Owner, Master Stylist
Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty related since she was a little girl, so when she opened up Daybreak Salon, it was a childhood dream come true. Moving to the US in 1983 after graduating from business school—with no money and a loose grasp of the language, she’s lived the American dream of working hard and achieving her goals. She worked her way through beauty school and secured a position in a prestigious Aveda Salon, spending 15 years learning the Aveda way before opening her own salon in Lake Zurich.
Her favorite thing about her work is the creativity. She loves being able to listen to someone and figure out exactly what they want, and what’s best for them, and to watch them transform.
Jessie lives to do things to help people feel better, from giving someone a little extra attention to donating extensions to a student with leukemia so she could feel beautiful at her prom. Her mantra is if you can lie down at night, knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little bit better, then you know you had a good day.
With 10+ years experience in the salon and spa industry, Lake Zurich hometown girl Meghan got into the beauty industry because she wanted a fun, creative job where every day is different. She found that and more at Daybreak, where she works with friends in a great environment. In addition to developing personal relationships with her guests, her special skills include crafting the perfect bob. Be it textured or blunt, with coloring and/or layering, Meghan is your go-to. An all-around fun, friendly person, Meghan believes that good vibes create great karma, and she brings those good vibes to the salon on a daily basis.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Ariana is that she’s a bundle of positive energy. She loves being on her feet and being active, whether it’s talking with guests and coming up with a game plan for their look, helping her team members, or volunteering her time for charitable causes. She truly enjoys what she does and wants every guest to feel that. With a strong educational background and 10+ years of Aveda experience, Ariana specializes in hair design and color, and loves creating new and fun looks that leave anyone in her chair looking and feeling their best. And although she enjoys each day, she also dreams of working on celebrities, and the way she’s going to get there is living by her mantra, “Plan for the future and live for tomorrow.”
Anna has been a creative person from an early age, becoming more interested in hair and makeup as she grew into an adult. She decided the perfect job was as a hair stylist, because ultimately she likes to help others feel good about themselves. Her favorite part of the job is the smile that comes with the big reveal, when the chair spins around and they first see their new look. She loves working with balayage and ombre hair color techniques, but she’s no one-trick pony; Anna also specializes in makeup, so she’s kind of like your one-stop makeover shop. Always keeping up with the latest trends, Anna says that a good hairstylist has to be a good listener, to figure out exactly what the client wants and make it happen. And her personal motto applies to life just as it applies to hair and makeup: “If you can dream it, do it!”
Nikki came into the beauty business while working as a receptionist at a salon. She’d watch all the stylists and dream of being able to have that kind of creative, cool career. Now, with 10+ years of experience, she couldn’t imagine it any other way.
She loves working with thick or curly hair, doing updos, and creating custom colors for her clients. The creativity is incredibly rewarding, and she says there’s nothing like when a guest looks at her and truly thanks her for making her feel beautiful. Nikki believes in giving back to the community and donates her time and effort to support clean beach and water initiative with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. A true advocate of lifelong learning and self-determination, her theory on life can be summed up in one saying: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
One of our outstanding estheticians since 2013, Tatyana got into the business because she loves working with skin and because she loves working with people. Not only does she do cosmetology, she’s also a licensed medical esthetician, with a specialization in waxing and facials. She loves working at Daybreak, and as a resident of Vernon Hills, she loves being part of the community.
From the front desk to the treatment room, Sylvia brings with her a passion for skin, for beauty and for making people feel their best. She hails originally from Poland, but now she calls Lake in the Hills her home. Inspired by her own challenges with her skin while growing up, she chose to go to school for esthetics and makeup so she would be able to help people feel better about themselves. She is a graduate of the prestigious G Skin & Beauty Institute, where she won awards for her makeup abilities. Her favorite thing about her job is seeing how a guest gains confidence in themselves as a result of the difference they see in their skin.
Mo’s adaptability to her clients’ unique needs is what truly makes her a Master Stylist. She has been with Daybreak since July 2013, has 13 years of experience at other salons in the area, is a graduate of Pivot Point Academy and has extensive advanced Aveda education experience.
Being a stylist, to her, is about keeping up on the latest trends, and she loves to guide a client’s look to accomplish their style and image goals—in the way best for their lifestyle. Specializing in design and color, she can achieve everything from a complete image overhaul to elegant updates for her clients—and everything in between.
While she has experienced the backstage excitement and rush hairshow artistry, “performance hair” is not what excites her most. It’s being behind the chair, making a different for her clients in how they look and feel that drives her. Real life hair is the kind she loves most of all.