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A Salon Led By Hair Industry Experts


Rock star hair and beauty services in Northwest Indiana,

just south of Chicago,

with exclusive organic juice bar and restaurant.

 

Book your appointment today!

(219) 922-1500 

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A Salon Led By Hair Industry Experts


Rock star hair and beauty services in Northwest Indiana,

just south of Chicago,

with exclusive organic juice bar and restaurant.

 

Book your appointment today!

(219) 922-1500 

the salon

Photo credit: Wes Reder

Ben Mollin Hair Education is a full-service boutique hair and beauty salon just 45 minutes south of Chicago, located in Griffith, Indiana. Since 2011, hair industry experts and Elite Stylists, owners Ben Mollin and Angela Avorio Mollin, have been delivering high-quality rock star hair services in their laid-back, vintage-inspired salon. Specializing in color and cuts for women and men, the professionals at Ben Mollin Hair Education are highly trained in the latest haircuts and professional hair color. Our Elite, Master, and Junior Stylists customize beauty services for women like precision haircuts, professional hair color, blow dry and styling, bridal and wedding party hair styling, waxing, make-up application, eyelash extension, and spray tan. Barber services for men include razor haircuts, razor shave, beard trim, and waxing maintenance.  

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salon service specials


spring special

Haircut, Color, Lunch, and a drink for $120 With Angela, Tim, or Sean

Everything's coming up roses at Ben Mollin Hair Education and Angel Hair Cafe. From now until May 15th, 2016, treat yourself to an all-inclusive day at the salon and cafe with our incredible Spring Special. Haircut and color, lunch and a drink...you deserve it.

You won't find this kind of haircut and color special anywhere else in Northwest Indiana or the Chicago Metropolitan area. So ditch the office for a day, drive down from the city, and take advantage of this limited time offer. 


Thursdays: Student Discount on all hair cutting and coloring services

Hey there students in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area. Here's a beauty bargain just for you! From College to Kindergarten, take advantage of our Student Discount all day on Thursdays. 

20 % off any haircut or color service w/ valid student id. must book with tim or sean.


nourishing hair treatment

Feed your hair. Literally. With Angela's signature moisture mask for your hair. Book an appointment today with Angela and request her nourishing hair treatment. A blend of coconut, banana, honey, and aloe, treat your hair to a moisture boost au natural. 

 

the cafe


Photo credit: Penny Frazier, Inspired Living, Julia Perla Huisman Amp provided courtesy of: Billy Ozzello and Dynamite Music 

Photo credit: Penny Frazier, Inspired Living, Julia Perla Huisman
Amp provided courtesy of: Billy Ozzello and Dynamite Music 

Angel Hair Cafe, Northwest Indiana's premier organic juice and smoothie bar offers seasonal vegan, vegetarian, organic, and gluten free dining options.  Photo credit: Wes Reder

Angel Hair Cafe, Northwest Indiana's premier organic juice and smoothie bar offers seasonal vegan, vegetarian, organic, and gluten free dining options. 

Photo credit: Wes Reder

Angel Hair Cafe

As you plan your visit to Ben Mollin Hair Education, treat yourself to something tasty at Angel Hair Cafe. Nestled next to the salon, the connecting Angel Hair Cafe is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.

Gluten free, organic, vegan, and vegetarian options round out the menu. Comprised of fresh pressed juices, crazy cool and nutritious smoothies, farmed fresh salads, and specialty sandwiches, the menu changes seasonally and includes lovely libations like the signature Moscato Slushie, and simple beer and wine selections, like the ever-so cost effective PBR. 

With Angel Hair's central location on the Griffith Bike Trail, the restaurant is accessible by two wheels or four. Angela Avorio Mollin has truly created a healthy alternative to eating on the go.

Now, you might be saying, vegan and vegetarian dining in Northwest Indiana? Go ahead, give Angel Hair Cafe a try. Catch a cool cocktail or try something tasty.

Treat yourself.  

 

the buzz


People are talking about Ben Mollin Hair Education and Angel Hair Cafe.  Here's what they have to say...         

Crain's Chicago Business "How to save a downtown"

NWI.com  "Team effort: One couple's vision is making a difference in downtown Griffith 

Lakeshore Public Media "Angel Hair Cafe Just Off the Beaten Bike Trail"

"Beyond Shear Genius: Hair Education and Angel Hair Cafe with Ben Mollin" www.thinktechhawaii.com

Elite Stylists


$ $ $

Beauty industry experts with over 20 years of giving the best in professional haircare, our Elite Stylists set trends by delivering dynamically modern cut, color, and finishing techniques.

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Elite Stylists


$ $ $

Beauty industry experts with over 20 years of giving the best in professional haircare, our Elite Stylists set trends by delivering dynamically modern cut, color, and finishing techniques.

BEN MOLLIN

OWNER/ELITE STYLIST

Facts about Ben

Ben Mollin was born November 29, 1974 on the South Side of Chicago. Raised with teacher, musicians and theater performers for parents Ben recognized his passion for the arts early in his life.

A born entertainer, Ben picked up a saxophone at age 8. With the support of his family he began Jazz lessons at age 10 and was privately taught by Tenor sax player Kent Lemon. His passion for beauty began around that time as he was intrigued by Vidal Sassoon commercials of the early ‘80’s. At age 14, Ben gave his first permanent wave to a classmate and the rest is history.

Immediately going to study cosmetology after high school, Ben has always pursued his passion for music, learning how to play 10 different instruments. "Hair was always something which allowed me to work in three dimension and allowed me to develop an understanding of anatomy" he recalls. At 21, he owned and operated his first salon and has been a gypsy of sorts playing in different bands and working on photo shoots, movies and runways along the way.

