Meet Mr. Chu

Before he became known as "Mr. Chu", he worked as a barber in South Korea. With help from his sister Sukie and her husband Guy, Mr. Chu's family was able to move to the United States in 1973. He began work at the Home Plastic Factory where he was employed for a short six months. Following this, he and his brother attempted to start a lawn care business which ended quickly with two broken lawn mowers in a single season. In the mean time, Chu had a small side job where friends and neighbors raved about the hair cuts he would give them. Noticing his ability, Sukie helped to start the education portion of his beautician career at Americana Beauty Academy in 1974 where his talent and skill soon achieved the attention of Mr. François, the late academy owner.

Beginning in 1975, Chu worked for Mr. François at François Beauty Salon, and from here the Mr. Chu we know today was born. In four years he was being mentored at an upscale beauty salon located in Michigan followed by additional training at the world-reknown Vidal Sassoon Academy, and following these endeavors he was seen as the regular beauty artist on Channel 8′s “The New You”. After his first employer Mr. François passed away, Mr. Chu was recruited by Younkers in 1980 to work at their GlamByTrend salon where he was employed for ten months.

In 1981, after the completion of GlamByTrend Training Seminar Series, Mr. Chu decided to open his first salon, Chu Hairstyling, on SW 9th Street in Des Moines. He soon moved to Southridge Mall and after much success opened a second salon in Valley West Mall which later fell under different ownership. On January 23rd, 2003, Chu Hairstyling relocated to it’s current location on Southlawn Drive where he opened his services to not just hair, but massages, facials, and nails as well.

Currently Chu Hairstyling consists of an elite team with five hairstylists, a massage therapist, and three receptionists. Hair is his passion and this is shown throughout his hard work, honesty, and humbleness. Mr. Chu has dedicated his life behind his chair, and will continue to do so for years to come.