Jill Hammelman Hair Design
NYC to CHI
For Jill Hammelman, the founder of Jill Hammelman Hair Design, it all began over ten years ago at the original Bumble and Bumble salon in New York City. Once able to cultivate her own clientele she opened up a private studio in New York.
Things were soon to change. After falling in love with the magnificent city of Chicago her first visit here, Jill was destined to make a change in residencies. However, while currently residing mostly in Chicago, she still goes to New York about every six weeks in order to maintain her clients.
Jill’s goal is to cater to her clients’ times, days, and hours. She also strives to provide them with a wide selection of services: color, extensions, medical hair loss, professional makeup, weddings, glam sessions, and more.
When you’re at her studio, your visit is completed with a glass of champagne, the television set to your favorite channel, and music of your choice playing the background – not to mention, you get a breathtaking view of the city! “I just want them to feel pampered and special,” she expressed.
Jill Hammelman Hair Design is a hidden gem in the Gold Coast. You are encompassed by shades of grey and pink accented by sparkles of silver, flowers, and bubbly champagne flowing. Guests are usually welcomed by her adorable dog Piper the Pomeranian.
Although Jill makes house calls when needed, her studio is by appointment only.
Glamorous hair extensions became Jill’s passion after doors opened up to the industry of medical hair loss. This includes those suffering from alopecia, autoimmune, and cancer situations. Jill is an expert in this area and helps those with either permanent or temporary hair loss come up with a beautiful solution.
Another specialty of Jill’s is multi-color highlights. “I never put just one color in someone’s hair,” she told us. Being that she has the freedom to use multiple colors with no extra charge to clients, she creates the utmost natural look.
Jill’s number one way of getting business is through word of mouth and referral–and she deals with some pretty big names! Being somewhat of a celebrity hairstylist, many of these clients have brought in even more stars.
One exciting event Jill began to offer are headshot events. She partners with a talented makeup artist and local photographer to offer a unique experience. If you attend one of these events, expect to be treated as if you were a model during a professional photoshoot. They do test shots, alter the lighting, and change hair and makeup accordingly. Jill and the team will go through multiple rounds of photos until you leave satisfied with a number of great shots!
Another awesome event the studio provides is “Ladies Night”. Women come in with their friends and get their hair and makeup done while enjoying champagne and snacks.
Despite astounding success, Jill still sets goals for herself. In the next five years, she hopes to grow her Chicago business to be full-time. She would also like to tap into the TV, media, and celebrity market within Chicago. Lastly, she is working on coming out with her own line of wigs! Keep an eye out–Jill Hammelman is only going to get even bigger!
When you’re in the Chicago area, give yourself the royal treatment and book an appointment with Jill Hammelman Hair Design.
Jill Hammelman Hair Design
To Book: (201)638-9337
[Jill Hammelman interviewed by Alana Beck]