Van Buren Gentlemen's Salon

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Stylists & Barbers



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 Stylists in the city of Chicago.



Alyssa graduated from Paul Mitchell the school Chicago in 2012. Since graduating, Alyssa has worked at some of the most prestigious salons in Chicago. While honing her men's cutting skills for a few years, Alyssa decided to further her knowledge of men's styling and enrolled in Barber school in 2017 and is now dual-licensed, having her cosmetology and barber license. Alyssa is always looking to grow and loves taking continuing education classes to ensure she is always knowledgeable of current trends and styles. Alyssa is well versed in clipper and scissor cuts and loves traditional hot shaves. While not at work Alyssa loves live music and is always up for an adventure.



Alexis was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After attending Southern Illinois University, she decided to make her passion her career and enrolled at Paul Mitchell the school Chicago. While there, she focused mainly on men's cutting and decided the men's grooming was her calling. Upon completion of cosmetology school, Alexis... aka Alei, apprenticed at some of Chicago's top men's salons and was trained with some of the industries top grooming lines. Alei is passionate about products and educating her clients on what product fits them and why. Alei loves low fades and clipper work, but isn't afraid of classic gentlemen's cuts either. While not at work, Alei loves the beach and is an enthusiastic Dog mom to her Gray Labrador, Gus.



Ania moved to Chicago in 2009 and graduated from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in 2014. After becoming a cosmetologist Ania discovered that her true passion is in men’s grooming. Ania worked in a men’s salon for 3 years and was chosen to be one of 8 top stylists from Illinois, Michigan and Eastern Missouri for the company Ania worked for. Ania enjoys doing short faded haircut as well as textured gentlemen’s cuts. In her free time Ania loves spending time with her family and taking walks with her Pomeranian named Leo.



Chellcee woke up one morning and felt she needed a change after having worked in corporate America and decided to enroll in barber school. While attending Success Barber College, she fell in love with the art of hair and knew this was her passion. Chellcee is passionate about educating her clients about upkeep and styling and looks forward to becoming an educator in the future. While not at work, Chellcee is all about trying new restaurants and hanging with her cat, whom she believes is her spirit animal!



Coming from a family of hairstylists, it was no surprise that Jennifer found a passion for hair at only eight years old. Working with her Mom and doing any tasks needed, Jennifer fell in love with the profession and earned a license from the John Amico School of Hair Design. As a stylist, Jennifer has a well rounded skill set and she constantly thrives to exceed her clients expectations. Jennifer loves classic styles, but also loves modern clipper work. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys cooking and earned a certificate of technical achievement in culinary science.


BarberJose Luis

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 resident master barber, specializing in hot lather, straight razor shaves and cutting all types of hair.



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.



Sandra was born and raised in the City of Chicago and is seriously passionate about men's styling. Sandra has been cutting men's only exclusively for the past 15 years. Sandra has been trained by some of the industries top stylists and barbers. Sandra specializes in classic clipper cuts, tight fades and beard trims.. While not at work, Sandra is quite the foodie and sushi connoisseur.



Steve recently returned to Chicago after a 19 year absence, during which he worked as a scenic carpenter for twelve years before shifting focus to hair. He attended the Graham Webb International School of Cosmetology and shortly after graduating went on to apprentice under some of the best barbers in the industry and worked for 6 years at one of the premier barber shops in the country as well as doing editorial work, education and guest spots at salons and barber shops all over the country. Steve specializes in combining techniques and skills from both barbering and cosmetology to achieve unique and individualized looks for his clients and loves working with facial hair and shaving. Outside of the shop Steve is a dedicated husband and dog dad, an accomplished endurance athlete and a music and coffee enthusiast.



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.



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 hair-cutting, and is able to create classic or edgy styles that always look timeless and fresh. Her work reflects her clients’ unique personalities and lifestyles.



Yolanta, aka Yola, is born and raised in Chicago. At a very young age, Yola determined that hair was her passion. So while in high school, she took part in a special program that allowed her to take Cosmetology classes while still in school. Yola then went on to perfect her craft of men's styling and grooming at some of the top men's salon's in the Chicago-land area. Yola has been doing men's cutting and styling for the last 15 years and has been trained with some of the industries best. Yola loves classic clipper cuts, but doesn't shy away from a challenge and loves transformation cuts. While not at work, Yola loves spending time with her French bulldog, Sully.