Coming from a life long passion for hair and a theater/ arts degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, Alex's career began to soar In January of 2007 where she began her career in hair at The Academy of Hair Design, a Vidal Sassoon connection school. And so began her destiny! She received all the training of a Vidal Sassoon school and was hired at a top salon in Oklahoma City before she even graduated. During this time, she took specialty classes from industry leaders such as Sally Rogerson of S.R. Education and Tina Haukjaer Anderson of Sassoon (currently of Tim Hartley).
After seven successful years in Oklahoma, she took her career to Chicago where she cut, colored, styled, and became an educator over the course of three years.
Now taking a leadership position at MANE Salon, her passion is still grounded in advanced education. As trends and styles come and go, great stylists must arm themselves with the best and most advanced techniques to create works that stand out among the rest.
Her training includes classes by Ashley Norman, Sally Rogerson, Tina Haukjaer, Steven Moody, Robert Brown, Vidal Sassoon, Wella, Goldwell, L'Oréal, Tony&Guy, Bumble & Bumble, Kevin Murphy, Redkin and more.
Strong shapes, clean lines, precision placement, and advanced formulas/ styles that reflect each individual are where Alex excels. Clients must only bring the canvas and she brings out all the possibilities and beauty within them.
Galina has a passion for combining her craft and attention to detail with bringing out her client's true and natural beauty.
Her signature looks through cut, color and style have seamless transitions, soft edges, incredible longevity and a decidedly effortless aesthetic.
Galina has spent nearly 13 years sharpening her eye and honing her techniques to clientele under top colorists to become a master of all balayage, foil highlights styling and cutting. Galina is not only highly attuned to her clients needs, but exceptional at listening to what they want as the integrity of her client's hair is a point of personal pride for her.
10 years of advanced education with:
Sheri is a professional make up artist also dedicated to sculpting perfect eyebrows for both women and men throughout the last decade.
Using the momentum of her Los Angeles career, Sheri has established herself as the eyebrow expert of Chicago.
Celebrity client list:
Jesse Wyatt brings an architectural approach to hair with his background in design and over 10 years of industry experience. Specializing in advanced techniques and fashion/editorial cuts and styling, he stays up-to-date on all the latest trends to give his clients their best look. His cuts have been featured everywhere from Fashion Week SS15 (Paris), Billboard Top 20 music talent, Chicago publications, to CEOs and runway models. Jesse places a high value on a thorough understanding and respect for the craft and the client.
Jesse has worked and studied with some of the most respected professionals in the beauty industry, including Marianne Strokirk (Celebrity Stylist, Chicago), Antonio Corral Calero (Creative Director, Moroccan Oil), Amita Moticka (Owner, Academy Educator / Dipietro Todd Academy, San Francisco), Kerastase (Paris), Rene Furterer (Paris) and Redken (NYC).
He has created looks for Scoop NYC, American Apparel, Akira, Bonnie & Clyde’s, G-Star Denim, 103.5 KISS FM, FORD Modeling Agency, Factor Modeling Agency and BMG Modeling Agency. Additionally, he has worked with celebrities including Matt Schultz (Cage The Elephant), Juliette Buchs (Actress), Alejandro Cordoba (Chicago Fire), Jeffrey Sebelia (Cosa Nostra), Miguel Martin (Echodroides), Avi Sic (103.5 KISS FM) and photographers Nathan Kirkman, Anna Knott, Matt Reeves and Tyler Curtis.
Jesse joined the creative team at Mane Salon in 2014.
Rachel's passion for beauty is defined by her commitment to perfection and insistence on satisfaction. She excels at creating on-trend color, precision cuts, beautiful updos and seamless extensions. With nearly 10 years in the industry Rachel maintains her enthusiasm for an ever growing and all encompassing knowledge of the beauty industry.
Alana believes in Vidal Sassoon’s quote:
“Discipline is a Necessary Inconvenience”
Her discipline and passion have made her a professional hairdresser for 20yrs. Alana is the Director of Education for Avlon Industries. One of the largest professional ethnic haircare companies in the world. She has traveled and taught hairdressers from around the globe; The U.S, Caribbean, Brazil, and Europe. She is a strong pupil of and works closely with the owner of Avlon, Dr. Ali N. Syed. He is a master chemist with over 28 hair care patents. Alana is always on the cutting edge, keeping her pulse on what is happening in the world of hairdressing. Her biggest excitement is meeting, working with vibrant, positive hairdressers, who love to share their creative genius. She considers hair as fabric and with that; you can restructure hair through cutting, coloring and textural transformations with or without chemicals. Her knowledge of working with different hair textures is amazing. To be her guest is just not about getting your hair done, it’s an experience!
Mallory truly believes that hair is the perfect canvas to showcase your inner beauty. As an educator and platform artist for Avlon Industries she specializes in color while working with many different textures of hair. Becoming an educator has allowed her to have a deeper knowledge of the science of haircare and texture services. Whether in the classroom or salon, she utilizes her love for hairdressing to inspire others. Mallory also enjoys special occasion styling with an emphasis on bridal up styling and makeup. When she's not in the salon, you can find Mallory enjoying Chicago's live music scene or baking delicious treats in her spare time.
