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Restoration Salon

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(36 Reviews)

5349 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 769-3237

Today: Open 24 Hours
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Regular Hours
Tue - Fri:
Payment method
all major credit cards
North Side, Edgewater, Andersonville

Restoration A Tim Weber Salon

Beauty Salons, Barbers, Hair Braiding, Hair Stylists
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

By Appointment Only: No

Specialties: Extensions, Asian Hair, African-American Hair, Perms, Straight Perms, Curly Hair, Coloring, Kids' Hair


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I love Carmelo at Restoration ...

I love Carmelo at Restoration at the Clark location in Chicago, IL. I have been going in a consistant basis to Restoration and Carmelo is the only stylist that I would trust with any suggestion and my hair. Carmelo will never make you look dumb or horrible. I am very visible to the public, my appearnace is foremost important. Years of service I have received at a regular basis at Restoration and my many dates, photo shoots, work events and even galas I get all sorts of compliments because of Carmelo. I have swept the crowd with the amazing ways he works wonders with my hair. Every single time my pictures are at display the amount of great comments are proof of Carmelo's miracle and artistic hands. Carmelo makes look like a movie star! Like I told Carmelo, I never trust my hair to just anyone. Since I moved, I even travel to see him...and now even my daugther is getting her hair done. I love Carmelo for always being honest and bringing my dull hair to life. Thank you Carmelo! :)



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Anyone can call themselves a master

Anyone can call themselves a master hair stylist but few actually deserve the title. Charles May has an extraordinary reputation for excellence in his field and he more than lived up to the hype.

Two girlfriends and myself - all of us unhappy with the state of our hair (and our respective stylists) had heard about Charles via word of mouth and we booked in for a ""hair day out"" together.

It was a privilege to watch him weave his magic. We all have very different types of hair, with vastly different needs, and Charles was equally brilliant at creating a fresh, new look for each one of us

He is simply a genius with hair: cuts, color and styling. It's also a bonus that he is a lovely man who understands that no matter what your age, size, sense of personal style whether it be wild, conservative, elegant, cool - whatever - he posseses an uncanny ability to tap in and bring out the absolute best in anyone.

There aren't many hair stylists I've ever said the words, ""Do exactly what you want"" and trusted them. Having earlier witnessed his brilliance with my friend's hair, my intuition told me I could say those words to Charles May and not regret it. He proved me right.

This morning when I gave my hair the telling, and crucial ""second day"" check, I was just as pleased with it as when I when I had walked out the door having said goodbye to Charles.

Most women I know, when they find a stylist who helps you to look and feel as wonderful as he does, we tend to stick with them. I'm sticking with the fabulous Mr May.



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Charles May is the bomb!

I have had my hair cut all over the world - Sydney, Los Angeles and New York, by some of the very best. In the last 5 years I have been living in a small country town in the Mid West, and while it is wonderful I haven't been happy with my haircuts in all that time. I've tried 5 different hairdressers, and even went with out a haircut for almost a year! Then I met Charles - an angel from heaven.

What I find most exceptional is the time he took to really really look at my hair and understand what I wanted - how it grows, the lines of my head, how my hair lies, and how to repair what had been done to it. He is a true expert and a true professional with such passion for his craft.

He gave me the best hair cut I've ever had. Period. He made me feel like a beautiful gorgeous woman. That's a feeling money can't buy and one I have missed terribly for the last 5 years.

It was simply the most perfect experience. I will never let anyone else touch my hair ever again. I will drive the 300 miles every two months just to see Charles, that's how good he is. Once you've been to the best there's no turning back.

Thank you Charles!

Martha D


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Charles May is fantastic!

I was referred to Charles after I decided to leave my hair stylist of 10 years. Seeing someone new after so many years was not only an emotional experience, but also a little bit scary.

As soon as I met Charles, I knew I would be in good hands. He evaluated my hair, we discussed my needs and he suggested a new base color and Ombre highlights using pony tail highlighting. This results in more blended natural-looking highlights and not those very obviously defined lines. I loved the look and the haircut is divine. After he was done, I posted my new look on FB and was surprised by all the positive feedback and likes.

My hair has so much more body now and the color is awesome. He was able to keep it long with layers without it looking like the feathered look of the 80's. I am thrilled that I made the decision to call him.

Kristen Priv


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Charles May @ Restoration Salon

If your looking for a professional, knowledgable, and talented stylist definitely go see Charles! I'm SUPER picky when it comes to who does my hair and I promise you you wont regret it!! I recently did the Ombre look and I LOVE it. I get compliments every single day on it. Best in Chicago if you ask me!



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Charles May is EXCEPTIONAL

I've been going to see Charles May since 1993 and have followed him wherever he moved to throughout the years because NO ONE compares to him in Chicago. He is beyond talented! He's consulted me on color/highlights, styled my hair and my bridesmaids updo's on my wedding day, given me short cuts, helped me grow out my hair to its current long length -- he's been with me literally on all of my hair adventures.

I've also had my hair cut and styled in LA and NY by ""celebrity"" stylists for business events and truly no one compares to Charles May. He has an uncanny ability to find the beauty of each woman he is working with and he brings great knowledge of the top trends in hair, best new products and ways to protect your hair. He is humble, flexible, kind and someone I would recommend to anyone seeking a refreshed or totally new style, a blowout or a new color/highlights. Charles May is truly the best hair stylist in the city.



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Best in the city

If you want to look like a model/movie star, look no further. Charles May is the man. He is so talented and knows how to work with all types of hair -- from curly to straight and thick to thin. He is beyond talented.



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Great salon, Charles is the BEST!

