Meet Our Team


Joanna Barrera

Joanna’s love for all things hair began through observing her mother’s workings. As a little girl, she’d spend countless hours watching her Mom work on a variety of canvases. Throughout her adolescence, Joanna had already identified her niche that hair is her passion. She made the intentional decision to attend Pivot Point, where she earned her cosmetology licensure in the Evanston neighborhood in spring 2004. Joanna was dedicated to refining her craft and was daring enough to pursue an opportunity at Vidal Sassoon’s stylist two year apprenticeship program. Joanna was afforded a coveted spot in the program fall 2004 where she was trained under notable educators within the industry. Upon successful completion, Joanna was named a stylist at the Sassoon Chicago for a three year stint. In 2007, Joanna entered an intensive color bartering program designed to maximize and sharpen a colorists’ skill set. Immediately following, Joanna journeyed to the Sassoon Northbrook location.


Lisaundra Garcia

Lisaundra has been in the beauty industry for 8 years. She is a Pivot Point Alum and began her apprenticeship in Chicago's Gold Coast at Charles Ifergan Coiffures. In 2012, she moved her passion for hair to New York City. Lisaundra became a freelance artist, as well as working throughout Manhattan at various locations specializing in blowouts and styling. In late 2016, Lisaundra moved back to her hometown of Chicago to begin a career downtown at Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa in early 2017. More than a year later, she decided to change her pace and join the Mane Refinery team in her childhood neighborhood of Logan Square.


Lauren Ryan

Lauren has been a hairstylist and makeup artist since 2011. She graduated from Tricoci University of Beauty and jumped right into the beauty world head first. Starting her career off by being an artist for photoshoots with Rolling Stones Magazine photographers and high fashion runway shows, she made her way to the north shore. After studying color at Vidal Sassoon, Lauren found a love for color, and showing that in her vivid hair colors and makeup, but not limited to that. Lauren is experienced in vivids, color, extensions, bridal, airbrush makeup and cuts.


Blanca Clavijo

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