THE SALON // OUR HOME: Husband and wife dynamic duo, Tobin + Jillian Campbell made their dream a reality when they opened Shear Chaos Salon in the summer of 2010. The couple recently expanded and opened a traditional barber shop. Taking bits and pieces of each of their very different personalities, the couple created a safe, quirky haven for love and craziness to coexist. The vision of the shop was to create a place where everyone would feel welcome, get a great service, have a great time doing it, and leave feeling like part of the family. We are a forward thinking group of passionate artists, ready to give you the look & confidence you deserve. We come from a place where just the right amount of crazy meets love, laughter, and trust. You may call it Chaos. We call it Home.
THE CHAOS FAMILY:
Tobin: “Tobi Wan”: The Jedi Master
The force is strong with this one. Tobin is the leader of this operation. A working owner behind the chair along with his wife Jillian, Tobin brings down the hammer and kicks it old school in the barbershop. Tobin has been conquering this industry right out of the gate. He has worked with some of the top stylists in the world, Wayne Grund and Kim Vo just to name a few. Through Wayne Grund, Tobin became a platform artist and educator. His passion for this industry grows by the second and his super human strive for creativity, innovation, and full out enjoyment of what he does is something for the record books. He pulls inspiration from all corners of the earth and collects them in to a tiny sector of his brain and uses them to create some amazing work on his clients. His motto is if you are not doing EPIC hair, then what is the point of doing hair at all? He has found a new passion in the classic art of barbering and is bringing it back to the good old days. He is a true believer of “go big or go home”. With over 20 years in the industry. The experience you will have in Tobin’s chair is far from ordinary.
Jillian, Jilly, Jillybean, Mama Chaos… Just don’t ever call her JILL, is the heart and soul and co-owner of Shear Chaos. She has 14+ years experience and has trained all over the U.S. and Canada. Born and raised on her family farm in Hilbert, WI, Jillian left the pasture to do great things in the “big city” of Appleton where she constantly uses her GPS to navigate… through a population of 77,000… YUP. As an owner, stylist, educator, make up artist, and certified Pureology expert, Jillian leaves little time away from the shop. This is her home away from home, and she will invite you in with open arms… quite literally, she hugs everyone before they leave. You won’t escape without a “squeeze” from Jillian. If you aren’t a hugger that’s okay, she’s cute, you will get used to it. She has won competitions throughout the Midwest and Las Vegas… (beauty competitions, not hugging competitions to clear up any confusion). Beauty is Art to Jillian. You are her canvas that she can’t wait to get her hands on! Love what she does? She’ll teach you how to put her skill in your pocket so YOU can rock the socks off your hair at home!
Kate: “The Ginger Ninja”
Kate grew up with a passion for gardening– clipping, mending, growing, and her botanical brilliance transcends into the hair world. This quirky Ginger will create a beautiful look unique to you. Kate has 13+ years of experience under her black belt of serious hair ninja skills. Certified Pureology expert, Kate is one of our shop managers and deals with all things PRODUCT. She knows exactly what you need to take home, what’s in it, and why it will work for you. With an echoing laugh that is contagious, and a colorful vocabulary, every minute in her chair is pure enjoyment. Kate has a full spectrum repertoire… from the “Natural Beauty” who only has time to wash & go, to the “High Maintenance Quaff” that requires direction & skill. She LOVES LOVES LOVES creative color, has become the queen of vintage styles, and has some amazing makeup artistry skills tucked away. She will impress you as she impresses us daily.
Born and raised in Southern California, Kung Fulia will rock your face off! Seriously, her makeup skills are ridiculous. A graduate of Ruby Makeup Academy, Julia won the Lady Gaga Makeup Contest, and graduated at the top of her class. Like we said…MAD SKILLS! She is the cutest thing you’ll ever meet, loves cats and Star Wars, and LOVES this industry. She’s been called the “Young Madonna” of Shear Chaos. Though young, she quickly showed a dominating presence in the shop, educating our makeup artists and rocking some amazing hair. Julia is Shear Chaos’s first apprentice graduate under Tobin. Look out, this little spark plug packs a punch!
Kayla has been a member of our Chaos Family since 2014. She reigns from Seymour, WI. Fun fact: Tobin has been doing Kayla’s hair since she was 9 yrs old. This little spitfire grew up in Tobin’s chair and is now working next to it! Since she started with us, she has been rocking it. Absolutely. Rocking It. She has grown a fondness of classic style men’s cuts, and has become a Redken Specialist. She is the only lady in town that offers the straight blade shave. She loves this industry, and it shows in her work. Her giggle is adorable, and she can joke and banter like one of the guys. Kayla’s chair is nothing short of a good time. You will fall in love with our little Blondie just as quickly as we have.
