Telona Wilson – Hair It Goes Contributor


As a member of Motion Pictures Studio Mechanics Local Union and certified cosmetology instructor, Telona Wilson, has specialized in hair artistry for the past 25 years and embarked entrepreneurial aspect of owning and operating her own salon for eight years which defines her craft as a genuine love for the “Art of Hair.”

Currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, Telona has shared her precious gift among many celebrities as well as acquiring a national roster of most notables. The likes of Megan Good, Sanaa Lathan, Grace Gealey, Britney Murphy, Viola Davis, Keke Palmer and Merri Dee to name a few who has been graced with Telona’s magic touch of professionalism and creativeness.

Over the years, Telona has become the most sought after hairstylist for television, film stars, and more, when asked how she does it, she emphatically replied:

I take time out to create an experience from behind the chair so that the passion and hard work that goes into my craft is visually noticed and appreciated by everyone in front of the chair…. It is my job and responsibility to create this experience not just for the movie celebs, but also for the homemakers or secretaries who may rush in during a lunch hour or before they go to work.   This experience is for and belongs to everyone who sits in my chair. To me, this is the epitome of what the craft is all about and is the only formula for longevity and success in this business.”

Some of Telona’s major credits include Empire, Transformers 4, Shameless, Boss, Divergent and Batman.  She has also had the opportunity to be the lead hair stylist for two national television campaigns for Chrysler and Macy’s. Yet, her work can also be seen on the annual redesigned catalog and packaging for Revlon Hair Accessories and Grooming Products. In addition, she has been featured in a variety of magazines and editorial pages.

Hair is Telona’s passion. She never duplicates a style or cut just because it may be the hottest trend, but since she has worked with various cultures and their unique techniques she offers an array of styles. Specializing in precision razor cutting, color, and weaving, Telona has rapidly created a large clientele.

Presently, Telona Wilson works at Kimberly Coleman Salon located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. She embraces her day­-to-day hair care maintenance, custom coloring and progressive haircuts and exclusive weaving to her weekly clients.

Words of wisdom that Telona would like to impart as her legacy:  

“Take no Client for granted and never pursue this career for the money side of the business. Do it because you love it and have something personal to give to each client, to each movie set, to each photoshoot. Be professional at all times and never stop learning new techniques, new ways to be innovative. Remain humble and remember that many clients may grow your business, but you are the only one with the ability to tear it down.”


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