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                                            The Hair Razors Staff                                                            
Gabby Nigriny
Meet Gabby. Gabby is the new owner and operator of Hair Razors as of November 22,2018. Gabby was born and raised in the Niskayuna/ Schenectady area. Gabby began her successful career over 10 years ago from The Paul Mitchell School in Schenectady, New York. Gabby started her hair career at Jean Paul in Albany, New York from that moment she knew that she was on a path to one day own her own salon. From Albany she then slowly made her way to Panache Hair Studio in Clifton Park,New York where she worked for 4 years before she took her path of owning her own salon. Gabby prides herself on her listening skills when she is behind the chair, her comforting personality, and willingness to learn new techniques and trick of her trade. She has worked along side some of the top artist in the area doing run way hair and makeup, bridal hair and makeup , and assisting in every aspect of the art of hair styling. Gabby has broadened her ability to serve her clients by taking training in Florida , New York city , the capital region, and had the pleasure of being trained by a 3rd generation barber two times. All of her training's helped her zone in and excel in Deva Curl hair cutting, Goldwell color techniques and formulations, and long with cutting technique that will service both men and women. Gabby is a Deva curl educator for not only New York, but surrounding states as well since 2019. She was the New York educator for color and Keratin treatments for over 4 years . Gabby enjoys teaching her fellow stylist about new and upcoming products and techniques. Her specialties behind the chair are Deva curl hair cuts at level 2 certified in 2017, mermaid hair, Keratin treatments certified in 2015 , hand painting color techniques and mens cuts.

Penny Williams

Meet Penny. Penny is the former owner of Hair Razors and the mentor to Gabby. Penny has over 25+ years of hair experience. She has been a fixture of the Niskayuna/ Schenectady area for many years . Not only one but two salons that have serviced the Niskayuna area for many years . She has had the pleasure of being trained in New York city and the capital region. She has assisted along side New York city stylist and created fashion show hair that walked a run way.  Penny is a very creative stylist not only behind the chair but also in the fashion world. Her specialties include, but are not limited to creating custom hair extensions, razor cutting , and mens cuts.

April Ambrozik

Meet April  is a hair stylist currently living and working in Schenectady, New York. April has served New York’s Capital Region for more than 20 years, specializing in hair cutting and color. April’s interest in hair design began early, helping in a Schenectady salon as a teenager. At the encouragement of her mother, April entered the BOCES program at Linton High School (currently Schenectady High School), graduating with her cosmetology certification in 1987. Soon after, April purchased the salon that fostered her initial curiosity in hair design. She successfully grew her business over the next 10 years, constantly emphasizing continued education and partnering with other prestigious hairdressers. Twice in her career, April trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, an institution that describes itself as “an avant-garde hotbed of creative energy.” Here, April worked with leading stylists; relearned basics; and solidified her path as a cutting-edge, professional, creative talent in the field of hairdressing. During 2011, April completed a yearlong program with acclaimed New York City-based Vivienne MacKinder. During this time, she earned additional certifications in Classic Precision Cutting, Razor and Finishing Skills, Razor Cutting and Precision Cutting, Editorial Styling and Cutting, Red Carpet Styling, and Bridal Styling. April’s unwavering commitment to her craft has made her a force to be reckoned with. Driven by the challenge to stay fresh, she constantly finds ways to reinvent herself and look at cutting and coloring in new and exciting ways. In addition to her impressive compendium of accolades, April has also become certified in placing and cutting hair extensions, gone through the Goldwell series of coloring courses, and participated in further education with TONI&GUY. Perhaps most remarkably, though, even after 20 years in the field, April carries with her the same fervor for hairdressing she had in year one. It is this passion that truly places April with the best of the best in her field. Undoubtedly, April’s future in hairdressing is bright: She looks forward to expanding her knowledge and techniques in hair coloring and creating more beautiful looks inspired by her clients
April presently styles at Hair Razors Unisex Salon in Schenectady.

Rebecca Bowles

Meet Rebecca. Rebecca Bowles began her successful career over 25+ years ago from the Orlo School of Hair Design in Albany, New York. Rebecca’s natural talent, disciplined skill, and approachable, winsome personality have helped her to build, grow, and maintain a solid and loyal client base. A life-long learner, Rebecca never turns down an opportunity to hone in on her creativity. She has broadened her ability to serve her clients by pursuing additional training from both Goldwell and Swartskopf. She is certified in Brazillian Keritan Treatment as well as Goldwell Hair Elite hair straightening. Rebecca Bowles’s first work in hair design was at Shangrila Salon in Schenectady, New York. It was at this early point in her career that Rebecca realized that her love of hair design was rooted in a desire to respond to people’s needs and to help them feel great about how they looked. From the Shangrila Salon, Rebecca moved on to the Lord and Ladies Boutique where she built the vast majority of her beautiful and loyal clientele. Rebecca’s clients return to her again and again knowing that they can trust her to listen carefully to them, to make educated suggestions, and to respond with careful, painstaking precision as she works. They also know that they can confidently recommend her work to their friends. When a client is looking for something new and perhaps doesn’t know what they want, Rebecca has the taste and skill to create something fresh that highlights that client’s best features. 

Barbara Bordeau Foti

Meet Barbara. Barbara comes to us from the Ballston Spa area back to Niskayuna . Barbara comes with and amazing 30+ years of knowledge in the world of aesthetics. Barbara has had the pleasure of working in not only our home state of New York, but also in Florida. Barbara loves her craft so much and she has such a strong willingness to help people she has also obtained a MA degree that she was able to incorporate into her facials and other many services she offers. Her focus is making all people feel beautiful, confident and priding herself on fully listening to each and every client she is able to address and skin needs that might cross her path. Barbara is able does it all from facials and waxing to permanent makeup. Barbara's up on all the latest methods and treatments and is licensed in NY & FL in Aesthetics and holds a FL Tattoo license where she was able to learn her art of microblading. Barbara is here to help you with all of your skincare needs. Don't wait. "Place your face in Barbara's capable hands" is the amazing slogan she goes by, this is how she is able to create such a strong clientele that is always amazing by the quality of services that she offers.

Amanda Altrock-McClenahan 

Meet Amanda. Amanda was our former assistant since 2/2019 and now is our  junior stylist here at Hair Razors. Amanda was born and raised in Niskayuna, NY. Amanda has an extensive background in retail management, but knew that she was able to do much more with her creative mind. In 2018 Amanda craved a career change and looked to her sister, a skilled and dedicated hair dresser, for inspiration. Having always had a love for art, hair dressing and client relationships, Amanda decided to begin her new career journey in the world of cosmetology. With a passion for bright and vivid colors as well as the art of cutting, Amanda looks forward to sharing her passion with current and future clients. As of November 2019, Amanda will be a new fixture at Hair Razors Salon, Spa & Boutique!


Contact us at 518-374-7350 . We'd love to hear from you.

Located at 1752 Union street, Niskayuna NY 12309