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Meet The Team

Meet Krysta

OWNER AND STYLIST

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 Chelsey

STYLIST

Chelsey Meislahn has been working with luscious locks since her start in 2015, when she moved to Chicago. Her love of the beauty industry developed over time and she took the plunge to make it her full-time passion a few years after she left college. Chelseys’ dedication and enthusiasm for hair care, coloring, and styling shines through the relationships she cultivates with her clients.

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 specialize in blondes, but I do all types of color. I also love doing beach waves! 

If you only have 5 minutes to do your hair, what’s your go-to style?
Easy. Half up half down top knot or a messy bun looped through my ponytail holder and pinned around to make it more of an up style. 

How long have you been at Base?
I have been at Base since it opened in 2016. 

Noteworthy industry achievements?
One of my biggest and most exciting achievements was graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Chicago and receiving my cosmetology license. It was the start of my career and a true sign that the work you put in pays off. 

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
I cannot go a day without Kevin Murphy’s Repair Me shampoo and conditioner. It has completely transformed my hair over the past year.

Meet Jen

STYLIST

Jen has been making a name for herself in the world of hair for the last 15 years. She pulls inspiration from the fashion industry, runway styles, and the people and places she interacts with. Jen’s enthusiasm for travel has given her the unique opportunity to cross boundaries and pull inspiration and styles from around the globe. She is dedicated to building her knowledge of hair continuously by learning and experimenting with new practices. Her personal motto is “your hair is your biggest accessory, wear it well.” With every appointment, she helps clients wear their “biggest accessory” with confidence.

What does #baseic mean to you?
Base is a strong foundation, built with an amazingly supportive team that works together to build one another up instead of competing with each other. 

Style or color you’re known for?
I’ve got my hands in a lot of different applications, so clients come to me for a range of specialties – balayage, intricate foil techniques, bleach touch ups, extension applications, detailed pixies and bobs, and tailored layers. 

How long have you been at Base?
I’ve been at Base since 2018. 

Noteworthy industry achievements?
I became a certified Pureologist, went through extensive training at the Redken Exchange, and am now Hairdreams and Babe Extensions certified. 

If you only have 5 minutes to do your hair, what’s your go-to style?
I keep it simple – a little dry shampoo, and a curling iron to touch up any curls that are looking a little lazy. 

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
Bedroom Hair is my number one right now! It allows me to go longer between washes, with some added texture, but not too much where it instantly feels dirty. 

Meet Juanie

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. 

What’s one product you currently can’t live without?
I can’t pick just one! But my current go-to’s are Kevin Murphy’s Young Again, Fresh Hair dry shampoo, and my Brow Highlighter in Matte Beige.