When coloring hair, every head is different. Developing the best formula for each client requires countless years of experience, exceptional talent, a good sense of chemistry and a keen ability to nuance every application. Frank Barbosa is clearly recognized as the master of these skills. His reputation is so strong that an impressive list of celebrities line up to have their hair painted (or in far too many cases, corrected) by him. Premier hair companies, such as Italy Haircare, fly Frank all over the world to teach other celebrity colorists how to use their products. And when Sarah Jessica Parker signs for her next installment of Sex and the City, Frank Barbosa is the first person she calls.
Frank began his impressive career 17 years ago working in the trendy neighborhoods of Bucktown and Lincoln Park in Chicago. It was there that he got noticed — soon he was freelancing for mega Broadway productions such as Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, and The Lion King. A few years after moving to the east coast to bring his tress talent to Boston’s famed Salon Red on Newbury Street, Frank decided to branch out on his own. In 2005, he opened the now acclaimed Frank Antonio salon, in the popular summer haven of Newport, Rhode Island.
For the past 10 years, Frank jettisons between his busy salon and big budget production sets — prepping movie stars for their roles on TV and film, or designing looks for large scale print ad campaigns. He was the hair department head for recent films such as Bride Wars, Tell-Tale, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Last Harbor, to name a few. He even has a cameo as a stylist to Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married, for which he was the key hair stylist.
Frank Barbosa is dedicated to a craft where hazarding a guess is not an option and where the difference between villain and vixen can be a simple hair shade apart. His color formulations and trailblazing hair styles have made him one of the most in-demand stylists in and out of the film industry. Passionate, yet humble, few stylists come close to the talent that shines through Frank Barbosa’s work.