We appreciate our clients and always do our best to treat you well. Below you will find some reviews from those who have joined us.
“I love how I can come in after work, drink a beer (yes, they provide drinks. Heineken was my drink of choice today), and relax while they do what they do. What I love even more, is how they donate to Feeding America with every cut. I’ve fed at least a thousand people at this point so I feel good and look good every time.”
– Johnny via Yelp!
“Mucho amor to Gary! He always makes my super fine locks look about as voluminous as a Texan cheerleader mom. I’ve been seeing him for about a year and I always get compliments after a cut. I look forward to his keen sense of humor and light-hearted energy. Bonus: he and his business partner are always donating to charitable organizations.”
– Lynn via Yelp!
“TJ is the best! Fantastic haircut and conversation. He always listens to my hair-related concerns and gives the best suggestions. He is a fantastic stylist and I consider myself very lucky to be able to see him — and after my office hours!”
– Sheela via Yelp!
“Friendly, accommodating, and GREAT results! Courtney rocks!”
– Maria via Yelp!
“Had a great experience at XEX! Very friendly and lively salon.
Kortney really listened to me & gave me a fantastic color and blow out. She really did a perfect job. Already have booked my next appointment for color and cut.”
– Joanne via Yelp!
“I’ve tried a lot of Hair Salons for the 5 years I’ve been in Chicago and haven’t fell in love with any of them until I went to XEX and had a haircut with Jessica. She was really sweet and really good at listening to what I really wanted to have it done, concerns and expectations. I have never heard so many compliments about how my hair looks. I finally have a salon to stick to. Plus the salon is really charming, glass art all over it giving a real cool atmosphere. Oh, the staff is really nice and helpful as well. I’ll be coming back for sure!”
Jacqueline via Google
“I have never been so happy with a hairdresser. Good job XEX and great job, Luis!”
– Jane via Google
“As soon as I walked into XEX Salon I was impressed with the friendly greeting and the beautiful Glass Art Collection. I found the salon thru Groupon and I had a great experience with my stylist Louis. He was meticulous with my highlights, cut and style and he was a joy to deal with. I recommend XEX highly and I will be returning.”
– Christa via Google
“Prices are reasonable and the staff is really helpful and understanding. They have decent music and overall heigine is top noch. They do hair and make up and get a fair amount of traffic during the weekend.”
– Sidd via Google
“Victoria is the best! I am definitely not going anywhere else.”
– Mahfam via Google
“First impressions are everything. When I first walked in here, I was greeted by friendly staff and colorful artwork. I especially liked the diversity of both the staff and clientele.”
– Daphne via Yelp!
“I decided to start carrying XEX business cards in my wallet because I get stopped on the street so often by people that want to know who cuts my hair. I have a short bob style, and David Perry is the only stylist I trust to achieve it.”
– Billie via Citysearch
“Absolutely love this place. I’ve been going here for a few months now and have gotten quite the variety of treatments here.”
– Naomi via CitySearch
“It took forever to find someone that can cut my hair right, – and so- now that I finally did, I can breath a sigh of relief and know that I can go anytime – and I’ll walk out feeling amazing!”
– Christine via Yelp!
“If you are looking for a salon, please try XEX! They are stellar folk!”
– Lauren via CitySearch
“XEX is the perfect place if you are looking for service and a great haircut.. I will definitely be back.”
– Ryan via Google
“I was a bit skeptical after reading all the overwhelming positive reviews (there’s always at least one or two average reviews, right?), but my experience was superb! Extremely friendly staff, attentive, and knowledgeable. I walked out with a great haircut!!! I totally recommend this place.”
– Julio via Google
“I heard so many great things about this salon from my co workers I decided to give it a try. I was treated so well!”
– Krista via CitySearch
“I have been going to XEX for 3 years now and I have never been happier with my hair.”
– Lauren via Yelp!
“Ahhh! I love going here. I wish I could go here every week!”
– Ken via Yelp!
“Got my hair cut at XEX yesterday. John and I spoke about what I wanted to do with my hair, and I am very happy with the way John cut it. It’s a very nice, upscale salon with reasonable prices.”
Carol via Yelp!
“Best experience in Chicago! I went because a friend referred me, and I love my hair and color!”
Mark via Yelp!
“The salon has great energy, and all of the staff was very friendly. Visiting XEX will definitely make you feel like you’re at home.”
