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Our Staff

FrancesRay Jules in Boston, Massachusetts, is a professional salon offering high-quality services performed by amazing artists Ben Mitrano and Richard Burgess. The name of our salon comes from our founder's family. His father is Ray and his mother is Frances. We opened more than 15 years ago and in just five short years we had quadrupled in size. After the economy crashed we decided to downsize to get back out to our own roots.


Ben Mitrano, Owner and Creative Director, Master Colorist

Ben is the owner of FrancesRay Jules. He has over 15 years of experience as a stylist, including working at Judy Jetson Inc. in Cambridge, as a director of the Elizabeth Arden Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue, and a stylist at Man in the Moon Salon at Fanueil Hall. Growing up with five sisters, Ben was persistently exposed to the world of hair and makeup. Following his love for art, theatre, and fashion, a career in the ever-changing hair industry would be the perfect fit. While at Saks, he worked at most, if not all the runway fashion shows for the Fifth Avenue Club and many other fashion events, benefiting local and national charities.
Ben Mitrano

Opening FrancesRay Jules

After opening FrancesRay Jules in 2001 and noticing its success, Ben decided to broaden his horizons and expand his Boston location, going from four styling stations to six, with the addition of a color bar, larger nail area, full skin care, waxing, massage, and body treatments, as well as backing the launch of our Jules Makeup line. Ben enjoys using his talents to help others. Past charity events he has helped support include Blessed Sacrament Youth Organization, the Gillette Foundation for Women's Health, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, The Ellie Fund, and our ongoing relationship with Dress For Success.

Training

As owner and salon director, Ben takes pride in providing in-salon and outside education for his staff, having all stylists and assistants train with him before stylists have the opportunity to participate in innovative classes and outside training. This includes workshops at Wella International, Bio Ionic Straightening, Sebastian International, Sexy Hair Concepts, Aquage, American Crew, and many more.

Special Skills

Ben specializes in all aspects of styling, including precision cutting and color correction. He has a keen eye for detail and creates exquisite bridal up styles and exceptional formal wear hairstyles. He remains abreast of the current trends and techniques, striving to provide an ideal example for his staff. He recently joined the team of P& G/Wella National Educators. His work has been featured in the pages of the Boston Globe's Go Red Insert, Shut up Magazine, Platinum Weddings Magazine and recognized as a hidden gem in Modern Salon Magazine.

Richard Burgess, Owner, Stylist and Artistic Director

Richard has extensive experience in the makeup industry, having worked in many fast-paced retail environments. His talents are diverse, and he helps his clients achieve the look they want. Highlighting, construing, and accenting are just some of the many techniques Richard can perform.

Cosmetic Line

Richard is the brains behind Jules Makeup, a new line of cosmetics that provides fabulous new colors and a customized professional makeup application. He specializes in wedding photos, new license photos, and passport photos as well as black and white photos, or any other time you want to just look fabulous. He recently had the opportunity to work with national anthem performers Paula Cole, James Taylor, Keith Lockheart, and several members of the Boston Pops at the NBA Finals. Along with his work for the American Heart Association, The Ellie Fund, and Dress for Success, Rich and his staff enjoy donating time and services for a good cause. Richard's experiences include:

  • Creator of Jules Makeup
  • Wedding Day Bridal Expo, Key Makeup Artist
  • MAC Cosmetics, Retail Manager (Nine Years)
  • Trucco Makeup Training Courses
  • Editorial Print Work Featured in Platinum Weddings Magazine
Richard Burgess

Certification

With over 10 years and 1,000 smiling faces, Richard leverages his skills and continuing education to create the perfect hairstyles and makeup looks. His styling certifications include:

  • Bio Ionic Certified
  • Depileve Waxing Certified
  • Genometrics Cutting Course
  • Keratin Complex Express Blow Out Certified
  • Sebastian Product Knowledge
  • Wella Color Educated

Deanna K

Deanna K, Nail Technician and Assistant Stylist

Deanna grew up in Boston and graduated with her cosmetology license. She came to our salon in her senior year and has been here ever since. She is now training with the Master Stylist in cuts, color, and updos. She specializes in facials, waxing, manicures, shellac manicure, and pedicures. Deanna is certified in:

  • Aquage Up Do
  • Moroccan Oil Product Knowledge
  • Nioxin
  • Shellac CND Certified
  • Wella Color Essentials