Salon Owner / Manager
Having grown up in New York, Linda found her way to Los Angeles, CA in 1992. She eventually found work as a receptionist at a prestigious salon in Hollywood, which is when she realized she had found her calling in the beauty industry. She quickly advanced to being salon coordinator, and in 2002 opened Frenchy’s Beauty Parlor in Burbank, CA.
Frenchy’s timeless retro aesthetic and homage to the glamorous good ole days found a following in the unique niche of the hot rod/ pin-up culture, yet still appealed to the masses. After establishing itself as a successful salon in California, Linda decided to pursue her desire to open a 2nd location. The pull of Austin’s music scene and strong sense of community had been tuggin’ at her for years, and so, in March of 2008, along with her friend and now business partner, Linda Matthews-Cooey, they opened the doors to Frenchy’s in the heart of South Austin.
In all the places she’s lived and experienced, none has felt more like home than here. She adores her “Frenchy’s girls” and feels like this is a perfect fit for the next chapter of her beloved salon.
When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her new family and her faithful dogs, Ginger and Nico, traveling, hiking the greenbelt, dancing the honky-tonks, checking out all the great local eats (and drinks!) and soaking in all that Austin has to offer.
Salon Owner / Stylist
Originally from North Manchester, England, Linda was only 19 when she packed her bags and moved to sunny California. After several years working in special effects, she discovered her passion for hair.
In 2001 she earned her Cosmetology license and quickly grew into an accomplished and talented stylist. In addition to incredible colors and cuts, she also does beautiful, seamless extensions.
After leaving L.A. in 2005, she and her husband finally settled in Austin in 2008 to open Frenchy’s with her friend and business partner. Since opening the doors in March of that year, she quickly developed a loyal clientele, which continues to grow today. She is continuously growing as a stylist with advanced education classes from Vidal Sassoon London and New York, to balyage and brazilian blowouts certifications.
Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time at home with her husband, and their pup Biscuit, gardening, running the trail at town lake, and floating the beautiful Austin rivers.
Elyse Castel Balliet
Elyse has been a Licensed Cosmetologist since 2004, but She’s an artist in the truest sense of the word. From a life long fascination with painting and sculpting, she has refined her love of the arts into a profession as a highly demanded hair stylist. Drawing from her vast artistic abilities, Your hair is her canvas! Combing through any hair type with ease, every Cut and Color is her masterpiece. With a listening ear and an eye for detail, she’ll be sure your hairstyle fits your lifestyle and that your color compliments your complexion.
Specializing in a wide range of styles from conservative to edgy, her number one goal is to find a look that matches a client’s personality. Whether you desire something modern or classic – she’s got you covered.
Looking at her work, you’ll see that she’s gifted with Dimensional Blondes, Razor Designs, Fades, Fantasy Colors, Balayage and everything in between. She even loves the challenging jobs like corrective color or fixing cuts gone wrong. Plus, she’ll take the extra time to make sure that you leave the chair with the knowledge you need to maintain the flawless style she perfects in the salon.
She gets booked up fast though, so call the Shop ASAP to schedule an appointment. Like she always says, “Life is too short to have bad hair!”
Upon graduating from the Toni & Guy Academy in 2002, Jenny set out thinking that working in a salon would just be a fun flexible job while finishing college. Little did she know, she’d fall in love with the art of hairstyling and relating with people on a daily basis.
Jenny moved to Austin in 2009 and found the Frenchy’s family almost immediately. Having worked in salons in various cities and states Frenchy’s finally feels like her home. She’s often asked if she prefers cutting or coloring, and she genuinely can’t place one above the other. She love the versatility of what she does from one client to the next, be it coloring or styling, it’s all fresh and fun every day. Most of all, she truly loves her clientele as they too become part of her life, her village.
As much as she love working though, she also loves to play. Her passions include: Her family, animals, traveling, eating and anything that revolves around water.
Sandi has been in the cosmotology business for over 30 years. In that time, she has served as a business owner, an educator, working in front of a camera and on set, but her favorite place to be is still behind the chair.
She landed at Frenchy’s the day after she moved to Austin 5 years ago. What she loves most about the Salon is the camaraderie they have as a team, and how much they all admire each other both in work and as individuals.
Because of her years in this industry, she has become well versed in all aspects of hairdressing. The Beauty industry allows her the uniqueness of always learning something new and fun. Her educational background includes extensive classes with Aveda, Toni and Guy and Vidal Sassoon. She was an Educator for Aveda during her run as a Salon owner and learned skills that she carries through to today. Currently, her main focus is on color and cutting.
She enjoys providing both fun, modern color techniques such as Balayage to subtle , natural looks like sunkist highlights. As for cutting, her skills range from men’s haircuts, to a Sassoon precision bob to a long, shaggy layered look.
If you have hair, she can work with you.
Outside of being a Hairstylist, she rescues and fosters dogs, loves to swim, plays tennis and goes out to see live music with her friends.
She lives in South Austin with her Dog, Gidget and her cats, Junebug, Hazel, Angus and Jo.
Becca’s biggest motivation as a stylist, is her fascination with the individual. It’s the small things that make everyone so unique from the next, and these slight nuances are where I find the most beauty. She holds a BFA in photography, so she is fully trained to look at the tiniest details while also paying close attention to composition and structure, which is quite similar to how she approaches every client. In other words, the details matter as much as the bigger picture and end result.
She loves coloring hair, her specialties include redheads, blondes, and keeping the hair looking natural and dimensional. But, she loves her brunettes and funky colors too. She enjoys cutting and styling wavy and curly hair, and has lots of tips on how to make it beautiful and low maintenance.
Her goal as a stylist is to get to know you and exactly what you want and need so that you both can achieve something amazing together. She finds inspiration all around her, but is most inspired by the people she gets to interact with. Come see her soon!
Jenifer knew from a young age she wanted to work with people in a creative way. Hair became her medium to reach people personally. She spent the first 14 years of her styling career in the Bay Area and Long Beach, California.
She loves her highlighted blondes and coloring in general, but she truly appreciates the entire process from color to cut to style. She has specialized in hair extensions for the length of her career and loves to show clients the options that extensions can help them achieve. She has found the best salon home at Frenchy’s and enjoys each day with her fellow stylists.
She spent the last 12 years working for Sexy Hair products as an educator, platform artist and Academy coach at Sexy Hair’s Santa Monica Academy. She has been blessed to teach and travel with Sexy Hair. She is honored by the opportunity to meet and work with stylists from around the the world. Continuing education is a very important part of her world behind the chair, and she loves working with such talented stylist who support an environment of growth.
Melanie Lynn Milano
At the age of seven, after practicing on her Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids, Melanie realized she was born to do hair. Anxious to pursue her passion, she attended beauty school and high school simultaneously, and attained her cosmetology license before even receiving her diploma. She spent the first 12 years of her career in the Bay Area, CA before feeling called to tend to the lovely locks of the ladies and gentlemen of Austin in 2012.
Throughout the years, she has been enthusiastic about both pursuing and providing education in her craft. Her time spent educating for Sexy Hair Concepts was integral in shaping the stylist she is today. Her heart, however, is behind the chair where she enjoys cultivating relationships with her clients. She feels very blessed to have found her kindred spirits at Frenchy’s and looks forward to heading to the salon every day.
When she’s not doing her part to keep Austin beautiful, Melanie can be found kayaking or running around Town Lake or curled up with her cats, a good book and a glass of wine. She finds inspiration in all things pretty and is a firm believer that good hair just makes life better.