Originally from Michigan, Seamus attended school for graphic design before discovering his true passion for hair.With his ever-changing hair color and determined attitude, Seamus fit right in at the Aveda institute.“I felt like I was home”, he recalls.Seamus quickly discovered that attending beauty school was his purpose.“Doing hair for me was like a light went off”.
After graduation, Seamus was offered and accepted an education position at Aveda in North Carolina.For two years he enjoyed teaching others and giving back to the community that he himself grew in.Even so, his love for his family and his longing to be closer to them took him back to Ohio.There he took on a position at Jacob Neil.“They taught me so much.Everyone was so passionate about doing hair”.
His passion to advance in editorial work brought him to Chicago and soon after, Solo Salon. In addition to styling and color, music is another passion of Seamus’s.“Music is my inspiration for everything".Seamus is also an avid “Pinner” with boards committed to music and art on Pinterest, inspiring him as a hairstylist and an individual.
Seamus enjoys creating transformations through both cut and color.A few of his favorite styles include precision cutting and A-line bobs, as well as natural color.Currently a Nioxin educator, Seamus also enjoys helping people regain the integrity of their scalp and hair thickness.
Even with 10 years of experience in styling, Seamus continues to grow and learn.His hope and mission for his work is to provide his clients with the tools to take styling their hair from the chair to home. “I believe my job as a stylists isn’t done when a client leaves my chair, my job is done when a client can come back and recreate their look”.
Shortly after her move to Chicago in 2011, Carly came to Solo Salon. Her favorite part about Solo is the people. Carly is a lead educator, which she is extremely passionate about. " I find it very rewarding to be able to share my knowledge with new stylists. I love supporting my team through continued education!" She is also inspired by eras, especially the 70’s. In fact, Almost Famous is one of her favorite movies of all time. She enjoys creating simple braids and natural texture. Her ability to evaluate what is best for her guests, while still being creative is a confirmation of her talent and free spirit.
Originally from Michigan, Ashley obtained her cosmetology license from Tricoci. After graduating she moved to North Carolina and then to Tennessee. Eventually she moved to Chicago and came to Solo Salon to start as an assistant. “I think everyone here is really nice.” She takes pride in her ability to deliver strong haircuts and she enjoys cutting long layers. Ashley is a Bumble and bumble kind-of-girl, so she can’t live without styling cream! One of the most influential people in her life was her hair mentor. His love for the beauty industry and his passion motivated her to work hard in her career.
David has been a part of the Solo family since the salon’s opening in 2006. He started out using his experience with salon management, but is now a stylist. His favorite part about his career is meeting new people and changing lives. “You get to make people happy and they leave with all the confidence in the world.” David enjoys growing in his skills and working towards his goals daily. He accredits his parents as the motivation for his never failing work ethic. With his knowledge of timeless cutting techniques and color, David can customize a look for any guest. If you are not sure what you would like, not to worry, David has many ideas to share with you!
Megan has always had a love for color and design and has applied this love to many different art mediums. She went to Columbia College in Chicago to pursue a degree in set design, but soon realized she would rather use her talents in a more personalized way. Megan went to Aveda Institute of Chicago and began her career in the beauty industry. Meagan is passionate about creating just the right color and cut. One of Megan's greatest attributes is that she is a good listener and wants her clients to take an active role in the decisions made about their styling choices. Megan's primary professional goal is to have every client walk out the doors of Solo Salon having a renewed sense of self-confidence and assurance.
Once upon a time, S. Franky sat in a Philadelphia hair salon and told her stylist that she needed some shape added to her hair, but that she was also trying to grow it out. "Sounds great!", said the stylist, who then proceeded to cut her hair into an asymmetrical faux hawk with a rat-tail (true story). From day one of becoming a hairstylist, Franky made three vows to the hair world: One, be a good listener, two, be honest with what is realistic and explain why, and three, teach her guests tips and tricks for beautiful hair outside of the salon. Specializing in platinum blonde hair, blow-drying, and fighting frizz, Franky would love the opportunity to show you how to love your hair!
As a stylist, Joey enjoys being able to have creative freedom through his advanced skills. Having been a part of the Solo start up, Joey loves that the salon has grown greatly over since opening the doors in 2006, calling it “it’s own tiny empire”. “It is in a class of its own, because there is an energy here.” Just like Solo, Joey has his own unique energy. After breaking through some challenges in his life, Joey has learned to really live. “I use to get caught up in concerns, but now I just focus on one day at a time.” Joey is also the Color Director at Solo, so education is a platinum asset. His dedication and passion was recognized when he was awarded the Gold Trophy for Young Talent at the WELLA Professionals North American Trend Vision Awards in 2011. Joey is not sure where he will be in the future, but he knows it will be wherever his heart takes him.
