My favorite part about being a hairstylist is being able to make my clients feel beautiful and walk out of the salon with a bounce in their step. I started my career in 2008 and most of those years have trained exclusively with Aveda. In 2012, I became a Certified Master Colorist with Aveda. Because of the continued success of the salon, I have stepped out from behind the chair to focus solely on the business and training my staff.
Over the course of my career, I have had many advanced education opportunities in cutting and coloring with a special focus in curly and thick hair cutting techniques, cut corrections, razor cutting, fusion extensions and natural coloring applications. I am very active in training my staff in these areas as well.
I am a nationally published artist with wedding hair and makeup, and had the opportunity to style hair in New York Fashion Week and New York Bridal Fashion Week in 2017.
It is my hope that your visit to our salon is the best part of your day! Thank you so much for visiting us!
Growing up in a small town has made me a people person through and through! I love meeting new people and being able to have meaningful conversations throughout the workday. I've been working in the customer service industry since I was seventeen, giving me almost ten years of experience. As a licensed cosmetologist, I'm able to give thorough consultations and set you up with the services to best fit your needs. My favorite thing about working at Something You Salon & Spa is seeing the transformations the girls create and being able to be apart of making clients feel beautiful every day. I look forward to helping you with any questions or scheduling needs.
We believe in the power of education and customer service at Something You Salon & Spa. That's why we hold educational events for our staff on a monthly basis. From technical cut and color methods to the art of a proper consultation and communication, we equip our staff with the tools to make your visit to our salon the best part of your day. We strive every day to give the best customer service in town! Each lady is special in her own way and we pride ourselves on growing each one individually. The beauty of women is in our differences!
MakeupArtist Education Manager
I always knew the beauty field was the place for me. I graduated a year early in high school as a junior, just so I could start my career faster. When I was 16, all my hard work actually won me a full ride scholarship to Regency Beauty Institute in Champaign Il. In May of 2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to work at Something You Salon & spa. While I was still finishing school, I had the honor to train under Amanda, and I learned so much including specialized cutting such as razor cutting and curly hair technics.
Since graduating beauty school in September of 2016, I’ve been through many top education courses through Aveda, taught by some of the best. These classes have taught me advanced techniques in hair cutting and coloring, and also have earned myself a training/management position here at Something You.
I specialize in creating custom hair colors, ranging from loud, fun fashion colors to subtle lived in color. Along with textured razor cuts, trendy bobs, and special occasion hair and makeup. I am also certified to do fusion and tape in extensions.
It’s my passion in life to make people fall in love with themselves and feel confident and happy. I look forward to meeting you soon!
April has had a love and great interest for the hair and beauty industry from a very young age. She recently graduated from cosmetology school with the highest honors achievable. April prides herself on her professionalism and passion, but has a true gift client care and taking the time to make sure each guest feels special. Transforming is her specialty, and she loves doing updos, color (especially balayage), haircutting, and keratin treatments. April is particularly interested in working with thick or curly hair and has a knack for working with blondes. She is always taking new classes and asking questions to sharpen her skills and build experience. She loves constantly learning and feels that education is never ending in our industry.
I’ve been blessed with my gift for esthetics from a young age. After 21 years, my passion for my career continues to grow. It’s been my honor to be Advanced Aveda trained by the best in the industry, Horst Rechelbacher, the father of Safe Cosmetics, and Helga Hefner, AVEDA’s global educator. I pride myself on continuing my education to keep up with the latest industry standards. My approach is centered on natural skin care treatments, through the use of soothing essential oils which enhance the overall experience for all skin types. My customized flower and plant derived facials bring back a healthy, radiant, luminous glow while nurturing the mind through healing touch. I would love to share my knowledge and experience while treating your skin naturally; without the damage caused by harsh chemicals. In addition to skin care, I offer a full range of waxing, both facial and body. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to serving all your holistic skin care needs
I decided to join this industry because hair and beauty have always been my passion! There is nothing more rewarding than to see your guest leave feeling beautiful and happy! I graduated from Regency Beauty Institute in Champaign IL and have now been in this industry since 2015. My specialties include a variety of color techniques including balayage and ombre, and I excel at natural foiling techniques as well as short, textured cuts. I love complementing every color with a cut and a style that guests can easily recreate at home and fits their personality! The most important thing to me in this industry is never stop learning or listening to those who are willing to share their knowledge. I look forward to the future and building life- long relationships with all of my guests!
I knew from a young age that I wanted a career in cosmetology. It all started with my older brother, Kyle. At the age of 10, he made me color his hair orange for his first drivers license picture. My mom was so mad at my brother but was proud of me for how it turned out. I've had a love affair with hair ever since!
I studied at the Aveda Institute of Chicago in 2011, and have been an Aveda artist ever since. I excel in all aspects of hair but thoroughly enjoy short haircuts. I love doing unique colors as well as challenging myself to color match a guest so we can achieve a natural result. I am also certified in both fusion and tape in extensions.
I have continued my education by enrolling in advanced Aveda courses at the institute as well as in salon. During my time in Chicago, I held the top spot in my class. Holding that position allowed me to participate in fashion shows and photo shoots. I am thrilled to use that experience with our onsite weddings and styled shoots!
I look forward to having you in my chair!
Mary Kate Singer
I am committed to making people happy- starting with a good hair day! Though I have always had a passion for hair design, there is nothing better than seeing my client’s leave feeling beautiful. I am inspired by natural beauty and am very lucky to work in an industry where I can help bring this out in each of my clients.
My specialties include balayage, foiling, and other color techniques. Whether it be an icy blonde, a subtle balayage, fashion colors, or a perfect ombre, I love bringing my client’s vision to life while maintaining the integrity of their hair!
I have called Champaign-Urbana home for two years and love working in this community. I am inspired every day by the beauty, creativity, and diversity that C-U has to offer. My goal is for all my clients to leave feeling beautiful, confident, and empowered. I hope to see you soon!
I've Had a passion for doing hair since I was very young. I've always loved making people feel beautiful and brightening their day with a great cut or color. Color is my biggest passion, and I pride myself on taking as many continuing education classes as I can to learn new techniques. Being in the industry for over 5 years, I have loved seeing how trends change over time. I strongly believe it's important to keep up to date and educated on the newest styles. I'm so very luck to have found a salon that holds up to high education standards with an amazing product line to work with. I love how happy Something You makes me and can't wait to share the experience with you
Ever since working as a receptionist at a hair salon in high school, I had known I wanted to be in the beauty industry. My love of people and my passion for making people feel beautiful made being a hairstylist my absolute dream job. I have been in the industry for a little over a year and love continuing to learn and perfect new techniques! I was drawn to cosmetology because it’s such an ever changing field. My specialities are a range of color services including “lived in” looks, foiling, and angled cuts. I love enhancing people’s natural beauty and making people feel their absolute best! I can’t wait to give you the famous “Something You” experience!
Intern in Training
I have always loved getting people “glammed up” by doing their hair and makeup for dances, dates, or big events during my high school years. This is where my love for hair styling and makeup started. Seeing my clients leave feeling beautiful and special for their event is what inspires me. Through these experiences, I decided to go into Beauty Industry. I graduated from Pivot Point Academy in Bloomingdale, IL in June of 2018 with a new love for coloring and cutting.
I enjoy all parts of doing hair but my biggest passions include bridal makeup/updos as well as long layered cuts and styles. Continuing in my beauty career I look to learn and perfect new techniques! I am so excited to be working in a salon that is so centered around education and excellence. I look forward to learning from others around me.