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, the co-owner and leader of the operation. Tobin began conquering this industry before he graduated high school. He has worked with some of the top stylists in the world, including Kim Vo and Wayne Grund. Through the latter, Tobin became a platform artist and educator, traveling extensively to educate, inspire, and motivate other stylists. While he may have settled roots in Appleton, his journey is far from over. He believes in continuous learning and honing one’s skills, as well as drawing inspiration from wherever it arises. Tobin is a bottomless well of creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm.
Twenty years and going, he shows no signs of losing his passion for the industry, instead constantly adding to his already-impressive repertoire; lately he has been delving deep into the classic art of barbering. His motto is, if you are not doing epic hair, then what is the point of doing hair at all? Not content to be a one-trick pony (as if all of that constituted merely one trick), Tobin plays with a full deck of aesthetic talents: photography, digital arts (both computer graphics and manicures falling into this category), and cake decorating to name but a few. Is there nothing this prolific artisan can’t do? Unsurprisingly, he can’t sit still. Just as long as you can, we’ll all be fine. Being in Tobin’s realm is never dull, so come prepared for an adventure.
Jillian, Jilly, Jillybean, Mama Chaos—but never JILL—whatever you call her, she is the heart and soul of Shear Chaos. Born and raised on her family farm in Hilbert, WI, Jillian left the pasture to do great things in the “big city.” Like her husband and co-owner Tobin, she has trained all over the U.S. and Canada, returning to Appleton with accolades and awards from competitions she won throughout the Midwest and Las Vegas. Far from being arrogant or condescending about her achievements, Jilly instead radiates warmth and hospitality. You can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl, which is readily apparent more than fifteen years later by Jillian’s down-to-earth personality and affection for pint-sized, cuddly animals.
As an owner, stylist, educator, makeup 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, as she hugs everyone before they leave; you won’t escape without an embrace from Jillian. (If you aren’t a hugger, that’s okay; she’s cute, you will get used to it.) Beauty is Art to Jillian. You are the canvas waiting for her master’s brush: hair brush or blush brush, she’s equally amazing with both. Love what she does? Far from mysterious about her prowess, she makes it a priority to share her complementary techniques so clients leave confident they can recreate the look at home. Sharing is caring, and Jilly is unparalleled in both. So stop by for a style or a squeeze, and bring your little dog, too.
Former sideshow performer and clown Marcus “Freakshow” Brooks ran away from one circus to join another, only this time it’s called Shear Chaos. Apprenticing under Master Tobin, Marcus has an eye for old school and can swallow the same blades he shaves you with—no joke, we have video proof. He walks to the tune of an off-kilter, antiquated Jack-in-the-Box and is excited to uphold the age-old tradition of Tonsorial Barbering. That enthusiasm has led to growth in leaps, bounds, and scheduling; don’t expect to get a same-day appointment with this fine sir, as he is a wanted man (but we don’t think his poster is on the post office wall … yet). Most people are told to refrain from bringing their personal lives into work, but with Marcus we make an exception, since his other life is music. Unsurprisingly, he’s an on-stage regular, performing as a vocalist with various local bands. He keeps the tunes spinning in the Barbershop, and he’ll regale you with diverse bits of musical trivia and which traveling acts are a must-see. Take a seat in his chair and you’ll never be the same.
Dana “Sweet Dee”
To Dee, life is an adventure. Whether that means trotting the globe and immersing herself in a new culture, acquiring her scuba diving certification, or dropping her accounting major to attend beauty school, it’s all about pursuit of passion and experience. Far from being an aimless wanderer, though, Dana is down-to-earth and sensible, albeit with a hearty helping of mischief and humor. Combine all that and you have alchemy; Dee is as adept at precise textbook cuts as she is at coloring outside the lines. Speaking of color, she loves creating rich shades for her clients, her talents especially shining through in reds. And let’s not forget her magic hands, doling out exceptional washes and blowouts to all her guests. Expect easygoing conversation, a sizable dose of dry humor, and total relaxation from this sweetie.
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.
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.