– Kate via CitySearch
“I have been going to XEX ever since I worked in the Burnett Building. Years later, I still drive down to have David cut my hair. My hair is difficult to cut and David takes the time to give me a perfect cut. He first cuts my hair, then flat irons it, so he can then cut out the bulk. I don’t leave the chair until David says I am good to go! He is a perfectionist. And, the staff (Charles especially) is very friendly and welcoming! I would highly recommend XEX.”
– Judy via Yelp!
“I just moved to Chicago, and was nervous about finding a new hair stylist. I’ve only been natural for a year, and have kinky 4a type hair. They did an amazing job! There were no surprises about pricing, and customer service was great. They made my hair feel soft, healthy, and shiny. I love my hair, and will definitely be returning!”
Rebba via Yelp!
“They have a convenient downtown location, the place is clean & bright, and the employees seem to really know their stuff. Everyone there seemed happy.”
Ciel via Yelp!
“I can’t wait to go back… I finally found my favorite hair stylist in Chicago!”
– Sarah via Yelp!
“I love my salon! I can make appointments online, the front desk staff is always friendly and helpful, and my stylist, Amanda, is someone I look forward to seeing every time I go.”
Cindy via Yelp!
“I’ve gone to places that charge an arm and a leg and have left unhappy and overspent. Luckily, this is not the case at XEX! I love my new haircut and highlights! Jessica did a great job. She listened to what I wanted and executed it better than I imagined. I have been getting compliments from everyone. I will be going back for sure.”
Anita via Yelp!
“I first got my hair cut here in October 2011 by T.J. It was a fabulous experience and a wonderful cut! Thank goodness because I didn’t get it cut again until today – five months later (I left my last job and haircuts just haven’t been in the budget)!
Amanda was my stylist today, and she was awesome from the get go. Very understanding about the fact that it had been ages since my last cut and she LISTENED to everything I said about liking the length but needing to get rid of the dead weight (I have very fine hair with an annoying slight wave to it on the bottom layers). She worked with my cowlicks, fixed my layers, did some other little snips to give some body and to accentuate the waves if I don’t want it straight, and did EXACTLY what I wanted. Which is AWESOME when you’re getting your hair cut, even if you’re not super fussy (I’m not – it’s hair – it’ll grow back, but an amazing cut is a complete BONUS). And she didn’t load my hair down with tons of product, which I LOVE. I hate leaving a salon and feeling like I need to wash my hair when I get home. No worries this time! It was the exact product I use at home (Phomollient or however ya spell it), and she used the same kind of brush I do, which proved to me that I’ll be able to recreate this great look on my own.
Charles at the front desk was a complete gentleman and was great about making sure I had my facebook discount (like the XEX facebook page, and you’ll get notifications about awesome specials – I got $10 off my cut today!).
I’ll be starting my new job in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be starting it with a fantastic haircut, thanks to Amanda! See y’all soon, and I promise it won’t be another 5 months this time!”
– Elizabeth via Yelp!
“Finding the right salon for my hair care services, is a pursuit that has had spotty success, at best. Desiring a new hair cut and new color line that meets my specific needs led me to XEX. I intended it to be another exploratory visit and went feeling skeptical. Georgia was recommended as the stylist/colorist for me. She didn’t disappoint! She didn’t blink when I questioned whether the color line she was using would meet my needs. She assured me – and it worked well. As for the haircut, it is so hot that it’s smokin! Going back this week for another visit.”
– Jayanne via Yelp
“One year after moving to Chicago, I think I’ve finally found my hair salon!
It was basically love at first sight – as in, I walked past it thinking it was an art gallery/store and thought “I should stop in after my haircut”…then realized it was the salon! So, very nice atmosphere: check.
Being offered a glass of wine upon arrival: double check.
Keara took excellent care of me – she listened to what I wanted and offered advice without being pushy, and did an amazing job with my hair. I absolutely love it! It’s the kind of haircut that made me wish I had a hot date afterwards to show it off.
I also love that they use Aveda products – not something I’d normally splurge on, but it’s nice to be spoiled with them every once in a while 🙂
I’ll be going here for my hair from now on. What a relief…”
– Anna via Yelp!
“I stopped in last week for a haircut with Barbara. She was amazing!!!! I explained that I wanted to grow out my over layered bob and she really took her time on me before she started cutting. She cut all my layers even and my hair looks fuller now. It is shorter but at least it is all the same length and it will look nice once it starts growing in.”
