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

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.

Melissa Velarde
Nail Artist/ Make-Up Artist/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 anything fashion and beauty related. I love keeping our salon updated on 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.

Melissa Velarde
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.

michelle_hupkeMichelle Hupke
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!

Kristin Alexander
Skin Therapist / Esthetic Coordinator/ Make-Up Artist

I am a certified Dermalogica Skin therapist, esthetician, and lead make-up artist. I’ve been in the industry since 2010. I absolutely love what I do and have a passion for make-up and all things glamorous! I personalize all my clients skin treatments and provide them with education about Dermalogica skin care products. I always send my clients home with an easy at home regimen to maintain skin results. I like to keep myself updated on the newest trends and products, so that I can give each guest the most current look and advice. I also specialize in eyelash extensions to help give clients thicker, fuller, and longer lashes. I try to make each guest feel relaxed and refreshed by the time they leave! Come see me for your new customized look and you’ll love the way you feel when you leave!

sherri_drewsSherri Drews
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/ Make-Up 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!

Aly Alexander
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!

Natalie Trevoy

Hair Artist/ Pedicurist /Salon Coordinator

I have been a cosmetologist since 2009 and apart of the Velarde family since 2011. It is my desire to give you the best salon experience possible. I enjoy making people feel beautiful and renewed. I look at every day as a new start and accept any challenges thrown at me in hopes of coming out as a stronger stylist. I specialize in keratin smoothing treatments which allow clients to manage there hair easily! Along with being a cosmetologist at Velarde Salon I also take pride in my work environment and help coordinate business management tasks done behind the scenes. Working at Velarde Salon has become my passion and I hope to have you leave here feeling like a part of our Velarde family.

   priscillaPriscilla Scola


 I became apart of the Velarde family in 2016 and have loved every minute so far. I am in cosmetology school and will be graduating in 2017. Since I’ve been here my love for hair and make up has grown tremendously and I have learned so much already! Working here has given me the opportunity to assist stylist with there guest and better educate myself in the process. I look forward to growing and becoming the best cosmetologist I can be!



Venessa McDougall
Front End Manager/ Make-up Artist

I have been with Velarde Salon since 2014. I am currently the front end manager/make-up artist. I am always here to help every new and loyal customer have a very comfortable and relaxed visit. It is my pleasure to assist and help get you connected with the perfect hair, nail, and skin artist. I look forward to speaking and meeting with you.

Iris Di Cesare

I became part of the Velarde Family in 2015. Although I am a baking and pastry student at Kendall College I have always had a love for everything beauty and fashion related. As the receptionist at Velarde Salon my goal is to make your experience as wonderful and glamorous as possible. Whether I am scheduling your next appointment or making your coffee I am here to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

kristy_scharKristy 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!!




IMG_3055 Tatiana Gorogianis
Hair Artist

I will always remember my first time visiting the beauty shop with my grandma. I needed to know the secret to what made her hair so puffy! Growing up in a performing arts environment my entire childhood, I was surrounded by hair, make up, and all things beauty! After a long academic journey, I decided to pursue my real passion, cosmetology.  Throughout my education at Pivot Point, I did everything and anything to ensure that I was pushing myself to be the best I could be. I am inspired by anything avant-garde and fantasy, but I will never get bored of the basic fundamentals that got me to where I am today! I look forward to my new beginning and many more years to come with my new Velarde family. I can’t wait to make you feel your most beautiful!