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Casual and dramatic styles from the Goldplaited lookbook.

What we love about blowouts: Our hair looks good. What we don't love about blowouts: We just sat in a chair for an hour, and we’re still not ready to go out.

The new Lincoln Park “finishing salon” Goldplaited solves the problem. It’ll do your hair and makeup.

Even better, it all starts with a quick, unexpected peppermint-oil scalp massage. (Ahhh.) 

Then it was off to a sink for a wash as thorough as any we’ve had at any “real” salon, after which we chose a natural, full-bodied blowout style referred to in Goldplaited’s photo book of options as the “voluminous” look.

Once our hair had been brushed, dried and curled into glamorous submission, we moved to a makeup chair for a meticulous application that included a killer smoky eye and neutral pink lips topped with shimmery gold gloss. (Hair and makeup package costs $75; mention PureWow for a free add-on like party lashes or deep hair conditioning.) 

An hour and a half later, all we needed was a dress and heels before stepping out on the town.

Goldplaited, 2803 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-880-9180 or

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