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marekashley salon wheaton

our history

Marek | Ashley Salon is an all-new concept that has debuted in Wheaton around the idea of 'you'. With a combined experience of over 44 years the innovators behind Marek | Ashley Salon have been featured in international hair shows, editorial and red carpet, as well as being hand-picked by Paul Mitchell and Wella to educate other professionals. Throughout their journey together, they have listened to guests and stylists and created the Marek | Ashley experience alongside a team of elite professionals, who share in the same desire - to deliver artistry so extraordinary and unique it cannot be offered anywhere else.

There you're a client. Here you're our guest. Enjoy.

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marek hartwig bio


A genius behind the chair and on the Red Carpet - the journey came full-circle with the opening of Marek Ashley, an all-new salon concept in the west suburbs of Chicago. Throughout his 25-year career, Marek has delivered beauty that has proven to be unparalleled. With his keen eye for fashion, Marek has worked as a celebrity stylist, with his work being featured in international hair shows, industry and national publications, as well broadcast television. In the words of Marek, “Don’t bow to trends, set your own.”

ashley ballou bio


After 20 successful years in the color industry working alongside Marek, they both realized it was time to deliver the experience their clients have been clamoring for by opening their own hair salon in Wheaton. Having spent many years training colorists throughout North America and working with leading brands like Wella and Redken, Ashley accumulated a wealth of knowledge as well as an unbridled passion to share that experience with her fellow colorists, and now with Marek Ashley guests.

gretchen molina bio


Gretchen has been cutting hair and coloring for the last 12 years, working in New York City, Cleveland and the Chicagoland area. She was the education director at Dante Lucci Salon in Cleveland where she taught Vidal Sassoon hair cutting. She loves razor and clipper cutting and has trained under several skilled barbers. She has attended color classes at Redken in NYC, staying current with the latest fashion trends and technology advancements. She is an avid traveler and is looking forward to seeing the rest of the world.

carli hyde bio


A fifteen-year veteran of the industry, Carli Hyde has always been passionate about hair. After cosmetology school she had an extensive 2.5 year-apprenticeship and followed that with getting Redken-certified in NYC in 2009. She competed in Hair Wars in 2011, an annual beauty event where top salons compete against each other displaying their creativity and style, and showcased her blossoming talent to the world. She loves to travel and is so excited about working with the Marek Ashley team.

amanda lach bio


A 14 year-veteran, Amanda has always put an emphasis on continuing education having undergone extensive training after graduating beauty school. She has excelled in the hair industry by putting her clients first: understanding their personalities and lifestyles allow her to come up with the best unique look for them. She is extremely excited to share the Oribe experience with Marek Ashley Salon guests, as she has never experienced a salon product like this before.

dira dutler bio


Dira is a seasoned hair stylist with 12 years experience. She has fine-tuned her craft through continuing education with some of the top industry professionals in both cutting and coloring. Working aside Marek for her 12 years, she's learned the technique and style that can only be delivered at Marek Ashley Salon. Dira loves creating new looks with her guests at the salon and in her leisure she cherishes her time with her two daughters and husband.

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Ashley is the best colorist I have ever had! She created a completely unique blonde palette just for me, with tons of low lights and the perfect golden highlights. I feel like a hottie, without looking like a cookie cutter 40-something blonde. She was born to do color. She just gets it! Christine D.
I have had the pleasure and honor of being one of Marek's clients for over 13 years, starting with my wedding. Marek is the definition of professionalism, talent, style and class. I never leave feeling less than gorgeous-he is one in a million! Jen G.
Marek & Ashley are hair Gods...wherever they go, I go. I live in the city and will travel wherever I need to in order to have someone from this incredible team to take care of my hair. From the minute I walked through the doors, I was treated with superior service and care topped off with the immeasurable talent only this salon can offer. They have the most creative and passionate artists along with them to offer an experience unlike no other. If you want a high-end, personalized salon experience, Marek Ashley Salon in the place for it. I look forward to the incredible transformation this initiative company will do to their new space and the entire industry. Caren S.
I spent a lovely afternoon with the most wonderful Carli Hyde at Marek Ashley Salon. She took extra time with me, made certain that my requests were met, and I walked out a new woman! My husband was speechless! The salon is customer service focused, the personnel are extremely accommodating, and my experience was fabulous. I can't wait to come again! Thank you so much! Janie J.
I am so excited for this salons opening! It has a laid back sophistication that oozes comfort and class! I have been a long time client of Marek. His attention to detail, style and skill are unmatched! Highly recommend Marek Ashley and their talented team! Meghan C.