Hours

Sunday & Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 11 to 7

Wednesday & Thursday - 9 to 7

Friday & Saturday - 9 to 3

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521 East Washington Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701

frontdesk@willowandbirchsalon.com

217-726-7050

© 2018 by Willow & Birch Salon

Meet Our Team

 
Our Roots

 

What we at W&B stand for to ensure that we provide the best experience for

every single client, every single visit.

 Education•Positivity•Growth•Family•Teamwork

Opportunity•Hospitality

Jessica Kocurek

Owner, Stylist

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye & gives it a wink.”

Positivity is a passion to Jessica & she has built her career around it.  She has a love for small business & truly enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.  She loves being able to cultivate the talents of others to help them see the potential they are capable of, which she strives to do each day with her W&B team.  She also has had the opportunity, as a national educator for Cool Beauty Consulting, to share her love for the hairdressing industry in techniques, product knowledge & business systems with hairdressers throughout the Midwest.  As a hairdresser, she brings enthusiasm to each client service, every visit.  Customizing hair color & short styles are at the top of Jessica’s list when behind the chair.  She was selected as the Illinois Times Best Hairstylist in 2017 & was published in the national magazine, Beauty Lanchpad, being named one of 16 “Young Guns” in the industry.  She also contributes to the local community as a mentor & board member for the Sangamon CEO program, inspiring high school seniors to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching television programs with her husband, Kyle, spending time with her family, shopping & going to the movies.  Also, her love for Starbucks is real, really real.

Nikki Parrish

Salon Coordinator

“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.”

Nikki loves the positive work environment at W&B, which explains why her favorite product we have is b confident hairspray, as she loves the positivity of the packaging & of course the fabulous fragrance.  She genuinely enjoys being able to help facilitate growth, both for our team members & salon as a whole.  If she wasn’t a salon coordinator, she would be a traveling gypsy photographer.  When Nikki isn’t working, she loves doing anything outdoors, such as camping, hiking & kayaking.  She believes that branching out means to have an open mind & be willing to jump out of your comfort zone! 

Molly Churchill Fahs

Front Desk Team, Wedding Coordinator

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Molly loves the family feeling she gets as a part of the team, as well as meeting with our brides & helping make your day of beauty a dream come true!  When she branches out, she steps out of her comfort zone to embrace the best version of herself.  She loves the Eminence line because of the freshness & the way it makes the skin feel.  When she isn’t working, she loves spending time with her friends & family, as well as belting out songs.  This girl is quite the singer, so next time you’re in, ask her to sing you a little tune!

Hannah Davis

Stylist

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Hannah truly loves being a hairdresser & getting to make her clients feel more confident with their style.  Her favorite things about Willow & Birch salon are teamwork, education & positivity, which she pours into each & every service she provides.  Hannah loves the variety she gets behind the chair, but if she had to pick one favorite thing, she loves highlights!  Her nickname around the salon is Grams, as her sweet, loving nature & crafting abilities are out of this world!  When she isn’t behind the chair, she enjoys watching Fixer Upper, being outdoors & reading.   

Morgan Shaffer

Stylist/Apprentice Trainer

“Your vibe attracts your tribe.“

Morgan has a passion for lived in color, especially blondes.  She loves to create looks that are trendy & allow you to branch out by stepping out of the box.  Education is one of her favorite things about working at W&B, both in her own growth & in sharing tricks of the trade with her cleints.  If you’re looking for a stylist who knows what’s in, Morgan could be the girl for you as she is always ahead of the style game.  She says if she hadn’t become a hairstylist, Morgan would probably be a pop star with a show in Las Vegas…Britney who?  When out of the salon, she enjoys spending time with her kiddos, Max & Marlie, as well as watching television shows such as SVU & Gossip Girl, xoxo.

Emily Shackelford

Stylist

“Be the change you want to see.”

As a W&B stylist, Emily loves the opportunity she has to grow professionally & personally, while consistently looking for ways to serve her clients.  If she could do one thing all day, it would be blonde highlights topped off with the Lakme Ultra Clair Shampoo to keep them nice & bright.  Who doesn’t love a good blonde?!  Emily is a perfectionist, and it shows in her work as she focuses on every detail to ensure the look she creates is exactly what her client is looking for.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends & shopping at local boutiques like her absolute favorite, District 23. 

Lauren Whitlow

Stylist

“Storms don’t last forever.”

Lauren truly has a passion for highlighting & customizing blondes to be total bombshells!  She loves making her clients feel amazing & has always known that hairdressing was the career path for her.  She will always be honest with her clients to ensure the best result.  Branching out to Lauren, means to accept change & continue to strive for your goals.  When she isn’t creating gorgeous hair, she spending time with her daughter, Ava.  Something you may not know about Lauren is that she loves Diet Coke…fountain Diet Coke.  To be specific, from the Qik-N-EZ on 11th & Stevenson, right here in Springfield.

