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HI!  I am Tara pronounced like Sara, I am a virgo, mother -including my son, 2 dogs and 2 cats- Wife, podcast enthusiast, lover of salty food unless there is a sour option then that's a totally different discussion. 


At fifteen, I was gifted with a professional hydraulic chair from the 80s and a repurposed table made of parts of an old table we no longer used to house my hair styling tools. Within the next few years, I found myself on a very amateur adventure practicing hair and makeup on my friends and family. The salon industry drew me in before I even hit my teens - this is truly a story of my childhood dream come true.


Though hair  has always been my end goal, Life has taken me down many different roads. As a young mom to a sweet little boy I landed a secure job in dispatching for police, fire, and Ems. Towards the end of my eight year career in law enforcement, I found myself in a place where I could revisit my dreams and continue on with life not for necessity but for passion. I was meant to be a hairstylists and it was time to make that happen


As a child growing up in small-town Indiana, the big city dream never escaped me. Every time I envisioned my future, images of tall buildings and busy streets surrounded me. I moved to Chicago to fulfill my big city dream and joined the cosmetology program at the Aveda Institute. I learned a vast amount that helped me not only hone my craft, but helped me flourish in my knowledge and passion. 


I have worked diligently to hone my skills to now proudly specialize in blonding services more specifically specialty blonding such as balayage, foilyage, and color placement. Don’t get me wrong though my heart and soul is in all things hair- cut, color, extensions, all of it! 


My main goal  is to take the guessing out of hair care and lay to rest the myths around what your hair needs to thrive. ⁣At home care , products⁣, ingredient education, ⁣understanding your hair texture⁣, lifestyle⁣, expectations with blonding⁣, color maintenance , Styling⁣ etc.⁣I want sitting in my chair to be more than just a routine appointment - I want it to be about the entire experience. I feel it’s important to have a salon vibe that is fun and makes you feel comfortable enough to be your true self and I strive to emanate that in my chair. Along side that I want to create a space where we can build a vision for yourself, starting with your hair. My clients don’t leave the salon with just fabulous hair, they walk out with a newfound confidence. Their happy energy radiates back to me, and in turn I get to carry that feeling home. For me, the best part of my job is meeting new people and having fun conversations. Making you look and feel your best is just the icing on the cake! 



Needless to say, I am very excited to continue my journey at Salon Glow Chicago. The casual yet professional atmosphere is perfect for my personality, and will allow me to always continuously grow and learn with and from the talented people beside me.



Please be aware of Salon Glow's policies

Tara works with 1-2 guests at a time and works with highly trained assistants. Your hair will be featured/documented on Salon Glow Chicago and Tara's social media. Booking with Tara requires a credit card on file. If you'd like to avoid any charges please give a 24hr notice for any cancelations or appointment changes. Extra time is billed at $132/hour. There is a late fee of $33 for every 15 minutes you are late. In the unlikely event that you're unsatisfied with your service please contact within five days to see if you qualify for a complimentary adjustment.Complimentary adjustments are not available during color corrections or if you had box dye in your hair and will be billed hourly. Tara guarantees your service ONLY when you invest in the recommended color safe shampoo and conditioner. You must purchase the recommended color safe shampoo and conditioner directly though Salon Glow Chicago to be eligible for an adjustment/redo. Depending on your goals and amount of hair there is a chance we will go over time and if that happens extra time is billed at $132 an hour. Cost of product is charged separately.

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