Claim to fame

In 2007, the debut of "Shear Genius," Bravo - TV's reality competition for hairdressers, one of the genuine surprises was Ben Mollin. The tattooed, music-loving stylist was eccentric and humble. Exhibiting an eagerness to learn and a passion for his craft, Sally Hershberger and Vidal Sassoon commended Ben for his raw talent and his growth over the course of the competition. And grow he did, right into the number two spot, taking second place and outdistancing the thousands of other stylists who auditioned.

Joico.com - Video interview with ISO Artist and 2007 "Shear Genius" Runner Up, Ben Mollin.

Ben shares ideals that have shaped his success in the hair industry.

War on

Ben is a guest artist with ISO, and recognized all over the world. He hosts and judges The Supreme Salon Tour "Hairwars." Ben is in demand for personal appearances, video projects and more. Featured in "50 Hairstylists," a book featuring the fifty most influential hairdressers in the country, Ben's passion and raw talent for his craft has turned him into one of the most exciting innovative hairdressers in the industry.

ANGELA AVORIO-MOLLIN

OWNER/ELITE STYLIST

Creative Competitor

Angela Avorio Mollin has what it takes to compete against renowned hair industry icons. Her technique and creativity landed her a trip to Hollywood to challenge Joico’s top artistic director, Damien Carney in a “Head to Head” challenge. After producing a high-fashion look with texturized curl and massive volume, her signature technique, the “Avorio knot,” helped Angela take home the win.  

Watch Angelia Avorio's video submission in Joico's Head-to-Head Challenge! Her video had the most views, and she won a trip to Hollywood to compete against celebrity stylist Damien Carney in a hair showdown.

Watch challenger Angela Avorio go head-to-head against Joico International Artistic Director Damien Carney. Host Crystal Fambrini takes you through the contest first-hand, and goes in depth with both artists about their hairstyle choices and the steps taken to achieve each editorial look.

Master Stylists


$ $

Masters at Ben Mollin Hair Education are seasoned, professional hairdressers. With considerable time spent in the salon and a solid repertoire of modern haircutting and coloring methods under their belt, allow our Master stylists to freshen up your cut and color.  

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Master Stylists


$ $

Masters at Ben Mollin Hair Education are seasoned, professional hairdressers. With considerable time spent in the salon and a solid repertoire of modern haircutting and coloring methods under their belt, allow our Master stylists to freshen up your cut and color.  

MATTY BACKUS

MASTER STYLIST/COLORIST

From trading stocks at 21 and finishing his career as a trading desk manager, Matty went down as the only person in history to ever cut hair on the trading floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

He graduated from Pivot Point in 2006 and spent the next two years honing his skills in color at a reputable Chicago “Top US 200” Salon. After his apprenticeship and a move to Northwest Indiana in 2009, Matty began his career with Ben Mollin Hair Education. Since then, he served as the salon manager and was Ben's colorist for 5 years. Matty has a true passion for hair and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. 

Matty has worked for Schwarzkopf, Joico & Iso as an advisor. He has worked with various International hairdressers, behind the scenes at trade shows and holds continuing education very high in priority. Fashion changes…chemistry changes…and because of those things, the hair industry will continue to stay dynamic as well. Matty spends time studying from professional websites, has taken classes from various color companies and firmly believes that all stylists must be rooted in continuing education.

ALEX GARCIA

MASTER STYLIST/MAKE UP ARTIST

Alex Garcia is a well-rounded hair stylist and make-up artist.

He incorporates east coast glamour with west coast flair. Alex has an artistic eye for detail and delivers a variety of work from breathtaking brides to a conservative savvy. Alex has a vision for modern beauty and loves to give his clients a better looking version of themselves.

Junior Stylists


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Our Junior Stylists are on-hand everyday, learning from and assisting the pros when they aren’t taking care of their own clients. While their beauty licenses may be hot off the press, their commitment to practicing high quality professional hair care is what really shines through. Feel comfortable booking a haircut and color with a Junior, knowing that their work will be guided by one of our Elites. 

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Junior Stylists


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Our Junior Stylists are on-hand everyday, learning from and assisting the pros when they aren’t taking care of their own clients. While their beauty licenses may be hot off the press, their commitment to practicing high quality professional hair care is what really shines through. Feel comfortable booking a haircut and color with a Junior, knowing that their work will be guided by one of our Elites. 

SEAN KELLY

JUNIOR STYLIST

Sean Kelly, Junior Stylist

A self-proclaimed "hair nerd" Sean had been working as a stylist since 2009.

He apprenticed for two years after graduating cosmetology school and has been training with various companies ever since. Sean has always been fascinated by the science and mechanics behind the art of hairdressing, always trying to increase his knowledge of "fun facts." He specializes in precision cutting and trendy styles, personalized to meet the needs and reflect the personal style of every guest. He strives to push the boundaries of fashion and style with his work, all the while making his guests feel their most beautiful.


TIM AMICK

JUNIOR STYLIST

Tim has always been a believer in being an individual.

From a young age, he's always been active in arts and music. A pivotal player of the Northwest Indiana punk scene since the mid 2000's Tim has fronted many bands and is self taught in many instruments and styles.

Being inspired in his youth from such rock and roll icons as "The Ramones" he has always had a passion for fashion. After completing cosmetology school in early 2013 Tim has found a home and a mentorship with Ben Mollin hair Education. Ranging from looks from hipster sheik to punk rock styles and delivering balayage coloring amongst other current techniques. "I've always strived for creating perfection through imperfection. I just like the idea of a tangible raw feeling of natural energy and beauty." Tim is able to help bring out your inner rock star at great quality and affordability.

The Barber


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The Barber


erin murray

The Barber