A word from the founder
“Our team is on the same page, education is a non-negotiable for us. Our team has been trained by the best in the world. Paul Mitchell as a company provides the platform to allow a career path and growth for our hairstylists. Our team, is a dedicated, forward-focused, positive, talented group of individuals that, together, create this synergy to provide the greatest experience when our guests are with us.”
– James Anthony Salerno, Founder
Tina has passion and love for the beauty industry, through extensive education and dedication she has grown her career, in addition to adding a cosmetology teacher’s license, which she uses to grow the future of the industry by guiding and coaching the future professionals. Tina believes that when you love what you do, love who you do it with and love who you do it for, then success follows. “Education and giving back are what allows you to move forward, and in return I grow in my talents, and in life!” Tina is recognized in the industry as a leader who not only applies her positive attitude, but employs the imagination and creativity that keeps us on the cutting edge. She was written up in Chicago Magazine as “top 49 stylists in Chicago” as a long hair specialist. “I absolutely love the industry I have chosen that has made my dreams a reality and my team, our beautiful salon space and our schools.”
Jenna is one of our platinum stylists and has been with us for 14 years! While Jenna loves everything hair, she LOVES soft dimensional colors and transforming thick and curly hair! She is passionate about always expanding her knowledge and making sure your visits with her are fun and educational! “I love the bond I get to have with my clients just as much as I love transforming their hair.”
James Anthony Salerno is second generation in the beauty industry. Following his father’s legacy, Jim has owned and operated James Anthony Salon since 1991. Along with his wife Tina, they co-own SalonJAS, and are co-founder/co-owners of Paul Mitchell The School-Chicago and Paul Mitchell The School-Lombard. Jim is known in the beauty industry for his passion and enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and experience with the future professionals. Education has always been the backbone to the success of James Anthony Salon, and it’s key to growth and sustainability. James Anthony Salon has been the #1 Paul Mitchell Focus+ Salon in Illinois for the past 20years. Jim has experienced many turns in the beauty industry and when asked what he attributes his successes to, he will tell you “when people come first, success will follow”(a favorite JP quote) Growing up in the salon world, being around his Father who owned and operated his salon for 50 years, Jim always knew he had to go out on his own to create a space like he grew up in and provide a beautiful and successful salon for people to thrive and have their goals and dreams become a reality.
As one of our senior stylists, Erika is a great listener and will utilize what she learns from you to give you the added confidence of looking and feeling your best! She is our expert braid specialist, and is a well rounded stylist that loves creating the perfect look for her guests! With extensive knowledge in color, cut and style techniques, she is also certified in extensions and our cezanne smoothing treatment! “Every day is a learning experience but when you love what you do, you enjoy it every second of it!“
Megan has been in the beauty industry since 2005! Her passion is everything hair! She loves doing all kinds of colors from your standard gray coverage to color corrections, and color transformations. Megan is a hair cutter, performs Cezanne Smoothing treatments, and love working with brides and bridal parties! Not only is she an amazing stylist, she is also a national color educator for Paul Mitchell! “After all this time, I absolutely LOVE what I do physically but the connections and relationships I have built with people is really what keeps my cup full. I always say this industry was made for me, I get to talk all day, make new friends, and be creative!”
We’ve had the pleasure of having Raz as a part of our team for 8 years now! Education is a very important part of the industry for Raz. It helps her continue to grow as a stylist and allows her to share her knowledge with her beautiful clients. Not only does Raz educate the guests in her chair but she is also a national educator for Paul Mitchell! She is certified in HairTalk extensions and our Cezanne Smoothing Treatment. While she loves everything hair, she specializes in blonding, hand painted colors, transforming natural hair and men’s cutting! “I’m always up for a challange, change or keeping it simple. I’m here for all your hair needs! I love what I do and who I do it with. YOLO!”
Gabby has been in the industry 5+years, a graduate of Paul MitchellThe School Lombard, she loves everything about the beauty industry! Her favorite is interacting and meeting new people. True to her name, Gabby, she loves getting to know our guests and learning how best she can service them while in her chair. Gabby is currently active in James Anthony Salon’s extensive training program for Color, and is excepting guests for women’s and men’s haircuts and special occasion styling. She looks forward to continuing to grow and hone her skills in order to provide a full experience for our guests
Claudia is a Stylist at James Anthony Salon, a graduate of The Paul Mitchell School Normal. She has achieved the Stylist status and recognition by participating in James Anthony Salon’s Rising Star Training Program. Claudia worked hard and accomplished the program within a short period of time. Her passion and talents are very evident in her Balayage and various Hand Painting color techniques. She loves the opportunity of slowly taking guests to their ultimate color transformations! Claudia is always learning and being a student of her craft and enjoys sharing it with the team! She looks forward to meeting new guests and consulting with them on bringing out the best version of them by helping them look and feel good!
Since her graduation from Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, Leticia has been a dedicated hair-dresser. A Stylist at James Anthony Salon, her wide-spread skill set makes her a favorite with our guests. Leticia is efficient in men’s cutting and barbering, hiliting, balayage and ombre techniques and has a love for long hair styling. She continues her education with the salon’s requirements and is consistently working on honing her skills to grow in her career path with our company. Leticia is also certified in Hairtalk Extensions and can change your look in an instant by simply adding length, shape or volume. She loves what she does and it shows in her talent and busy in demand schedule.
