Get to know Krysta even better: What does #baseic mean to you? Being sicker than your average. This means being unapologetically yourself in everything you do and OWNING IT. Style or color you’re known for? Curly hair and Balayage-all.dat. Noteworthy industry achievements? I’m not one to brag, but since Base was born we’ve had the pleasure of working with some incredible industry heavyweights. Bobby Brown said we gave her “the best blow out she can remember having”, in 2017 we 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: 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. Her goal is to make each client walk away feeling beautiful, confident, and ready to rock their new look.
Get to know Chelsey even better: 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. If you only have 5 minutes to do your hair, what’s your go-to style? Top knot, or a slicked back low bun. Both styles are perfect for my ladies who like to go a couple of days without washing their hair! 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: 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.
Meet Juanie: Juanie Bell has been touching people’s lives, and faces, for over a decade. She’s been a makeup artist for the past 14 years and an esthetician and waxing specialist for the past 12 years. Recently, she also took her passion for good brows to the next level by becoming a certified microblading artist. Her dedication to seamless beauty has allowed her to work with a range of clients. With each experience, Juanie works to highlight her clients’ best assets. Her artistry in the world of makeup and skincare has put her a cut above the rest.
Get to know Juanie even better: 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.