Louise Baranowski owner of Cowboys & Angels Salon SF

Louise Baranowski


Twenty-three years of international experience has earned Louise Baranowski an accomplished reputation as one of San Francisco’s top stylists. In 1986 Allure magazine named her top stylist in their article on San Francisco salons.

Educated at the London College of Fashion, Louise worked as an assistant at Harrods Hair and Beauty Salon in Knightsbridge. After her 1982 graduation, she launched her career at London’s Daniel Galvin Salon, where she established a devoted clientele, developed a training program, and directed assistants and colleagues to a contemporary approach to precision cutting.

After relocating to Los Angeles, CA, Louise landed a position as Senior Artistic Director and Educator at John Paul Hair Design. Her career path led her to San Francisco’s 77 Maiden Lane and later to a top creative salon called Architects & Heroes.

In 1994 Louise and  Tracey McAllister created Cowboys & Angels.  Louise is recognized as one of San Francisco’s most esteemed stylists and Cowboys and Angels remains a spectacular example of her success, vision and talent.


Tracey McAlister owner of Cowboys & Angels San Francisco

Tracey McAllister


Starting in 1981 Tracey McAlister studied and worked with an extremely talented group of Vidal Sassoon professionals including Tim Hartley, international creative director, and Annie Humphrey's in colour and technical research. Further instruction from art directors Mark Hayes, Christopher Brooker and promotions coordinator Mitch Barry led to Tracey’s expert development in technique, control, and understanding of clients' needs. Tracey worked with the Vidal Sassoon team in London, New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco for over ten years as a stylist and an educator, setting up training programs and teaching the disciplines of precision cutting and a modern approach to style. Tracey has cut and styled hair for photo shoots, demonstrations, and floor shows.

Tracey then took on a new position as a stylist with a salon called Architects & Heroes. From there, she collaborated with two other stylists, Louise Baranowski to form a new salon, Cowboys & Angels.

Tracey is a fabulous success as a salon owner, educator, and creative director. She has been highly recommended by both Self and Allure magazine.


David Tolls owner of Cowboys & Angels San francisco

David Tolls


David is one of the most sought after stylists in San Francisco. His passion for thoughtful, artistic composition drew him to the Academy of Art to obtain a degree in graphic design — an experience that helps him bring a very intentional, unique approach to his work. Deciding to pursue a career as a hair stylist, David began training under Marcy Harmon and Michelle Snyder in San Francisco. Throughout his career, David has looked for "what’s next,” and has immersed himself in continuing education courses with Oribe and Bumble & Bumble salons. Most recently, his work can be seen in Nordstrom & Target campaigns, as well as Teen Vogue, WWD, Oyster and Schön, and Paper Magazine, among others. To see his work visit www.davidtolls.net 

With nearly 15 years of expertise, David is excited to bring his vision to the salon where he began his career: Cowboys & Angels. Drawing on the legacy of the brand and inspired by the streets of San Francisco, the global fashion scene and all things “old, new, young and weird,” David looks forward to ushering in the next era for the salon.   David is refreshing this San Francisco mainstay into urban oasis that’s as eye-catching as the clientele who walk through its doors


Brittany Sugrue


Brittany has had a passion for hair since she was an adolescent, developing her imagination and originality through life experiences growing up around the Bay Area. When she was 16 years old, she shadowed at salons and finished her schooling with Paul Mitchell when she was 18.  She became a stylist for a Paul Mitchell focus salon in San Francisco and decided that after multiple advanced academy classes, she would further her education and start specializing in cutting, working for Vidal Sassoon. After a few years at Sassoon, Brittany headed down to Beverly Hills and worked as a stylist.  She styled celebrities such as: Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Preston, Jordana Brewester, and Bob Saget. However, she decided San Francisco was where she left her heart and is fortunately now with us. She specializes in men’s cuts and pixie cuts, but also loves doing woman’s hair at any length


Cory Hollingsworth


~ Bio coming soon

Cristen Cochran


Cristen graduated from an art driven school in Northern California. Given her creative background, she relocated to the Bay Area to pursue a career as a colorist. Hired at Cowboys & Angels salon she grew as a colorist under Robert Tochterman and Riccardo Cinotti. 