– Sarah via Yelp
“Got a great manicure and pedicure here today! Really nice staff and great environment.”
– Rebecca via Yelp!
“I recently went to this salon for my brother’s wedding. The bride, bridesmaids, mothers all got their hair and makeup done here. There were several staff assisting our group and everyone was very professional and did a great job. I have short hair so there’s not much you can do to it, but John made it sleeker and fancier than normal so I was pleased. The woman who did my makeup did an awesome job as well and it last all day and through the night. The salon also offers airbrush makeup that the bride had done and it looked great as well. I did not pay for my services, but I took a look at the price list on the website and it’s pretty reasonable and worth the money in my opinion. Best part of the salon was that they offered us coffee, tea, water, wine when we got there – 10am is definitely wine time!”
Betsy via Yelp!
“They all are amazing here. I’m partial to my stylist, John, who is INCREDIBLE!!! I’ve been to a lot of salons, and this is the only one that I’ve stayed at as a repeat, loyal customer because they are so phenomenal.”
– Kimberly via Facebook
“Long to shorter hair and they did a great job!”
– Kurt via Facebook
“In my search for a new salon, I have found it. Convenient, competitive prices, great staff, excellent hours and Aveda products are wonderful.”
– Jill via Facebook
“The salon has a friendly atmosphere and their stylists are amazing.”
– Carolyn via Facebook
“I visited XEX 2 weeks ago, and I had a terrific experience. Everyone was so friendly. The salon is very colorful, and it goes well with the murano glass artwork. If you like beautiful glass artwork you should look into this Art. Visit http://shopdarra.com. When I arrived to the salon, I was greeted, and offered several different beverages ( which is awesome after a long working day). My stylist name is Gary, he was very nice, patient and professional. He really cares about his craft. He suggested different hairstyles suitable to my facial structure, and lifestyle. The end result was fabulous!! Another great part was my first visit was 50% off, you can get this coupon from there yelp link. Thank you Gary, I feel like a new woman. Thank you Charles “the ultimate host” for the great wine!!”
– Lisa J. via Yelp
“Just moved to Chicago and I have been searching for a good salon that has affordable prices. I know its hard to find but I got lucky! After trying several salons that advertise good deals, normally they make the appointment with a junior stylist. That wasn’t the case at XEX. XEX has a great atmosphere. quality workmanship, and positive energy. My stylist John worked magic on my hair. He recommended that I get the Keratin Express treatment because of the summer’s humidity. It has been almost 5 weeks and my hair still looks great.. Thanks John!! I will be back.”
– Mario O. via Yelp
“I went to XEX for the first time last week because they are close to work. I was very impressed with the great service that I received, the cold beer was a nice touch while getting my haircut. David the co owner was great, just like my haircut, conservative and stylish. David told me the best products to use on my hair, and showed me how to use them. I felt even better when he explained that $2 dollars of my haircut will be donated to feed the hungry here in the chicagoland area. What a great way to help the community!!! XEX is a cool non pretencious place.. You should definitely give this place a try!!!!”
– Timothy S. via Yelp
“I stumbled across XEX by accident. I was in between meetings and needed a haircut badly. Also I had a full head of grey hair, and didn’t know what to do about it. I was matched up with Georgia a stylist at XEX, she gave me a great haircut, and covered my greys. She was wonderful. Typically I’m not the salon type of guy, but Georgia has transformed me. Also all of the staff are very friendly. Great Job Georgia, and XEX.”
– Jeff K. via Yelp
“I just left XEX hair salon, and received the best haircut from Keara. She took her time, answers all of my questions and concerns. I left this place feeling great.. I highly recommend XEX!!!! Keara I will be back…”
– Beth T. via Yelp
“Xex it is the best place in Chicago to get cut and color. Super nice peopleand atmosphere. For cut I always go to David. He knows how to make me feel good and look great. My hair are not easy to cut, but he knows how make it work for me.He did great color for me to. I really like Xex, great location, good prices.I Love it so much that I brought my best friend to David too.She is very happy too. We will be back for sure. If you are looking for great color and cut, Xex is place for you.”
