Melissa Kowalski, owner of Flair With Hair Salon in Chicago Ridge, prepares to cut the ribbon to mark the first anniversary of the business on April 18 with the assistance of her daughter, Anastasia, 5. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Melissa Kowalski, owner of Flair With Hair Salon in Chicago Ridge, prepares to cut the ribbon to mark the first anniversary of the business on April 18 with the assistance of her daughter, Anastasia, 5. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Hair salon with a ‘flair’ marks first year in Chicago Ridge

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Melissa Kowalski, owner of Flair With Hair Salon in Chicago Ridge, stands in the front of the business with her daughter, Anastasia, 5, just before the first-year anniversary celebration on April 18. 

By Joe Boyle

Melissa Kowalski wanted to do something meaningful to mark the first-year anniversary of her Flair With Hair Salon in Chicago Ridge.

“We did not have a grand opening last year so I wanted to do something really special,” Kowalski said. “We wanted to say thank you to our clients.”

Kowalski, a resident of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood, said that much has occurred in the past year since taking over as owner. The building has since been completely renovated.

Flair With Hair Salon, 5924 W. 111th St., was once occupied by another salon before Kowalski took over and created a shop of her own.

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A variety of raffle prizes and giveaways were part of the first-year anniversary celebration festivities at Flair With Hair Salon in Chicago Ridge on April 18.

An anniversary celebration took place at the salon on the morning of April 18 and featured members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, who assisted in publicizing the event.

The large crowd also included members of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. Chicago Ridge Village Clerk Barb Harrison officially welcomed Kowalski and her staff to the village.

The celebration included the ribbon-cutting that did not take place a year ago. Kowalski cut the ribbon with the assistance of her daughter, Anastasia, 5, who she describes as her “little helper.”

Raffle prizes were offered and gift certificate giveaways took place at the anniversary celebration, with a variety of cookies, sweets and beverages to sample throughout the day.

What makes Flair With Hair Salon unique, Kowalski said, is that the stylists are their own bosses.

“I’m the owner, not a stylist. They set their own prices and manage their stations,” Kowalski said, noting they have a receptionist who can assist customers.

Kowalski said there are six hair stylists on staff, with two nail stylists as well.

“This is an open concept station salon,” Kowalski said, adding that she invented the phrase.

“Technically, they are their own bosses, but we work with a team atmosphere,” Kowalski said. “They work beautifully together and we plan to expand in the future.”

That was music to the ears of Harrison, who describes herself as a second-generation Chicago Ridge resident.

“We want to see businesses in this town,” Harrison said. “I want to thank you for choosing Chicago Ridge.”

Kowalski mentioned that salon employees also offer a variety of hair products and accessories. She added that this is the best hair, nail and facial waxing salon in the area.

Kowalski said that currently the salon is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Flair With Hair Salon is not open on Sundays and Mondays, but that could change in the future, Kowalski said.

“So, I’m hoping that by spreading the word about the stylists we can open up on another day,” Kowalski said.

Kowalski is also eager to add more stylists. For an appointment or for more information about the salon, call 708-425-2299 or email flairsalon5924@gmail.com.

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