With her hunger for education, Cristen continues to travel coast to coast attending advanced color academies as well as various styling courses.  Her approach to color is inspired by nature as well as the 1970’s bohemian lifestyle. Cristen specializes in balayage techniques, sun-kissed blondes, rich brunettes, natural reds, Keratin treatments as well as Skin Weft & Ron King extensions.

When Cristen is not in the salon, you will most likely see her baking gluten-free goodies with her two puppies or soaking up the rays while surfing.

Edward Joseph Plata


Edward Joseph Plata

Edward has over 9 years of experience in the industry. His passion for the world of hair started at just sixteen years old when he began his training. After over 4 years of rigorous apprenticing, he began styling at Vim & Vigor Salon in Soma where he quickly became a top stylist. 

Wanting to push himself further, Edward decicided to make a move to New York City. He landed a job working with one of New York’s top stylists Sally Hershberger styling celebrities, models, and industry professionals. He has worked on numerous photoshoots, behind the scenes work, and at fashion week. Realizing his heart was back on the West Coast, he returned to San Francisco and joined the Cowboys and Angels team. The diversity of the city has made him a seasoned stylist on all hair textures and types on both men and women. He sees hair as a canvas and feels he has been givien the opportunity to improve peoples lives by granting confidence through beauty. 

Edward loves making people feel good and appreciates the positive impact a hairstylist can have on clients. Knowing how important communication between client and stylist can be, he is a great listener, consultant, and has been recognized for his sharp, detailed eye. His precise and meticulous cuts will leave you feeling better than you ever have. 

Edward specializes in haircutting mixed with structure and creativity, specialty blowouts, and wedding and event upstyling.

Emma James

Color Specialist/Educator

-Emma has always had a passion for haircolor. She started working in a salon at the age of 15 and has never looked back. Moving to San Francisco at 17 to start her career gave her an edge to train under some of the top colorist in the country. From rainbow colored locks to the most natural sun kissed highlights Emma's drive and passion keeps her on trend and ready for anything. Drawing inspiration from her travels around the world she will customize a color to suit your needs. Also specializing in extensions to seamlessly color match you and assist you on your journey to luscious locks


Jess Cabral Stylist and Colorist at Cowboys & Angels Salon San Francisco

Jess Cabral


With over 20 years of  industry experience, Jess has worked at several premiere salons including Vidal Sassoon and Bumble & Bumble in New York where he learned the art of precision cutting and the magic of color.  At Vidal Sassoon, Jess mastered the precision cutting method that made Sassoon famous.  While at Bumble & Bumble, Jess discovered the art and magic of color and began perfecting his style of creating softer outlines and lighter carefree hair with an edge of sophistication and glamorous beauty.

Jess’s client list includes well-known film celebrities, high profile politicians, and loyal customers from around the country. Now living in San Francisco, Jess works at Cowboys & Angels where he continues to perfect his craft of integrating color and cut.  

Jess is also an accomplished artist with work ranging from drawing, painting, photography and glass blowing.


Jess Cassidy Stylist at Cowboys & Angels Salon San Francisco

Jess Cassidy


Stylist Jess has been an integral part of Cowboys and Angles (C&A) for over 10 years after receiving her advanced education at Vidal Sassoon, Bumble & Bumble, and Tony & Guy Salons. She is active in all aspects of C&A’s training program. Jess is one of C&A’s most popular stylists with women, and her outstanding barber skills make Jess an in-demand men’s stylist. Plus she is just an amazing human being and joy to be around.


Leslie Chin-Schmitt


With a well-established eye for design, Leslie worked solidly in graphic design for 4 years before discovering her true calling in hair. She has since devoted 10 years to the pursuit of creating beautiful hair for an amazing clientele ranging from the classic to the cutting edge. Leslie completed Vidal Sassoon based advanced training at Elevation Salon in San Francisco where she then continued on as a stylist for 8 years. Thereafter she joined the J. Roland Salon for the following 2 years. Leslie is happy to be currently sharing her craft with the team at Cowboys and Angels.With a solid foundation in precision cutting and styling, she maintains a devoted following of both men and women by staying true to her artistic training - form must follow function. Leslie believes that your hair is an extension of you and your personality and should be crafted to suit you as an individual. In addition to specializing in haircutting, Leslie is an expert at wedding and special event styling, the Brazilian Blowout Keratin treatment, and continues to expand her skills through regular classes and seminars.See Leslie's workhttps://www.instagram.com/lesliechin_hair/

