MCO is headed up by Melissa Conley, who has been a mainstay in the luxury salon business since 1995. Although she is most noted for her 10 years on Oak Street at Mon Ami Coiffeur, her early career includes the opening team of Kiva and the Tiffany Kim Institute, Steiner of London, and the acclaimed French salon, Prive. Melissa was named as ‘Best Long Hair Stylist’ by Chicago Magazine, and has been featured in numerous media outlets including a “Ones to Watch” write up in “W” Magazine, Chicago Social, CS Brides, Chicago Style Weddings, Lucky, Today’s Chicago Woman, styled hair for countless local fashion shows and backstage at The Oprah Winfrey Show, channel 5 and 7 beauty segments, and New York Fashion Week with the Oribe team . Melissa is an avid traveler and photographer thus has gained great inspiration and creative ideas from her travels to over 30 countries.
Melissa culminated her career by opening her own salon, Abeille Beauty & Bridal in October 2010 in the bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood. Melissa specializes in hair shaping, and is known for masterfully dry cutting long hair into sultry layers, voluminous blow outs, bridal beauty and editorial styling. She believes that your hairstyle should be an extension of your personality, hair texture and bone structure, while incorporating your individuality into the most on-trend haircuts.
In 2017, Melissa re-branded Abeille Beauty and Bridal to MCO Studio. While the salon has always focused on cut and color services, she transitioned from on-location bridal beauty to focus on in-salon services. MCO Studio is home to freelance stylists and colorists who are excited to provide you with an exceptional guest experience.