Since graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Lombard, Kat decided to pursue her creativity and passion for the beauty industry by joining James Anthony Salon. What makes this salon so special to her is the passion and goals that she gets to share with her like minded team members. Kat loves the relationships she gets to build with her guests every visit, and she strives to ‘hit it out of the park’ right away during your consultation to ensure you receive what you have always wanted in your hair. Kat has an expertise in working with skinnier hair textures and fun and exciting color techniques. She’s passionate about her dynamic and continuous Paul Mitchell education, which allows her to thrive in working with all different hair textures and styles.
Stella has been a nail tech at James Anthony Salon since 1994, and has gained the respect and loyalty of her guests by providing them with the ultimate “natural” manicure and pedicures. Stella is known in the community has the “nail doctor.” Stella’s background in working as a lab technician in a hospital in her hometown, Poland. There she specialized in bacteriology, serology, chemistry, and hematology. This kind of work, knowledge and experience, is what allows Stella to be aware and knowledgeable about the various diseases one can encounter, and is aware of the treatments that can be done. Stella continues to grow in her field by attending various trainings and certifications in the nail industry. Stella’s guests’ experience her love and passion for what she does and her belief in giving only the ultimate in customer service, by being a day maker! Stella is always at the forefront of what is new in the nail world and loves to share that with her guests.
Floriana is our Salon Coordinator who splits her time between James Anthony Salon and our sister salon, SalonJAS. In the year that she has been with our team, Floriana has utilized her background in her own family’s beauty business by going above and beyond to appease our guests, and to help them maneuver around the busy schedule of our stylists. Floriana’s Canadian kindness brings a balance of professionalism and fun for a wonderful guest experience.
Mara has played many roles over the years at James Anthony Salon. Her various career experiences have lead her to become the salon manager and service desk leader. Thru Mara’s time at managing an office and being sales assistant at her previous job, coordinating meetings, taking care of customer services, and completing orders of sales, she has brought much to the table to James Anthony. Mara is a passionate, dedicated individual, she loves to exceed every guests’ expectation, and to support the career path of the team. She makes sure that the salon runs free of challenges and that all of our guests’ needs are met. Mara has a background in aesthetics as well, and has been around the beauty industry for many years, so she understands the importance of being efficient with scheduling and pampering our guests’ and creating an amazing experience.
Ashley is the Service Desk Coordinator and has been with James Anthony Salon since 2019. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she’s a retired hairstylist who’s been in the hair industry for the last 9 years. With her prior background as a hairstylist, she understands the importance of scheduling and the entire customer experience-and has a passion for helping people look and feel their best. Her previous roles include coordinating fashion events and helping beauty school students reach their full potential. Ashley plays a huge role in the success of the salon by ensuring our guests are always at the forefront of an exceptional James Anthony Salon experience!
Juliana is a Rising Star at James Anthony Salon. A graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Lombard, she a natural talent! Juliana’s “servants heart” is felt in everything she does. She is kind and passionate about life! Juliana is currently active in James Anthony Salon’s extensive training program and is working towards earning the Stylist position. You can find Juliana assisting with color and hiliting services, toning and creating beautiful color melts and blowdry’s alongside our many talented Stylists, as well creating a positive and relaxing experience in our Lather Lounge, where she’ll lull you to sleep with our Signature Shampoo Experience!
Nikki is an Assistant at James Anthony Salon. She is busy balancing college, work and a future career in the hair industry! Nikki is very hardworking and brings such a fun and loving energy to the salon. Through her salon training, she had learned so much and hopes to perfect those skills at a Paul Mitchell School! Until then, Nikki will give you a relaxing experience in our Lather Lounge, where she’ll soothe your mind with our Signature Shampoo Experience!
Angelina is an Assistant at James Anthony Salon. Currently a student at Elmwood Park Highschool and attending Cosmetology School thru the Highschool program, Angelina also loves dance and being the captain of her dance team! She is a motivated and passionate young lady with an exciting future ahead! Angelina assists our stylists with many tasks such as color, toners, color melts and blowdrys. She will ensure you have a relaxing experience in the Lather Lounge, with our Luscious Lather, our Signature Shampoo.
Jade is an Assistant at James Anthony Salon, her smile and energy is felt anytime you’re around her! Jade is currently a student at Elmwood Park Highschool, and a part time Assistant at James Anthony Salon. Her passions are dance and track. Thru her salon training, she has learned many skill sets, we hope she’ll someday perfect in cosmetology school! Until then, Jade will help you relax in our Lather Lounge with her magical hands while receiving a Luscious Lather, our Signature Shampoo Experience.
Alyssa is an Assistant at James Anthony Salon. Currently a high school student, Alyssa is a shy but fierce young lady! She works hard and is a great student! Her passion is dance and to ultimately attend Cosmetology School after Highschool graduation. Her talents already set her apart and we look forward to supporting and encouraging a successful career path at James Anthony Salon. You can find Alyssa helping our Stylists and creating a relaxing experience in our Lather Lounge, where you will receive a 10minute Luscious Lather, our Signature Shampoo.
Karla is an Assistant at James Anthony Salon. She is busy balancing beauty school and a future career in the hair industry! Karla is extremely hardworking and brings such a great energy to the salon. Through her salon training and school, she has learned so much and we can’t wait for her to graduate and get behind the chair! Until then, Karla will give you a calming experience in our Lather Lounge, where she’ll relax you with our Signature Shampoo Experience!
Brenda is a Rising Star at James Anthony Salon and a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Lombard, she has a natural talent! She is caring and passionate about the industry! Brenda is currently active in James Anthony Salon’s extensive training program and is working towards earning a Stylist position. Until she gets her chair, she will give you a wonderful and relaxing experience in our Lather Lounge with our Signature Shampoo Experience