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.
EXPERIENCE / Hairdressing since 2010
PRODUCT / I love VIP spray from Kerastase. Great after a blow dry at the root for extra volume and a tousled look! Also great on day two to restyle hair or give a fuller, messier ponytail.
EXPERTISE / I love doing straightening and frizz controlling services, such as Brazilian blowouts and relaxers. But, most of my joy comes from color, especially BLONDES. You can never be too blonde!
INSPIRATION / My friends, family and peers. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by such a talented team and I love to pick up tips and tricks from anyone who is willing to share them!
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.
EXPERIENCE / Hairdressing since 2001 and graduated barber college in 2015
PRODUCT / My favorite product is Bumble and bumble thickening hair spray. Especially cocktailed with grooming creme for most guys, because of the control and fullness it creates.
EXPERTISE / I love cutting short or long men's hair, because it's never the same, for a variety of reasons; texture ,amount, head shape.
INSPIRATION / I am inspired by service to others and the connection established when you give someone something so personal as a new look, an open ear, or simply a moment to be comfortable and be cared for.
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.
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!
EXPERIENCE / Hairdressing since 2009
PRODUCT / My favorite is Oribe Dry! I love its versatility - you can use it for a little bit of hold before curling, or it's a great product to finish the style, piecing it out to create a more lived in look.
EXPERTISE / My first love is styling! But, I'm obsessed with all long hair services - balayage, extensions and braiding!
INSPIRATION /Probably the obvious - pretty hair and clothes (either through social media, magazines or in person). I love mixing textures and prints to create one cohesive look. Same with hair, I love mixing different styles together for a unique look.
PRODUCT / My favorite product is Nectar Thermique. I'm all about hair and skin care, and it has antioxidants AND iris royal! It doesn't just protect, it nourishes the hair.
EXPERTISE / Balayage is my favorite color technique to do!
INSPIRATION / I'm inspired by seeing and feeling the joy of a person feeling good about themselves when they love their look. I'm also inspired by my team and their passion to continually grow, learn and share!
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!
PRODUCT / My favorite styling product is Bumble and bumble Dry Spun, because I like big, messy hair!
EXPERTISE / I mostly enjoy doing women's cuts and highlights.
INSPIRATION / Looking at magazines and celebritie's hair inspires me!
EXPERIENCE / Nail technician since 2017
PRODUCT / My fav Smith and Cult nail lacquers are: Dark Like Me, because you can rock it for both day and night. Stockholm Syndrome and Feed The Rich are both neutral, unique, and appropriate all year long
EXPERTISE / I love manicures for a specific occasion! It gives me the opportunity to suggest nail art that will get the room talking.
INSPIRATION / I'm inspired by the city itself. I love the fashion, diversity, and architecture the city offers. All of it influences my art, as well as my nail designs.