New barber lounge a cut above the rest

When LaToya Medina opened up a barber lounge in Joliet last year, she knew she wanted to aim a cut above the rest.

“We’re catering to what men like,” she said, noting that hair salons often do this for women.

“They can watch the game, play pool, and chit chat. That’s why we made it a lounge.”

All About U Barber Lounge, located at 1107 W. Jefferson St., is owned by Medina and opened for business in 2017.

Medina, a graduate of Royal Image Barber College and a Joliet resident, has worked in the barbershop industry for more than 20 years. She said her life’s passion is her work.

“It means more when you’re passionate about something,” Medina said. “You give it your all.”

When she first realized that she wanted to become a barber, her first client was her nephew.

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Megann Horstead

When LaToya Medina opened up a barber lounge in Joliet last year, she knew she wanted to aim a cut above the rest.

“I had to take care of my nephew when he was in high school,” she said.

When he needed a haircut, she decided to buy a pair of clippers and do it herself. From there she started to pick up business from other neighborhood children.

“I cut children’s hair in the neighborhood, and I decided to go to barber school [in 2009,]” she said.

Since opening up her barber lounge, the community’s response has been great.

“My motto is giving back,” she said, noting that she has hosted back-to-school events and customer appreciation days.

Her commitment to her craft and her vision the business makes the lounge stand out in a crowded field of barber shops and salons.

“I want men to feel comfortable, hangout, and have fellowship with good wholesome people,” she said. “It’s free of drama. We conduct business as professionals because that’s how we are.”

All About U Barber Lounge currently operates with three barbers with hopes to expand and add more staff in the future.

For information about pricing and hours of service, visit

bizaaubl.wixsite.com/allaboutubarber or call 815-931-6949.