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DIANA MONTELEONE

CO-OWNER & LEAD STYLIST

WITH 12 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY AND A ROSTER OF CLIENTS INCLUDING THE LIKES OF MILEY CYRUS, KRISTEN BELL, AND KATE NASH,  DIANA HAS AN EXEMPLARY MIX OF TECHNICAL SKILLS, PASSION FOR THE INDUSTRY, AND GENUINE INTEREST IN HER CLIENTS. THROUGH THE YEARS DIANA HAS BOTH ATTENDED AND TAUGHT MANY EXTENDED EDUCATION COURSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WHILE KEEPING CONTINUOUS EDUCATION AT THE FOREFRONT HAS SUPPLIED HER WITH AN ECLECTIC SKILL SET IN ALL AREAS OF HAIR, DIANA IS KNOWN FOR HER WORK USING THE SCIENCE OF COLOR. BEING WELL VERSED IN THE COLOR WHEEL WHILE PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF HAIR IS A BALANCE SHE ENJOYS SHARING WITH CLIENTS TO GIVE THEM THE BEST AND HEALTHIEST RESULTS. THE BUSINESS OF HAIR ASIDE, DIANA DESCRIBES HER DAYS WITH CLIENTS AS "A SERIES OF COFFEE DATES WITH MY BEST FRIENDS." ANOTHER PASSION OF DIANA'S IS TAKING HER SKILL SET OUTSIDE OF THE SALON AND WORKING EVENTS. WHETHER SHE'S STYLING HAIR FOR NEW YORK'S FASHION WEEK  OR SUPPORTING A BRIDE ON HER SPECIAL DAY, DIANA KNOWS THE SMART AND TIME-SAVING STYLING TRICKS THAT MAKE FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT. SHE THOROUGHLY ENJOYS THE HAPPY CHAOS THAT COMES WITH DAY-OF EVENT CULTURE AND FEEDS BOTH OFF OF AND INTO THE ENERGETIC BUZZ AROUND HER. WHEN SHE'S NOT IN THE SALON, YOU CAN FIND DIANA VOLUNTEERING AT HER CHURCH OR HEPHZIBAH HOME, WHERE SHE'S CO-PRESIDENT ON THE CHICAGO BOARD. SHE FINDS BEAUTY IN UNLEASHED CREATIVITY AND ALWAYS STRIVES TO SUPPORT THOSE AROUND HER PURSUING THEIR DREAMS. SOMETHING ABOUT DIANA THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT? HER DIE HARD LOVE FOR ALL THINGS DETROIT, HER HOMETOWN. READ ABOUT DIANA'S JOURNEY IN OPENING UP MERAKI ROOM HERE.


TAYA DAMMAN

CO-OWNER & LEAD STYLIST

ASIDE FROM HER SEVEN YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, TAYA HAS BEEN A PART OF THE HAIR INDUSTRY FROM HER EARLY YEARS, AS HER MOTHER OWNS A SALON IN OHIO WHERE TAYA'S INTEREST IN HAIR WAS INITIALLY SPARKED. SHE WAS THE KID IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHO WOULD BRAID EVERYONE'S HAIR BEFORE SPORTING EVENTS AND BECAME HER CREW'S GO-TO COLORIST IN HIGH SHCOOL. AFTER ATTENDING BEAUTY SCHOOL AT PAUL MITCHELL THE SCHOOL CINCINNATI, SHE MOVED TO CHICAGO AND GOT AN ASSISTING JOB AT A WICKER PARK SALON WHERE SHE WAS QUICKLY PROMOTED TO STYLIST AND THEN DIRECTOR. HER FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE INDUSTRY IS BEING CREATIVE WHILE CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE. TAYA ENJOYS THE COLLABORATION OF JOINING A CLIENT'S VISION WITH HER EXPERTISE AND LOVES SEEING THE CONFIDENCE AND HAPPINESS APPEAR ON THEIR FACES  AS SHE REVEALS THEIR FINAL LOOK. AROUND THE SALON SHE'S KNOWN FOR HER AFFINITY FOR "BLONDING" PROCLAIMING THAT "HEALTHY BLONDE HAIR MAKES MY HEART SING!" ASIDE FROM WORKING WITH CLIENTS IN THE SALON TAYA APPRECIATES THE INDUSTRY FOR ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES IT HAS PRESENTED HER. TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ATTEND AND TEACH CLASSES AND WORK COUNTLESS EVENTS KEEPS TAYA'S SKILL SET AND OUTLOOK BROAD-RANGED AND VERSATILE. TAYA IS THE ULTIMATE OUTDOORSY GIRL - TAKING ON ROCK CLIMBING, HIKING AND BIKING AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY SHE GETS. A TRUE CREATIVE, SHE FINDS RELAXATION AND JOY IN MAKING THINGS WITH HER HANDS. HER MOST RECENT CRAFTY CHALLENGE? LEARNING TO MACRAME. SHE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO CREATING SEASONAL DISPLAYS FOR THE SALON. READ ABOUT TAYA'S JOURNEY IN OPENING UP MERAKI ROOM HERE


