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George Charles Long

cut/style/color - available Tuesday through Saturday

Salon Owner and Color Guru, George C. Long, is considered an expert in modern cuts, contemporary color techniques, and flawless straightening treatments. With three decades of experience and a world-class education, his reputation in the hair industry precedes him.

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Joseph Stephens

cut/style/color/extensions - available Wednesday through Saturday

As one of Chicago’s most exclusive hair stylists and colorists, Joseph Stephens brings nearly two decades of experience. Joseph continues to perfect the art and science of cutting and coloring through on-going education and development, a cornerstone of his illustrious career.

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Jenna Bullaro

cut/style/color/extensions - available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

One of the City’s most sought after stylists, Jenna is available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Advanced booking is recommended for Jenna who specializes in both color and cutting.

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Mio Sota

cut/style/color - available Thursday through Sunday

Born in Osaka, Japan, Mio’s soft spoken and kind demeanor compliment her meticulous and creative personality. She was an educator at the Vidal Sassoon Academy for nearly a decade before becoming a Goldwell educator. From precision cutting to effortless loose styles, Mio caters to men and women with all different lengths and textures of hair. With over 17 years of experience and various impressive accolades under her belt, you will be pleasantly greeted by her excellent customer service. In 2017, Mio earned the title of the Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstylist of the Year. When outside of the salon, she is creating beautiful collaborations with like-minded artists doing high-fashion editorial photoshoots and styling hair for various events and press. 


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Jeri Delgado-Ioannou

cut/style/make-up - available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Multi-talented and multi-faceted, Jeri offers high quality haircutting for men, women and children. Her friendliness, patience and high level of customer service make this seasoned hairdresser and educator one of our most sought after stylists. Understanding the importance of a total look, Jeri will consult with her clients in hair, make-up, lifestyle and styling regime to help develop a look that is easily achievable at home. Jeri has worked worldwide, living in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Boston and her home town, Chicago. She has styled celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Bill Murray, Elle McPherson and Donna Karan to name a few and is often called upon to style the looks for New York Fashion Week.

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Alex Ioannou

cut/style - available Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Of Greek descent and raised in London, England, Alex Ioannou (pronounced you-ah-nou) spent ten years with Vidal Sassoon, quickly rising to Artistic Director. In his expansive career as hair stylist, educator, and platform artist, his craft expertise has been sought out for the genre of television, commercials, music videos and high fashion runway. He has also been showcased in makeovers for national talkshows and magazine editorials.  He was named one of the country’s top hairstylists and salon owners featured in 50 Hairstylists by Rick Morton and as one of The Best Hair Stylists in Chicago by

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Cecilia Jimenez

cut/style - available Tuesday through Saturday

A Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School and TRIO Salon Training Program graduate, Cecilia’s attention to detail help define her skill as an expert hair stylist. She specializes in special-event styling, blow-drying and haircutting for all and excels in barbering. Her patient and calm nature make her ideal for the nervous client contemplating a big change. Cecilia’s eye for shape and balance reflect in her hobby as a photographer; you will see many of her transformations often displayed on Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets.

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Roxy Hernandez

cut/style/extensions - available Tuesday through Saturday

Fluent in Spanish, and a native Chicagoan, Roxy is a senior stylist here at George Charles Salon and has built and enjoys an established clientele. Excelling in haircutting for men, women and children, Roxy is also skilled in special event and bridal updo styling. She is a certified hair-enhancement and extension specialist for all hair types.


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Sharie Valcin

color/texture - available Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Of Belizean descent, Sharie specializes in hair color and hair relaxing. This 2015 and 2017 Goldwell Color Zoom semi-finalist has continued her competitive craft achieving semi-finalist for NAHA (North American Hairstylist Award) for 2019 and 2020. Sharie is well-versed in all types of color techniques including multi-dimensional foil and color correction. Furthermore, she has a certification in wig making and has been published in trade journals, namely Modern Salon Magazine. Sharie’s classic, creative and stunning color makeovers are abundant on social media such as Instagram and Facebook.

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Nicole Blangin

color/texture/extensions – available Wednesday and Saturday

Nikki has been a colorist and texture specialist since 2007. Nikki is certified to perform Arrojo American Wave, Keratin Smoothing Treatment (Brazilian) and Thermal Retexturizing (Japanese). Her friendly, professional and likeable personality are just a few reasons why her loyal clientele continue to return. Having recently married and started a family of her own in the suburbs, Nikki’s goal is to redefine and update color balancing techniques for highlights and lowlights to achieve a professional, modern and fun look.

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Vanessa Wyllie

color/texture/make-up - available Sunday and Friday

Vanessa, an accomplished colorist, texture specialist and makeup artist has been perfecting her craft for over a decade. She continuously is educating herself to deliver the best quality experience. Vanessa is the Keratin Queen giving you the smoothest most manageable hair with certifications in over 5 different brands. She also performs other texture services; the American Wave by Arrojo, and the famous Japanese Thermal. She can truly visualize what the clients desired outcome is and guide  them on the journey through that transformation.

 Brightening up blondes to deepening brunettes, she wants you to feel beautiful. She has done complete makeovers for the Steve Harvey show, photoshoots for Miss Illinois as well as hair and makeup for different fashion and hair shows.

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Malia Gamen

color/texture - available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday

Malia’s young, modern and fun attitude to color application and placement keeps her ever-growing clientele on their toes. Using a combination of techniques, she is skilled in applying color to the hair, enhancing her clients best features. Whether a high fashion request, maintenance on existing color or a complete make-over, Malia will listen and work with her clients to insure the best results.


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Mariola Wolski

General Manager

Born and raised in Poland, Mariola Wolski joins the George Charles team as General Manager. A trained cosmetologist, Graduate of Northwestern Business School, and certified by the International Spa and Salon Association, Mariola has an impressive history of management, employee relations and impeccable guest experiences with an emphasis on luxury 5-star service. She is foremost a mum and enjoys traditional Polish cooking, gardening and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle!

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Denise Melero

Guest Experience Lead

A front desk coordinator since 2016, Denise’s expertise in customer relations and satisfaction is second to none. Fluent in Spanish, her warm, friendly smile reflects the salons welcoming persona while accommodating clients requests.

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Leia Taylor

Stylist Assistant

Leia discovered her path into the beauty industry at the age of 15 when she worked reception at her cousin’s hair salon.  Immediately, she saw how transformative the client’s experience could be and made a life altering decision.

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Bianca Navarro

Stylist Assistant

Born in California, raised in Washington, Bianca plans to make Chicago her forever home.  Her passions include transformative cuts for men and women, precision work and barbering. She continues to learn about this ever-growing and changing industry through her peers and clients alike.

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Jennifer Carpintero

Stylist Assistant

Currently participating in the George Charles Training Program, Jennifer is a licensed cosmetologist specializing in color.

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Concepcion Sandoval

Stylist Assistant

Probably the hardest working member of the George Charles team, Concha works the extra mile ensuring the salon is clean and tidy at all times. A licensed cosmetologist, Concha’s detail and understanding of the salon’s maintenance is what helps keep George Charles at the top of its game.