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South Elgin salon celebrates 10 years in business

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James and Denise Tricoci in their salon in South Elgin. | Paul Sullivan photo

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James Tricoci Salon

598 Randall Road

South Elgin, IL 60177

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call (847) 622-7732


Quote: “I’m the only Tricoci still doing hair.”

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:18AM

Fifty years ago Mario and Frank Tricoci started Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa, a family run business. Frank’s son James Tricoci literally grew up in the business working with his father and uncle.

“Mario mentored me,” said James. “My family trained with the best in the world. I personally trained at the Vidal Sassoon School and sat down with him.. Our family has over 130 combined years in the business.”

Ten years ago a large corporation bought Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa. But the James Tricoci Salon is still a family run business. After the corporation bought Mario Tricoci, James, along with his wife Denise, opened their own salon in December 2002.

“I’m the only Tricoci still doing hair. We wanted to maintain the quality and personal service associated with Mario Tricoci. The industry has changed. Beauty school graduates come out with a willingness to learn and a piece of paper. We have to start from scratch with new employees. We apprentice them for six months to a year. They shadow me, attend classes and do hair cuts on models for $10 ( a discounted price under supervision) before doing real customers. We would rather have an empty chair than an incompetent employee.” Haircuts at James Tricoci start at $40 for women, $35 for men and $25 for children up to 13-years-old.

James met his wife Denise when they worked together at Mario Tricoci. “It was love at first sight,” said James. “I knew she was the one.” The couple now have four sons and a daughter on the way. James tells his eldest son Christian, “If you want quality time with dad, come to work with dad.”

Denise, a licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician, also handles the management of the salon. “It’s a lot work, just the two of us. In a big corporation, there’s a handyman to change light bulbs, whatever. We do it all. With four children, when he’s pulling out of the garage, I’m pulling in. We work well as a team. Plus we like each other.”

Denise said some of James’ clients have known him longer than she has.

“They’ve watched him grow up. Women trust their hairdresser like their doctor. Snowbirds book an appointment with us to coordinate their visit with family and friends here. One client sent us a postcard from Italy to book her appointment. We have a lot of fun clients from all over.”

James said, “Our clients have faith in us. They know I won’t recommend something just to pay the rent. We want our clients to love the way they look and feel.”

James Tricoci Salon sells beauty products such as hair products specifically formulated for the hard water in our area. James worked with a chemist for two-and-a-half years before bringing in some of the products. The couple personally try all of the products before introducing them for sale in the salon.

For monthly specials see their Facebook page: James Tricoci Salon.

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