Our Staff

Maria Sigman Founder Creative Director

Maria Sigman grew up at the cash register in Mary and Dino’s Grocerland on Bryn Mawr in the 60s thru 70s. After graduating from Senn High School in our Edgewater neighborhood, she spent a year traveling through Europe. Returning from abroad, Maria attended Pivot Point International and started her career as cosmetologist.

During the 12-year period that Maria worked in two well-known salons on the North side of Chicago she became a color specialist. While working behind the chair with clients, and raising twins, she traveled the Midwest territory training other salon technicians in the technical Art of Framesi Italian crème hair color.

In 1991 Maria opened Tressed to Kill in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Maria followed her true desire to create a spa. Her passion and hard work resulted in Chicago’s first “green salon,” Salon Echo.

Today, Maria is an active member of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, National Cosmetology Association, Chicago Cosmetologists and still works behind the chair.

Mercy Salon Manager

Mercy joined Salon Echo in 2011. She brought with her many years of experience running the day-to-day operations of a busy Salon And Spa. Her knowledge of the Aveda products is key to the right recommendations to help maintain your new style or skin care regimen.

“I have enjoyed working the reception desk at Salon Echo. It is my pleasure to make sure that the experience you have at Salon Echo is comfortable, relaxing and meets your needs.”

Colleen Front Desk Coordinator

Front Desk Coordinator at Salon Echo is Colleen’s first salon job. After fifteen years she can still be found answering the phones on Sundays, with the occasional cameo during the week. A mom of four, Colleen finished her master’s in library science in 2015 and is the Librarian for Main East High School. Outside work, school, and family commitments Colleen is an avid reader, runner, and suffers an epic candy addiction.

Phiwan Massage Therapist

Phiwan joined Salon Echo in 2006.Phiwan is a specialist in mixing traditional Thai bodywork and deep tissue massage with stretching usually found in yoga. In Thailand, Phiwan was an elementary school teacher focused on physical education and coaching sports. He transitioned to massage therapy when he moved to the United States because of his love for connecting the health of the mind and the body. Phiwan believes that through massage therapy, his clients can achieve well-being and a sound mind by re-adjusting and addressing the pains in their body.

Phiwan earned his credentials from the famous Wat Poh Temple in 2000 in Bangkok and from the New School of Massage and Bodywork in 2003 in Chicago. He is also certified in Prenatal, Neuromuscular, and Sports modalities. He is licensed by the State of Illinois and is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Make sure to tell Phiwan how you are feeling in your body and he will help address your needs.

Melissa Stylist

Salon Echo welcomed Melissa to join our family in 2017. She comes to us from hilly Pennsylvania where she maintains strong ties to her community. Melissa’s first clients as a child were her Barbies. This is when she first discovered her love for hair.

In high school she was the “go to” person creating hairstyles and make-up looks for her friends when there were social events. After high school she worked in the healthcare industry. It was during this time she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a hairstylist. Melissa attended Metro Beauty Academy in Pennsylvania receiving her license in 2010. She went on to work full time in a local salon gaining experience and knowledge that has shaped her into the stylist she is today.

Melissa continually attends classes and seminars to stay up to date and “ in the know” on the latest trends, tips and techniques. Her passion for the industry has made her a well rounded stylist.

Melissa has done multiple weddings and is skilled in up-styling and makeup applications. Her favorite service is customizing color for each of her guests. She definitely thinks outside the box and has a natural talent for balancing tones. “To see a color and cut transformation on a guest is like a work of art”. She understands and can manipulate textured/curly hair, since she has been dealing with her own mane for 20+ years.

When she's not in the salon or learning the latest trends, you can find her at the dog beach with her fur babies. Ginger, her mini dachshund weighs in at 9.5 pound and Rocky, a white Shepherd weighs in at 95 pounds.

Melissa also likes to travel and explore new cultures and food.
“Life is what you make it, so let’s make it beautiful.”

Pear Stylist

Pear joined our Salon Echo family in 2018. She was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Pear has a master’s degree in hospitality from Southern Cross University, Australia/ Naresuan University, Thailand in addition to her cosmetology degree.

After working years in the travel and tourism industry in Thailand she decided to explore the world. Pear arrived in Chicago in 2011 and fell in love with the city, she found her new home.

Pear has always had a passion for hair. From a young age she has loved cutting hair for her friends and they were happy with the results. Feeling a sense of achievement inspired her and made her want to become a hairdresser. Not exactly the professional path she was encouraged to pursue. Pear eventually decided to take matters into her own hands and turned her passion for doing hair into a DREAM career! She attended the Aveda Institute Chicago and graduated in 2015. After apprenticing at a highly regarded Chicago salon for a year and a half she was ready for new challenges.
Pear specializes in precision cutting, customized to each guest’s personality and lifestyle. She is comfortable creating edgy styles with lots of texture. Pear is great at educating guests on home care by recommending the best products and techniques for maintaining your new style.

She loves continuing education, cooking, baking and watching movies in her free time. Ice cream is her weakness!

“My career as a hairstylist is enriched by knowing my guests’ are happy and feel beautiful in their own skin”

Jessica Esthetician

Jessica joined Salon Echo in 2016. As a highly qualified esthetician with sixteen years of professional experience, her goal has always been to efficiently deliver the most advanced skincare and hair removal treatments to a savvy and discerning clientele without compromising any measure of fine personal service. Jessica's dedication to the genuine care and well being of her clients’ needs, however, extends beyond the treatment
room and is carried home with each of them through a personalized education on healthy
practices and product regimen.

Sunshine Esthetician

Ian Front Desk Coordinator

Elizabeth Front Desk Coordinator

Elizabeth was a salon client prior to joining the Salon Echo team in the summer of 2017. Elizabeth has a career in Sales downtown where she does various types of administrative work as well as plans customer appreciation events for clients. When she isn’t working she enjoys reading, yoga, dining at Chicago’s many great restaurants, and travelling with family and friends.