Pictured left to right: Mary Kay Sallee, Melissa Carroll-Chmura and Michelle Szczesny, the three founders of Salon MMM.
Pictured left to right: Mary Kay Sallee, Melissa Carroll-Chmura and Michelle Szczesny, the three founders of Salon MMM.

The business is named after the first initials of its three founders, Michelle Szczesny, Mary Kay Sallee and Melissa Carroll-Chmura. 

Since opening their doors in 2007, the three co-founders of Salon MMM, Michelle Szczesny, Mary Kay Sallee and Melissa Carroll-Chmura (where MMM comes from) have remained focused on helping their clients to look, and feel great about their appearance.

Salon MMM offers what the founders call Total Image Consulting and Design, which means from the starting conversation to the resulting style, each stylist handles all aspects of the image transformation of their clients.

“We along with our stylists are very thorough starting with the very first consultation; we help to guide our clients on what the best decision is for them. Our services are very specific to each of them,” Carroll-Chmura said. 

In addition to the wide array of services including hair design, color, extensions, keratin treatments, regular and no chip manicures and facial waxing, the salon works directly with women experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy and other causes, by providing specialized services for wigs and hairpieces.   

Szczesny, Sallee and Carroll-Chmura met while working at the same salon more than a dozen years ago. They realized that though they had many goals in common, each could bring their own area of expertise to the table, to grow a business-together.

Michelle Szczesny

Szczesny, who has been a licensed cosmetologist for 29 years, specializes in Great Lengths hair extensions, and has served as a national educator. She currently travels across the U.S. to provide on-site, Total Image Design services for high profile clientele, as well as serving her Salon MMM clients in downtown Palatine.

“I am very passionate about helping women succeed, in part, through helping them to feel their absolute best; how they present themselves is a part of that,” Szczesny said.

Mary Kay Sallee

Blonding and foiling techniques are services that Sallee focuses on, as well as keratin treatments and extensions.    

“I do a little bit of everything but precision cutting is one of my strengths; I work with clients who need detailed finishing for their hairstyles,” Sallee said.  Her background stems from more than 30 years working in elite salons located on Chicago’s North Shore.

Melissa Carroll-Chmura

“I always had a dream to have a salon in a downtown atmosphere; I wanted to be part of a community in that way,” said Carroll-Chmura, who also has more than 30 years of experience.

Carroll-Chmura works with clients who are looking for more edgy, artistic and creative hair coloring, which just so happens to match her own personal style. She also enjoys expanding upon hair extensions with creative color, many times with more than one color included in the extension.

“We are the type of salon where your taste matters to us,” Carroll-Chmura said. “We find out what you want and what will make you feel good.”


All Salon MMM employees, as well as the founders, consistently participate in advanced trainings offered through color and product lines.  “Continuing education is very important to us, it helps us to keep up with all of the latest trends,” Sallee said. Salon MMM currently employs 10 stylists, and six assistant staff.

“We have been lucky that the three of us are very complimentary; we have common goals and dreams and we know what our strength and weaknesses are.” Szczesny said.

This very statement is what each attribute to Salon MMM’s ongoing success. For more information, visit http://salonmmm.com/


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