Around The Eye
November 8, 2009
The Daily Obsession
After unabashedly salon hopping ever since I moved to Chicago, I was ready to settle down and commit. I’ve been to every moderately priced salon in my neighborhood, but never was impressed enough to keep going back to the same one. When it comes to hair, it seems like you get what you pay for. I came across Roque Salon while trying to google Kerastase salons in my area, and found a great deal on their Promotions page. Jackpot! This is what brought me to Stephanie, top stylist at Roque.
Stephanie actually took the time to get to the root of what had made me so unimpressed and generally uncomfortable at previous salons. My major qualms, it turned out, was the lack of personal attention, lack of quality products, and one scary instance of using a razor to cut my hair (a total no no for someone with dry hair like me). She assured me that she was confident on how to cut my type hair properly and that the quality of a Kerastase treatment would surely win me over. And it was all true! I stepped out of the salon with the softest, shiniest hair thanks to the treatment. My layers were cut long but looked sleek, just the way I wanted. I was so comfortable with Stephanie and her expertise, and knew that I had found “the one” - salon, that is.
Roque Salon is definitely upscale, but the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. In fact, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see owner Melinda Rodriguez’s chihuahua trotting around and making friends with all the clients in the salon. They also have a growing lash extension service, which is getting so popular that it has its own dedicated space in the salon. I peeked in on how it’s done, and the results are natural and beautiful.
Roque is certainly a gem in the Chicago styling scene, and you can read more about the stylists and services at roquesalon.com. Appointments can be made by calling 312.863.7678.
Time Out Chicago
Roque Salon and Beauty Lounge
As if its
fireplace, deep lavender walls, exposed brick, and complimentary
coffee and tea bar weren’t enough to relax you, Roque throws in
a hand and foot massage with each treatment. The skin-care line
of choice is Sundari, which manufactures ayurvedic products that
contain botanical extracts. We recommend the Sundari Neem facial
(regularly $90 and shown in the picture below), which utilizes
the reparative, hydrating and firming properties of the neem
nestled on a quiet corner, just steps from the Magnificent Mile,
is one of Chicago's best-kept secrets...Roque Salon.
Sassoon-trained owner Melinda Rodriguez leads a creative and
knowledgeable team of stylists and colorists who boast
impressive credentials and take great pride in their attention
to detail and precision without the attitude. What makes Roque
truly unique is the ability of its stylists to tailor cuts and
colors to the look and lifestyle of each client.
With advanced and innovative salon offerings and products,
sophisticated layout and tasteful decor, Roque has earned the
right to say it is dedicated to beauty as a lifestyle. The space
itself is impressive-step in and find yourself in a comfortable
modern interior with light wood floors, exposed brick, fireplace
and a posh kitchen & bar. For those who want a little pampering,
cap your cut or color with a chice of top-notch spa services.
Decor: Modern, sophisticated, yet comfortable, boutique
Signature Treatment: Kerastase/Rituals, the ultimate
experience in hair-care expertise. Your Ritual experi-ence
begins with a personalized consultation. Your Ritual is then
applied with expert care and massage-a true moment of pleasure
Product Lines: Kerastase, Davines, Bumble & bumble,
Roque spring makeover package
doesn't get enough credit for her work as an actress. Yes, she
has a face that bares an uncanny resemblance to a Muppet, but
man, can that girl work a makeover montage (and let's be honest,
that's all that really matters). Star in your own "raggedy to
resplendent" series of scenes by indulging in a complete
makeover package. This one includes a haircut and color, eyebrow
shaping, manicure, pedicure and makeup application-a $500 value
that you can get for 30 % off ($350) if you mention this listing
when you make your appointment. Sugar-pop soundtrack not
included, but feel free to bring your own.
24 W Erie St
between State and Dearborn Str (312-863.7678). Red
to Grand Bus: 22 Clark, 36 North.
Chi-town girl knows that spring cleaning should not be limited
to the nooks and crannies of an apartment. As the weather gets
warmer and skirts and shorts begin to line the shelves of my
favorite boutiques, it is quite obvious that spring has arrived.
Soon I'd have to ditch my hat and scarf, but would I be ready?
Winter had wrecked havoc on my hair and my eyebrows were
severely neglected - I needed some help. Taking the warm weather
as inspiration, I booked myself a day of beauty at Roque Salon,
complete with eyelash extensions, eyebrow stenciling, a cut and
Located in the heart of River North and tucked off the main
drag, Roque is a stone's throw away from the finest Chicago
shopping, and just as on top of the latest beauty trends as the
boutiques. Roque offers everything from cuts and styling to
makeup application, making it a perfect pre- or post-shopping
destination. A welcoming yet edgy establishment, Roque invokes
calm and tranquility with its deep lavender walls and exposed
brick accents. The comfy waiting area gives way to a minimalist
styling room with sleek stations sporting long mirrors.
Downstairs are warm and comfy esthetician rooms for spa
Roque is committed to the finest salon experience and the
friendly staff made me feel right at home. From complimentary
glasses of lemonade to Hershey Kisses while I waited, every
experience was customized to fit my needs. The laid back,
approachable staff made sure I got exactly what I wanted. The
salon staff undergoes thorough training and remains current on
styles, colors, trends and techniques. Owner Melinda Rodriguez
makes it a point to be involved in every aspect of the salon's
day-to-day operations, overseeing training and client relations.