Michael Madalinski


Michael Madalinski has been coloring hair in San Francisco since 2001. After moving to the city, he began his training at Cowboys & Angels. As a senior colorist, he has a deep understanding of the trends and culture of hair color.
Michael leads the color training program at Cowboys & Angels. He has a passion for education. He understands the importance of continued growth through education in the hair industry. Molding and refining color formulation and application, with the assistant, is something Michael takes very seriously.
Michaels own color training stems back to his beginning days at Cowboys & Angels. He refined his craft, as an assistant, with the guidance of some of San Francisco's top colorists. His continued education includes countless workshops with Bumble & Bumble, Vidal Sassoon, Wella, Goldwell, Whittemore House, and The Paintbox...just to name a few.
Michael's eye for color, technique, and reputation landed him the honor of being named San Francisco's top colorist in 2 separate issues of Allure Magazine.
He loves working with every color in the color spectrum. However, he has a special eye for blondes.
Feel free to contact Michael directly at 415-595-9272 for booking inquiries.

Michael Perry


Michael Perry is a master hair colorist who has worked from Newbury Street Boston to Union Square San Francisco. He has been lucky enough to witness the evolution of the hair industry, not only from behind the chair, but also as a salon manager, having supervised 2 salons and overseen all education at James Joseph Salons in Boston for many years. He has worked as a platform artist for Goldwell USA and won the title Educator of the Year for Goldwell New England in 2006. After falling in love with San Francisco 8 years ago, he is happy to have found a home at Cowboys and Angels. Michael takes immense pride in his creative work and is known for his meticulous color placement. He possesses a unique ability to see what will work best for a client, based on their skin tone, eye color, and life style, and goes out of his way to ensure his clients feel completely at ease. Michael relies on the deep foundations of his education and training, while maintaining a close eye on what the next trend will be. Whether it is CrossFit, triathlon training or coloring your hair. Michael always gives 120 percent!

Oscar Agredano


 Melding passion and experience, Oscar is a highly sought after Vidal Sassoon Cutting Specialist practiced in precision and creative cuts as well as barbering. Drawing inspiration from the arts and in love with his craft, he approaches each cut with a unique vision and finds great happiness in client fulfillment. Originally from Long Beach, CA, he began his career in 2003 and moved to San Francisco in 2007 where he has trained and worked under some of the top talent in the city and was a member of the urban design team for a prominent hair product company. Credits include: Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Zac Posen, and Giambattista Valli.

Robert Tochterman


With over 8 years in the industry, Bobby is constantly being motivated by his surroundings. He takes his inspiration from architecture, nature, fashion, and film. Bobby is known for his versatility and uncanny ability to help clients find their own style. His educational background includes Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and Sebastian. Bobby started is career at Cowboys and Angels and now works full-time in New York City at Muze Salon where he specializes in multi-dimensional hair color, chic cuts, and effortless extension work. His Love of San Francisco has him returning once a month to join the Cowboys and Angels team.


Rory Austin Stylist and Colorist at Cowboys & Angels Salon San Francisco

Rory Austin


Rory has over 14 years experience at Cowboys and Angels. During her 14 years at Cowboys and Angels, Rory has earned a reputation as an expert stylist, gaining devoted clientele, being named a best stylist by Allure, and remains a five star rated Yelp favorite.  Advanced cutting classes at Bumble+Bumble make her an expert at scissor cuts and a specialist at razor cuts. Rory is a senior instructor at C&A’s training program, helping to mold C&A’s next generation of stylists.


Tori Piellusch

Tori Peillusch Colorist at Cowboys & Angels Salon San Francisco


Tori Piellusch has been an artist all her life. Still with a sketchbook in tow, she continues to find inspiration in the nature and nostalgia that surrounds her, as well as what can be found on the pages of Vogue magazine, the fashion runways of New York, and the shoe-gaze songs spinning on her record player. After finishing her artist's training at the Academy of Art, and working as a MAC Creative Artist, Tori found her true passion in hair and quickly enrolled in cosmetology school. Upon graduation, Tori began a Vidal Sassoon based advanced training at Elevation Salon in San Francisco, where she continued on as a colorist for 9 years. Over the past decade she has worked with some of the top hair artists in San Francisco and is honored to find herself currently surrounded by the amazing team at Cowboys and Angels.