Custom Hair Lounge

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Tuesday – Friday 10AM to 8PM
Saturday 9AM to 5PM
Sunday 10AM to 4PM

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Our Stylists

Our stylists are trained in fashion-forward hair cutting techniques and use many different texturizing methods to achieve one-of-a-kind customized cuts, including dry cutting and shaping. The combined talent and flexibility of our award-winning staff applies to all genders, ages, and hair types. Through careful attention and constant communication, we help each customer develop their own unique look.

Nevena Rothe (Nevsy Zee), Founder and Partner

Nevena specializes in precision cutting ,mans grooming ,curly hair and balayage coloring techniques ! She enjoys working with clients to tailor styles to each individual's needs. She is constantly working on her own innovative techniques, pushing the boundaries of her craft. She is trained in and has expanded upon the cutting techniques of American Crew, Vidall Sasoon, Luis Longeras and has served as an International All Star American Crew Member since 2002. Nevsy Zee as many of her friends and colleagues know her is a published stylist and International respected educator . Find out more about Nevena here.


Tania Gilbert, Founder and Partner

Tania Gilbert is skilled in fashion-forward hair cutting techniques and makeup application. Awarded Best Makeup and Hair Expert by Bridal Beauty of Illinois, you can see her work on the runway and published in magazines. Her styling work is heavily influenced by her love of and experience in the fashion industry. She is trained in curly hair and does Deva Curl style haircuts. Tania is committed to working closely with clients to create a hairstyle that is wearable and easy to maintain outside the salon. 


Juan Alvarez

Juan Alvarez is a  master stylist and our salon director.  He has over 15 years of experience and has learned from some of the top people in the industry. He has a fresh sensibility and has come to be recognized for his natural, feminine hairstyles. He has built an impressive loyal clientele offering trendy and layered looks. In 2011 Juan was recognized as a top ten finalist for NY's Nick Arrojo's Masters of Beauty contest.


Richard Whittinghill

Richard Whittinghill’s love for advanced coloring and precision hair cutting has built him a loyal clientele, many of whom travel all the way from New York to visit him in Chicago. Through his attention to detail and impeccable style, Richard makes everyone who sits in his chair feel like a star. He trained at London's world-famous Vidal Sassoon, where he developed his incredible technique and discipline.


Jennifer Simonis

Jennifer Simonis is a master stylist and seasoned professional who has been in the hair industry for over 30 years. She is highly conscious of her work and is experienced in many techniques to offer a tailored experience and hair style. Over time she has come to specialize in dry hair cutting. To provide the most benefit to her clients, she believes in good communication and is very attentive to her guests. Jennifer is part of the Neuma Haircare Regional Design Team. Her work outside of the salon includes hairstyling for numerous fashion shows and editorial shoots, notably as Artistic Hair Director for Mandel Productions. She has worked with numerous color and keratin smoothing lines and is certified in Hot Heads hair extensions. She regularly attends color and cutting workshops and stays current in advanced, progressive styling technologies.


Johnny Vargo

Johnny has combined his passion for hair and his skill as a master stylist to please a diverse clientele. He has a background in theatrical styling and specializes in extensions. In addition to cuts and colors, he is armed to give you the ultimate look! Johnny’s clients can’t get enough of his effervescent personality that can brighten any day.


Angel Angelov

Angel is highly trained in cutting and styling, and his clients come time and time again to experience the most efficient and gorgeous blow outs and styles. His European background gives him a great understanding of different textures and detailed hair cuts. His versatility enables him to create any look– from classic men’s grooming and sophisticated long layers to wash and wear cuts that grow out beautifully.


Mac Horn

Mac is an exceptional stylist and balayage artist. His tasteful pallette will help you  create the best balayge application and color selection. His understanding of your texture and porosity of hair will guide you to use the best at home care regime!

Mac is certified in Brazilian Blowout and works with difficult textures and keratin  treatments to control the most unruly hair locks! He loves adding length and volume to hair as a certified Hot Heads extension stylist.



Vasile Bernevec

Vasile is a color educator for Alfapar Milano and a Brazilian Blowout certified specialist. He is a very passioned hairstylist who is always on top of all the trends in our industry. Through a personalized consultation he will create a perfect color, cut or style for any special occasion.


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Milena Stan

Milena is currently attending cosmetology school to soon join the team as a full time stylist. She is a salon assistant with a technical certification for scalp massages. She also understands the texture of your hair and will give your a  customized conditioning treatment your hair requires . If you are on a budget and need your hair done for  touch ups, gloss treatments or blow-dry style Milena is your girl!



Suhyeon Shin

Suhyeon is an exceptional new stylist at Custom Hair Lounge. She works with all textures of hair and loves to use dry-cutting techniques. She frequently works with dark and thick hair to produce natural looking blondes Attention to detail  and bubbly personality make her a choice of many lovely clients.



Silvia Doshkova, Front Desk Coodinator 

Silvia will book your next appointment and take care of your private party or event at the salon. She will suggest proper home care products and take care of your pre-booking to ensure a perfect customer service for you!

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Marie LeBlanc, Endermologist

Marie and her family moved to Chicago from the south of France in 2013. Her background is in Physical Therapy, Osteopathy and Massage Therapy. In France she owned a rehabilitation center for 10 years.  She is passionate about nutrition, healthy living and finding minimally invasive ways to keep your body & skin looking and feeling amazing. In 2018 she brought her passion to Lincoln Park and started Fight For Natural Beauty. Her business focuses on a treatment called Endermologie, which is  very popular in France. This treatment boosts circulation, lymph drainage and fluids, toning, smooths wrinkles, eliminates cellulite, detoxifies - all  noninvasive and naturally.

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