– J.S. via Yelp
“Holy crap. I’ve been looking for a salon in Chicago since I’ve moved here over a year ago without any luck. I got a coupon good for a free cut, half off highlites, and free wax for XEX and decided to try my luck. After a horrible experience a few years ago I haven’t coloured my hair since, so it was with major trepidation that I scheduled for the highlites. I was booked with Georgia by a very polite and efficient desk manager and awaited my appointment. I went in today and didn’t have to wait at all. Georgia offered me a beverae and proceeded with the consultation. Since my hair hadn’t been done in so long, she explained the difference between a full and partial highlites. I opted for the full in case I couldn’t get back right away and she said they would last all summer. I was very specific saying I’d be pissed if it was tiger/zebra stripes and I wanted a ‘very natural sun-kissed blonde’. She told me not to worry and ended up using two blondes to blend it well.
She was extremely quick and efficient, not overly chatty but still personable. I was out of there in just under and hour after everything. The colour was amazing! This woman has talent with blending and making everything look perfectly natural. I highly recommend. It was exactly what I asked for and wanted in my head.
The cut was perfect, I like my length but wanted to get rid of the dry ends, which she did perfectly. It was just enough layering to make it bounce and move. My eyebrows also ended up perfectly shaped by Georgia. It’s the best wax I’ve had since I moved here.
Overall Georgia was great. The salon was small, but well-lit and inviting. The desk manager was as kind as he was on the phone (they even call a day ahead to confirm appointments), and Georgia did everything herself so no need to tip 10 people.
A very pleasant first experience. I will be back.”
– Fallon D. via Yelp
“My experience here was first class all the way! The staff was very friendly yet professional & the atmosphere was upbeat, trendy & hip. Charles promptly booked my appointment exactly when I wanted, greeted me warmly, offered me a beverage & made me feel welcomed. Georgia did an outstanding job coloring my hair & provided excellent advice. TJ worked magic on my coarse, curly hair with an amazing cut & coaxed it into a beautiful, sleek modern style. I went in with certain ideas about what I wanted & I’m pleased to say they exceeded my expectations. I’m so happy I found a great salon that I will return to again & again!”
– Becky D. via Yelp
“TJ is great with Asian hair, you know, pin straight strands that have no body and no shape. The salon is also a great value for the price.
My usual routine is to stop by Starbucks next door for a decaf americano with soymilk, and drink it while TJ does his magic on my hair.”
– E L. via Yelp
“I took advantage of the yelp 50% off coupon to try XEX and am really happy I did. Gary gave me a great haircut. I’ve found it hard to find someone with great technique who also really listens and can translate what I say into the haircut I want. Gary is a pro. I waited a week to write my review because sometimes after a few days with a new haircut you start to see where it is lacking. This is a great haircut and I’ll be going back to Gary again and again!”
– Sarah B. via Yelp
“I’ve been to XEX twice in the last 2 months and had absolutely fantastic experiences both times. At my first visit I had my hair styled for a Valentine’s date. The stylist really listened to what I wanted and gave me lovely loose big curls that lasted 12 hours. My boyfriend (now fiancé) actually proposed that night and my hair looked great in all the pictures. At my second visit I had a shampoo, cut and style. I had previously received a bad cut at another salon, and Gary did a great job fixing it. Again, I was listened to, advised on what would be right for me, and given a wonderful cut.
XEX has the energy of art gallery meets salon, decorated with Murano-style blown glass works that are also for sale. The staff here is professional but fun, and most of all they are experienced and talented with hair. I was greeted and offered a glass of wine when I walked in the door, my appointments started on time, and there was no product pushing. If you are looking for a friendly, high-end, and affordable salon then you’ll love XEX.”
– Kelli W. via Yelp
“Throughout my life I have learned a couple of hair lessons….I am not visual so although i can cut magazine picture of haircuts I like or insist on a specific haircut, this usually results in utter disappointment. The trick is to find a hair dresser who will listen to what i like and don’t like and they can visualize a solution which will look good on me.
I have lived in Pit, Philly, Columbus, LA and currently in Miami (but I work in Chicago) and I have struggled in the last 10 years to love a haircut/color so I have been willing to settle with I like my color. Due to the snowstorm I stayed in Chicago this weekend and decided to get my hair done and XEX since I was going to see my Fiancé next weekend for Valentine’s Day. I was looking for Good Enough given the last minute appointment and the special at XEX for 1/2 price on first time customers.
WOW–I haven’t said I love my color and the cut ot that it was exactly what I wanted in years—–no need for the I like but I will love it when it grows a bit (which I typically tell my friends–trying to justify my new do)
Nicole at XEX was amazing…she listened to my concerns and I left with the color I have been wanting for a long time.
