Michelle (Fiona) Snyder, Owner/Stylist
Michelle’s skill and vision are in demand across the country. But the first recipient of the San Francisco native’s coveted cuts was her little sister, whose hair a 12-year-old Michelle would practice on, having already bobbed every Barbie in the house. Their mom, a stylist herself in the 1960s, was Michelle’s first inspiration to pursue a career in hair and her first teacher.
Her professional training began under the tutelage of Marcy Harmon at the beloved San Francisco salon Cowboys and Angels, where she was schooled in both classic Vidal Sassoon technique and modern razor-cutting. Michelle continued learning advanced cutting and styling techniques at Bumble and bumble in New York. She cemented her success as a stylist there as she built a steady clientele of celebrities and began working for magazines.
Michelle’s celebrity clients include Amanda Peet, Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zoe Kravitz. Her work has appeared in Dazed & Confused, Vogue, Nylon, Elle, Lula and Oyster magazines. Michelle is also the lead stylist for the celebrated Vaudevillian-style cabaret performers The Citizens Band.
Deriving inspiration from old movies, her peers, and a host of icons such as Louise Brooks, Jane Birkin, Veruschka von Lehndorff and Linda Evangelista, Michelle is making an indelible mark on the hair world.
Michael Forrey, Stylist
Michael joins Barrow Salon from Vidal Sassoon, where he developed an international following as Senior Creative Director in New York and San Francisco.
During his time running the Sassoon academy in San Francisco, Michael taught precision cutting technique to many West Coast stylists. After a year working in Europe (styling for Bruce LaBruce’s films and musician Planningtorock, among others), Michael moved to New York City. There, he headed up the creative team at the downtown Sassoon salon, and spearheaded the NYC Sassoon education program. For New York Fashion Week, he has been lead stylist for contemporary labels including Eckhaus Latta, Three as Four, Maryum Nassir Zadeh, and Kim Chiu, and he has styled or cut hair for celebrities including Joanna Newsom, Kathleen Hanna, India Salvor Menuez, Dilone, and Judith Butler.
His editorial work appears in magazines including Vogue, Allure, Wonderland, V Magazine, and Papermag, and he was recently named one of San Francisco’s best cutters on the Rockyt blog. Inspired by creative cross-fertilization between the worlds of fashion, art, and music, Michael loves working with all hair textures. “For me,” he says, “hair is all about suitability—finding the right look for each individual based on their face shape, hair texture and lifestyle.”
Jamie Chow, Stylist
Jamie was born and raised in San Francisco, and has always believed in hard work, perseverance and dedication. After following the career of Michelle Snyder from afar, fate intervened, and Jamie was given the opportunity to train and work with her. Under Michelle’s mentorship Jamie has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and Bumble, and continues to educate herself to stay at the forefront of her field. Inspired by the looks of the 70s and 80s, Jamie likes hair effortless and undone and brings a fresh and passionate perspective to Barrow Salon.
Shelly Cross, Stylist
Shelly might as well have come into this world with a brush in one hand and shears in the other. Discovering a love for beauty at a young age, she spent most of her time reinventing her Barbie’s haircut and untangling round brushes from her own hair.
Shelly has sought out the education of Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy— as well as studying razor-cutting and advanced styling techniques at Bumble & Bumble University in New York. She continues to further her craft in advanced hair cutting and pursues her passion as an editorial stylist. Her work has been seen on celebrity goop guru Gwyneth Paltrow and in magazines such as Vouge Japan, Vogue Italia, Brit+co, People, Moose Spain, Refinery 29, DHC, and Destination.
Influenced by fashion and music, she is also inspired by the iconic styles of the androgynous British model Twiggy, the sweet flower child Drew Barrymore, and the raw power of Debbie Harry. With a strong attention to detail and an organic approach to hair, Shelly continues to push the limits of styling, enhancing her cuts with beautiful color.
Nichole Kreps, Stylist
Nichole Kreps has had a passion for the hairdressing industry since she began her career at the age of sixteen. She has always been referred to as innovative, with her style surrounding beauty and fashion.
In the year 2000, Nichole began an advanced apprenticeship in San Francisco where she trained with Aveda, Sassoon, and Bumble & bumble. Subsequently, she joined the creative team of stylists at Cowboys and Angels, where she became a network educator and a liaison between C&A and Bumble & bumble. In this position she frequently traveled to New York and B&b university, finding her esthetic for hair and the importance of continuing education. She’s known for her versatility and seemingly effortless ability to help clients find their own style bringing out the best in them. She has a strong appreciation for iconic glamour like Faye Dunaway and the always sexy Brigitte Bardot. Nichole references the other side of classic beauties like the “risk taker” Deborah Harry, also referring to the bohemian ease of Kate Moss. Overall Nichole’s hairdressing embodies a classic approach while having an effortless feel.
After eight years with a loyal following at Cowboys and Angels, Nichole moved to the chic Harper Paige salon where she worked for 2 years. During this time clothing designers and tutorial hair sites called on Nichole for her talents to style photo shoots outside of the salon. She grabbed the attention of an anonymous critic and was featured in 2012’s July issue of Allure magazine. Moving to Barrow Salon she is pursuing more editorial and educational opportunities, making her clients in salon experience the best possible. Nichole is eager to introduce her newest inspiration, Barrow Salon.
