Karissa Schaudt, Colorist

Karissa Schaudt, Colorist, Maxine Salon Chicago

A graduate of the prestigious three-year Maxine Salon coloring program, Karissa has felt the calling to be in the industry since she told her second grade teacher she wanted to make people beautiful for a living. “I produce fashion forward beauty, and in doing so create unique, compelling and flattering looks for each and every individual who sits in my chair,” she says. Karissa is known for creating natural, beautiful looking hair through balayage and has a special love for delivering a gorgeous red. Karissa is committed to her clients desires and is determined to achieve the exact look they imagine.

Where did you start your career? As a child I never questioned that working in a high-end salon was my calling. At 19, I moved from Iowa to Chicago, to this day that move has been one of the best decisions of my life and continues to take my career to the next level.

What is the best part about working at Maxine? The environment and the people who work here! I consider my coworkers to be family, they have only helped me succeed and grow in my career, which is truly such a blessing!

What is your hair specialty? Producing realistic hair colors. If that be bold or natural tones, it’s important for me to understand my clients hair goals by also communicating what I believe looks best on them.

What do you do in your free time? You’ll find me wining & dining, planning a party, attending a festival or on a plane to Europe. 

What do you never leave home without? Sunscreen

What movie character is most like you? Phoebe on Friends…we’re both free spirits.

What is the hair care product you cannot live without? Kerastase gold elixir, hands down. It is great with dry, curly hair

What is your daily hair routine? I naturally have very curly hair, so I switch it up constantly. From bouncy curls to sleek blowouts, within one week I've usually covered it all.

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