curly hair. Whether you are already wearing your hair natural or making a transition, your Deva trained stylist will guide you on a path to revealing your curls’ greatest potential! The luxurious process begins with a thorough cleanse and conditioning, followed by a coaching and styling session for daily curl care. Your stylist will guide you with styling choices and appropriate products for your hair so that you look and feel as beautiful as you are.