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Our Beauty Crew

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Hello there I am Maley, owner of Funky Bella. I am from Costa Rica and I have been doing hair for a long time!! (since my 20's) .

I have been around all cultures and countries learning and here I am!

I've made Brooklyn my home. 

With over 12 years of experience, I have worked internationally as a hairstylist. My work extends through Europe, Central and South America. For the past 6 years I have lived in  Brooklyn with my son, my dash-hound and cat. I am a master colorist (I also love doing haircuts). My specialty ranges from redheads, blond transformations, color corrections, to the wild and vibrant. I am also available for make-up Services. I am fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English. For fun I love to indulge in wine, WALK AROUND BROOKLYN , MOSTLY BEDSTUY, watch movies and spend time with my son, friends and family.

Judith Essien, international stylist/colorist, has spent the last 26 years perfecting her craft in top salons across the world.  Prior to joining the team at Funkybella Salon (New York) – where she currently services clients, Essien owned a hair studio in the heart of Bedstuy Brooklyn, Chokmah Hair Lab for 9 years, worked at Salon Jie (Toronto), Salon Jie (New York), Anagen Salon (New York)  Extravaganza Hair Design (New York) and Giannillo the salon New York.

Fully committed to refining her craft, Essien continued her education at Schwarzkopf Academy (Canada) and Vidal Sassoon Academy (New York). Essien furthered her education and is now a certified colorist in many different lines and specializes in precision haircuts.  A veteran of many media appearances, Essien performed a double makeover on the Rachael Ray Show and GMA.  Judith Essien’s diverse clientele ranges from socialites to stay-at-home mothers. This clientele swears by her unique cut and color techniques, which she credits to her love of balance and art.

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