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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Aliyah • Manager/Lash Artist

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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Melissa • Stylist/Educator

Melissa has been a color expert for over 15 years. Specializing in grey coverage, dimensional reds, and smoothing treatments, Melissa is well versed in all facets of cosmetology. Melissa is a source of knowledge for new stylists at Hairborn and an expert in precision cutting. She is most passionate about fantasy color and short women’s styles. She has attended advanced training in Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments. Melissa will master any challenge and leave you feeling confident. 

• Part of the Hairborn Family since 2014

• Revlon Professional Educator since 2019

• Advanced Educator Training in Toronto with Revlon Professional in 2019

• Keratin Complex Certified

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Liza • Stylist

Liza has been in the hair industry since she was a child - both of her parents are career hairdressers and much of her extended family also practices cosmetology. Hairdressing is very much in Liza’s blood, so it’s no surprise she started coloring her own hair at 14. In 2006, she graduated Pivot Point Academy and followed that with two additional years of specialty training in hair color. Liza’s funky personality and solid skill set will leave you rocking the best look for you.

• Part of the Hairborn Family since 2018

• Keratin Complex Certified

• Advanced Color Education

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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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Sterling • Stylist

Sterling has been making hair dreams come true since 2015. Her passion for creativity and making people feel good about themselves escalated her to a high level stylist in a short amount of time. Driven to learn and build a family of clients, Sterling strives to cover all the color bases - from rainbow to platinum hues.

• New to the Chicago area

• Joined the Hairborn team in 2022

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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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Savannah • Reception

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• Joined the Hairborn team in 2022

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Sandy • Lash Artist

A lash maker and esthetician for the last 7 years. Sandy focuses on the integrity of the lashes. She is best known for natural enhancement or glam special occasion looks. Sandy will preserve the integrity of your lashes and find the best style for your eye shape. From lashes to brows, Sandy will leave you looking beautiful.

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Sophie • Stylist

Sophie obtained her license in August 2021. Having spent two years in Delaware, Sophie worked at a full service salon for over a year before returning to her home state of Illinois. Sophie’s heart is in coloring services & she is eager to establish and grow her clientele while working towards additional certifications to further advance her career.

• Joined Hairborn Salon & Barber Shop in 2024

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