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Stylists

Hair Stylist

I can’t imagine a life that doesn’t include styling hair. At age 16 I was recruited to work in a Rhode Island salon and never looked back. I was lucky to have a mentor that trained me on hair cutting, hair coloring and hair highlighting techniques. She also advised me on the importance of working as a team in a professional salon setting. I’m focused on continuing education and take pride in staying on top of the latest techniques, as well as knowing the best hair care lines for my clients, many of whom have been with me for over 12 years! In 2017 I’ve studied Balayage with L’Oreal Professionnel in NYC, and traveled to Boston to earn my certification as a Surface Core Cutting Certified Specialist. When I return from these continuing education technical classes, I enjoy my role as a mentor teaching these new techniques to members of the Uptown staff. What I know for sure is that not one person has the same head of hair as the next, which means I’m never bored in my work! I love spending my days at Uptown Salon, it’s a terrific team of talented people and our clientele is the best! At the end of the day, there’s nothing I love more than heading home to my husband, children and two rambunctious dogs.

Favorite Beach:

Narragansett Town Beach
Hair Stylist and Manicurist

Having the right hair style and color is an important part of how you feel about yourself. I always take the time to get to know my clients and their life style before helping them make a change. I find that my specialty changes from time to time. Right now, I’ve been enjoying Updos and formal styling. I’ve had many clients who are thrilled with my work. Clients become friends over time and they tell me they always feel comfortable and happy in my chair. When I am not at work I am with my daughter who is my heart and soul. Some people might be surprised to learn that I am a bodybuilder. In 2015 I participated in 2 major bodybuilding competitions. Next to being a hair stylist, bodybuilding is my second passion!

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Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut
Hair Stylist & Colorist

I joined the beauty business right out of high school after attending the Chariho Technical School in Rhode Island. Over the last 24 years I have learned so much about the salon business and have received formal training in Goldwell Hair Color, L’Oreal Professional and Moroccan Oil Styling. Helping Uptown clients feel refreshed with a new look brings me great happiness. There are many nuances to coloring people’s hair, and I would say clients come to me most often for my masterful foiling. Something people probably don’t know about me is that I‘ve auditioned for Wheel of Fortune twice!

Favorite Beach:

East Beach Charlestown
Hair Stylist & Colorist

I grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island, attended the Cosmetology program at Westerly High School and have been working in this industry for nearly a decade. Uptown Salon & Spa is a wonderful employer because they support my taking classes that help me stay up with the current trends and styles. One of the best parts of my job is when clients put their trust in me to help them explore a new look that leaves them feeling refreshed and pampered. I’m known for my silly and bubbly personality around the salon, and my coworkers all hear me talk about my 2 dogs Taco and Lucy. What some might not know about me is that I’ve been skydiving!

Favorite Beach:

Sandy Point
Hair Stylist

There are few places I won’t go to take a class or learn a new hair cutting technique. Boston, Baltimore and New York are cities I’m regularly in to keep pace with what’s new in fashion. I draw inspiration from following many artists and celebrity stylists on social media. Having a career in a creative field is fantastic because things are always changing and I never get bored. Laughing with my clients is always a highlight and makes the days go by fast. Someone might be surprised to learn about my passion for antiques. My fiancé and I are true treasure hunters and have a talent for taking older times and transforming them into garden art.

Favorite Beach:

Taylor Swift’s Backyard Beach
Hair Stylist

I’ve been a stylist for nearly 20 years having graduated from Cosmetology School in 1997. I’ve had advanced training in hair coloring, SoCap Extensions and Sio Ionic Straightening. I work with many of the wedding parties that come to Uptown and enjoy that very much. I want everyone that sits in my chair to feel beautiful, confident and satisfied. I’m always honest with my clients, so if they ask me what I think, I will tell them and share suggestions for what they might want consider for their hairstyle.

