Stylists

Dave Ragona

Dave Ragona

Owner and Operator

Since 2002, Dave has been the brains and muscle behind the direction of Hairborn Salon. As a master stylist, his unmatched talents allow him to create the perfect for each individual, expertly catering to the smallest detail. Specializing in barbering, Dave is known for crushing all men’s styling. From pompadours to full color prints and graphics, there is little that he won’t knock out of the park. And by combining barbering techniques with salon styling, Dave is able to create the editorial look the modern man desires. Also, in addition to publishing original art and graphic designs, Dave creates and executes concepts for large hair shows and events throughout Chicago.

Maria Ragona

Maria Ragona

Owner and Founder

With well over 40 years of experience in the Beauty Industry, Maria is the rock on which Hairborn Salon was built. She began her storied career in a small Chicago salon after immigrating to the U.S. at 14. In addition to founding Hairborn Salon in 1996, she also created LCA Wigs, a company that passionately finds and styles wigs in any budget. Her sweet demeanor and caring heart will ease anyone during their selection process. Maria continues to inspire our team by serving every person who walks through our door like family. Her greatest joy in the Beauty 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 always strives to bring out the beauty she sees through her craft.

Christina Lafkas

Christina Lafkas

Owner and Bridal Coordinator

Bolstered by over 10 years of cosmetology experience, Christina has developed a keen eye for finding the perfect cut and color for each one of her clients. She is most passionate about avant-garde up styles and editorial hair and makeup. Using that passion and eye for perfection, Christina honed her talents in a plethora of hair competitions, and now showcases those skills to create the most natural color or tackling the most complex color corrections. Christina also heads Hairborn Salon’s Bridal Department. She ensures every bride is comfortable and confident on their unforgettable day. Christina’s unrivaled skill and passion will certainly bring out her clients’ most becoming style.

Alex McLearen

Alex McLearen

Manager and Master Stylist

Always striving to learn and grow, Alex prides herself in constantly expanding her knowledge. Her chief goal is to tailor the best look for each of her clients; to make them feel beautiful while still embracing their individuality. Following her passion for hand-painting blonde, she pursued an advanced education in Balayage. Alex has also spent much of her 11 year career as an educator in the Beauty Industry, and uses that experience everyday to help our team at Hairborn Salon grow alongside her. Working with each guest to find the best suited style for all of their needs, Alex is a strong believer that her clients should play an active role in understanding the process of her artistry. She aims to make each and every one of her clients feel at ease and confidently walk out of our door with the hair of their dreams.

Melissa Liacone

Melissa Liacone

Master Stylist

With over 15 years in the Beauty Industry, Melissa has truly become an expert in color. Though specializing in grey coverage, dimensional reds, and smoothing treatments, she is also well versed in all facets of cosmetology. Melissa also acts as a wealth of information for new stylists by educating all over Chicagoland. With such versatility at her disposal, Melissa will master any challenge that comes her way.

Melanie Sklodowski

Melanie Sklodowski

Senior Stylist and Head Makeup Artist

Always finding something to smile about, Melanie has been bringing her unbreakable positivity to her work for the better part of a decade. In addition to being a Senior Stylist, she also heads our Makeup Department. Melanie has spent most of her life pursuing her passion for the arts and uses her innate creativity to connect with all of clients. This experience and drive has allowed her to showcase her makeup talents in several films, editorial prints, runway events. You can even find her work at haunted houses all over Chicagoland. Also certified in Novalash eyelash extensions, Melanie is our resident Brow Guru. She can expertly style and shape any brow that walks through our door.

Kristen Clackum

Kristen Clackum

Stylist

For the last few years, Kristen has brought a unique style, thirst for knowledge, and unrivaled work ethic to the Hairborn team. Specializing in barbering, she is the go-to for expert men’s cuts. From the cleanest fade to the sharpest beard trim, Kristen has the skills to give any guy the look they need. She has also spent the better part of the last decade honing her cosmetology skills making her one of the more well-versed members of our team. Her drive, passion, and individualism make her a pivotal part of Hairborn’s success.

Liza Russo

Liza Russo

Stylist

Liza has been in the hair business her entire life. Her parents have owned and operated a salon for over 20 years, and much of her extended family are also stylists. Cosmetology is very much in Liza’s blood, so it’s no surprise that she started coloring her own hair at 14. In 2006, she graduated from Pivot Point Academy and followed that with two additional years of specialty training in hair color. Because of her extensive training, Liza has become a perfectionist with all things, both in and out of the salon. Though she specializes in hair color, color corrections, and braids, she absolutely loves finding the perfect balance between the wild and most natural looks. They say if you put your mind to it, great things will be achieved. And with Liza, she puts her whole mind, body, and soul into making her clients feel great when they walk out of our door. That’s why Liza likes to color!

"Tiny" Dave Reuland

"Tiny" Dave Reuland

Barber
Samantha Altman

Samantha Altman

Reception & Assistance
Nomi Enkhtuvshin

Nomi Enkhtuvshin

Reception

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