Marcy Harmon, Stylist/Colorist
Marcy possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of trends past and present, yet has no patience for arbitrary rules in personal expression. There’s a reason Marcy was tapped to craft Britney Spears’s wigs after she dramatically shaved her head in 2007: Marcy has no judgment, and is game for anything.
She has styled celebrities such as Gisele, Zooey Deschanel, Katy Perry, Rooney Mara, Lily Allen, Florence Welsh (of Florence and the Machine), Laurie Holden (Walking Dead), Hayley Williams, Kylie Minogue, CL (Korean pop star), Mia Wasikowska, Blake Griffin (of the L.A. Clippers), and more. Her magazine work is found in InStyle, Paper, People, Us, V, Rolling Stone, Elle, Marie Claire, Flaunt, The Hollywood Reporter, American Salon, Modern Salon, Launchpad, and Colorist Magazine. She has designed for photoshoots, videos and advertising campaigns for various companies, including apparel and beauty. Marcy styled the wigs in the Iconoclast Collection at the Prada store in London, a collaboration with celebrated stylist and longtime friend Danilo.
Marcy is an educator, with expertise in color, cutting and styling, including wigs and extensions. She is a wig styling and extension Specialist with superlative skills in color matching and blending. She was mentored by Chad Robinson and Simon Smith.
Eileen McCarthy, Colorist
Recently listed as one of Allure’s Best of San Francisco for her beautiful color work, Eileen first realized her love for coloring hair while attending college. While at California Institute of the Arts she experimented on friends and peers – with whimsical results! Hired at Cowboys and Angels, Eileen grew as a colorist under Marie Ward and Katie Casey. With training in Vidal Sassoon technique, she is now well-versed in all color shades. She has a knack for organic red, dimensional brunette and gorgeous blonde tones. Eileen draws her inspiration from the music, art and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as French icons such as Francoise Hardy.
Jacob Moss, Stylist
Jacob Moss has been a haircutting specialist for 20 years. Having drawn inspiration from art school, fashion and pop culture he pursued a career in the hair industry by apprenticing under Robert Cromeans, the International Creative Director of Paul Mitchell Systems. After two years with this team, Jacob saw brighter opportunities in the Bay Area by accepting an offer to further hone his craft with the team at diPietro Todd San Francisco in 1995.
During his five-year tenure at diPietro Todd, Jacob made the acquaintance of Barrow Salon owner Michelle Fiona and colorist/cutter Marcy Harmon. The three of them partnered together to join the San Francisco-based Cowboys and Angels team in the summer of 2000. While at Cowboys and Angels, Jacob continued the refinement of his craft with advanced workshops at Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble Academy in New York. In 2008, Jacob left for a stint at the sleek South of Market salon, Groove.
In 2013, Jacob finds himself coming full circle, reunited with his talented colleagues from DiPietro Todd and Cowboys and Angels as a member of the modern and elegant Barrow Salon.
Alx Nixon, Stylist/Organic Colorist
Alx’s interest in hair began in her rebellious teens, with bathtub dye jobs in every color of the rainbow. In 2009 she completed her studies at the Aveda Institute Denver. Alx started her professional career with an extensive apprenticeship, and stays current through continued education through Bumble and bumble, Vidal Sassoon, L’Oreal, Davines, Organic Color Systems, Wella and many other educational outlets.
Having a respect for both new and classic fashion, Alx likes to support her clients’ vision of how their hair can complement and emphasize their personal style. She believes communication, the integrity of the hair, and a thoughtfully executed service is imperative to a client feeling their best.
Alx is inspired by her world travels, retro film, and people’s “at-home hair”. Alx is currently in love with the grungy blondes of the nineties: Christina Applegate, Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain and Drew Barrymore a la Poison Ivy.
Bekie Raynard, Colorist
Bekie has always had a passion for color and design. She’s inspired by vintage aesthetics, romantic films, and style icons like Edie Sedgwick, Anna Karina, and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
With an eye for effortlessly put-together yet current styles, Bekie appreciates all jewel tones from brunettes to reds – but blondes are her true love. She is our blonde specialist at Barrow, customizing beautiful unique tones specific to each client.
Bekie trained as a colorist under Eileen McCarthy, Marcy Harmon, Barbara Thompson, and Shelly Cross. She honed her styling talent with the help of Michelle Snyder and White Rose Collective.
Marcella D’Alessandro, Stylist
Marcella’s intrigue with fashion and beauty started early. Lucky to have willing and available volunteers, she cultivated that inner hair stylist practicing on her sister and brave friends, and began developing a personal style in the process.
The next logical step was formal training. So, after completing Beauty School, she apprenticed at DiPietro Todd Salons. There, she studied Vidal Sassoon precision techniques for two and a half years before moving to Barrow. She’s trained with Michelle Snyder, Corinna Hernandez (Pony Salon), and Marcy Kim, adding techniques such as Bumble and Bumble razor cutting to her repertoire.
Marcella describes her current style as mixed. She’s as inspired by big 80’s hair and mullets, as she is long, effortless 70’s locks, or classic bobs. And she absolutely loves working with curly textures. Marcella knows hair is personal and makes it a goal to tailor the cut to the client for easy day to day maintenance and a killer grow out.