Charles May is the BEST (for blow outs, color, cut, you name it)! I have shorter hair (sits just above my shoulders) that's fine, so it's always hard for me to get good volume that lasts. Enter Charles May. Not only did he style my hair with a rockin' blow out, but it lasted ALL DAY and night. And to top it off, my hair didn't even look 'producty'. He's a pro at working the round brush for any look/hair type. He gave me great tips and how-tos for doing it myself, too, which i appreciated. He is a great guy, friendly and made me super comfortable. I take my relationship with my hair person very seriously and can't wait to go in for a trim and color! Highly reccomend.



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Charles is the best!

Charles did my hair for a headline shoot at work and I couldn't have loved my hair, or him!, more!! He is extremely professional, very friendly and super fun.



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Charles May - LOVE LOVE LOVE

Charles May is amazing! He styled my hair, but have me tips for cuts and coloring during the entire thing. I can't wait to go back for a cut. My hair has never had this much body - it's usually flat. Loved it! Loved him.



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Charles May is top notch!

Charles exemplifies every attribute you'd hope for in a stylist- talent, professionalism, dedication. That's coming from someone who's been seeing Charles for over ten years! He constantly seeks training to stay on top and ahead of the latest technologies, trends and techniques. For Charles, education is extremely important as is listening to his clients. I've trusted Charles completely with everything from cut, color, style and condition. Aside from his talent and professionalism, he's a wonderful person and delightful to spend time with as he listens to what you want. You'll never leave his chair disappointed!



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Charles May is terrific.

I went to Charles for years and then lost track of him for nearly five years. I was so delighted when I found him again at Restoration Salon on Sheffield and Webster. He is an incredible hair stylist and colorist. He's particularly fabulous with thick, wavy hair, which I have. He knows just the right amount of layers to cut to make your hair easy to style and look great, even weeks after you see him.

You can't go wrong with a visit to Charles.



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Charles May is Fabulous!

I recently moved to Chicago and after reading many reviews I decided to book an appointment with Charles May at Restoration Salon. I have traveled a lot and have been lucky to experience some of the best stylists in the world so naturally I was quite nervous moving to Chicago and starting over. Charles is fabulous! I scheduled a full highlight, color and cut and I have NEVER been happier. My hair looks amazing and Charles is extremely knowledgable! I have never loved my hair as I do now and I feel amazing to have found him!!



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Charles May saved my hair!

Charles May - enough said. This man saved my hair and ME in more ways than one. I had been going to another hair dresser for quite some time and she RUINED my hair. Poorly cut, badly colored, and damaged to no end. Then....there was Charles! He spent hours on my hair and miraculously got it back to looking healthy and radiant on my very first visit! He is professional and extremely talented. He listens to you and delivers spectacular hair that you could only dream of having. I thought I would never have healthy hair until I met him. I have never gotten more compliments on my hair in my life and YOU SHOULD TOO! If you want to be the most beautiful you have ever been contact him today!



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Charles May is the BEST!

Run, do not walk, to Restoration Salon on Sheffield and Webster and experience the most talented hair stylist in Chicago. Charles May and I have known each other for over 17 years and he understands how important our hair is! Charles listens to what you want and helps you articulate the look you are trying to achieve. He is passionate and creative about hair and ALWAYS makes you feel like you are the most beautiful person on the earth.

I lost my focus and was steered away for a few years. When I left I felt like I was breaking up with a boyfriend. I have come back to my senses and we have been reunited. I had long layered hair that needed a change and Charles was the answer. I have missed him terribly and am so happy to be reunited with him again. I now have a snappy, sexy new do and love it.

He is truly a talented man and every woman should have the opportunity to sit in his chair!!

Delia McLaughlin


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Charles May - Talented professional hairdresser!

Charles first did my hair for my wedding a little over 10 years ago and I have never looked back! He professional, shows his experience in the art of a good haircolor that compliments my features, skintone, stage in life, etc. He has always been trustworthy, keeps very current with trends, new products, new techniques and has razor-sharp focus. I have had the opportunity to go to other experienced, high-end hairdressers, but, I can tell you that Charles' passion and experience as well as customer focus shine through. You will very pleased with his services!!!



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Always a Wonderful Experience!

Tim you are the best in the whole wide world! Your salon is elegant and beautiful! I always enjoy myself, from the time I walk in to the time I walk out. I always enjoy your company!



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Restoration Salon

I truly look forward to my scheduled appointments at Restoration Salon. When entering this posh, welcoming salon you are immediately taken care of. I truly enjoy my experience each time.
I adore my hair stylist Niccii. I can always trust her recommendations and have yet to be let down.
I am also impressed with the continuing education classes that the stylists participates in.
If you are looking for a salon this is a must!



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Great Salon~ See Dave!

I've been going to Dave Fonseca for over 3 years and don't trust anyone else with my hair. He knows exactly what to do with my hair, what colors work and what don't, based on my mood and what's happening in my life- the hair reflects it! I've always felt gorgeous after a few hours in his chair. The salon is chic but unpretentious and the owner Tim Weber has a very friendly staff. I'd recommend anyone that isn't sure what they want, but is willing to trust a genius, to go see Dave!



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Well Worth the Drive in From The 'Burbs

I started going to Restoration as a graduate student, then as a newlywed, new mom, and now a suburban housewife (ack!). The truth is that I tried a couple of salons in the Western suburbs and after a couple of months came back to my senses and realized that the drive in to see Tim Weber is well worth the hassle of commuting. Tim is the ONLY stylist that can cut my straight, thick hair to perfection. I enjoy his enthusiasm for his work and his attention to detail. I would recommend his salon(s)--and have--to anyone west of the City looking for a stylist who reliably cuts hair, to your specifications as well as with contemporary finesse.
-Cathleen O' Hare, working professional who still makes time to get my haircut by Tim :-)