Bringing out clients' inner beauty by channeling their outer beauty is what fuels Tracy’s devotion to the industry. Tracy believes when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you do good. Her background is a unique combination of classic Barber training, and fashion forward know-how. Tracy has 12 years of experience behind the chair and can't wait to share with Chicago all she has to offer in hairdressing. Her passion for hair lies in cuts, ranging from architectural short styles to precision midlength cuts and soft effortless beach layers. Tracy also has a strong love for color, with great skill in both natural color palettes and fantasy color.
Sandra built her career on a dedication to the craft and a genuine love for what she does. With over 7 years of experience, she has a modern perspective and an obsessive attention to detail. Sandra trained with top Aveda and Sassoon professionals while running education programs teaching young creatives the skills they need to succeed. Sandra excels at cutting lived-in, natural looks and sculpting creative up-do's and Braid Styles.
Dani's unparalleled ability to take her clients' words and bring them to life are her greatest gift. It begins with a strong willingness to listen and ask the right questions to gain a thorough understanding of not only their desired look, but also the personality of each individual. With 13 years of experience and a warm, caring demeanor, she naturally develops an emotional bond with her clients which make her more friend than stylist. Add her extreme passion for her craft and it's no wonder her clientele is so staunchly loyal.
Dani takes pride in remaining on the cutting edge of the latest styling and cutting trends in both men's and women's hair. She also specializes in the latest techniques for straightening, coloring, balayage, and foiling. If you want to get a little crazy, grab your passport because Dani is the perfect co-pilot to take you there safely and confidently. In addition, her experience as an award-winning wedding stylist showcases her unique skills for special occasions, putting clients at ease and making them look beautiful on the most important days of their lives.
Chantelle's passion for the beauty industry thrives within the instantaneous connection she is able to create with her clients. More than anything she feels a strong desire to help them discover their individual beauty. Her precision aligned with her ability to truly understand her client's visions has driven her to great milestones in her creative and professional career; not only in perfecting her craft, but also in working with various film celebrities and actors woven into her diversified portfolio.
Christine Rubino comes to MANE salon with 18 years of experience as a master stylist and colorist. Her education has a foundation in advanced color techniques with WELLA, advanced cut/ color training with one of the top international companies in our industry (Toni & Guy), editorial, and behind the scenes fashion runways in Scottsdale's fashion week. Christine brings a little bit of the 'west coast vibe' and fashion trends to Chicago along with an extreme precision and attention to detail done in an artistic way that embellishes her client’s natural beauty. There is nothing more gratifying than bringing out a woman's inner sexiness..
After a thorough consultation and being tuned into her client’s needs, Christine is able to then channel which styles and techniques best suite their personality and life style. Her passion alone is HAIR be it balayaging, highlighting, cutting thick, fine or curly. She loves visualizing placement, shape, and bringing it to life.
Steven combines traditional education (Paul Mitchell) with the courage and thirst for self-educating himself by staying on the cutting edge of trends, techniques and socially conscious aesthetics of today. With talents in color, unique hair types , and effortless style, he brings a niche perspective to a diverse world of clients.
Virginia combines her background in visual art with her expertise in hairstyling to create customized styles and colors, and is skilled at collaborating with her clients to carry out their aesthetic vision. Her passion for hairstyling began while pursuing her BFA degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she was the cut/color specialist for her friends. After graduation she attended the Steven Pappageorge Hair Academy in Chicago, where she embarked on her official stylist career that has been her passion for well over a decade. Virginia owned and operated Strange Beauty Show salon in Wicker Park from 2006-2014, and is enthusiastic about bringing her experience to the Mane team! She would love to make your cut and color visions - from the avant garde to the professional - come to life.
Training: Redken, Kevin Murphy, Bumble and Bumble, Wella, Specialty Color
Beauty comes from within.
Nico’s leadership philosophy derives from a rich spiritual belief in positive energy and the laws of attraction. Filling your heart with these beliefs affects your energy and the energy of the space you are within, spreading to fellow stylists and clients alike creating an environment that is not only uplifting in spirit, but creatively palpable, positive, and destined for greatness. Nico strongly believes in the place that you work being a place you look forward to being at and find hard to leave because you abslutely love being there. This philosophy makes it completely natural to touch people’s lives and not only make them beautiful on the outside but, more importantly, make them feel beautiful on the inside.
Having worked in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Chicago, Nico pulls together over a decade of experience working with clients from all walks of life and has seen many sides of the industry. This rich and diverse experience has given Nico great insight into conturing an experience at MANE for stylists and clients.
“I believe beauty isn’t just an aesthetic, is a way of life. It’s within you and when your wear your beauty on the inside, it shines through the outside and becomes contagious to those around you. I look forward to you experiencing everything we have put into MANE salon. Peace and love.”