Originally from Poland, Basia came to join the Solo Salon team almost 6 years ago. She loves the positive attitude of the salon, as well as the structure. “There are always good surprises here.” Basia’s skills include full body waxing and men’s grooming with specialties in eyelash extensions, and the ancient technique of Henna tinting for lashes and brows. It is her goal to give her guests a customized look that is sure to leave a smile long after they’re gone.
Kristine has a strong passion for making people happy and expressing her creativity through styling. Her passion moved her to find a unique and artistic space to start her own business and in 2006 Solo Salon became a reality. Her favorite styling techniques are razor cutting. She is completely addicted to Bumble and bumble Brilliantine and cannot live without it. Along with leading a salon, Kristine is a committed mother and wife. She enjoys a challenge and working towards her goals everyday. She acknowledges her father as a great role model, a “make it happen” kind of person. His drive to grow in his own business, while still caring for his family, has inspired Kristine to do that same in her life. She admits that finding balance is not always easy, but she is extremely committed to it. “I really love what I do. I love Solo and obviously love being a mother. I feel rich.”
Jovan expresses herself in everything she does and has a deep passion for styling. She loves sharing her talents and having the freedom to grow in them. “My favorite part about Solo is the tight-knit group. It’s a beautiful Space.” Jovan specializes in various color techniques and hair styling, as well as working on photo shoots and bridal parties. She also partners with Sara to instruct tutorials and classes for apprentices. The most inspiring moment in Jovan’s career was when she traveled to Bumble and bumble in New York City. The trip gave her a perspective of just how large the industry really is. Jovan hopes to do more photo shoots and print work in the future. She is currently working towards her dream of styling at New York Fashion Week.
Michael singer known as the father of Solo Salons growing team of hairdressers of almost a decade, has grown a deep passion for the marriage hairdressing and Barbering. After carryinga license for 15 years and running a salon of 18 hairdressers he had decided to further his experience and education by going back to school to get the honorable award of a barber license.
The word honor embodieshis passion for his craft. Education and knowledge is his driver in life. With humor and lightness he loves to share and his Razor is his mascot. His message is a simple one, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
EXPERIENCE / Hairdressing since 2004
PRODUCT / My favorite product is Baxter of California's Clay Pomade. It's a all natural formulation with bee's wax and clay, firm yet workable, with a matted finish. This is a great styling product for men who want firm control with short haircuts!
EXPERTISE / I enjoy doing the total makeover for men. Men's haircuts and shaving services; I think these are classic barbering services that should be experienced at least once a month!
INSPIRATION / My daily inspiration begins with thankfulness for my journey in the beauty/barbering industry. I'm doing what I have genuinely loved since I was a child. I thrive on the cultivation of relationships with my guests and learning from like-minded colleagues.
EXPERIENCE / Hairdressing since 2005
PRODUCT / I'm Obsessed with Dry from Oribe, because it gives you a ton of texture and volume without being overwhelming. My all time favorite Bumble product is Brilliantine, which gives you a sexy, undone style for on the go!
EXPERTISE / I love cutting hair with the straight edge razor to give an amazing haircut, personalized for that client. Balayage is another personalized, color technique that I love doing, so that it truly fits one's personality and lifestyle.
INSPIRATION / Working with such talented people keeps me inspired! Keeping up with education and educating clients on a daily basis, keeps me motivated and excited about doing what I love.
Growing up as the oldest of eight children, Shaun has a natural passion for taking care of others. Her desire to become a stylist developed her Senior year of High School, leading her to attend cosmetology school.
After graduation, Shaun assisted and styled at a selection of salons in the Chicagoland area before finding her home at Solo Salon. “I know everything happens for a reason…I believe that.”
As well as styling, Shaun has a great passion for fashion. She enjoys creating stylized shoots, editorial looks, and wedding upstyles. “I feel like updos are a way to expose the art-side of hair, without having to color inside the lines.”
If you are in need of a great mens cut, a natural-looking balayage (painted on highlights), the perfect style for your perfect day, or any other hair styling need, Shaun would love to take care of you!
Jessica attended Paul Mitchell The School Orlando. After obtaining her license, Jessica and her husband moved to Chicago. She began working as an educator at Paul Mitchell The School in Chicago before finding her home at Solo.
It was the allure of the creativity of styling that inspired Jessica to become a hairdresser. “I am super passionate about styling. My goal is to do editorial work in the future and continue to inspire others through education.” Jessica’s work has been published in print and online, nationwide.
Jessica would love to create a creative upstyle for you, teach you tips and tricks for styling at home, and work with you and your unique hair needs!
PRODUCT / I Have a special love for MAC Cosmetics! It is easy to work with and blend with any skin type. I have taken classes through MAC, including body painting, which is one of my passions. I am also very in love with Kevyn Aucoin Makeup and his legacy in the industry. I think that NARS and Laura Mercie shouldn't be missing from any women's makeup bag.
EXPERTISE / Airbrush - I want to airbrush everybody! From natural to glamorous, any look looks the best with airbrush. I would like to sit Lady Gaga in my chair - she is fierce!