From: Nicolle (18.104.22.168)
In Reply to: Re: TR Model Needed for Chicago South Suburbs posted by June to Nicolle on December 4, 2006 at 4:03 pm:
Trio has been using iStraight before most people started using Liscio around here. Also, Maxines uses iStraight as do a few salons downtown. iStraight was most popular downtown when I first got my TR in 2002. I know when I was first on this board everyone ripped on it because they hadn't heard of it but that's what most of the salons used.
My hairdresser is pretty experienced with OptiSmooth just not with iStraight. She has been using OptiSmooth for a couple of years. Also, remember she is going to be doing the training with the iStraight trainer for the entire time so it's not like she'll have all the products and a directions page or anything. The trainers know exactly what they're doing. The SLI corp has been the iStraight distributor/trainers in Chicago for years. They can come onsite to a salon or they train at their own facility. There are no salons South of Chicago that carry it so the salon I go to will be the first but there are salons downtown and the North suburbs. I think Claude Thomas carries it as does KSY in Schaumburg (not the same as the one in New York/LA). You can go on the istraight website, ibsbeauty.com, and look up info on training for salon professionals. They'll list SLI corp in Chicago and you can call them for a list of salons that carry iStraight.
My hairdresser currently only charges $350 for Optismooth (full TR) but I'm not sure what she'll charge for iStraight once she gets all the products. The iStraight trainer/distributor said $600 to $1200 but I told her not in the suburbs..
Uni will likely always be cheaper than she would be. Uni is just too far for me. Also, my friend also got the regular Lisicio at Uni and she does complain her hair is a bit dry so I'm not sure that's what I want. She needs to get touchpups more often than I do though.
Anyway, here is a link to my hairdresser's credentials;
So it' not like she's right out of beauty school. I'd be nervous too about a hairdresser who never used the product but the trainer will be there so that would at least make me feel better. I really wish she would have done this training when I needed it.
oh well. I'm gonna see if she can cut the price as I have a friend with very coarse spiral tight curls that is interested but can't afford it so close to the holidays.
Maybe for your next touchup you can contact ibs and find out who carries iStraight around you. It's really not scarce in Chicago. But if you're really happy with Uni there is no real reason to change.