Stylist Spotlight

2019 MODERN SALON 100: Trevor James @trevorjameshair

by Mary Kaleta | August 1, 2019

MODERN’s relationship with Chicago-based artist Trevor James goes way back. Over the years, we’ve watched as James has flourished into an established stylist and salon owner, and he continues to upgrade his work to our amazement. His ability to style both men and women’s hair to perfection pairs well with this incredible photography and videography. If there’s someone who defines what it means to be a game changer, James is definitely it.

Trevor James


Trevor James Salon, Barrington, IL

Specialty: Men’s and women’s cuts and colors

Top-performing post: A picture of my friend Katie. She has amazing natural copper-red hair and she is an amazing model. It went viral because of the movement in her hair and shape.

Favorite apps: VSCO and Instagram

I follow: @themensgroomer @modernsalon @melissarosehair @zachschneiderhair

Pro tip: Lighting. Picture quality. Model expression. Hair shape, movement and brilliance. Make your images look different than everyone else’s.

Hidden talent: I do the majority of my curling and texture work with a flat iron.

Fun fact: I studied wine to be a sommelier, am a musician and love to cook.

My audience follows me because: Not sure, but I’m grateful for it.

How social media changed my life: Made me realize how connected the world is and how small global reach can be.

My first @modernsalon feature: They posted my picture of my client Katie. I was so humbled and grateful to see it. It was a reminder that someone out there likes the art I create.


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