Favorite Beach:

Block Island’s Mansions Beach
Hair Stylist and Manicurist

I started my career 7 years ago at Arthur Angelo, and since then have been committed to learning and growing my skills so that I’m always up to date with new styles and trends. It’s rewarding to make others feel great. The relationships I’ve developed with clientele are very important to me, and if they asked me what I couldn’t live without, it would hands down be coffee! When I am not working I’m busy raising my 9-year-old daughter.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut
Hair Stylist

I’ve been a practicing hair stylist for 28 years in CT and RI. I specialize in color and haircuts and clients always remark how much they love my styling ability. Part of my career was spent working for Clairol, and it was there that I became trained in the many different color lines and was able to attend hair shows around the country. I absolutely love formulating hair color and how everyday in this business is different. Some of my clients might be shocked to learn I used to own a Harley!

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Hair Stylist

After 30 years in the business, I can say that Uptown Salon & Spa is where I belong! Throughout my career I’ve maintained dual license certifications in both Barbering and Hair Styling. I’ve never lost my insatiable appetite to keep abreast of the latest innovative product applications and enthusiasm for mastering new cutting and coloring techniques. I keep inspired by attending continuing education programs and workshops with the industry’s leading hair care specialists so I can bring those techniques right back home to Rhode Island where they benefit our Uptown clients.  What people might not know about me is that in earlier days I competed in the Miss Rhode Island Scholarship pageant and was crowned Miss Westerly!

Favorite Beach:

Westerly Town Beach
Hair Stylist

I’ve been cutting and styling hair for 17 years, a dozen of those years spent in New York both on 5th Avenue and in a specialized hair extension salon. I consider myself a fashion forecaster, and always keep my eye on the runway for a glimpse into the future of hair trends. Working with creative and passionate people is the best part of my job, and my mentors have been Sema Marie and Guy Tang, I love how they never stop innovating! I love color and specialize in long hair cutting and styling. I think clients appreciate my honestly, and how I can tell them what their hair needs without being pushy. I can’t live without my daughter, shoes, reggae music, New York Pizza and reality TV.

Favorite Beach:

I can relax on any beach!
Seaside Salon Manager and Hair Stylist

How great is it that I work in an industry that makes people feel so good?! My specialization is the classic cut and color. My clients receive 100% of my attention at every visit, and even if you’ve been sitting in my chair for years, you can count on me sharing fresh ideas and current trends for your hair type, face shape and skin tone. I received my formal training at the Empire Beauty School and attend ongoing training modules with premium brands like L’Oreal Professionale, Kerasilk, and Moroccan Oil. But all that put aside, what clients seem to appreciate most about me is my ability to listen carefully to their personal hair goals and vision. You can always count on the fact that you’ll leave my chair looking great and with a smile on your face! What people might not know about me is I donated one of my kidneys!

Favorite Beach:

East Beach in the Fall
Hair Stylist

Did you know that hair struggles are a universally shared experience? People with curly hair like me know what I’m talking about! I love welcoming first time Uptown Salon clients to my chair because I get the chance to help them solve their hair challenges for good. We’ll work together to arrive at a style that leaves you feeling great, looking fantastic and with a fresh style you can easily replicate at home. The right product can be a key factor in pulling it off, and I’ll direct you to the best fit at-home treatments that help you looking as good a month after your cut as the day I gave it to you. Life’s too short for boring hair, so if you’re in a mood to shake things up, come in and let’s talk about it!

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown
Hair Stylist and Manicurist

The moment of truth for my clients is when I turn them in the chair to face the mirror and see a new hairstyle or cut for the very first time. It never loses its thrill! In my work I pay attention to all the details of a client when I am working on their hair color, noticing both eye color and skin tone. It all makes a big difference in choosing the right color and dimensions. Today I can’t live without going to the gym and working out. There is no better way to end a long day on your feet. It keeps me fresh and energized for the next day. Some might be surprised to know that I once competed in a dirt bike competition. I was the only woman there and came in second in the skills competition.

Favorite Beach:

I’m a true Rhode Islander & could never choose!

