About

Shay Monai

         Licensed hair artist with 10+ years of professional experience,  specializing in natural hair and color. Trichology trained, currently pursuing Doctorate in Trichology.

My passion for hair is deep rooted in my blood, My father was a platform stylist. My little brothers were my first clients, I was often found trying to style their hair with whatever object I could find around the house. Have you heard of the rake technique??

Long before I began my professional career I was already styling someone's hair, I have been doing hair since I was 11! this is my calling, my heart beat.

Most recently I was part of the 2018 Grammy Glam Squad. My motto is "If it's about hair I'm there!" traveling frequently to LA, Miami, NYC, & ATL for projects. 

If you live or are visiting the Chicago area book your appointment today! My Salon Loft is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Minutes from downtown, the 90/94, and 290 expressways. Street parking is available but limited, arrive early to find a spot. Uber/Lyft/Cabs and or public transportation is strongly encouraged. We are walking distance from the green line Morgan Station and several bus routes. 

To find out more about commercial, freelance or collaborative projects

contact me at: 

shay.monai@salonlofts.com

 

FACEBOOK: Shay Monai Inc

 

Instagram:Shay Monai Artistry

Products
  • Olaplex
  • Pureology
  • Pravana
Testimonials Leave Testimonial
Shay is amazing! She did an amazing job on my hair and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve done my research and I believe Shay is your go-to girl for faux locs. Thank you Shay for being so patient with my from the beginning to the end.
Divinity J.
Shay is awesome! I have had the pleasure of working with her twice thus far. Once for a natural trim and style. Once for medium thickness, long faux locs. Shay is knowledgeable, professional, timely and fun to conversate with. I highly recommend her. If you are considering booking pull the trigger and make an appointment. You will not regret it. - Vanessa
Vanessa H.
This has been a great experience. Looking forward to my newness.
Oneta S.
Shay, I didn’t see this opportunity to sing your praises until after I’d posted on my FB page! I’m so proud of you and how far you’ve come in such a short span of time. I love your passion for hair, especially hair health! You have made such an impression on my five-year old grand, she ensures you’re her stylist! Can’t wait to do a fun color for summer!!!!
Edith W.
Shay and I go way back, I trust her more than anyone else in choosing hair color and style. I am so happy with my color and style. Shay is very professional and respectful. I have gotten so many compliments, her hands are truly blessed!!
Donna B.
I walked in as a new client ..I walked out family !We built a bond in a matter of seconds !People Dont understand that getting your hair done can be so therapeutic !Everything happens for a reason I was supposed to meet her !I love her like a sister and of course my hair is laid ❤️
Teyana H.
I did my research FOREVER and it lead me perfectly to this place! Turning my lil curly wig into LOCS? its a gift I tell ya! What treated me like FAM and serviced like a PRO. Details matter and both the cost and the look were exactly what I wanted. I will refer EVERY natural I know to Shay because quality care and expertise matters to a STYLIST Stylist!
Dita D.
This woman has blessed hands....I absolutely love my hair... Shay knows about HAIR! I will be back! My faux locs aren’t too tight or heavy!
Kimberly L.
I’ve been coming to Shay for several months now and words cannot express how HAPPY she’s made Me AND My hair! She’s not only given me versatile styles that allow me to switch up my look but they’ve also been protective and let me regrow my hair after years of damage. Every penny I spend is well worth it, especially since my styles last so long! From braids, extensions, to natural hair this chick can really do it ALL! Not to mention she’s such a kindred spirit, really been a true blessing to me.
RAlexis R.
Shay never disappoints! Her work speaks for itself. I walk away every time completely satisfied. I have been going to her for years. She is a stylist who truly cares about the client and the health of their hair. I highly recommend Shay!!
Ebony M.
I looooovvvvveeeee Shay’s work. Three weeks ago I went to her for a color change and silk press. It’s an understatement to say that my hair was flawless. I left feeling like a new person. Treat yourself and allow Shay to bless your hair.
Briane G.
Went to Shay two weeks ago to get my hair colored and I wasn't too sure about getting color. Shay was very informative that she was able to easy my mind. And now I am so obsessed with this color. Yeeessss she did that!
Tierra D.
I have been coming to Shay for a while now and I have NEVER left her chair disappointed. She genuinely cares for our hair and us. I have gained a great friend as well as a beautician. I can trust her enough to style my hair based on what she see fit for me. She’s great and if you haven’t tried her yourself then you’re cheating yourself ♥️
Kiara B.