DANI MCLAREN

CO-OWNER & LEAD STYLIST

REALIZING HER PASSION FOR HAIR EARLY ON IN LIFE DURING MIDDLE SCHOOL, DANI STARTED HER EDUCATION WITHIN THE INDUSTRY DURING HER SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. HAVING A CATHOLIC SCHOOL UPBRINGING WHERE SHE GREW UP SPORTING A UNIFORM DAILY, ONLY ENCOURAGED DANI MORE TO EXPRESS HER INDIVIDUALITY THROUGH HAIR. SHE WAS ALWAYS THE ONE AMONG HER PEERS WITH AN EDGY HAIR STYLE THAT INSPIRED THE OTHERS TO ALSO STRIVE TO UNLEASH THEIR UNIQUENESS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM TRANSITIONS SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY IN FLINT, MI, SHE KNEW SHE WANTED TO GROW HER CAREER IN A BIG CITY AND MOVED TO CHICAGO. SHE BECAME AN ASSISTANT AND ULTIMATELY STYLIST AT THE SAME WICKER PARK SALON WHERE SHE MET DIANA AND TAYA. THE FUTURE BUSINESS PARTNERS BONDED IMMEDIATELY, HAVING SIMILAR WORK ETHIC AND PASSION FOR THE INDUSTRY AND WELL...FUN! CHICAGO EXPOSED DANI TO MANY EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES, TRAVELLING TO SHOWS, EVENTS, AND TRAININGS ACROSS THE WORLD. HER LOVE FOR HELPING CLIENTS EXPOSE THEIR INDIVIDUALITY SHINES THROUGH DAILY AND BEING A FEMALE WITH A SHORT HAIRCUT DRAWS CLIENTS WHO ARE DARING AND BOLD. SHE ENJOYS NOTICING THE INTERESTING QUIRKS THAT MAKE HER CLIENTS STAND OUT AND ALWAYS GIVES THEM A SPACE TO TRULY BE THEMSELVES, HAPPY, AND COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN. DANI IS NOT AFRAID TO GIVE YOU HER PROFESSIONAL OPINION AND WILL FIND A SOLUTION FOR YOU THAT GIVES YOU THE LOOK YOU WANT WHILE BEING GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR AND ONE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO MAINTAIN. HER PERSONAL OBSESSION IN LIFE? GOOD OLE ABE LINCOLN! SHE COLLECTS ALL THINGS ABE, THE MOST NOTEWORTHY ITEM IN HER COLLECTION BEING THE TATTOO ON HER ARM IN HIS LIKENESS. READ ABOUT DANI'S JOURNEY IN OPENING UP MERAKI ROOM HERE


SHAUNA GULLEY

STYLIST

SHAUNA IS A PAUL MITCHELL GREEN BAY GRADUATE, AN EDUCATION SHE PURSUED RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. IN SCHOOL SHE WAS ALWAYS THE GIRL APPROACHED BY FRIENDS FOR ADVENTURES IN ALL THINGS HAIR AND MAKE UP. GROWING UP ON A SMALL HORSE RANCH IN WISCONSIN AND HAVING POCAHONTAS AS A PERSONAL MUSE, IT'S NO WONDER THAT SHAUNA'S SPECIALTY IS DIFFERENT BRAID STYLES AND WORKING WITH LONG HAIR. SHE ALSO ENJOYS MEDDLING IN BALAYAGE TECHNIQUE AND PUTTING TOGETHER NATURAL STYLES. SHAUNA IS KNOWN AROUND THE SALON FOR HER METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND BEING THE GOOD VIBES GIRL WHO IS ALWAYS SMILING. SHE REALLY ENJOYS MEETING PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND HAS A NEWFOUND LOVE FOR BIG CITY DISCOVERIES SINCE MOVING TO CHICAGO. WHEN SHE'S NOT AT MERAKI ROOM, SHAUNA IS BUSY PLANNING HER OWN UPCOMING WEDDING AND HANGING OUT WITH HER PUP DWALIN.


