Jon Charles
Jon Charles: Beauty Expert

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Jon Charles is an award-winning colorist and an intriguing businessman, who’s also an excellent educator and communicator. He won the Rocco Altobelli Award for Best Hands-on Education and served as an artist representative at the International Hair Color Exchange for four years.

Charles earned this career milestone with his self-named salon after an impressive decade or more of building salon brands in town while also becoming a distinguished colorist. When Best Buy embarked in 2004 on its E-Q Life stores – merging discreet technology products with health and personal care services – it picked Charles to design, implement, and run what turned out to be E-Q’s most successful part of the operation, the salon piece.

He’s also done numerous beauty shows throughout the country. During the mid-‘90s, he consistently played a major role in Innovative Styling Options (ISO Perm Systems) by producing an instructional video and photo shoot for Modern Salon, launching the ISO product at the Waldorf Astoria and speaking for ISO to trend-setting magazines like Vogue, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, American Salon, Woman’s Day, Health, and others.

The Jon Charles Salon was opened on Uptown Row (1221 West Lake Street) in the summer of 2006 by Jon Charles and Kimberly McCabe.
  • Best Blow Dryers
    At Jon Charles Salon, I took notice to one thing – women were wishing they could get the same blow dry results at home. Well, I heard my ladies, and started the Jon Charles Blow Dry Bootcamp class at my salon.

    In the bootcamp, I educated them on the best blow dryers to buy, the best brushes to get for the right effect, and then I trained them on technique. It’s near impossible to get the same results as a professional doing it for you – just the extra set of hands in the back of you is a huge advantage – but with improved technique training yielded such amazing results from all the ladies!

    For the ultimate blow dry experience, the Elchim 2001 professional blow dryer with the Free Style blow dryer support system ( is my favorite. This system suspends the blow dryer from a retractable cord in the ceiling. Pull the blow dryer down and it turns on, let it go and it turns off! It will really help you get back that counter space you need.

    For most women, a good blow dryer is no less important than good mascara and eyeliner. I consider it a beauty essential. The measure of a great blow dryer consists of its speed, heat, weight, and durability. These are a few of the factors I used to pick the best of the best.
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