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Life and Work with Megumi Nakama

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megumi Nakama.

Megumi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I went to a cosmetology school near my old house to have my hair done. Later, I enrolled there through my high school’s vocational program. In my teens, I worked in salons part-time as a shampoo girl/assistant. A few days after graduating, I found work as a hairstylist in downtown Chicago. After twenty years working for salons, it was time to own one for me. Although doing hair doesn’t run in the family, being an entrepreneur does. I credit my parents for their suggestion and support that led to my career.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve questioned if this is what I’m supposed to be doing. The first time was just before the beginning of my career. The second time was before owning my own business and going back to school for my cosmetology teacher license. Both times, I couldn’t imagine anything else more exciting and fulfilling. I really enjoy everything that is in the field of cosmetology. It is limitless. My advice for those who are just starting their journey is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Dig deep to know what inspires you and that will define your path.

Please tell us about Megumi Nakama Salon Studio .
It’s unique that I’ve never worked in a departmentalized salons I do both cut and color. I specialize in hair similar to mine thick and dark. I spent years traveling to NYC at Bumble and Bumble to hone my craft. It’s where I learned razor cutting. Cutting hair with an unguarded open blade. I saw hair more organically. Working with texture, it’s density and growth direction. There I first learned to color hair dimensionally. Developing an eye for style using inspiration from icons, eras, musical, and cultural. Whoever sits in my chair, I see beauty and bring it out.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Think of your career as your own business, remember your dreams and be receptive to opportunities.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Phenix Salon Suites 100 E. Walton lower level in suite #134 Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Website:
  • Phone: 773-259-2419
  • Email:
  • Instagram: megumi4beauty
  • Facebook: Megumi Nakama Salon Studio

Image Credit:

Rich Salvador

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