Talent

Bob ROBERT GOLD
Owner / Senior Stylist
Robert’s passion for hair cannot be ignored. Beginning his journey 35 years ago, his extreme talent landed him in numerous publications and at the top of many classes. Robert is Vidal Sassoon trained, along with every other class under the sun, has helped him achieve his ultimate dream of owning the eponymous Robert Gold Salon & Spa. His charming personality and desire to provide a warm and comfortable atmosphere has helped create the strong team supporting him today.
Melissa MELISSA KAUFMAN
Senior Colorist
Melissa has more than 12 years of experience in the salon business, specializing in hair coloring. She began her training at a premier, downtown salon, which brought her to her current role as Senior Colorist at Robert Gold Salon & Spa, where she has been training all the colorists at the salon for the past 10 years. Melissa believes the most important component of good color is protecting the integrity of the client’s hair, while listening to the client’s specific wants and needs. She enjoys reinventing clients and sees each head of hair as a blank canvas ready for a new creation. Melissa continues to learn the latest techniques and stays ahead of the curve through classroom training, as well as by attending industry workshops and conferences around the country.
Janet JANET LAZAR
Senior Stylist
Janet began her journey in hair on the Gold Coast prior to joining the Robert Gold Salon team. She makes it a priority for her clients to look urban and youthful and her clients never get bored with their styles. Janet travels frequently to LA and New York providing her with inspiration and motivation to keep her clients looking fabulous and modern.
Jini JINNIE SO
Senior Stylist
Jinnie’s passion for hair began at the age of 5 and continues to grow along with her energy and vibrant smile. With over 15 years of experience under her belt as a stylist, Jinnie wants her guests to be able to recreate the masterpieces she creates in the salon. Jinnie loves every step of the hair cutting process, and prides herself on perfect blow drys. Jinnie aims for precision cutting, with great attention to detail. Her favorite part of her job is seeing her clients reactions to their new hairstyle transformation. Her positive energy and everlasting smile are contagious.
edgar EDGAR WAENKE
Senior Stylist / Colorist
Edgar began his career as a barber and then chose to go to Pivot Point International Academy to become a cosmetologist. He has worked on Michigan Avenue in Chicago for many years and then moved to the North shore where he has worked for the past 25 years. Edgar specializes in precision cutting and previously owned his own salon.
Nicole NICOLE JAROSH
Stylist / Colorist
Nicole began her career in 2007 and has grown into a talented, motivational hairstylist and colorist. After graduating from Tricoci University of Beauty in 2004, she continued on to receive extensive training in advanced cutting and color. Nicole loves to offer her clients extra flair through advanced color techniques such as Balayage hair color. Nicole always provides a great customer experience through her attentiveness to her guests and her talent for giving fun and modern looks to her clients. Whether you are looking for a maintenance-free style or a high-fashioned look, Nicole can help you achieve it.
Karolina KAROLINA PACULA
Stylist
In touch with the latest hair trends, Karolina is our in-house expert on thermal reconditioning, including chemical straightening as well as various Keratin treatments. After graduating from Pivot Point International Academy, Karolina went through extensive training at a high-end salon in the West Loop. Karolina continued her growth by completing Robert Gold’s Advanced Training Program. Beyond texture, Karolina specializes in fabulous blow outs, up-dos and special occasion styles. Her attention to detail makes every special occasion style look like a work of art. Karolina loves reinventing herself and draws inspiration from the latest global trends.
Shirin SHIRIN FOROUTAN
Colorist
Growing up in a family of stylists, Shirin has always had a passion for hair. As a child she spent time in her aunt’s salon, and was fascinated by the transformations colorists were able to perform. This ultimately led her to pursue her dream of working in the hair / fashion industry. In 2010, Shirin attended the Steven Papageorge Hair Academy, followed by an intensive training at a downtown salon. In 2015 Shirin joined Robert Gold Salon & Spa where she is now performing hair color transformations of her own. Shirin’s constant smile and eagerness to please her guests makes her an excellent addition to the Robert Gold team. In her free time, Shirin loves to cook, travel and catch up on the latest fashion trends.
Lana

LANA KOMA
Esthetician
Lana is an expert in hair removal, chemical peels and skincare products. She has been a licensed esthetician for 11 years and continues to train in the latest techniques by attending classes, seminars and workshops. In addition to waxing, Lana offers her clients a unique service by specializing in threading; an ancient hair removal method commonly practiced in India and other parts of the Middle East, with increasing popularity here in the West. Threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks.

Lana’s passion for beautiful, healthy skin can be felt from the moment you meet her. She strives to make every client feel more comfortable in their skin by educating clients about skincare products and providing treatments to help maintain healthy and radiant skin.

Aurora

AURORA LOPEZ
Shampoo Assistant
Aurora has 20 years experience in the salon industry. She brings great knowledge of hair care products across multiple lines. When she is tasked with washing hair for our guests she is incredibly thorough, but at the same time gentle.

Briann

BRIANN ROBINSON
Color Apprentice

Briann joined us as a color apprentice during the summer of 2016.  She moved to Chicago from Ohio to pursue her dream of becoming a hair colorist, and graduated from the Tricocci University of Beauty.  Briann has always had a passion for hair, especially as a young girl. Briann’s favorite thing about the hair industry is the ability to make people feel happy and beautiful, while utilizing her outlet for creativity. When she isn’t spending time at the dog beach, or the movies, Briann spends her time trying to learn as many new color trends as possible. Briann’s warm and kind persona is the perfect addition to the Robert Gold Salon & Spa team.