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The Team

MEET KRYSTA Owner

Stylist | Colorist

What does #baseic mean to you?
This means being unapologetically yourself in everything you do and OWNING IT. 

Style or color you’re known for?
Curly hair and Balayage.

Noteworthy industry achievements?
Since Base was born we’ve had the pleasure of working with some incredible industry heavyweights. Bobbi Brown said we gave “the best blow out she can remember having”, in 2017 Base won Salon of the Year for Salon of Distinction, we’ve been published multiple times in Sophisticated Living Magazine and worked on a Nike commercial with Chicago Fire star Miranda Mayo. 

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
How does one choose? I am absolutely obsessed with motion lotion I use it on my hair when it’s curly or when it’s straight. Is the perfect product to throw in your purse and use for touch ups throughout the day!



Meet Alexis

Stylist | Colorist | Extensions

What does #baseic mean to you?
Being #baseic is the opposite of basic. It’s all about being an authentic baddie! 

Style or color you’re known for?
I enjoy doing everything the salon offers, but I specialize in hand-tied extensions and color. 

If you only have 5 minutes to do your hair, what’s your go-to style?
Definetly half up half down messy bun. Easy, simple and cute.

How long have you been at Base?
I have been at Base since August 2020.

Noteworthy industry achievements?
During beauty school, I had the opportunity to travel to California to work in front of and learn from Paul Mitchell’s top artist.

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
My FOREVER go-to will always be Shu Uemura dry finishing spray. It gives a great texture for those messy beach waves.


Meet Samuel

Stylist | Colorist | Extensions

What does #baseic mean to you?
#Baseic means being your most true, authentic self. 

Style or color you’re known for?
I favor organic looking, lived-in colors created with an innate eye for detail. My approach leaves the hair looking sun kissed which allows for a seamless, low maintenance grow out. 

How long have you been at Base?
I have been at Base since February as a transplant from the north side. Im ecstatic to be working with the team and being closer to home.

Noteworthy industry achievements?
I’m fortunate enough to have worked under industry leaders from all over the globe. I have fused several different techniques to offer my guests a unique approach to customs cuts and colors.

If you only have 5 minutes to do your hair, what’s your go-to style?
For myself- I’m partial to using the R&CO Badlands dry shampoo paste. As someone with short hair I love a quick lived in look. For my guests, I enjoy showing them how to do a quick touch up on their 2nd day hair with an easy yet gorgeous blow out.

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
I am obsessed with Shu Uemura Izumi Tonic, its a completely weightless and invisible rice water leave in. Leaving the hair with a cashmere like finish protecting the hair from heat or environmental stress.  


Meet Juanie

Waxing | Microblading | Lash Lift

What does #baseic mean to you?
To me, it means all things unique to you! Our salon is dynamic and adaptable, much like the unapologetic artist culture and personal philosophy Chicago is known for. We all want to win in every aspect of our lives. That’s how I started in this industry. Let us help you in your growth. 

Style or color you’re known for?
I offer a lot of different services, but I specialize in Brazilian wax and ingrown hair treatments. I am also trained in botanical and chemical skin care treatments. 

How long have you been at Base?
I have been part of Base for a year and a half. 

Noteworthy industry achievements?
I had the pleasure of teaching a skincare seminare for the students at Depaul! I’ve also worked with some local indie artists and athletes. 

If you only have 5 minutes to get ready, what’s your go-to style?
A sleek eyebrow and blue mascara with a smooth hair finish. It is simple, sophisticated, and works for any occasion. 


Meet Danielle

Stylist | Colorist | Extensions

What does #baseic mean to you?
To me #Baseic means the complete opposite of “basic.” It’s all about being your true self and owning it at all times! No one can be you and that is your power. 

Style or color you’re known for?
I do all color and styles, but my favorite is any lightening service! I also enjoy doing beach waves that make your hair pop even more. 

How long have you been at Base?
I have been at Base since 2019.

Noteworthy industry achievements?
One of my biggest industry achievements was completing #Baseic training in under a year and then working my way up to becoming a level 3 stylist in just under a year as well. I am also a brand ambassador for Kerastasé, an international & professional brand, which led me to being featured on their website. I am certified in Babe hair extensions as well. 

If you only have 5 minutes to get ready, what’s your go-to style?
My go to style always starts with some texturizing spray or dry shampoo, and then throwing in some curls using bigger sections giving it that messy, “second day hair” look. It’s the best!

What’s one product you currently can’t live without ?
I cannot live without the Kérastase Volume in Powder finishing spray! It always gives me the best volumized, messy, beachy hair look that I’m going for. 


Meet Tara

Stylist | Colorist | Extensions

What does #baseic mean to you?
#Baseic means to create your own unique style and look to express yourself. To radiate confidence in all areas of life by finding that confidence in yourself.

Style or color you’re known for?
I love both color and styling. I really enjoy lightening services and creating big transformations for my clients!

How long have you been at Base?
I’ve been at Base since April of 2021.

Noteworthy industry achievements?
Learning and perfecting the Stitched Hand Tied Extension method!

If you only have 5 minutes to get ready, what’s your go-to style?
I spray in the kerastase curl refresh, then do an easy half up half down bun. I love to rock my natural waves!

What’s one product you currently can’t live without ?
Kerastase Fresh Affair dry shampoo and the Curl Manifesto mask! The mask makes my hair feel like silk.


Meet Karla

Operations Manager | Nail Technician

What does #baseic mean to you?
Baseic to me means to never forget to live your most extra fabulous life.

What do you love most about the beauty industry?
What I love about the beauty industry is how we are always learning and reinventing ourselves with new techniques and practices.

What makes Base Salon’s front desk different from others?
In most salons there’s a big noticeable disconnect from the front desk to the person working behind the chair or in an esthetic room, but with us we are always helping each other and communicating well to ensure our guests have the best experience possible.

How long have you been at Base?
Since February 2020

What is one product you currently can’t live without?
I’m obsessed with our Dazzle Dry Nail Polishes. They are long lasting and take 5 minutes to dry.