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EssenceVIP - 51 Reviews - 726 S Milwaukee Ave Rte 21, Twin Lakes, WI - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (773) 840-8469


726 S Milwaukee Ave Rte 21 (at Route 120 (Belvedere))
Twin Lakes, WI 53181
(773) 840-8469
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EssenceVIP - Twin Lakes, WI
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EssenceVIP - Twin Lakes, WI
EssenceVIP - Twin Lakes, WI
EssenceVIP - Twin Lakes, WI
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I was tried of doing my hair myself. So I looked on the internet and found ESSENCEVIP. The website got my attention and it was in Gurnee where I live. I made an appointment. I...


Simply amazing! Yesterday was my second appointment at Essence VIP and I am very, very pleased. I moved here from Florida a little over a year ago and have been desperately searc...

So Happy I can barely contain it 4/28/2011

If you are looking for someone to style your hair in the north suburbs, look no further that Essence VIP! They have definitely found in me a customer that will continue to visit on a regular basis. Regardless is you are natural, relaxed, or weaving it up...they definitely can hoook you up! more

Very Happy 4/19/2011

I was tried of doing my hair myself. So I looked on the internet and found ESSENCEVIP. The website got my attention and it was in Gurnee where I live. I made an appointment. I have natural hair and did not want to put chemicals in my hair. When I walked out of ESSENCEVIP my hair looked and felt like I just got a perm. Thank you Teresa and Romie. Great job! I will be back. more

Great Service 4/11/2011

After relocating to Illinois. I was in dire search of finding a professional and capable hair stylist/salon. After six months of searching, I found Essence VIP online. I received an appointment the same day and upon my arrival I did not have to wait a minute past my appointment before I was ushered in by one of the assistants for my shampoo. The experience was great! From the shamooing to the cut and style, Teresa knew exactly what I needed and did not disappoint! The atmosphere at Essence VIP was amazing and the staff were pleasant and professional...something I have not received since arriving here. I will certainly recommend them to others. Thanks Teresa! more

Amazing!!! 3/19/2011

Simply amazing! Yesterday was my second appointment at Essence VIP and I am very, very pleased. I moved here from Florida a little over a year ago and have been desperately searching for someone who would take the time to get to know my hair, take care of my hair as well as style my hair. I was also looking for a salon with a pleasant and professional environment. I found all I had been searching for at EssenceVIP. My stylist is Terez and she is wonderful! She truly knows her stuff. She really does specialize in hair care. She has answers to the questions I have about my hair. She's kind, she doesn't make you feel uncomfortable, she takes her time with you and gets to know you and your hair and that is something that is hard to find. I wish I had found her a year and a half ago. I found her online on a Sunday. I called the number on the website thinking I was going to get a voicemail and to my surprise I got her. She listened to me and we made an appointment for me to come in to see her. I am so happy that I found her. The assistants there are also awesome! They are very kind, thoughtful and professional. I think I've found a home for my hair. I can already see the improvement in my hair just after two visits. I feel so blessed to have found EssenceVIP. I was out of options and didn't know what I was going to do before I found them. For you ladies with short hair and looking for someone who can cut , style and take care of your hair- Terez embodies it all! :-) Thanks so much for what you do and having a presence online. Had it not been for your website, I would have never found you. Many blessings and continued success!!! Rosita more


I just got an awesome short-short hair cut. Strangers on the street stop me and tell me how "cute" my hairstyle is. No long-long waiting like other salons. more

My search is over! 2/17/2011

Essence VIP is a great hair salon. The staff is professional and my hair looks and feels great every time I visit. The shampoo girls are great, they practically put me to sleep, it's so soothing. I have to say that I love that I can ask questions about maintenance and problems. Terez is fantastic about answering questions about my biggest concerns(running or swimming style maintenance) and has given great suggestions and tips for upkeep. Chantay Morris I thank you and my hair thanks you!!! more

I love EssenceVIP! 2/8/2011

Finding EssenceVIP has been such a blessing! Terez really knows how to style and even more importantly, take care of your hair! My hair is so much healthier now that I come to Terez! And I love her staff! Especially, Romie, who is the best shampoo girl in the world! Thanks for hookin' my hair up, EssenceVIP! LaTanya Copeland more

