by Lizzie Duszynski | Photography by Piper Kruse
Opening day for Logan Square hair salon, Twisted Scissors, meant one thing: staring at the telephone. “At one point, I even called the shop from my cell phone just to make sure the line was working,” laughs co-owner Anna Armes. “The phone just wouldn’t ring.”

That was 2007. Now, nearly six years later, a seemingly endless stream of clients keeps the salon buzzing with activity. So much so, that earlier this year, Twisted Scissors expanded—branching out to the storefront next door and offering new services to its ever-growing clientele.

“Our dream from the start was to create a salon that would be affordable for every type of person,” says co-owner Angela Bolos-Hartman. And anyone who’s stepped foot inside the salon can see they’ve succeeded. The shop attracts all walks of life: both men and women, young and old, hipster and otherwise.


‘Our dream from the start was to create a salon that would be affordable for every type of person.’
- ANGELA BOLOS-HARTMAN
Anna and Angela, along with fellow stylist Amber Huels, concocted the idea for their dream salon while working at another shop across town. Quality was important to them. So was building a hardworking and tight-knit team—and offering them a comfortable and unique environment in which they’d all feel at home.

When asked to describe the aesthetics of the space itself, the owners—affectionately dubbed ‘A cubed’, struggle for a simple answer. “Vintage,” one of them suggests. “Funky thrift store,” adds another. “Creepy, edgy, and clean,” says the third.

With walls awash in sunny yellow, old brocade sofas, rows of framed old-fashioned pin-up girls, and an oversized, swirly logo tattooed above the space, Twisted Scissors certainly defies easy categorization. It’s playful. It’s quirky. It sure doesn’t take itself too seriously—and for these reasons and more, we love it so.


With walls awash in sunny yellow, old brocade sofas, rows of framed old-fashioned pin-up girls, and an over-sized, swirly logo tattooed above the space, Twisted Scissors certainly defies easy categorization.

It’s our go-to salon for styles of both the buttoned-up, classic variety—and edgier, funkier looks. “It’s always been our goal to offer a high quality, low-cost service in a casual and relaxed environment,” says Angela.

Women’s haircuts start at $30. A complimentary glass of wine or a PBR from the waiting room’s fridge sweeten the deal. And the people watching, with the salon’s tattooed and rainbow-haired stylists—is just the icing on the cake.

LISTEN UP: Stay tuned to this space. Tomorrow, we sit down with the Twisted Scissors team to talk about the business of living what you love.

Twisted Scissors is located off the Western Blue Line stop at 2007 N. Point (on the corner of Armitage and Point). Open Monday through Friday, 11-8, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-7, the salon operates by appointment only. Set up a cut or color, or employ the services of the shop’s in-house esthetician by calling 773. 227. 1077. Learn more at twistedscissorschicago.com.
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
Photography by Piper Kruse
2012-12-04