CARLY WONDER

STYLIST

I DECIDED TO GO INTO THE INDUSTRY AFTER FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ARTS. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE AND LEARNING AND GROWING FROM WHOEVER I CAME INTO CONTACT WITH. WHEN I DISCOVERED I COULD MOLD MY PASSION FOR PEOPLE AND CHALLENGE MY CREATIVITY WITH USING HAIR AS MY CANVAS, I KNEW I HAD FOUND MY FUTURE. I REALLY LOVE HELPING CLIENTS FIND SOLUTIONS WITH THEIR HAIR, WHETHER IT’S HELPING AND EDUCATING THEM ON HOW TO STYLE THEIR HAIR AFTER A FRESH NEW CUT OR MAKING SUGGESTIONS ON A COLOR THAT WOULD SUIT THEM AND ENHANCE THEIR NATURAL BEAUTY. WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH CLIENTS IS GETTING TO KNOW PEOPLE I WOULD NEVER HAVE THE CHANCE TO MEET OUTSIDE THE SALON. MY SPECIALTY IS BRIGHTENING UP SOMEONE’S LOOK AND ADDING SOUGHT AFTER DIMENSION. CREATING MOVEMENT IN HAIR THROUGH COLOR IS MY FAVORITE! I GREW UP DANCING AND COMPETING IN HIGH SCHOOL. THAT BROUGHT ME OPPORTUNITIES TO DANCE IN NYC IN THE MACY’S DAY PARADE AS WELL AS DANCING IN DISNEY. I WENT TO THE AVEDA INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELNESS IN MILWAUKEE, WI. I’VE ACQUIRED HUNDREDS OF HOURS IN CONTINUED EDUCATION AND HAVE TAKEN CLASSES FROM COUNTLESS GLOBAL ARTISTS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY.


 
 

KEIKO CARRERA

STYLIST

I WASN’T THE GIRL WHO KNEW AT A VERY YOUNG AGE THAT I WANTED TO BE IN THE INDUSTRY. I REMEMBER KNOWING I WANTED TO BE IN A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT WHILE GETTING TO BE AROUND PEOPLE AND FOR THE FIRST COUPLE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL, WHILE EVERYONE WAS DECIDING WHAT COLLEGES THEY WOULD ATTEND I HAD ZERO CLUE WHAT I WAS DOING. I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL A SEMESTER EARLY AND DECIDED TO GO TO COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL WHERE I FELL DEEPER IN LOVE WITH THE INDUSTRY. I PRIDE MYSELF ON BRINGING CALMNESS TO SITUATIONS THAT CAN BE CHAOTIC OR STRESSFUL FOR OTHERS. OTHERS DESCRIBE ME AS HAPPY AND FUN LOVING. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY JOB IS THE MULTITUDE OF STORIES I HEAR FROM OTHERS, DELVING DEEPLY INTO THEIR DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE AND CREATING GENUINE CONNECTIONS. IT’S ALSO AN HONOR TO BE PART OF THE JOURNEY IN MAKING THEIR INNER BEAUTY SHINE. I LOVE “BLONDING”, COLORING AND CREATING DIMENSIONAL BRUNETTES, AND CUTTING. SOMETHING MOST DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS THAT I HAVE A BLACK BELT IN KARATE AFTER TRAINING 10+ YEARS. MY EDUCATION STARTED AT A MARIO TRICOCI SALON IN THE SUBURBS.

 

 

MEGHAN JONES

STYLIST + MAKE UP ARTIST

MY LOVE FOR THE INDUSTRY STARTED AS A TODDLER - FROM “DOING” MY HAIR AND MAKEUP WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER IN THE MORNING TO RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE PROCLAIMING I WANTED TO BE A “HAIRCUT” GUY. I KNEW I WANTED TO PURSUE THIS AS A CAREER ONCE I STARTED DOING HAIR, MAKEUP, AND FX MAKEUP IN FILM AND TELEVISION DURING HIGH SCHOOL. I LOVE BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS WITH MY CLIENTS. IT’S AN HONOR TO NOT ONLY HELP THEM FEEL BEAUTIFUL, BUT ALSO LEARN ABOUT WHO THEY ARE. COLLABORATING WITH CLIENTS TO MAINTAIN AND REACH THEIR HAIR GOALS TO FIT THEIR LIFESTYLE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A STYLIST. I’M ALL ABOUT SHINY, HEALTHY BLONDES; GLOW-Y, NATURAL MAKEUP - AS WELL AS SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP. SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS THAT WHILE GROWING UP IN A SMALL FARM TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA, I HELPED REHABILITATE BABY WILD ANIMALS, LIKE DEER, SQUIRRELS, AND RACOONS. I WENT STRAIGHT TO COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK ON INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED AND EMMY AWARD WINNING PROJECTS. THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE HELPED ME HONE MY SKILLS IN TRANSLATING LOOKS YOU SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN INTO WEARABLE EVERYDAY HAIR/MAKEUP LOOKS IN A SALON ENVIRONMENT.


KARA GAZZO

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CLAIRE GLOVER

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