Amazing Results for Biracial Hair Care 1/7/2011

My 13 y/o daughter has been begging me to let her get her hair relaxed for quite some time. She is biracial with a very full head of fine S-curls that never seem to get longer, just tighter as her hair grows. Her curls are beautiful and I do not want her to chemically straighten her hair. We went to Essence at the recommendation of my girlfriend. She told us about the salon and the Keratin treatment that they used to make blow-outs and flat ironing easier. Typically, it takes me nearly two hours to flat iron my child's hair. I spoke with Ms. Terez to book an appointment and was able to get my daughter in quickly - she worked around MY schedule! When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the staff. My daughter was quickly taken back, Ms. Terez and company were friendly and made my daughter feel welcome. Ms. Terez discussed the process, answered our questions and gave feedback on the condition of Zo?'s hair. I left to run errands and when I returned, my daughter was smiling from ear to ear with silky straight hair that was stunning! We were both very pleased with the outcome leaving the shop, but I had no idea how that was only the beginning of how pleased I would be! It is now 5 months later (I'm sorry to say this because I promised to write a review much earlier) and with bi-weekly cleansing and flat-ironing (with daily touch-ups), and trims about every 8 weeks, Zo?'s hair STILL looks fabulous, straightens easily, and has grown over two inches! (And to make mom happy, she still wear her curls every now and then, they still look great.) I'm going to be calling for another treatment appointment next month. The Keratin treatment is a little on the pricey side, but again, it's been 5 months since her last treatment. I am very pleased with Essence VIP. -The salon is well maintained and the atmosphere is relaxing. -The staff is professional, friendly and knowledgeable. -Service is fast - there isn't 'more heads than hands' and your needs are attended to throughout your service. -Scheduling is easy; appointment times are varied to accommodate clients' schedules. more

Essence is the Best... 11/28/2010

I am thrilled to finally find a salon that specializes in black hair care. Terez is excellent with taking care of your hair. Prior to moving to the Lake County area, I had worn micro- braids for over a year to go back natural which ended in a disaster. Terez welcomed me as a new client and in only about 6 months, my hair is back healthy again. It is so good to get your hair done in a clean, nice environment. I have two girls who I also bring to be serviced and we are always done within a couple of hours total for all three of us. My only complaint is that I want to get my hair done to often because the shampoo's are so relaxing, and I work out and sweat a lot. But it never fails, I always have people saying stop and comment how they love my hair, even on the of week. more

Very excited to have found a "home" for my hair! 10/29/2010

I am very excited to write a review for Essence VIP in Gurnee. To be honest in all my years of visiting black hair salons in major cities this was one of my most pleasant visits. I have been living in Lake County for 8 years and have not found a hair salon within 20 minutes of my home till now. First the salon is very tastefully decorated, extremely clean and the ambience is great with soothing music in the background. Today was my first visit with an appointment for 10:30am. I was greeted as I walked in the door and was in a chair getting my hair prepped for a relaxer by 10:31am. I loved the way things worked like clockwork, as one process is finished you are on to the next. Sitting under the dryer does not feel like you are doing it just so the stylist can work on someone else. The lady (Maude) that washed, relaxed and rinsed my hair was very friendly and made light conversation which definitely helped to pass the time. Her relaxing hair massage was enough to make me want to stay put for awhile. I came prepared with a novel, I-Pod and puzzle and did not get to really start any because I was constantly being taken care of. Terez was my stylist and she took the time to learn about what my goals were for my hair and also advise on techniques, products and procedures I could do to keep my hair in good shape. She seems more like a friend I knew for years when in fact it was our first personal encounter. I love my haircut and feel like a new woman! I would definitely suggest this salon to any and all friends and I will be making frequent appointments. I should note that you don?t see any of the stylists sitting around eating their breakfast or lunch in your view or tending to their children or focusing on TV or chatting on cellphones or even long term conversations with other stylists. You truly feel respected as the client while in this salon and isn?t that what you should feel when you are spending your money?! more



So Glad 10/6/2010

I'm so glad I ran across Essence VIP's website on the internet. I've been living in the Lake Villa/Gurnee area for over a year and had been looking for a salon that wasn't too far away and that knew how to take care of a black woman's hair....very hard to find in my neighborhood. So, when I called the shop, Terez (the ownder) asked me great questions about the current condition of my hair and what my goal was for my hair. I wasn't quite sure of my goal (other than for it to be healthy) but I let her know that I work out often. I just wasn't sure what to do with it because my short cut was growing out and I needed something new, cute and easy. Two (2) days later, I went in for my first appointment. I was a bit nervous. After all, it had been an extremtly long time since I had someone take care of my hair. Terez schooled me on proper care of my hair after workouts and how to maintain it in between visits. My relaxer and haircut turned out wonderful! I was comfortable, I trusted my stylist and enjoyed the warm atmosphere....felt right at home! I am extremely picky about who works on my hair and Terez and her staff put me right at ease. Essence VIP is a Winner!!!! more

Excellent Service 10/2/2010

I was glad to find a local hairdresser. Finding someone to do your hair well is hard. I don't like harsh chemicals or heavy processes done to my hair. At Essence they are able to do whatever you want to do with your hair. I like to wear my in a wash and go style. The owner Terez, did exactly what I wanted and I got compliments all weekend. The staff is very nice. They spend time on each customer. The shampoo was like a spa treatment (very relaxing). I'm really happy to find a salon that can do all kinds of hair well and the prices are very reasonable! more

