STATION BREAK: Joseph Cartegena's Genacelli Gem

By Lauren Salapatek | 01/03/2013 1:18:00 PM


click image to zoom From musician to award-winning stylist and platform artist, Joseph Cartegena’s transition was meant to be. "I had the calling to be a hairdresser," says Cartegena. "I created and cut the hair of all my band members. In that I found my calling."

Now, after 26 years in the beauty industry, Cartegena oversees everything on the salon floor as Director Stylist and President of Genacelli Salon and Day Spa. As the newly elected President of Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors, Cartegena takes a hands-on roll in Chicago's America's Beauty Show.


“Shu Uemura and Kerastase are our go-to products at Genacelli. I use Essence Absolue on all of my clients; it’s one of my favorite products. Plus it’s nourishing for hair and skin.”

“I use Spornette brushes with boar bristles to set the hair of my clients, and Denman ceramic round brushes for session work. These brushes preen and polish the cuticle. They make a huge difference with the final results.”

“I use Matsuzaki and KASHO shears. I rotate between them, some I use for general cutting, some for coarse hair and some for detailing. I like to shake them up to keep my work looking fresh.”

“We offer a multitude of amenities for clients while they get their hair cut or are waiting for it to process. Our Look Book and Trend Catalogues offer clients styling ideas.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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