Aly Walsh

Stylist

“Grow through what you go through.“

Aly enjoys creating color looks of all kinds, especially of the lived in variety.  She loves the versatility of these hues & the low maintenance aspect.  She has a love for the industry & how it allows her to stay up to date on all of the trends through continuous education.  Branching out to Aly means to keep an open mind & push yourself out of your comfort zone.  She loves the Benniefactor b more building spray because of the texture it gives the hair while still being lightweight.  Aly loves all kinds of music & is a dancing queen with her moves!  She 100% has a Target addiction, but how can that be a bad thing, right?! 

Britney Long

Stylist

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Britney truly has a passion for hair color & loves that it allows her to be super creative in customizing a color perfect for each guest.  It’s hard to believe that she had never even colored her own hair until she started working at Willow & Birch at 19!  She loves the Lakme line because of the performance it provides & she believes that her key to success is always having a positive attitude.  In her spare time, Britney enjoys playing guitar, along with writing & singing country music.  One of her favorite Springfield spots is Darcy’s because horseshoes are life!

Alicia Wessel

Stylist

“Follow your dreams.”

As a stylist at Willow & Birch Salon, Alicia loves the positive atmosphere & the training program she has part of.  The things that she loves most are highlights & all types of haircuts, & her passion for creating beautiful hair is undeniable.  She loves the Lakme Cool line, especially Top Ten & Brush Up Dry Shampoo.  When she is off of work, Alicia loves doing photography & spending time with her girls. 

Nora Cuellar

Stylist

“I am my own muse.  I am the subject I know the best, the subject I want to know better.”

Nora became a part of the W&B family in 2018 & brought her sweet personality with her. She loves learning & all things blonde! She truly enjoys styling hair as well which is an absolute art. Her favorite local spot in Springfield is Incredibly Delicious & she is bilingual, speaking both English & Spanish. Nora knows all things trending & is the stylist for you if you want a look that is muy caliente! 

Alli Clark

Stylist

“It's good to know who hates you & it's good to be hated by the right people.”

Alli joined W&B in 2018 & brought her obsession for all things history & Honest Abe with her! She loves working in the heart of downtown & being able to bring a smile to her client’s face by creating the perfect look for them. Her favorite thing to do is highlights, which allows her to bring her childhood dream of being an artist to fruition. Now the hair is her canvas!

Megan Flanagan

Stylist

“It is a risk to love...what if it doesn't work out?  Ah...but what if it does?”

Megan began making magic at Willow & Birch in September of 2018. She brings her passion for creative color & helping others to our team, along with a deep love for cats! She loves being a hairdresser because she gets to make people feel good by sharing her energetic, spunky personality & unique eye for style. Megan has been known to partake in a little stand up comedy & loves all cuisine with an Asian flair! 

Claudia Luczyn

Stylist

“If plan A fails, remember that you have 25 letters left!”

After moving to Springfield from the Chicago area, Claudia decided to expand her horizons & join the team at Willow. She brought her love for creating beautiful blonde colors & outgoing personality to the team. She loves all types of music & when she was little she wanted to be a singer, even though she admits “she can’t sing to save her life”! Claudia believes that her key to success is always finding a positive in every situation & her favorite television show is Friends, which means she can absolutely give you “the Rachel” haircut, no problem! 

Jessie Power

Stylist

“You deserve the world even if it means giving it to yourself.”

With a degree in fashion merchandising, style is the name of the game for Jessie! She is truly passionate about customizing a look for her clients that will leave you feeling beautiful & confident, which has shown since she joined our team in 2018. With her farm girl roots, it’s no surprise that Jessie wanted to be a cowgirl princess when she was little & loves country music! If you want a mix of classic yet trendy with twist of non stop laughs, Jessie is the stylist for you!

Rowela French

Esthetician

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.“

With a love for making people feel like the best version of themselves, Ro has built her business around consistently giving professional services with consistency in the forefront.  She loves creating brows that are on point & flawless makeup looks. Her favorite thing about working at W&B is the friendly, inviting atmosphere & the emphasis on teamwork.  She enjoys baking, rock climbing & playing board games when she isn’t working.  Ro loves a good throwback to some 90’s alternative rock & the television show, Game of Thrones. Branching out to her means to always be learning & growing which she does by constantly perfecting her craft. 

Stevie Lievens

Esthetician

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye & gives it a wink.“

Stevie’s love for makeup & skincare drew her to a career in esthetics, which in turn led her to Willow, where she joined the spa team in 2018. She absolutely loves working with makeup & giving her clients beautiful skin with Eminence skincare. Stevie’s positive outlook & friendly personality makes every service with her a true pleasure. She loves trying new things, coffee from William Van’s & spending time with those that she loves.

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