Dave • Owner/Operator/Stylist

Dave is the brains behind the direction and muscle behind the design of Hairborn Salon. As a master stylist, published artist and designer, Dave’s talents lie in creating the perfect haircut for each individual, expertly catering to every detail. Specializing in barbering, Dave’s out of the box approach crushes men’s styling from pompadours to full color prints and graphics. By combining barbering techniques with salon styling, Dave executes the editorial look the modern man desires. Additionally, he has created and built concepts for large hair shows and events throughout Chicago, including the 2010 and 2011 Hairwars. Dave is also a co-founder of We the Free Sign Co.

• Part of Hairborn since 2000

• Resident Hairborn Photographer & Content Creator

Maria • Owner/Stylist

Maria has over 40 years experience in the Beauty industry. She began her career assisting in a small Chicago salon after immigrating to the United States from Italy at the age of 14. She is most passionate about LCA Wigs, her company within Hairborn to help clients find wigs for any budget. Her sweet demeanor and caring heart will make you feel at ease in the wig selection process. Maria inspires the Hairborn Team by serving each client as if they were family. She has said that her greatest joy in the hair industry “is having the opportunity to influence someone’s life positively.” Maria is a firm believer that a good haircut can be your best accessory and she wants to help you see the beauty that she sees in the world through her craft.

• Owner and Founder of Hairborn Salon since 1996

• Advanced wig and hairpiece specialist

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Christina • Owner/Operator/Stylist

Christina has been in the cosmetology industry for over 15 years. She has an eye for perfection and specializes in finding the perfect cut and color for her clients. Her passion lies in avant-garde up styles and editorial hair and makeup. Christina has participated in many hair competitions and enjoys everything from cultivating a natural look to performing intricate color corrections. Let Christina’s passion for this industry bring out your most becoming style. 

• Part of Hairborn since 2006

• Participated in Hairwars 2010 & 2011

• Certified in Hand Tied Extensions, Tape in Extensions, and Halo Couture Extensions

• Keratin Complex Certified

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Alex • Salon Director

Alex is always striving to learn, grow and expand her craft. Up to date in all the newest Instagram trends Alex prides herself in constantly expanding her knowledge. Alex’s goal is to tailor a look for each client to make them feel beautiful while embracing their individuality.  She has worked as an educator for 5 years of her 14 year career in the beauty industry. She is passionate about blondes, balayage, dimensional natural color, and hair extensions. Alex works with each guest to find the best suited style for all their needs and believes that each guest should be an active participant in understanding the process of her artistry. Alex will make you feel at ease and confident while creating the hair of your dreams!

• Part of the Hairborn Family since 2016

• Advanced Balayage Training

• Certified in Hand Tied Extensions, Tape in Extensions, and Halo Couture Extensions

• Keratin Complex Certified

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Cay • Stylist/Educator

You will not find another stylist more dedicated to the beauty industry than Cay. After starting his career in the late 70’s, Cay has explored every avenue from esthetics, barbering, education, and salon ownership. Cay takes a special place in Hairborn’s heart after mentoring Dave and Christina during their Cosmetology school years. After decades of experience he joined our team in 2020 pledging to cut hair until he can’t anymore. Cay’s good vibes and expert hand will leave you feeling confident and happy with your new look.

• Part of the Hairborn Family since 2020

• Licenced Cosmetology, Aesthetic, and Barber educator

• Platform Education & Artist for Bonika Shears

• Founded and produced Cosmetology, Aesthetic, and Barber programs University of Aesthetics Downers Grove, Wicker Park

• Director of Cosmetology at the Technology Center of Dupage

• Educator for College of Dupage

• 15 year veteran of the Board of Directors for the Association of Cosmetology Schools

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Theresa • Eyebrow Artist

Theresa is a master eyebrow artist who specializes in Microblading Eyebrows. Theresa is passionate about her art and views each eyebrow treatment as a live masterpiece. As a perfectionist by nature, she has a keen eye for design and passion for enhancing natural beauty using subtle definition, custom cosmetic artistry, permanent makeup techniques, and color theory.  Properly shaped eyebrows will frame your face, create a more youthful appearance, and take tons of time off of your daily makeup routine! Theresa has helped hundreds of clients achieve their desired results and truly understands the power of an eyebrow. She takes her utmost time with each client to ensure the outline of your new shape is symmetrical and tailored to your unique bone structure, prior to beginning your service. Whether you are looking to create more volume, add definition, change or improve your shape, Theresa will personalize your brows to fit your style! 

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Nina • Stylist

Introducing Nina, a distinguished figure in the hair care industry with over 20 years of experience. From managing prestigious salons to instructing as a certified Keratin Complex Instructor, Nina's dedication to excellence shines through in every aspect of her work. With a keen eye for color correction and a relentless pursuit of product knowledge, Nina ensures each client receives personalized attention and leaves feeling confident and beautiful. Her commitment to continuous education keeps her at the forefront of industry trends, offering clients the latest techniques and innovations. Step into Nina's chair and experience the transformative power of her expertise. Whether you're seeking a subtle change or a bold new look, Nina's passion and skill promise to exceed your expectations. Book your appointment today and discover why Nina is revered for her unwavering commitment to excellence in hair care.

• Hairborn team member since 2024

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Aliyah • Front Desk Manager

Aliyah will invite you to be part of our Hairborn family and make sure you're satisfied with your experience. Let Aliyah know how we can better assist you and she will exceed your expectations.

Aliyah has been a lash artist for over a year now. She's a specialist in dramatic everyday glam. Aliyah is always working on growing with new techniques and styles to ensure everyone leaves feeling even more amazing than when they walked in.

• Hairborn team member since 2021

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Savannah • Reception

With her outgoing charm and trendy flair, Savannah welcomes you with open arms, ensuring you feel right at home from the moment you step through our doors. As our youngest Team Member, she shines bright as a valuable part of our team. Whether she's assisting our stylists or scheduling appointments, her attention to detail ensures every client receives top-notch service. Join us and let Savannah and our team elevate your style and spirits.

• Joined the Hairborn team in 2022

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Crystal • Men's Hair Grooming

With 15 years of experience, enthusiasm, and leadership in the men’s grooming industry, Crystal joins us with the ability to provide our gentlemen with all of the services they need: cuts, color, beard details, and waxing!  Crystal has trained others in the field for ten years and works to grow her knowledge and expertise with continued studies to learn the newest and latest products, trends, and skills. She uses her passion and talents for fine arts and creative arts to fuel her hair artistry. Together, you and Crystal will not only create your individual style, but she will teach you how to maintain it so you can walk with a renewed confidence everyday.

• Joined the Hairborn team in 2024

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We're always looking for talented and self-driven stylists and barbers!