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In the Salon

Melissa(aka- Mel) has recently moved back to Chicago from her stint at Brilliant Salon in Portland, OR. She is returning to Gordon Salon, where she worked at the Lakeview location for 9 years, and now you can find her at the Wilmette location(find info below).  Having a background as an Aveda In Salon Educator, she has taught the latest color trends and styles. With over 12 years of experience with Aveda, Mel is known for her red/auburn tones, blonde highlighting, subtle ombres and creative color. She enjoys the challenge of color correction and making it right. She also specializes many cutting styles( especially fine hair ), from sleek bobs to long, natural layers and fun short cuts and bridal updos. Melissa has done hair and makeup for model portfolios, bands, TV, web, film and magazines --both everyday looks and avant-garde as seen in Modern Salon, Lucky, Cosmo Girl web and Time Out Chicago magazine. She has taken extensive hours of advanced education with Aveda, Goldwell, Kuene, Vidal Sassoon, Aveda and MAC in coloring, cutting, editorial styling and bridal design. Mel was excited to be a part of a the makeup team under Rudy Miles(former Global Director of Makeup for Aveda) at New York Fashion Week for Malan Breton(Project Runway), Fall 2013. As well as Nick Arrojo's makeup team, at his exclusive annual fashion event, in Chicago. 

You can find her at Gordon Salon ,Edens Plaza, 3232 Lake Ave, Ste 160

Wilmette, IL 60091 (847) 266-7777 (yelp for salon is above).  Ask for 'Mel'.


Monday:      10am- 5:30pm

Tuesday:      2pm-8pm

Thursday:     2pm-8pm

Saturdays:   1:30pm-7:30pm


*Vidal Sassoon ABC training in cutting, and extensive training in Aveda Color. Graduated from the Aveda Institute Chicago, 2003.


Single Process, All Over: starting at $79($15 extra if more color is needed or to color the ends)
Single Process Color and few Foils/Custom Color 30 min): starting at $121
1/2 Highlight: (15 foils or less): starting at $110
3/4 Highlight: starting at $135
Full Highlight: starting at $150.
All hair services come with a blow dry style, except single process color-ala cart blowdry is $57 or you can blowdry your own hair.

Updo starts at (see bridal/shoot pics attached): $90
Makeup(see photoshoot pics attached):$40
Makeup Lesson: $60





On Set/Special Occasion


 Melissa Messer is a Chicago Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist available for Bridal Hair & Makeup Design,  with over 14 years of experience. She is very experienced for photoshoot work, runway, boudior, commercial and engagement hair and makeup. 


Please contact her for rates or available dates for freelance work.  


Services Offered:
Hair Styling(special occasion, editorial, retro-pin up, boudoir)
Makeup application(special occasion, editorial, retro-pin up, boudoir)
Bridal Events
Retro Looks
Test Shoots
Makeup Lessons

Aveda Institute Cosmetology 2003
Aveda Advanced Classes - Hair  Styling, Runway & photoshoot work and makeup application classes
MAC-Advanced  Makeup Classes
University of Texas at El Paso, TX 1990-1994




Time Out Chicago(Cover)
Modern Salon Magazine
Chicago Scene
Ink Magazine
MAMi Magazine
Vicious Magazine
Gothic Beauty Magazine
DC Magazine

ABC Channel 7 Morning Show Chicago
Makeup for Fashion Segment

"The Return of Joe Rich"

NYC Fashion Week 2013 & 2014-Malan Breton(Project Runway)/under Rudy Miles(Aveda & Beauty By Rudy)
Nick Arrojo Expo 2013 Fashion Show-makeup artist/under Rudy Miles

Designers Look Books/Web Marketing
Lily & Migs, Chicago, IL
Narcisse Designs, Chicago, IL
Gina Michele, NYC



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