Hair Salon Staff – The Gro Difference

Sure, we cater to rock stars and famous types, but it's our staff that makes all the difference. Gro hairstylists are part rocket scientist, part psychologist, and all style. Our staff is Vidal Sassoon trained and collectively has over 100 years of hair styling experience.

Relax knowing you'll make a great first impression with a fabulous 'do by one of Gro's top hair stylists. Call today to schedule an appointment at Gro Salon 773 772 1153.


Salon owner and leading stylist, Gro Ferskaug has mastered the art of hairdressing with over 25 years in the beauty industry. After training at the esteemed Vidal Sassoon Academy, Gro moved on to instruct hair design in Chicago, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and San Francisco as an educator for Vidal Sassoon before opening her self-named salon in 1995. With an imaginative approach to both trendy and classic styles, Gro now provides education at Gro Salon for Chicago’s up-and-coming hair masters. While her talent and business smarts speak for themselves, Gro’s kind heart, candid personality and Norwegian values keep a diverse clientele from all over the world in her chair – many of whom have followed Gro since her Academy days.

Creative Director

One of the most respected & charismatic stylists in Chicago, Dennis has enjoyed a number of accolades during his 18 years in the industry including senior Vidal Sassoon educator and creative director of Gro Salon. His achievements include write-ups in publications such as Time Out, Chicago Social, and Chicago Magazine.

Dennis is currently responsible for training in the salon as well as educating nationwide. His diverse clientele ranges from musicians to restaurateurs to moms, assuring that his repertoire covers a wide range of styles.


Just in from London, Karen Rivier brings a global styling perspective and over 20 years of experience as the newest member of the Gro Salon team. Karen's experience in Europe includes London Fashion Week, platform work before audiences of students and peers, as well as countless photo shoots. With training from the highly-acclaimed Vidal Sassoon Academy and the TONI&GUY Academy in London, clients can expect an expert skill set, creative approach and thoughtful application to both cut and color when in Karen's chair.


Giselle has been in the hair industry all her life – and she loves it! Although her mother owns a salon in suburban Chicago, Giselle worked downtown for the past 10 years before joining the Gro Salon in 2011. She brings with her, expertise in color, cuts, styling and extensions. Giselle was previously at Salon 1800.


Brittany joined Gro Salon in 2012. She underwent an extensive training program from the creative team in cut and color. Brittany is a lover of hair!


Alison Lewis started her career long before cosmetology school in a high-volume salon as a receptionist, where she learned the importance of customer satisfaction. Combining this experience with her artistic creativity, technical perfection, and trendsetting originality, Alison has become an expert colorist. Her brilliance is that she takes time to thoroughly explain what works best for each client, always keeping in her mind her or his individual needs and personal style. Over the last 15 years, Alison has traveled between Chicago and Los Angeles, expanding her education at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and working for prestigious salons in Beverly Hills. As an original member of the Gro Salon family, Alison’s talents and charm are indispensable.

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