A leading Vidal Sassoon educator, Rodriguez has roots in Miami
and a resume that includes fashion shows for Nicole Miller and
Armani. Each appointment involves a comprehensive consultation
so that the experience caters to and complements every client
Eyelash extensions were next on my list. Semi-permanent eyelash
extensions are the hottest thing this spring, with everyone from
Sandra Bullock to Nicole Kidman gushing about the no-hassle way
to achieve gorgeous, full lashes without mascara. Xtreme Lashes
last up to three months with proper care (don't worry, the staff
at Roque explains all the do's and don'ts) and are completely
water-resistant. While I lay dozing comfortably, the esthetician
attached synthetic eyelashes one at a time to my existing
lashes. I did not feel a thing, and before I knew it the
procedure was complete. The effect was amazing, my lashes full
and beautiful. To accentuate my new lashes, I left my eyebrows
in the care of Roque's eyebrow expert. With a combination of
waxing, tweezing and stenciling, the perfect brow for the shape
of my face was created.
Next, I was swept back upstairs to meet with one of Roque's top
colorists. We discussed my daily approach to styling and what I
hoped to get from my color. I opted for warm honey tones that
would be picked up by the spring sunshine and add a bit of life
and energy to my dark brown locks. After assuring me she had the
perfect color in mind, the colorist disappeared and returned
with three different shades of dye, all of which were to bring
out various hues in my hair. Proving that she did in fact
possess a keen eye for detail, the three colors were applied to
my hair to give my locks dimension.
After allowing the color to set - which involved a few minutes
under a heat lamp and a relaxing scalp massage - I was off to
meet my stylist. Famous for their innovation and expertise,
Roque stylists are in the business of providing personal cuts
that work with clients' lifestyles. The extensive selection of
products, including Bumble & Bumble, Kerastase and Kusco Murphy,
allow stylists to cater to all types of hair. My newly colored
hair was revived with a detailed cut involving brilliant
Though it is located in one of Chicago's ritziest neighborhoods,
Roque is a down to earth salon that specializes in everything
dealing with hair. The stylists and colorists at Roque pride
themselves on being industry leaders and live up to their image.
The detail with which the colorist approached my hair was truly
amazing and my cut clearly accentuated my new color. To top it
all off, I was now sporting the prettiest lashes in River North.
Truly a must for any spa girl on the cutting edge, Roque salon
was the perfect place to bring me into the new season.
many people know about this salon,
but those who do consistently have
head-turningly gorgeus,hip hair. Schedule
a cut with Gustavo Brian, Roque's
Sasson-trained artistic director ,
and he'll trim half of his regular
fee of $100. The catch? The deal is
good on Wednesday and Thursday only,
and you'll need to trust Brian to
work his creative magic-no control
Revlon On The Red Carpet
They're not kidding here when
they say they're dedicated to beauty
as a lifestyle. The Roque Salon itself
is gorgeous, with brick walls and
sophisticated black and silver accents.
The owner is Sassoon-trained and her
smart cuts show it in the way that
they're tailored to the look and lifestyle
of each client. They also do fabulous
holiday up-dos, which you can complete
with a manicure and pedicure, if you
really want to spoil yourself."
"An apprentice program even the
Donalds would love: Schedule a cut
or color (each costs $20) with a trainee
and get a conditioning treatment worth
$25 to $30 free at this Chicago salon.
Owner and stylist Melinda Rodriguez
oversees scissors-wielding students...
Call 312-863-7681 to book."
Featured in 2004
Featured in 2004
Roque Salon works wonders.
"At Chicago's Roque salon you can
get a free blowout any night of the
week. Sound too got to be true? Not
if you're willing to have your hair
blown out by an apprentice. Call your
salon to see if it offers training-night
discounts. IN the meantime here are
our favourites that do."
a new innovative hair salon specializing
in precision and contemporary styles,
as well as expert coloring."
#1 salon in Chicago by CitySearch.com
The Vidal Sassoon-trained staff makes
its own mark on style.
Owner Melinda Rodriguez transformed
a long-neglected decrepit space into
a design "do." There's not
much going on from the outside, but
step in and find yourself in a comfortably
modern interior with light wood floors,
a fireplace and a lively aquarium. Steel
vases display fresh flowers and provide
flashes of color amid the mostly black
and white color scheme. Relax with a
cup of coffee or iced tea on the white
suede couch before ascending a few steps
for your services, including a sleep-inducing
shampoo (despite slightly uncomfy sinks).
The young, often tattooed staff members,
wisely stick to their particular expertise.
Rodriguez excels at styles, instinctively
knowing what works best for your hair
and face and quickly snipping for a
successful cut. If you're getting dolled
up for a special occasion, schedule
an updo along with manicure and pedicure.
steps off Michigan Avenue is one of
Chicago's best-kept secrets, Roque
Salon. Owner Melinda Rodriguez heads
up a creative team of stylists and
colorists with impressive credentials
and talent to spare. Roque Salon also
offers up Spa quality manicures, pedicures
Roque is one of those rare Chicago
gems where hip urban style meets genuine
hospitality. The decor is posh and
impressive. Yet while the bar in the
waiting area just screams A-list party
you'll find yourself warmly greeted
and catered to by one of the friendliest
staffs we've come across.
Whether you are in need of major hair
help or just an update to your 'do,
Roque has a creative team that won't
disappoint. Melinda coiffed Chicago's
creme de la creme for over 10 years
at Vidal Sassoon before striking out
on her own. Girls with curls won't
want to miss out on an appointment
with master stylist Rene. Roque also
has a large male clientele who don't
hesitate to lay down $80 for a top
After your appointment head over to
Yu Me, located at one East Delaware.
Yu Me carries exclusive lines such
as Sundari (super model Christy Turlington's
skincare line), Terax, and more. Our
advice, make a day of it. A little
pampering, a little shopping - it
doesn't get any better than this."