Professional Hair Care 9/23/2010

I am not one who is easily impressed by things or people who should do what they do well anyway; I was though impressed with the entire staff at Essence Vip hair salon. The shop is very appealing to the eye, clean and organized. The staff was exceptionally professional and polite from the beginning to the end of my appointment . This was my first visit to the salon on 9/17/10 and the salon's propertier and my stylist Mz. Terez was great. This is a salon that I can see taking care of all of my hair care needs. I will be back! ( I cannot remember your name for sure, I think Romie? you took care of me with my relaxer, were absolutely great, thank you) more

Very Professional 9/17/2010

Terez, is a wonderful,professional hair stylist who takes her time with each of her clients.. I have been searching for a new stylist for a while and I am happy that I have found Terez and EssenceVIP. I highly recommend this salon to those that are looking for someone to take good care of their hair. Excellent Customer Service. more


I have been looking for a salon like this for years. I like Essence VIP because they care about your hair. Nancy does my hair. And had I met her when I first moved to the Chicago area, my hair would have been blessed well before now. Thank you Essence VIP and thank you Nancy. Please, everyone, you have to try Essence VIP. There is none better. Ask for NANCY!! Sharon more

Great customer service at EssenseVIP 9/12/2010

I met the owner Therese about five years ago at the shop's former location in North Chicago. Due to some commuting issues, I had to find a salon in Gurnee, and started frequenting a much larger, impersonal, well-known salon. One of the few treasures in that salon was Amanda who was my stylists for a good three years before she left that salon. I walked into Essence VIP looking for a new stylist since no one at the other salon quite matched Amanda in skill nor "personality," and lo and behold: I re-discovered Amanda! She is by far one of the best stylists to touch my hair. I trust her implicitly, and I am always satisfied with the outcome. If I ever win the lottery, Terez is going to lose a sytlist, since I am going to hire Amanda as my personal daily stylist! ;) I am not very adventurous with my hair, and I usually get a shampoo and style for my long, ever thinning hair, but I have seen Amanda create some beautiful, complicated styles with other clients. She does a wonderful job with my hair! All the women at EssenceVIP (especially Therese, the owner) seem to enjoy their craft. There is a true sense of comaderie amongst the women and the clients, which creates a very relaxing, jovial ambiance and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend EssenceVIP to anyone looking for a unique salon specializing in haircare that complements the many facets/textures of our community. more


I get my hair done on a weekly basis and I love the service that I receive when I am at Essence. The experience starts with a warm and pleasant greeting when you enter; followed by a fantastic shampoo. Ending with the best hair care service that I have found in years; provided by Amanda. Amanda gives me more than a hair style, she makes sure my hair is healthy. I feel lucky to get both.... finally. I receive compliments on my hair all the time and I know it is because of the consistent and EXCELLENT service that I receive from Amanda. SHE IS THE BEST!! more

Excellent Service 9/4/2010

I recently had my hair micro braided by Romie at Essence. She was very professional and considerate of her customer. During the braiding session, I was pleasantly surprised how I had no pain vs when I have had my hair braided at the African shops where I have been in extreme pain.The braides were still tight but I did not have headaches or pain. I had the hair style for one week now and I am still getting compliments. more

Essence VIP makes you feel like a VIP 12/21/2009

Amanda is my stylist at Essence. Amanda is amazing. When I go to the salon I don't have to tell her what to do to my hair. I go into the salon and allow her to create. She never disappoints me. Amanda also does my 12 year old daughters hair. My daughter does not have chemicals in her hair and Amanda works well with JoJo's natural hair. My 14 year old son has a box cut and it is three colors. Amanda colored his hair and he is always getting compliments. I love my weekly experience at essence; definately a 5 star salon. Pros: Relaxing, knowledgeable, friendly Cons: None more
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Owner Message

  • At Essence VIP in Gurnee, IL, salon owner Teresa has created a relaxing atmosphere where clients receive the highest quality salon services. Black hair services offered include hair cuts, hair color, relaxers/straighteners, press and curl, flat or Chi iron styles, weaving, hair extensions, dreadlocks and so much more.

    This Gurnee salon caries a full line of lace front wigs. Many wigs are in stock, but they'll also create custom made wigs to meet your specific needs. We also offer Keratin smoothing treatments and Brazilian Blowout treatments.

    Located only 45 minutes from Chicago and backed by Theresa's over 20 years of experience, they specialize in ethnic and textured hair care. From extensions, dreadlocks and weaving to creative hair design, hair color and the perfect cut to match your lifestyle, Essence VIP has the stylists and services to satisfy.


  • Hair salon provides color, haircuts, retexurizing hair treatments and moisturizing conditioners.

  • 2/8/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Tues-Sat 10am -8pm Sat 7am-4pm
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