Manicurists

Hair Stylist and Manicurist

Having the right hair style and color is an important part of how you feel about yourself. I always take the time to get to know my clients and their life style before helping them make a change. I find that my specialty changes from time to time. Right now, I’ve been enjoying Updos and formal styling. I’ve had many clients who are thrilled with my work. Clients become friends over time and they tell me they always feel comfortable and happy in my chair. When I am not at work I am with my daughter who is my heart and soul. Some people might be surprised to learn that I am a bodybuilder. In 2015 I participated in 2 major bodybuilding competitions. Next to being a hair stylist, bodybuilding is my second passion!

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Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut
Hair Stylist & Colorist

I always wanted to be just like my mother, who was a cosmetologist. That’s what led me to attend the Cosmetology Program at Chariho High School and take nail classes. There is so much fashion to keep pace with when it comes nail color and design trends. Uptown clients often tell me how much they love it when I provide them the perfect French or Shellac Manicure. I’ve been honing my craft for more than 6 years, and what keeps me going is seeing how happy Uptown clients are with the services I deliver!

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Beach
Manicurist

If you’re tired of run of the mill manicures found in every suburban strip mall and instead want an outstanding nail spa experience featuring the highest standards of cleanliness, look no further than Uptown. I specialize in gel nails; nail art, and mixing one of a kind color. Experience has taught me how to combine nail color pigments in order to achieve whatever hue or shade you desire. If you’re looking for something traditional, Uptown clients say I deliver the ultimate French manicure because of my perfectionism for sculpting and shaping nails. I left the Philippines at age 19 to come to America for education and a better life. I miss the simple way of life of my home country, but have found a family of sisters at Uptown Salon who inspire me, support me, and show me how to live an independent life.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut State Beach
Hair Stylist and Manicurist

I started my career 7 years ago at Arthur Angelo, and since then have been committed to learning and growing my skills so that I’m always up to date with new styles and trends. It’s rewarding to make others feel great. The relationships I’ve developed with clientele are very important to me, and if they asked me what I couldn’t live without, it would hands down be coffee! When I am not working I’m busy raising my 9-year-old daughter.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut
Manicurist

Being a nail artist is my passion. I’m constantly researching on the Internet and in magazines the latest nail trends. Helping our Uptown clients feel confident in their inner and outer beauty is what it’s all about! Some might be interested to learn that I swam in the Hudson Canyon, which 125 miles off shore! I also witnessed Halley’s comet from a 100-foot fishing vessel. Something I absolutely cannot live without is flip-flops!

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Breachway
Manicurist

My husband encouraged me to pursue my dream to become a manicurist, and I’ve not looked back. Making the hands and toes of our Uptown customers look fabulous is so much fun. I’m always learning about new products and the best way to apply them. Our customers come to us very often for looking their best at the biggest moments in their life, which is why I enjoy sharing with those that ask that I was proposed to in the Space Needle in Seattle Washington. One thing I can’t live with out is my dog Honey.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut
Hair Stylist and Manicurist

The moment of truth for my clients is when I turn them in the chair to face the mirror and see a new hairstyle or cut for the very first time. It never loses its thrill! In my work I pay attention to all the details of a client when I am working on their hair color, noticing both eye color and skin tone. It all makes a big difference in choosing the right color and dimensions. Today I can’t live without going to the gym and working out. There is no better way to end a long day on your feet. It keeps me fresh and energized for the next day. Some might be surprised to know that I once competed in a dirt bike competition. I was the only woman there and came in second in the skills competition.

Favorite Beach:

I’m a true Rhode Islander & could never choose!

Estheticians

Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I pride myself on going the distance to ensure my clients receive and enjoy a full spa experience. Whether I am providing a Skin-Calming Facial, an Glamour Girl Make-up, or a Bamboo Fusion Massage, I always find ways to add my own creative spin to our services. I love my profession because it gives me the to use my creativity to my clients’ advantage. I’m continually inspired by the endless opportunities for learning and growing in the beauty industry. I’m happiest knowing that when my clients walk out of Uptown, we’re already talking about the next appointment and hearing their excitement about their next service. Before coming to Uptown Salon & Spa I attended the Esthetics Program at Empire Beauty School and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Esthetician

