The FrenchCut Hair Team
Monica Marteau, owner of French Cut Hair, is one of Portland’s most sought after stylists in the city, especially when it comes to helping client’s transition from long hair to short (or vice versa). She can create any look from classic women and men’s cuts to rocker chic depending on her client’s needs.
Monica knew one day she would open her own salon. Oregon’s own “Coco Chanel of Hair,” Monica grew up in the south of France. “I started braiding and hair-styling as a little girl; my grand-mère and cousins were my muses. Grand-mère is an elegant woman who always insisted on looking her best and I learned the skill of listening to my client’s wishes directly from her.”
Monica spent her formative, professional years in Paris working with the industry’s top educators and designers and moved to Portland is 2008 to share her knowledge, vision, and distinctive, French hair-cutting techniques.
When she is not cutting and styling a client’s hair, this vivacious and personable master stylist is working on projects that include film and fashion photo-shoots and, as might be expected, creating a downtown salon of hand-picked stylists with impeccable taste.
For color specialist Nicole Greiwe, hair is never boring. From cuts to color; she loves it all. “There is always something new to learn and be inspired by,” she says. Nicole’s artistic eye and her ability to deliver what her clients want makes her sought after stylist at French Cut Hair.
“There are so many different ways to apply color: from Balayage — for a subtle, sun-kissed look — to highlights and lowlights—for dimension — to all-over rich tones of chocolates, reds and, of course, there are flattering ways to ease into the inevitable gray.”
Before moving to French Cut Hair, Nicole worked at Fada in Portland, Oregon, one of ELLE’s top 100 salons in the nation. During her time at Fada, she traveled to New York for a Bumble & Bumble Design and Hair Cut course.
Outside of work, you may find Nicole rummaging through vintage shop or bargaining down a diner-style table set at your garage sale. She likes to hike and bake; “crafty things,” like knitting and sewing. And, of course, she loves spending time with her friends and family. (It is no wonder this hairdresser notes her relationships with clients as one of the most rewarding parts of the industry.)
At French Cut Hair, Scarlet Harris’ signature highlighting, ombre and balayage techniques have caught the attention of Portland’s fashionistas, and it’s apparent her vibrant, head-turning hues are becoming a favorite among the young city-chic. She also specializes in modern, feminine, bridal and red-carpet hair styles.
Born in Idaho, Scarlet says, “I was a child of the ‘big-hair 80s’ and I quickly realized the joys of hairstyling. Even in grade school, I was crimping, waving, curling, and getting perms. By junior-high and high-school, I was the go-to-girl for my friends’ color and hairdo needs: bleaching, dreads, manic-panic, henna and vintage up-do’s.”
“I’m always trying to figure out the newest and latest, or re-discovering old, timeless tricks from the past. The styles never stop coming and I never stop exploring. Hair is an art form and I feel very blessed to go to work everyday and perform my art for the joy of others.”
“My off-time shenanigans? Re-purposing things; restoring furniture; mixed media arts; dancing; chilin’ outside; thrifting; happy-hour with the girls; and dinner and games with friends.”
Scarlet’s favorite quote: “Love of Beauty is good taste. The Creation of beauty is an art.” --- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Timothy Paul Shroyer
Whether his client is a man or a woman, stylist Timothy Paul Shroyer brings a refreshing approach to cuts and coloring by enhancing the natural texture and movement of each client’s hair. He is also gifted when it comes to creating low-maintenance cuts that grow out beautifully as well styling long hair.
“As a hair stylist and as a musician, I'm driven by the need to create and work with my hands. With hair as in music, I am fascinated by texture and structure, shapes and layers, and the ability in each to enhance us and inspire change. I feel privileged to have a profession at French Cut Hair that allows me to connect and communicate with so many wonderful people.”
J. Marie Hall is the Director of Education at French Cut Hair and she is known for her in-depth consultations for both women and men which result in a stunning style the client can easily replicate at home. This master stylist also specializes in glamours up-do’s and bridal fantasies. “Whether you’re the wash-and-go type, professional business person, bride-to-be, runway model or rock n’ roller, I look forward to creating the ideal style for you.”
J. Marie’s expert advice and services come from years of training and experience working in salons. In New York City, she became a Bumble & Bumble network educator and, in Portland, she served as Fada Salon’s Director of Education for more than eight years, training other stylists in the art of technique of cutting hair.
When she is not at French Cut Hair, you can find J. Marie playing bass in her band, “Oh Darling” (http://ohdarlingmusic.com); practicing yoga; cooking delicious vegan meals; searching for that perfect vintage dress; or just hanging out with family and friends.
Laura Drew exudes creative skill as a stylist. Her passion is people and she has a natural talent when it comes to highlighting each client’s facial structure with the ideal cut. At French Cut Hair, Laura is known for her artistic knack when it comes to temporary or permanent hair-extensions for everyday wear and special occasions. This young stylist’s out-going, energetic nature instantly puts her clients at ease.
