Deanna, a former men’s stylist, opened VBGS with the goal to create a guy friendly hair/barber salon in which every guest feels comfortable and leaves satisfied with his service. A graduate of Pivot Point International and Roosevelt University, Deanna has over 10 years of experience in the customer service industry and 8 year’s experience in male salons. Just recently, Deanna decided to make the crossover from stylist/management to full time management to focus more on the business side of the salon. She is grateful for the continued support from her clients.
After having worked in early childhood education for over ten years, Nora opted for a career change and enrolled in Cosmetology school here in Chicago. Nora decided soon after beginning this new journey that she wanted to pair her love of men’s styling and her desire for exceptional customer service and work towards salon management. While not at work, Nora is a self-confessed “foodie” and will travel the ends of the earth for the perfect meal.
Kinga has over 8 years experience cutting men’s hair and has special training from Mario Tricoci and John Allan’s. Her specialties are cutting men’s short and medium styles, clipper fades, and beard trims. In her spare time Kinga enjoys reading books and is a self proclaimed “bookoholic” reading 4 books a month.
Alicia has been a successful stylist for over the past 10 years, and has been specializing in men’s hair styles and trends for over the past 7 years. She is detail oriented and passionate about creating her clients individual style. Alicia was mentioned in Chicago Magazine as among the 49 Best Stylist in the city of Chicago
Amber graduated from the Aveda Institute of Chicago where she discovered her passion for men’s cutting. Since graduating from school, Amber had spent the last 4 years devoting herself to men’s grooming and styling and honing her skills. Whether it is a classic gentlemen’s cut or a cutting edge fade, Amber personalizes each cut to suit the clients lifestyle and needs. Blogging in her spare time about the latest in men’s hair and fashion trends, Amber is constantly finding inspiration. Amber thrives to have her clients leaving her chair feeling sleek and modern.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Britni sought after her stylist career in her hometown of St. Louis, where she graduated with Honors from the Paul Mitchell School. Since moving to Chicago she has apprenticed under a highly recognized Stylist in the city, trained with many renowned Colorists and Cutting artist’s, and discovered her industry passion in men’s cutting. Britni’s attentiveness and precision, vibrant personality, and knowledge of her craft have built her success behind the chair. When she’s not making men look handsome, she stays busy with in the gym, traveling the world, cooking, crafting, and going to concerts.
Born and raised in Chicago, upon completion of school she began assisting for a stylist specializing in Japanese hair straightening. It was during that time Erica would often times perform mini manicures and facials at the shampoo bowels to make the guest more at ease during the service. Finding a passion and interest to take her education further she attended Mario Tricoci University of Beauty Culture for esthetics and Soma Institute for massage. She has worked in majority of the hotel spas here in Chicago as a mobile technician doing nails, facials, and massages. She specializes in spa services here which include, waxing, spa manicures and pedicures. When she isn’t at work making people look and feel fabulous, she is watching the Chicago Bulls or eating tacos.
In 2005, Jose Luis graduated from The Academy of Barbering Arts in Chatsworth, CA while he was a resident of Los Angeles. Shortly after receiving his license, Jose Luis started and ran his own successful barber shop for many years before moving to Chicago. From our beginning, Jose Luis has been Van Buren Gentlemen’s Salon’s resident master barber, specializing in hot lather, straight razor shave, and cutting all types of hair. Read more about Jose Luis and check out his reviews on his own website.
Leia was born and raised in Chicago. Growing up she spent a lot of time in her cousin’s hair salon, where she worked as the receptionist during her high school years. In 2009 she left Chicago and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she graduated with a degree in Mass Media Communication. After moving back to Chicago, she returned to her first love-working in a fast pace salon atmosphere. In her spare time she enjoys watching documentaries, brunch with friends, and summer festivals.
Marina graduated from Paul Mitchell the school Chicago in 2012. Marina is well versed in both clipper work and classic Gentlemen’s cuts. Marina believes in continual education and strives to stay at the forefront of her field with her knowledge of new products and services available in order to provide excellent service to her clientele. While not at work, Marina loves to spend time with her nieces, nephews, and family.
Maya began her career as a hair stylist over 13 years ago with extensive training from Vidal Sassoon. She specializes in color and cutting for men. For the past five years she has been working as a freelance hairstylist, and is now the newest addition to Van Buren Gentlemen’s Salon. She is very passionate about men’s styling and enjoys customizing fresh new styles for clients that compliment not only their faces, but also their lifestyles.
Melissa has been a successful stylist for over ten years. Originally from New Jersey, she relocated to Chicago five years ago. She has had extensive training through Vidal Sassoon in Miami and Tony & Guy in NYC. She is a great conversationalist and very detail oriented which shows through her work. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys watching sports and trying out new restaurants Chicago has to offer.
Virginia graduated from Paul Mitchell the school in 2013. Shortly after working in the industry, she discovered her love and passion for men’s hair-cutting. Her ambitious strive to further her education and perfect her craft lead her to enroll into Success barber school-Chicago, graduating in 2016. She is thoroughly skilled in classic straight razor shaves, clipper cuts and shear cutting techniques. She genuinely admires the art of barbering and personalizing every cut and style to compliment the clients desires. When Virginia is not busy making men look handsome, she enjoys working out, exploring the city and attending wine tastings.
Whitney attended Paul Mitchell the school St. Louis and graduated in 2012. Upon completion, Whitney moved to Chicago to pursue her passion of men’s cutting. For the past 3 years Whitney has been exclusively working with men’s hair and specializes in classic clipper cutting. While not at work, Whitney loves craft projects and has quite the green thumb.
After graduating from Fine Arts School, Yanna began her career as a hair stylist in Bulgaria and then moved to Greece seeking to expand her skills. In 2005 her adventurous spirit brought her to Chicago. She is a great communicator but most importantly, a great listener. Yanna is an expert in men’s haircutting, and is able to create classic or edgy styles that always look timeless and fresh. Her work reflects her clients’ unique personalities and lifestyles.
Security / Greeter
While she still is around part time to fulfill her security job at VBGS, Lilly has been taking some time off to focus on her modeling career. She hopes to be featured in next year’s NY fashion week and play soccer in the English Premier League.