Chroma Staff

Meet the exceptional staff at Chroma SalonSpa.

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Samantha

Owner

Samantha Kardaras is a native of Wisconsin and brings over 14 years of skincare experience. Trained as a Medical Esthetician by the prestigious Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness, Samantha has continued her education in clinical aesthetic practices post and pre-op, and Advanced Aveda training using the latest techniques and products to promote wellness. During her career, Samantha has worked for some of the most progressive and professional spas in the Midwest and has made a name for herself in Chicago’s North Shore spa’s by creating services customized for each client. Applying her vast knowledge of corrective and preventative procedures with an amazing ability to instantly relax and comfort her clientele, Samantha constantly aims to promote a genuine sense of wellbeing to every client. Samantha fulfilled her life long dream of one day owning her own Salon and Spa when she opened Chroma.

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Penny

Stylist

Penny received her cosmetology license in Colorado in 1995. Throughout her career Penny has continued to pursue education in the latest colors and haircutting trends. Penny believes in bringing out the natural beauty of everyone's unique look and strives to create styles and colors for individuals with different needs. Penny works with her clients to create a look that they love and can maintain and specializes in custom haircuts and color. It is her experience that has allowed her to excel with different hair textures, especially curly, unruly, or fine hair types and she is comfortable with both women’s and men’s haircuts.

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Maggie

Stylist

Maggie studied cosmetology and hair design in Huntington Beach, CA. She followed with a mentorship program in Seal Beach, CA before moving back to her hometown, Chicago. Maggie excels in perfecting blondes and experimenting with creative colors. Longtime hair fanatic and fashion enthusiast, she is committed to continuing education to maintain her versatility. Maggie has a knack for listening to the clients needs and creating a look that best suits one's long term hair goals, daily regimen and lifestyle.

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Sophia

Stylist

Sophia joined Chroma with over 11 year’s experience. Her career began after graduating from Niles School of Cosmetology in 2001. Sophia went on to receive advanced training from Pivot Point and Aveda. With many certifications under her belt Sophia specializes in all hair types and specifically smoothing hair with keratin treatments and adding color to textured cuts. Sophia prides herself in working with curly hair and creating fun and elegant styles for fun events. With Sophia's fun sense of humor and her strong attention to detail she leaves her clientele with an experience that's worth repeating.

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Amber

Esthetician

Amber is a graduate of Tricoci that began her career in the beauty industry as an Aveda skin care advisor at the Old Orchard Aveda retail store and has come to Chroma with an ambition to be a master esthetician. Combined with Amber’s inviting personality and her passion for skin care and make up, her knowledge on esthetics will keep her clients up to date on the latest trends. Amber prides herself on creating long lasting relationships with her guests and is excited to meet her new clientele.

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Sharon

Massage Therapist

Sharon joins Chroma SalonSpa with over 15 years of experience in all areas of massage including deep tissue, pregnancy, sports and many other techniques and modalities. Customized treatments from Sharon specifically target your concerns providing a relaxing, effective and therapeutic experience. Sharon is also trained in all Aveda Signature Body Wraps and Body Treatments. With her warm and inviting nature combined with her expert technical skills, Sharon leaves her guests relaxed, refreshed, and revitalized.

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Keri

Receptionist

Keri has been with the Chroma team for eight years and has been a key component in our transformation and growth throughout her career. With her vast knowledge of our product lines and her soft and inviting nature, Keri makes everyone feel well cared for. Keri prides herself on the strong relationships she has formed with guests that trust her to deliver an experience worth repeating.

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Arelys

Receptionist

Warm hearted and friendly, Arelys is our newest addition to the Chroma family. Following years of Customer Service experience working in high paced environments, Arelys comes to Chroma with a desire to accommodate our guests and ensure that every guest has a wonderful experience. While not working as a receptionist, Arelys is working toward completing her nursing degree with the hope to care for patients as well as she does for our guests. Arelys is also fluent in Spanish.

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Jennifer

Receptionist

Jennifer is a native of St. Louis and brings over 15 years of customer service experience to Chroma. From the moment you arrive at Chroma you will easily see that Jennifer has a strong dedication to providing guests with a relaxing and comforting experience. Combining her love of fashion and beauty with her ability to easily talk to anyone, Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable about our newest products and has a keen ability to match our products to our guests with stunning results. We welcome Jennifer as the newest member of our Chroma family and can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Sofia

Special Events Coordinator

Sofia is Chroma’s Special Events Coordinator assisting us with our community events, charitable contribution events and Chroma guest events. From coordinating our outdoor apparel tents during our yearly Holiday event to assisting in the pre and post production work of our other events, Sofia is our go-to person and always excels.

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Alen

Marketing Support Tech

Alen has helped Chroma develop, implement, track and optimize our marketing campaigns across all digital channels. Among his many duties, Alen designs, builds and maintains our social media presence and assists with our various technical support needs. With a gift for fixing our most difficult technical issues, Alen is responsible for keeping Chroma’s systems functioning at peak performance.

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Damien

Receptionist

Damien is Chroma's behind-the-scenes support person and provides book keeping, marketing, communications, and other support services in addition to receptionist duties. Often working before or after hours, Damien is responsible for keeping the salon equipment in peak working order and organizing staff meetings, among many other duties. Damien also works with our Aveda partner network to organize events and works with our Aveda representatives to achieve our mutual goals.

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