Outside the salon, Laura’s side interests include running and fitness for both body and soul. “Nothing is a better stress releaser than a solid workout,” she says. Another favorite past-time is watching a movie at home with her husband and two cats.
“My life is blessed in so many ways.”
Born into a family of expert hair stylists, Reiko grew up in her parent’s Tokyo salon. At French Cut Hair she is the resident specialist when it comes to perms and creating the perfect, natural hairstyle. Reiko is fluent in Japanese and an expert at cutting, coloring and styling Asian hair.
She worked in Paris for award-winning, natural stylist Marianne Gray and transitioned to the floor in record time. Now with years of her own experience as a stylist in France and Belgium, Reiko is truly superb at her craft.
Stylist Caroline Miller is the Art Director at French Cut Hair and she is the salon’s resident color expert. Working and training alongside some of the nation’s top colorists, Caroline has gained experience in foiling and placement that enables her to cater to her client’s specific needs. Her techniques work well on brunettes, blonds, and greying tones, and result in natural looking color.
Through her years of continuing education with L”Oreal and Bumble & Bumble (to name a few), Caroline has also gained a real talent for treating damaged hair and is often called upon to help new salon clients restore strength and shine to their over-processed hair.
Fahti Yamin’s strength lies in matching her client’s facial shape with the best cut and color. Born in Iran and educated in Europe, Fahti began her Portland career in 1987 at the city’s top salon, Hickox & Friends. In 2000, Fahti opened her own salon -- Fada --where she trained and mentored many young stylists and garnered a place in “Elle” magazine’s top 100 salons.
With her own head of beautiful curls, Fahti is adept at cutting and styling curly hair and has a regional reputation as the expert. She is also considered an authority on corrective coloring. Fahti is thrilled to be reunited with her talented colleagues at French Cut Hair where she will continue doing what she loves best. Fahti lives in the Portland area with her husband Fardad and their three children.
Kristi Hamlet is known for her skill at selecting the perfect cut and color to compliment her client's facial features and lifestyle. And her ability to look beyond the client’s hair to his or her skin tone, eye color, and individual features helps Kristi reveal a unique and personalized style for everyone she sees.
“It is my passion -- and my job -- to enhance and bring attention to those features my clients appreciate about themselves and draw the eye away from the ones they don’t.”
Kristi’s depth of knowledge comes from a career in makeup artistry as well as advanced training in hair at Toni and Guy Academy; a French-cutting apprentice program; and ongoing education from master stylists Pascal Bensimon and Dimitrios Tsioumas. Her skill in color application, use of shadow and light, and the balayage technique of creating depth and dimension guarantee each client personalized hues ranging from luminous blondes to multifaceted brunettes.
This expertise has earned Kristi the position of touring stylist for music artist Lisa Marie Presley, and this year, Kristi will join Presley on her international tour. Her time will be shared between the salon and the upcoming tour schedule.
Lisa is known for her ability to take a classic look and bring it into the “now ” style. She is a favorite in Portland for creating versatile hairstyles that compliment the shape of each client’s face and enhances his or her individual features. “I’m constantly drawing inspiration from studying fashion and design as well as listening to my client’s needs and desires.” This wisdom also includes Lisa’s innate ability and skill with color.
A sought-after stylist for any special occasion, Lisa gained her experience through extended training on the East and West coast, including Bumble & Bumble in New York and Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco.
“ I was born in Spain, raised in Colorado, and grew up with a bohemian, iconoclastic love of style that has served me well. At French Cut Hair, the friendly, collaborative atmosphere continues to inspire me and makes it a pleasure to work every day with my clients.”
Elle radiates insight and talent marked by her thoughtful approace to cutting and styling hair. Her wide range of abilities as well as her personal relationships with clients has made her a popular stylist at French Cut Hair.
From short hair to long hair, from classic grooming to wash-and-wear cuts that grow out effortlessly, Elle aims to highlight each client's natural facial structure as well as hir or her individual style. Born and raised in Portland, Elle has been with French Cut Hair since 2013.
Just the Facts…
TOOLS: Scissors, razor, entertainment.
CRED: Master cutter and senior stylist with 20+ years of expertise. East coast trained -- Boston, D.C., New York -- Bumble and Bumble, John Dellaria, Christiaan, Paul Mitchell.
SPECIALTIES: Long lasting cuts to polish and elevate your look, curly hair, long hair, adding volume to fine hair, masterful blowouts, sublime scalp massage, and hair repair treatments.
CLIENTS: The region’s wise and well groomed, local newscasters, sports luminaries, Hollywood royalty, and bona fied rock stars.
WORD: Paul is not one to boast of his accomplishments (although, they are bountiful), but his clients will tell you they love his cuts, styles, and the presence of his company. He's a gifted hair professional, artist, musician, soccer fan, dog lover, storyteller, skier, grill master, and champion of humanity!