The biggest privilege in my work is getting to take care of the amazing women that come to Uptown. I’ve been in practice for more than 25 years, and not a day goes by that I’m not inspired by our clients’ stories. Because my clients live such big lives, I love pampering them in ways that leave them feeling relaxed, refreshed, and with a renewed sense of calm. Keeping clients looking and feeling their best requires an individual treatment plan, so I always take the time to understand what’s happening below the surface so I can design the right fit tailored solution. Understanding how nutrition can impact your skin is equally important, so I specialize in sharing strategies for improving your skin from the inside out. Just like my clients, I live a big life and take time to unwind in my garden where I grow herbs like cilantro to add to my favorite Mexican dishes. I also love cruising in my 17-foot Bowrider to explore Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches.

Favorite Beach:

Block Island
Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I’ve trained with Pevonia, Aveda, Glo, Elemis and make-up artist Lindsay Ebbins. Before coming to Uptown I worked in both locally owned day spa venues as well as destination spas. Right now I love giving the Glo Peels because it resurfaces the skin and unblocks pores. This is precisely what our clients need post summer sun, and they are always amazed at the results. Watching the client’s reaction to the great results they get is always a wow moment. What you see all the time at Uptown are happy clients that love the experiences here, and that they can’t wait to come back. When I am not at work I am working on my skills as a photographer. My dream is to someday visit Thailand and ride and elephant.

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree

Licensed Massage Therapists

Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I pride myself on going the distance to ensure my clients receive and enjoy a full spa experience. Whether I am providing a Skin-Calming Facial, an Glamour Girl Make-up, or a Bamboo Fusion Massage, I always find ways to add my own creative spin to our services. I love my profession because it gives me the to use my creativity to my clients’ advantage. I’m continually inspired by the endless opportunities for learning and growing in the beauty industry. I’m happiest knowing that when my clients walk out of Uptown, we’re already talking about the next appointment and hearing their excitement about their next service. Before coming to Uptown Salon & Spa I attended the Esthetics Program at Empire Beauty School and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Massage Therapist

My clients are like family to me, and family is something I can’t live without.  My Sicilian Great Grandmother, though never speaking a word of English or having any schooling, was a genius when it came to the human body and homeopathic healing.  Many in my family believe I have inherited her wisdom and gift of touch.  She inspired my decision to attend Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, where I graduated top of my class in 2006. I love making people feel better and sharing with them specific strategies for the best self care at home.  At Uptown we offer a wide variety of massage therapy treatments such as deep-tissue, hot stones, pre-natal massage, medical massage, body wraps, and bamboo fusion.  Whatever the treatment, I assure you it will improve the quality of your life.

Favorite Beach:

Westerly
Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I’ve trained with Pevonia, Aveda, Glo, Elemis and make-up artist Lindsay Ebbins. Before coming to Uptown I worked in both locally owned day spa venues as well as destination spas. Right now I love giving the Glo Peels because it resurfaces the skin and unblocks pores. This is precisely what our clients need post summer sun, and they are always amazed at the results. Watching the client’s reaction to the great results they get is always a wow moment. What you see all the time at Uptown are happy clients that love the experiences here, and that they can’t wait to come back. When I am not at work I am working on my skills as a photographer. My dream is to someday visit Thailand and ride and elephant.

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree
Massage Therapist

I’m a licensed massage therapist in the states of CT and RI and known for my firm, healing touch. Clients come to me when they have pain in their neck so much that they have difficulty moving it. They also come when their sciatic symptoms are flared or are experiencing severe tension headaches.  I specialize in focused work and help get to the root of the problem to deliver relief to Uptown clients. I love it when someone comes out of a session and says “Wow! I can’t remember the last time I didn’t feel pain there!” I am grateful for the lasting effect I can have on someone’s life. Something you might be curious to learn about me is that when I was a young girl I traveled to Australia and New Zealand and lived with an Aboriginal Tribe, got to hold a Koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Massage Therapist

I specialize in a very relaxing, feel good massage. I hold many certifications, including Thai Massage Therapy, so I incorporate assisted stretching into all of my massage sessions. My clients enjoy an overall sense of relaxation for their body and mind after a treatment. You can count on me to do a strong verbal intake so I can get to know your specific needs. I’m a great listener and my long term clients know how hard I work to ensure you last massage is as wonderful as your first. People might be surprised to learn that I know how to ride a motorcycle! When I am not at work I am playing with my dog Primrose and sipping Iced Vanilla Chais.

