Having trained alongside many world-renowned industry icons, Dana began her career early as an integral part of the creative team for Mario Tricoci Salons, where she worked for six years. Upon her departure from Mario Tricoci, Dana served as Creative Director at the trendy, boutique salon called XEX. Today, Dana holds ownership of multiple successful salons across the Chicago land area, and has found her calling in educating and impassioning other artists.
Dana’s lasting passion for her work in the wedding and bridal industry led her and business partner Brittani Sylvester to co-found Pin Me Up Chicago, a full-service beauty agency specializing in bridal and special occasion services. In pursuit of her aspiration to educate, Dana founded MANE MOB—a Midwest platform for hair educators and stylists—in February of 2015. Through MANE MOB, Dana is able to share her 11+ years of artistic industry expertise with other aspiring artists. Dana’s wide-ranging experience across all areas of the beauty industry has led her to become the national Artistic Director for Shuga, New York-based, high performance hair care line. September 2015 the doors opened for Mane Space Salon. Clients are welcomed to an eclectic, niche focused team of styling professionals and educators. The studio is a home for industry professionals to be a part of building a legacy of beauty, education and creative genius. Guest technicians and traveling stylists also blend into the decorum of the Mane Space Experience. November 2014 Dana was also an integral part of flipping a 43 year old barber shop in the Yorktown Shopping Center into a Modern Day Blow-dry and makeup lounge with partner Karrianne Gannon, called Betty’s Blow-dry and Beauty Bar. Dana’s entrepreneurship and passion for the beauty business will continue to inspire stylists to be the change they want to see in the Industry.
Dana’s exceptional range of talents includes special occasion hair, men’s and women’s haircutting, extensions, color and keratin services, wig styling, and custom hair pieces. She is also a skilled expert in textured, curly, and ethnic hair.
Dana’s exceptional range of talents includes men’s and women’s haircutting, special occasion hair, extensions, color and keratin services, wig styling, and custom hair pieces. She is also a skilled expert in textured, curly, and ethnic hair. She works behind the chair at Mane Space Salon.
From working behind the chair as well as running several businesses, Dana is available to work with businesses and schools to educate students and professionals on tricks of the trade. She specializes in updo and special occasion styling classes. She is also the national artistic director for Shuga hair care.
Dana is knowledgeable on style trends, techniques, procedures and business practices. She is available to consult with businesses, brands, schools and individuals on current methods and practices as well as taking an overall look at how a business is run.
Dana is available as speaker at events, schools and businesses on topics such as: being a business owner, understanding client needs, motivation and modern business practices.