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

Platinum Stylists

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Tina

Platinum Stylist / Co-Owner

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.”

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Jenna

Platinum Stylist

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.”

Master Stylists

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Jim

Founder / Co-Owner

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.

Senior Stylists

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Erika

Senior Stylist

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!“

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Megan

Senior Stylist

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!”

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Raz

Senior Stylist

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!”

Stylists

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Leticia

Stylist

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.

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Claudia

Stylist

Bio coming soon!

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Ally

Stylist

Bio coming soon!

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Kat

Stylist

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.

Nail Techs

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Stella

Nail Tech

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.

Service Desk

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Mara

Manager

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.

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Ashley

Salon Coordinator

Bio coming soon

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