This man is the fresh blood of the Chaos Family. Apprenticing under the “Master” Tobin, Marcus has an eye for the old school and can swallow the same blades he shaves you with… no joke, we have proof… video proof. Former side show performer & clown, Marcus “Freakshow” Brooks ran away from one circus to join another, only this time we call it Shear Chaos. He walks to the tune of an antiquated Jack-in-the-Box and is excited to uphold the age old tradition of Tonsorial Barbering. He has a passion for it like no other we’ve seen. And he’s getting good… really good. He will keep you entertained for your entire experience. (Just try not to laugh too hard during the shaves!)
Dana “Sweet Dee”
This adventurous red head loves to travel and try new things. She’s been all over the globe, from Ireland to Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, picking up inspiration along the way. She is a certified scuba diver and back packed through Europe with one goal in mind… to search for one thing… more of her own kind, THE NATURAL GINGER (*cue frightening organ music*). She loves her fellow red heads, and loves getting her hands in those gingery locks of her pale skinned brethren. When she’s not traveling she loves to relax, sit outside (in the shade) and read. She seems like a docile creature, but in her chair prepare for adventure and an experience you won’t forget.
Ryan’s love affair with color arose at a young age. His pre-professional career included a stint at Nicolet Area Technical College—resulting in a degree from their Barbering/Cosmetology program—and a flirtation with disaster when he tried to apply Redken Color Fusion 9Rv to the fabled Hodag (his notoriety in Rhinelander is only now dying down). Far from driving him off, his passion for color only bloomed from there and shows no signs of slowing twelve years on. Pair that with his drive for being on-trend and continuing his professional education and one can see why he’s a natural fit for Shear Chaos. Lately, he’s been exploring more of the classic barbershop techniques, allowing him to balance his time between the barbershop and salon.
Comfortable with both a texture shears and a pruning shears, Ryan can be found styling his garden and landscaping when not grooming hair, or watching superhero movies. Perhaps his direct bloodline with President Ulysses S. Grant had influence on his favorite superhero: Captain America. Ryan certainly didn’t inherit his ancestor’s slovenly ways as he’s quite the dapper dresser around the salon, his fashion sense being as on-point as his haircuts. If you’re looking to bring some flair into your life, try booking some time with Ryan.
Who needs a nickname when your name is River? And yes, before you ask, he was named after River Phoenix. That’s a lot of personality to live up to; good thing our River is up to the task. Bring him a cup of coffee (it’s the fuel that drives him), prop your feet up in his chair, and ask him about all his interests: camping, photography, animals, and percussion (he’s been drumming since he was five), to name a few. Maybe he’ll even wax poetic about his love of autumn or the history of barbering between snips of his shears.
River is a recent graduate, passing his exams to become a licensed barber this year, but you wouldn’t know it from the smoothness and polish of his services. Long-time customers and new clients alike sing his praises, which he accepts humbly with a smile as cute as his bowties. Look for River back in the barbershop, cutting men’s hair and giving hot shaves. Sorry, ladies—he’s not working up front yet, but you can always send your Special Man Friends in for some good old-fashioned grooming, knowing he’s in good hands with River.
Rare is the woman who embraces a cephalopod nickname. And, fittingly, rare is this jewel, Jami. Putting mere front desk mortals to shame, Squid rises above to make every Shear Chaos client feel welcome as she juggles appointments. Her energy resonates on the phone and comes to full glow in person. Then, just when others would take a breather, Jami unleashes mad graphic arts skills, concepting and executing on-brand marketing executions.
Sharp as a squid’s beak, Jami’s repartee is quickly becoming stuff of Chaos legend. Need some stimulating small talk? Ask Jami about everything from Renaissance artists to comic book artists, geological rock formations to punk rock, Native American culture to Indian curries. One smart puppy, this maestro of mayhem. Officially a part-timer, Squid’s impact is felt big-time at Shear Chaos Tuesday and Thursday evenings and every other Saturday. Schedule accordingly.
Knock-knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Banana Ramya all over the roller rink.
Looking at her, one might be forgiven for thinking our Banana is merely a pleasant personality at the front desk. But you’d be wrong; Julie’s other personality, Banana Ramya, is a five-time Fox Cities roller derby All Star. She plays every position and gets to call the shots on the track. Don’t be too intimidated, though; Banana is much friendlier while sitting at the front desk than when she’s sitting in the sin bin after being assessed a major penalty for crushing her opponent under skate.
Julie goes where the action is—the more chaotic the better. Her previous lives include growing up on a small game farm, working with kids with autism, snowboarding in Colorado, and using her creativity in the culinary world, all while sporting nine years of dreadlocks. Not the most obvious choice for salon work, but after meeting Tobin and Jilly at a neighborhood block party, she was hooked. In fact, Tobin gave her the first haircut she had in a decade. Now she’s Shear Chaos’ lead jammer, blocking time for clients and whipping the schedule into shape all while making clients feel at home. Banana also pivots away from the more usual desk duties to employ her creative talents on the salon’s chalkboard out front. And we’ve only had to put her in the penalty box a couple of times.