I think I am just going to commit to Chicago for my hair….Nicole is certainly worth it! Amazingly, even the full price for a full highlight and cut is totally reasonable.
YAY! Love it and made my Snowed-in weekend at the Blackstone (FYI its a reasonable 1 mile walk from here) a switch from a disappointment to a great weekend!!!”
– Courtney W. via Yelp
“Loves this “Hair Gallery”! It’s a great experience from the time you walk in until you leave. Charles at the front desk is so warm and welcoming. The salon is always tidy and very cute. My hair stylist is John. Loves him! You can really tell that he’s truly into hair care. My hair always feels great and looks fab when he’s done. He also always seems to recognize when I’ve had “one of those days” and offers me a glass of wine. Does it get any better?!
My only disappointment is that I can’t go to him more often. I highly recommend XeX Hair Gallery and especially John as your stylist. You will not be disappointed.”
– Krystal B. via Yelp
“I loved my visit to XEX!
I found out about this place through a google search and this yelp page. The great reviews and 50% off advertisement for first time customers convinced me to take a chance, so I set up an appointment with David, and got my hair cut last week.
I am so happy with the results! I was immediately impressed with the artisic look of the place (part of it is an art gallery!), and was greeted by the receptionist, who offered me a drink.
From the beginning David had his work cut out for him, because I had a big ugly clump of bangs on only one side of my face that I’ve been trying to grow out, and didn’t want to re-cut. I told him that my ideal look was bangs and lots of layers throughout my hair, but that since I’m expecting a baby any day now, I wanted something I could take care of easily. I asked him if he could still manage a similar low-maintenance cut, knowing what my ideal look was. He told me that since bangs require a little work and attention as they grow out he would steer away from those and go for a long layered look, but make the layers long enough so that I could still easily pull them away from my face. I cannot BELIEVE what a good job he did blending my old bangs in with my hair! He made something that would work well as they were growing out, until we could get to my ideal cut. I went in expecting an okay cut just to tide me over in this awkward in-between stage, and I walked out with something SO pretty! It is without a doubt one of the best haircuts I’ve ever gotten!”
– Emily W. via Yelp
“Seeing as I have quite possibly the most difficult hair on the planet, I have been to MANY different salons/stylists. Unfortunately, most people can’t handle my curly mass of hair, and I have had many unfortunate haircuts at numerous salons. However, once I started going to David at XEX my hair world changed. I am confident that if he can handle my hair, he can handle ANY hair! I would recommend David to anybody, can’t go wrong…”
– Mollie P. via Yelp
“Just had a haircut with TJ at XEX, and it out-rivaled all hair salon experiences I’ve had in Chicago, NY or SF. I tried this place after reading that a stylist here, TJ, is very good with cutting thick, long Asian hair. I walked away incredibly impressed by his technique and level of service. He did an amazing job with my thick, unmanageable hair and really listened to what I wanted. I used to think I had to go to Asian salons/Chinatown for haircuts, but am going to see TJ for as long as I’m in Chicago. Highly recommend this place – and ask for TJ!”
– Lucy L. via Yelp
“XEX Hair Gallery is AMAZING!!! I can’t rave about this place enough! Not only is it trendy with a great vibe, but TJ is absolutely the best stylist I’ve ever went to!!
My grandfather is a barber in Texas and I frequently went to him until moving to Chicago around 3 months ago. When it came time for a haircut I was lost and didn’t know where to go, so I spoke to a couple of friends that I’ve known for years and they suggested that I go to XEX. Not only was the first cut 50% off, but it was a very warm and hospitable place to go to.
TJ made friendly conversation while not getting lost in it and did a bang-up job. My hair isn’t the best of hair to style and cut, and I frequently don’t know what direction to take with it. I also have developed a problem with it balding in the back, but the job that TJ has done you can barely tell (and I have a short haircut).
Needless to say I have a standing appointment with him every two weeks now. Not only is he a great stylist, but the free beer doesn’t hurt when I’ve had a long day at work and want to relax.
I personally do not know where some of these reviewers are getting their information about a cash only tip, because out of the 6 times that I have now been to XEX in the past 3 months I have not heard of such a policy, and always tip on my credit card.
To sum it all up, if you want an outstanding haircut at a place that’s trendy, also offers a variety of other services, and want to pick up some amazing art go see TJ at XEX Hair Gallery and be prepared to be wowed!!”
– Trevor K. via Yelp