Owner of Salon Soca Salon in Chicago, IL. Brigette launched her style-setting career in 1993 at Mario Tricocci in Chicago.
Brigette has valued the importance of education and mentoring throughout her career, which inspired her to pursue numerous advanced certifications as a stylist, business owner and salon trainer. In 2004 Brigette opened Salon Soca in Chicago and started advanced business coaching.
In 2009, Salon Soca was recognized as one of the fastest growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine, earning the distinction as a Top 200 Salon. The salon has earned a distinction in the Top 200 Salon list every year consecutively since.
Prior to opening Salon Soca in 2005, Brigette held senior stylist, educational and management positions at top salons including Mario Tricocci, Zano’s Hair Design and J.Bauer Salon in Chicago, and Subway Salon in New Jersey.
Brigette is a member of the American Board of Certified Colorists and was honored with the Colorist of the Year Award in 2001 at Mario Tricoci. Since, Salon Soca has won the Citysearch Chicago Voter’s Choice Award for Best Color and Highlights in 2007; and the salon was selected to participate in Chicago Fashion Week in 2008.
Brigette continually studies the latest hair innovations and has attended many prestigious professional programs including Vidal Sassoon Advanced Color (London), Vidal Sassoon Advanced Cutting (Miami & Chicago), Aveda Institute (Chicago and Toronto). She is devoted to the management and business development of salons, and has attended Aveda Business College in Minneapolis, and every month teaches business development, coaching and professional classes for salon owners.
In 2012, Brigette started pursuing another dream of working towards her accreditation as a Business and Life Coach with the International Coaching Federation. She was so inspired by the training and education she experienced that she wanted to help empower other people to achieve their dreams and live a more fulfilling life.
Brigette is passionate about the hair care industry and is committed to increasing her knowledge and educating others about the salon business. Though she no longer spends much time behind the chair, Brigette forms lasting authentic bonds with her clients. She is a dedicated salon business owner, trainer and mentor who puts her heart into all she does.
Emily grew up in Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida Gulf Coast University. Upon graduation, she decided to pursue a path that would allow her to use her artistic abilities, and she moved to Chicago to attend the Aveda Institute.
Emily has always had a passion for beauty. Her talents and interests have led her to focus on cutting and color, and she continues to further her skills through advanced educational classes. She started working with henna hair color in 2007 as an alternative option for clients who are allergic to traditional color.
In 2009, Emily took on a new challenge and became involved in Salon Soca’s education program as a cutting coach to stylists in training. Emily is passionate about creating new styles that make people look and feel great.
Cortney has a style that is all her own, born of her passion and talent for design. She is an accomplished graduate from the Aveda Institute of Chicago and fully believes in the importance of incorporating environmental sustainability into her work.
She is committed to enriching her skills and learning new techniques by staying up to date with current innovations and trends through advanced education and personal pursuits. Cortney loves doing hair and makeup for fashion shows, weddings, and special events. Her attention to detail and her desire to sustain her creative edge are what drive her work.
It’s easy to understand her quickly growing clientele, because she is personable, intuitive and able to understand the needs and wants of her guests; and she has the skills to fulfill them.
Michelle describes her style as edgy, contemporary and fashion-inspired yet wearable. It’s no surprise how she developed this unique style through the training she received from around the continent and in Europe. A graduate of Toni & Guy Academy (Denver), Michelle has also received advanced training from Toni & Guy Academy (London), Vidal Sassoon (Miami) and the Aveda Institute Toronto.
Michelle says her dedication to creativity and ongoing training creates exciting coloring techniques and sharp haircuts.
Erin grew up in Chicago, where she still lives with her close knit family. She attended Douglas J Aveda in Chicago where she received her education in cosmetology. She is always looking to learn new techniques and keeping up with the latest trends by continuing her education. Outside of the salon, Erin likes to try the new and trending restaurants that Chicago has to offer.
Angie started doing hair in 2008 as a means to pass time until she decided what she wanted to study. Turns out she didn’t have to look much further because she absolutely loved doing hair, and fell in love with the craft. Her favorite thing about it is all of the people she has connected with and helping them feel good about the way they look. She believes a great hair day can make you feel unstoppable and she is here to help you achieve that on a day to day basis. On her free time she’s most likely hanging with her three dogs and partner planning their next adventure.
Shameka is a Tricoci graduate. Currently, she is a hair stylist in training. She has always had a passion to be a cosmetologist, and haircutting is what she enjoys the most. In her free time she likes to watch videos about cutting and coloring hair.
Ashley graduated cosmetology school from Steven Papageorge Hair Academy. Since then, Ashley has worked as an assistant at salons throughout Chicago. For Ashley, continuing education is key, and she is furthering her career through Salon Soca’s apprenticeship program.