About Us: The HIP Story

Hair Innovation Professionals, aka HIP Salon, was created in 2005 after a core group of hair stylists and colourists learned that their employer of 20 years, Heidi’s of Woodfield, was closing.

Debra Hanaway and Vince Otero combined their resources to open Hair Innovation Professionals at its current location, 174 E. Golf Road, in Schaumburg.

When HIP opened its doors, the salon had 22 employees, many of whom were top performers at Heidi’s. They continue to work at the salon today.

Similarly, many of Heidi’s loyal clients followed their hair-care professionals to HIP Salon, where they are considered among HIP’s most loyal clients.

The salon’s beginning services — high-quality hair cutting, styling and colour — continue to be the core of HIP’s offerings. Over the years, HIP expanded with eyelash extensions, hair extensions, specialty makeup, and hair restoration and treatments.
HIP also developed alliances with vendors Bumble and Bumble, GK Hair, Kerastase, Schwarzkopf, LeMetric, Lock & Loaded, Xtreme Lashes, and Hairdreams. The alliances brought in top-of-the-line product offerings for both salon use and retail sales.
Additionally, the alliances offered cutting-edge training programs for the staff to increase their education and certifications.

In early 2016, Vince announced his retirement, and Debra has become the sole proprietary owner of the business.

Today, HIP Salon with its team of 29 dedicated hair professionals is the top high-end, departmentalized hair and beauty salon, serving clients throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago and beyond. The salon also sells specialty brands of hair and makeup products.

For information or a free consultation, call HIP at 847-882-4474.