At Velarde Salon & Spa you will find a team of friendly, well-trained professionals who are eager to help you achieve your look. We work together to provide the highest quality of customer service within our salon, and to bring you the best possible results.

We offer hair, nail, skin, makeup and body services in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. We believe that a salon experience should be an escape from your day. We strive to make the time you spend in our salon as relaxing as possible.

Please contact us to book an appointment today!


Meet Our Staff



salon & spa Roselle IL, salon & spa Cook County ILFidel Velarde

Salon Owner

I am co-owner of Velarde Salon & Spa with Melissa. Together we strive to create a family oriented environment. Although I do not work in the salon physically you can always find me around with a tool in my hand fixing something! I am proud of the team we have created here at Velarde and together we work to make your visit here exceptional! Here at the salon we are a family and we make it our priority to have you leaving here feeling the same way and eager to come back.

Facetune_19-10-2018-14-26-50Melissa Velarde

Salon Owner

I have been in business with Fidel since 2000. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner or team of girls that I have acquired over the years, not to mention all the fabulous people/clients I’ve met along the way. I am a true nail artist at heart, but I adore everything fashion and beauty! I love keeping our salon updated with the newest and latest styles and trends! One of my quotes that I live by is “Enter as a stranger leave as a friend.” Here at Velarde we hope that as a client you will do just that!


salon & spa Medinah IL, salon & spa Bloomingdale ILLaura Velarde

Hair Artist

As a hairstylist I feel my job is very rewarding, every day brings something new! I have been in the industry since 1988 and with Velarde Salon since the very beginning. I love meeting new clients and catching up with ones that I have known for years. I specialize in colors, cuts, and perms. Whether you just need a trim or a complete change I would love to help you choose the best look to have you leaving here feeling amazing! We are always taking classes to keep ourselves educated on the latest trends and techniques.

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Hair Artist/ Nail Artist/Social Media Coordinator

I’ve been around the industry literally since I was born. My family opened Velarde Salon when I was 11 and I’ve been working here ever since. I pursued my cosmetology career right out of high school. I strive every day to be the best hairstylist/nail tech I can be. Even though I can have my hair a little crazy sometimes, I can still achieve a conservative color and cut for you. I also enjoy creating a completely unique look using crazy creative colors. I specialize in hot and cold fusion extensions to add length or to just add a pop of color to your hair. I can’t wait to meet you and together create your perfect look.

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Hair Artist

I joined Velarde in 2004 and have been doing hair since 2001. I strive to make guests feel welcome, comfortable, and to have them leaving happy and satisfied! I excel in color and love to finish all looks with an up-to-date cut/style. Education is very important to me and I am constantly looking for the next new trend or technique to do on my clients! If you are looking for a new look I would love to work with you and help you create the look you would like to achieve!

IMG_1400Kristin Alexander

Skin Therapist / Front End Manager/ Makeup Artist

I’ve been in the industry since 2010 and I absolutely love it!  I am extremely passionate about what I do and love to create custom makeup looks that are suitable for any occasion.  I customize every skin treatment for my guests depending on their skin concerns.  I like to stay up to date on the most current trends and products to ensure my clients are getting the best advice! I also specialize in eyelash extensions to give clients thicker, fuller, and longer lashes.  Come see me for your skin and spa needs or to create a new personalized look!  You will love the way you feel when you leave!

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Nail Artist/ Esthetic Manager

I have been a licensed nail technician since 1997 and I graduated from the Mario Triocci University of Culture and Beauty with a license in esthetics in 2011. I have been with the Velarde family since 2000 and it has been such a wonderful experience being apart of the salon. I specialize in acrylic nails, no chip manicures, and pedicures. I enjoying waxing, performing peels, microdermabrasion, and helping our guests work towards achieving their skin care goals. I have advanced training in the Dermalogica skin care line. Making my clients walk out our door feeling wonderful about themselves and being completely satisfied truly makes me happy.

Raquel Bonilla

Hair Artist/Nail Artist/ Makeup Artist

I have been pursuing my passion for the beauty industry here at Velarde Salon since 2011. Starting out as a shampoo girl and working my way up to becoming a cosmetologist has taught me to love all aspects of this industry. Driven by ambition I like to stay on the latest trends whether it be new colors, new cuts, nail designs, or discovering a new application for a flawless make-up look. I look forward to providing you with  the best of services!


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Hair Artist/ Nail Artist

I started here as a receptionist/ assistant, but have now achieved my dream in becoming a cosmetologist. My goal is to help you complete your perfect polished look. Even though I haven’t been in the industry for long, my passion and love for cosmetology makes me the best that I can be! I strive in wanting to accomplish the best services that will leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful!




IMG_1936(5)Kristy Schar

Nail Artist

Since I was younger I always wanted to be a nail artist…”maybe even for Hollywood!” I’ve been a longtime customer here at the salon while raising my family. I had often thought how wonderful it would be to be part of the Velarde family. After obtaining my nail technician license I came to work here in 2014. Working for Velarde and getting to know my co-workers and our guests has exceeded all my expectations. I love the atmosphere and the relationships that have developed in my short time here and look forward to many more years as a member of the Velarde team. As a guest in my chair I promise to give you the best service possible with the prettiest fingers and toes!!




Image-1Lisa Velarde

Nail Artist

I joined the Velarde Salon & Spa family in 2004 as a receptionist, and then pursued my career as a nail tech years later.  I always love being here to assist everyone with their beauty and nail needs.  There will always be a special place in my heart for this wonderful salon and spa I call home!




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I’ve been a customer at Velarde for awhile, and now I have joined their team.  The atmosphere is always inviting and loving – makes you not want to leave!  I look forward to getting to know all the loyal guests and making your visits enjoyable.


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IMG_9357(2)Agata Plociennik (Red)

Hair Artist/Nail Artist/Makeup Artist

I attended Mario Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. I am currently in the Internship Program here at Velardè Salon and Spa eagerly waiting to get my chair! My favorite thing to do is coloring hair – anywhere from highlights to fantasy colors.  My goal at the end of the day is to have my clients leave happy and feel beautiful. I am excited to be working at Velardé Salon, and in the future making whoever sits in my chair feel beautiful and at home.