MEET TEAM EXSALONCE

Tony Odisho

Owner | Master Stylist | Creative Director

A renowned leader in the industry of premium hair extensions, Tony Odisho is the innovator behind some of the country’s most beautiful looks. However, his true passion lies in his ability to unlock an individual’s most confident self. Tony connects with his clients, getting to know their personalities and lifestyles in order to tailor their cut, color, and style to perfectly compliment the rest of who they are. Tony is also the President and CEO of Tony Odisho Extensions as well as the Ostia Collection, a revolutionary hair care line expertly designed to maintain the health and beauty of both natural hair and extensions.

Jess

Master Stylist (Level 5)

Jess is a proud graduate of The Douglas J. Aveda School here in Chicago. As a Senior Stylist, Jess delivers expert results in all areas, but her specialties include hair extensions as well as balayage and other color services. Jess’s goal is for all of her clients to feel confident in the hair they wear; because of this, she offers complimentary consultations for anyone interested in learning more about hair extensions!

Samm

Junior Stylist (Level 3)

Sam began her career in 2005, initially specializing in bridal hair and makeup. After attending The Douglas J. Aveda Institute in 2012, she received her license in both cosmetology and esthetics. She loves everything from simple blowouts to fantasy hair coloring, but her personal favorite are dramatic transformations. Sam joined Team Exsalonce after working in a barber shop, so she already achieves superior, precise results with her men’s cuts, but she is excited to be starting barber school in June 2018 to be able to offer hot shaves to our clients. Sam integrates her belief in continuing education into her professional life by striving to expand her skillset, acquiring knowledge she can then share with her coworkers.

Stina

Junior Stylist (Level 3)

Stina is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Chicago. Through her journey into the beauty industry and exploration of new techniques, she has become an expert with blondes and developed a passion for balayage and extensions. She loves not only continuing her education in different aspects of the beauty world, but also educating her guests on product knowledge and at-home techniques to help them work towards achieving salon-quality results with their everyday look. Nothing makes Stina happier than seeing her clients beaming thanks to a boost to their confidence…and their hair’s volume!

Casandra

Sophomore Stylist (Level 2)

Casandra loves all things beauty! She graduated with honors from Chicago’s own Aveda Institute, where she was one of the few students selected to cross-train in their esthiology program while also studying hair and cosmetology. Casandra enjoys learning and holds certificates ranging from Makeup Artist (GlamLab, 2015) and Lash Technician (House of Lashes, 2014) to Tony Odisho’s Hair Extension Certification, which means she is well-trained in our custom hair extensions and can consult about individual needs and goals for their hair. Her favorite services to perform are keratin treatments, color, and highlights, and she gets a lot of professional fulfillment from seeing her clients’ transformations into their most beautiful selves. Her experience is rooted in customer service, and she is constantly working on expanding her skillset to stay current with the ever-changing trends!

Denae

Sophomore Stylist (Level 2)

After completing her initial training with Tricoci University, Denae enthusiastically joined Team Exsalonce and has been growing professionally and blossoming creatively ever since. As she nears her graduation date from Tony Odisho’s rigorous training program, she is excited to start taking clients of her own. Denae particularly excels with hair extensions and balayage color services. Call today to book an appointment with our new shining star!

Nicole

Sophomore Stylist (Level 2)

Nicole earned her industry credentials at Pivot Point International Academy before starting her beauty career out in the suburbs, where she worked for several years before Exsalonce’s Management noticed her talent on social media and decided to recruit her. Nicole grew up in a family with over 20 stylists, and her personal passion is for creating custom color and highlights. We are excited to be bringing her skills and positive energy to the team starting in Spring 2018!

Patricia

Salon Apprentice & Makeup Artist

Patricia is a native of Oak Park and earned her beauty industry credentials from Paul Mitchell here in Chicago, graduating in 2016. Since then, she has worked as a stylist at two local salons, where she’s been able to hone her professional skills and realize her passion for bringing out the very best in all her clients. Patricia is excited to train with the experts at Exsalonce; her favorite services already include our custom extensions as well as color applications.

Megan

Esthetician & Clinical Massage Therapist

Megan is a licensed esthetician who trained at the University of Aesthetics in Chicago. She also studied at the Soma Institute to become licensed as a clinical massage therapist. She has advanced training in speed waxing, iontophoresis, microdermabrasion, body scrubs and chemical peels. Megan’s goal with skincare is to make every client feel relaxed and secure in their own unique skin. Her passion for all things skin care shines through, and she continues to strive to grow her knowledge as well as to educate.

Niki

Clinical Massage Therapist

Niki completed her training in clinical massage therapy in 2013 at Solex Medical Academy, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. In 2014, Niki completed a 100-hour certification in Clinical Oncology Massage from Beaumont Hospital, and has since earned a certification in Prenatal Massage from Zen Shiatsu. Currently, Niki is pursuing her B.S. in Psychology at Northwestern University. Niki’s personal style integrates compassionate touch with a variety of modalities, including Swedish, sports, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue, and stretching to provide a deeply relaxing and restorative, yet therapeutic massage to help manage pain, stress, and anxiety.

Samantha

Salon & Spa Manager

Samantha began leading Team Exsalonce in 2017, and she quickly became an irreplaceable asset thanks to her extensive 10-year background in the industry, her superior communication and managerial skills, and her infectious enthusiasm for all things beauty-related. Samantha prides herself on supporting her staff in a way that encourages them to achieve their fullest potential. 

Jessica

Assistant Manager

Jessica joined Team Exsalonce in May of 2017 after meeting the owner through family. She is a native of the Chicago suburbs and is currently studying civil engineering with a focus on water resources. As a former high school teacher, Jessica helps optimize the workflow at the front desk through her strong communication and organizational skills, as well as her extensive background with programs like Microsoft Excel. Her goal is to make the scheduling and checkout process at Exsalonce a pleasant experience for every client.

Andrea

Front Desk Coordinator

Andrea joined Team Exsalonce in February of 2018. She is excited to put her enthusiasm and customer service skills to work within our salon!