"Artistic expression is so important to my colleagues and me. Colour, style and the way these integrate with one another and with an individual is one of the reasons why I chose hair as my medium."
Andrea Sher's passion for making people feel and look beautiful comes from within. She has been working with hair since she was 16 and has developed her skill in some of the most accredited salons throughout New York City. After her professional training, Andrea worked at salons uptown and really discovered her skills at the famed Roger Thompson Salon @ Barney's, New York City.
Being mentored by an industry icon taught Andrea how to live her passion with each and every client. It also taught her that she knew exactly what she wanted in a salon.
In February of 2001, Andrea partnered to open Anagen Hair Studio in Chelsea because she wanted to be surrounded by a cooperative of talented people that all have the same goal: "...to be in an environment in which each person could express themselves and we could continually learn from one another".
A visit with Andrea is about more than hair. Although she is an expert at making people feel great, she is also a friend and trusted confident to many of her clients.
Christine Breton Hairstylist ~ Proprietor
As a young woman Christine Breton was not always satisfied with the way her hair was being cut and styled. It was 1986 and nobody in her suburban town had enough style and ingenuity to satisfy her edgy side. Taking matters into her own hands, she started cutting and coloring her hair herself. Her family and friends realized she had a knack to be a stylist, and so she began working on them too. She completed her education at Blaine Hair School in Boston and started working at David Gambale Salon in Brookline MA. She got the urge to head to New York City where she has worked at Seventh Heaven, Classic Cuts, and Salon 5. The entrepreneurial bug bit and Christine partnered to open Anagen Hair Studio with the goal of controlling her brand and the "vibe" in her shop. She also wanted to have more control over the staff and set service pricing as she sees fit. Clients enjoy how Christine takes the time to get to know them and their personal style and uses this knowledge to give them a look that perfectly suits who they are.In addition to working at the shop, Christine volunteers cutting hair at the NYU Hospital For Joint Diseases for the Initiative for Women with Disabilities. Most of the women are unable to style their hair because of lack of function and mobility, so she always makes sure to give them a great low maintenance style that they can do on their own. Christine also gets tremendous joy from helping people who have hair and styling issues due to radiation, chemotherapy, medication, and other medical conditions which cause thinning hair.
Kenneth Bradley Colourist
In the early 1990’s Kenneth attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was a major in Photography and Fashion Styling. It was during this time when he was working on fashion shoots with models, he discovered his passion for hair color. He was always fascinated by image, color, light reflection, and chemistry when doing photography, and later on discovered that being a hair colorist demanded a great understanding and instinct of these skills. Becoming a colorist was his dream job, since it offered both the creative and technical fulfillment Kenneth was looking for in a career.
He comes to Anagen after twelve years in the business. He was trained, by Colorist and salon owner Beth Minardi, at Minardi Salon on Manhattans upper eastside. Kenneth also has a resume of teaching hair color education programs to other industry professionals. And he has done numerous product consulting projects with major companies such as Redken, L’Oreal, and Wella.
Kenneth’s goal as a hair color specialist is always to produce a healthy, shiny, fashionable result, that fits every client’s desires, and personal style needs. The biggest reward to him is working with each client, to make them feel great about their hair color and image. He feels that every client is unique, and develops a special personal formula for each client around this belief.
Susan Ferla Colourist/Hair Stylist
Susan Ferla has been cutting and coloring hair professionally since 1984. Her degree in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design has driven Sue’s approach to hair cutting, an approach that is both architectural and artistic. She transitioned easily from cutting friends’ hair at RISD to professional training at the Vidal Sassoon Salon on 59th Street in Manhattan.
Over the years Sue has developed a particular talent for working with color. She can see and render subtle differences in shades and shade gradations that provide major impact and improvement to the appearance of her clients. Sue’s interest in color led her to specialty training at both Clairol and L'Oreal color labs, including the new INOA Color as well as additional training with Framesi, and, most notably, with Goldwell USA. She remains a dedicated Goldwell colorist—not only because the product is superb, but because Goldwell offers superior educational and technical support.
Sue’s clients know she will use her perception and skill to create for them an individualized color that complements their eyes and skin tone, and enhances their haircut—whether the effect they seek is natural, bright, subtle, or outrageous.
Godfrey Fitzgerald is best known to his guests as a master cutter. He has an inspirational way of making his salon guests and models feel incredibly special. His warm accepting spiritual personality embraces the beauty within every guest. Never one to take his craft for granted, Godfrey hails from a creative artistic family. Jamaican and Scottish, his grandfather was an artist. Godfrey Fitzgerald envisions hair as fabric consisting of many textures. Godfrey has used the world as his tool to educate himself. He has travelled the world educating himself, studying at some of the most prestigious academies in Europe and the Far East: Vidal Sassoon – London, Jacque Dessange- Paris, Toni and Guy- Japan and Wella-Germany are a few places Godfrey’s creative artistry was. In 2009, as the first American finalist in the Alternative Hair Show’s International Visionary Awards in the UK, Godfrey’s talent was recognized and honored by some of the industry’s best. Angus Mitchell, Sam Villa and Nicholas French encouraged him to take his talents to higher ground. As a result, Godfrey was honored with the opportunity to mentor Nicholas French as he studied the creative talents from the master on both sides of the Atlantic and parts in-between, resulting in Godfrey’s work being seen nationally and internationally. His runway work has been seen in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Moscow Fashion Week and donned by celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell and Melinda Williams.
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