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree

Make-Up Artists

Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I pride myself on going the distance to ensure my clients receive and enjoy a full spa experience. Whether I am providing a Skin-Calming Facial, an Glamour Girl Make-up, or a Bamboo Fusion Massage, I always find ways to add my own creative spin to our services. I love my profession because it gives me the to use my creativity to my clients’ advantage. I’m continually inspired by the endless opportunities for learning and growing in the beauty industry. I’m happiest knowing that when my clients walk out of Uptown, we’re already talking about the next appointment and hearing their excitement about their next service. Before coming to Uptown Salon & Spa I attended the Esthetics Program at Empire Beauty School and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Makeup Artist, Esthetician, & Massage Therapist

I’ve trained with Pevonia, Aveda, Glo, Elemis and make-up artist Lindsay Ebbins. Before coming to Uptown I worked in both locally owned day spa venues as well as destination spas. Right now I love giving the Glo Peels because it resurfaces the skin and unblocks pores. This is precisely what our clients need post summer sun, and they are always amazed at the results. Watching the client’s reaction to the great results they get is always a wow moment. What you see all the time at Uptown are happy clients that love the experiences here, and that they can’t wait to come back. When I am not at work I am working on my skills as a photographer. My dream is to someday visit Thailand and ride and elephant.

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree

Other Staff

Receptionist

I am a receptionist for Uptown Salon & Spa and have spent a 10-year career in customer service positions. Welcoming clients to Uptown for their appointment and making them feel comfortable and taken care of is my role. My goal is to ensure every client that comes to visit us is excited to be here. I always provide a smile and friendly face, or am here to assist guests on the phone when they call in. My son makes everyday better, and my favorite beverages are coffee and wine.

Favorite Beach:

East Beach
Receptionist

I’m currently enrolled at Paul Mitchell and will graduate in the fall of 2017. Right now I am learning all the practical skills needed to run all the technical bases in this industry.  I’m taking classes in balayages, fashion colors, and the latest styling techniques. My cousin Anna, a cosmetologist, and the top industry professionals I follow on Instagram inspire me. I know what it’s like to be in my client’s shoes, because I have had every hair color in the rainbow!

Favorite Beach:

Burlingame Lake
Seaside Salon Manager and Hair Stylist

How great is it that I work in an industry that makes people feel so good?! My specialization is the classic cut and color. My clients receive 100% of my attention at every visit, and even if you’ve been sitting in my chair for years, you can count on me sharing fresh ideas and current trends for your hair type, face shape and skin tone. I received my formal training at the Empire Beauty School and attend ongoing training modules with premium brands like L’Oreal Professionale, Kerasilk, and Moroccan Oil. But all that put aside, what clients seem to appreciate most about me is my ability to listen carefully to their personal hair goals and vision. You can always count on the fact that you’ll leave my chair looking great and with a smile on your face! What people might not know about me is I donated one of my kidneys!

Favorite Beach:

East Beach in the Fall
Uptown Ambassador

Denise started at Uptown as a volunteer from the Frank Olean Center’s job training program. She quickly proved her value and received a permanent position. She is known for her smile and cheerful attitude as well as her helpful nature. She loves to keep clean laundry on hand for our busy service providers, she also gives special attention to stocking the coffee station and cleaning stations because she knows that this provides a huge value to the overall smooth flow of the business. Denise’s hard work behind the scenes keeps us all on track and our days running smoothly, and no one knows this better than Denise! She embodies Uptown’s culture of support and teamwork. Denise was recently awarded “Employee of the Year” at a celebration in her honor at Alley Katz Bowling Lane. She is a 1st place winner of the Special Olympics Bowling, and she loves a chance to challenge her co-workers at the lanes.

Favorite Beach:

Westerly Town Beach

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