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Michelle Obama and Karlie Kloss
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It?s only January, and The New York Times has already called model Karlie Kloss?s ?Chop? the haircut of the year. Meanwhile, last week?s presidential inauguration was dominated by ?the Bang? seen round the world--aka Michelle Obama?s new brow-grazing fringe.

Ready to try the looks yourself? We suggest a pair of just-opened Chicago salons that take shapes and cuts seriously.

The Chop Head to the West Loop?s chic Kala Salon to get Kloss?s swingy, low-maintenance cut. Owner Asif Rajan was a celebrity stylist in India for more than a decade, but his fundamentals are primarily British with a focus on texture and layers--the perfect background for the trendy new ?do. All stylists at Kala have been trained by Rajan to deliver flawless textured styles, and cuts start at about $60. 689 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 312-265-0347 or

The Bang The Lincoln Park salon Smith & Davis has your Michelle aspirations covered. All stylists are trained in classic Vidal Sassoon techniques (owner Michael Davis is a former Sassoon creative director), with a focus on bone structure and face shape that ensures a custom-tailored fringe. Bang trims are complimentary for existing clients. Cuts range from $52 to $80. 735 W. Wrightwood Ave.; 773-697-4206 or

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