Karen Frances

 

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A full time licensed cosmetologist since 1984. Karen Frances is one of 5 colorists to have completed the color assistant program at the “Frank Ringi Salon” of San Francisco. Hair coloring is still her favorite skill. She is always attending advanced training to perfect her craft and continues to keep up with today’s trends.She was the owner of Bella Sirena full service salon in Burlingame. she is now the present owner of Plum Studios Salon. Plum Studios salon received an award, when nominated by viewers of KRON4′s on the “Best of the Bay”!

Karen is Deva Curl Certified to best accommodate the “Curly Girls”. This method is designed to cut curly hair dry; to create the best shape to be worn “natural”.

She is Mega Hair certified and uses a few different types of strand by strand hair extensions to accommodate client hair type and budget. She also works with Hair Addictions (1.5″ hair extension tracks see photo album)

Karen loves kicking up some hair art with today’s intense blue, plum green punk peek-a-boo hair color keeping up the industry trend. (see photo play album)

Karen is a professional that listens to find out what you want/need while also suggesting what you can add for the best result to suit you and your lifestyle. She will give you tips to keep your hairstyle easy to maintain in and out of the salon. She respects your time. She rarely runs late, answers the phone or works on more than one client at a time.

 

 

10% off Cash or Check Payments
30% Off 8-10″ Hair Donate Appts.

The price list is general. It reflects time, cost and specialty.
Long, thick hair or multiple products may increase pricing.
Prices are subject to change and includes “Simple Styling”

      AMERICAN WAVE
3  CERTIFIED TECHNIQUES:                    $300-400
Classic, Style Support or Hombre Wave      2-3 hours

HAIR EXTENSIONS FIRST APP.
Human Hair (1-2packs needed)               $300 pp+tx
Home Treatments Required                     approx. $52
1hr setup + 2-3hrs.             application  with Hair Cut
TOTALS: Approx. 3-4 hrs @ $100 hourly for Service

EXTENSION MAINTENANCE  after 2-4 months
*Human Hair and Home Treatments         as needed
*Removal and Hair Preparation           approx 2 hours
*Attachment & Cut          -approx. 2hrs -$100 per. hr.
TOTALS: Approx. 4-5 hrs @ $100 hourly for Service

**COLOR PLAY EXTENSIONS

 

 Glamour Strands  (tinsel)  (30min) 5 for $35
Feathers 1 bundle $35 (30min) Add. $25 w /service
Synthetic Extension  (30 min)  $35+
Human Hair Peekaboo  (75min) $45+

 

 

KERATIN HAIR SMOOTHER

 

 Short Hair (2hr) $240+
 Med Length (2.5hr) $290+
 Long Hair (3hrs)  $340+

 

BASICS

 

Blow-Dry  (45 min) $50
Formal Advanced Styling  (60min  ) $80
Hair Cut -simple styling  (45 & 60min )  $55-$85
Bang or Beard Trim   (15min) $26-$38

 

HAIR COLOR

 

HAIRCUT with services below  $35 & $60
Pre-Color Trt. a la carte (15min)  $35
Hair Color   (90min)   $100- $120
HALO Highlight (1hr)  a la carte $100
HALO Highlight during Color (90min)    $150
HALF Highlight (2hr.)   a la carte $130
HALF Highlight during Color (2.5h)   $180
FULL Highlight (2hrs)   a la carte $150
FULL Highlight during Color (2.5hr) $200
Second Color Weave (add 30mins)                   add $60
Second Color Weave  w/ same base color               $40
Extra Mixtures                                     add  $20 per color
Corrective Color               price above or $150 hr  MAX

 

 

Traditional WAVE ~ CURLS

Partial Perm (2hrs) $140
Basic Perm (2hrs) $180
Stack Perm/Spiral/Root Perm  (2.5hrs) $200
Add for 2nd day Air Perm Process. (1hr) $75

Consultation’s “Virtual Makeover”


20 Comments

  1. Frank C
    11, April 2012, 1:37pm / 

    Frank C.
    San Mateo, CA

    Update – 4/11/2012

    I love having my hair done here. My hairdresser Karen is the best, she knows everything about hair and makes me look like a Million bucks. I highly recommend Plum Studios to everyone.

  2. Yelp Review
    24, February 2012, 4:30pm / 

    gina g.’s updated review of Plum Studios Salon

    SHe did it again!!!! I am a new person thanks to Karen Francis. Plum studios is a first class act! I am greeted immediatedly when I walk in, offered a beverage, and given notice of any wait times due to mixing color etc. I wanted a change and Karen is patient and kind in her consult-since I cannot articulate in “stylist” terms what I truly want. She makes sure that she takes into concern my complexion and what would work with my skin tone. She is creative and careful to do what you want. She was mentoring a student at the time and is a good teacher who keeps current on new trends. I highly recommend Karen and Plum Sudios!!

  3. Yelp Review
    28, December 2011, 5:43pm / 

    Gina g. from Burlingame wrote:
    OMG! I am a new person again under the hands of Karen Francis! Once you enter Plum Studios, you are immediately greeted and given a holiday beverage. The salon is clean, well maintained and updated on a consistent basis. The tile in both bathrooms were recently redone, the lighting is modern and just the right brightness. The paint and molding gives a warm cozy feeling.
    Karen is the consummate professional that will give her opinion on what you should do with your hair, but will always do what you want. She is not only concerned about the “look” of your hair, but the “health” of your hair! Many people admire my hair and the feathers she weaved in. She always adjusts them -surprising me, putting them in different places and making my hair look a little different and fresh each time. She also does not push product like many salons do, but I must admit I love her shine, spray, oils and resconstructor.

    It is hard to find a good stylist that excels in both cut and color, who will talk to you if you want or let you have quiet time, following your cues. Try Plum Studios you will not regret it!

  4. Donna Avakoff
    29, November 2011, 9:36pm / 

    Hi Karen,
    I was in tonight for a haircut. My curly hair has a new look! Thanks for all the information about caring for my hair as well. After leaving I realized I had something for you.
    I will drop by in hopes of seeing you soon with a thank you.
    The wine was a nice touch as well!
    Truly,
    Donna Avakoff

  5. Yelp Review
    15, October 2011, 1:40pm / 

    * Frank C.
    * San Mateo, CA

    5 star rating
    10/15/2011

    Great hair cut and wonderful people that make you happy. Karen is the best of the best. My hair cut looks great even a month later.

  6. YELP
    24, August 2011, 10:12am / 

    * Linda J.

    Updated – 6/27/2011

    Just got another hair cut! Karen performs magic with VERY curly hair. It is so cool how she cuts it dry.

    Thanks Karen.

    12/11/2010

    New to Bay area. Living in S.City. Have very curly hair; a white girl afro. Born with it! Now it’s a white, white girl’s afro! Hard to find someone who knows how to cut curly hair with out cutting off too much. I always look butch when I leave a salon. Thank goodness it always grows back.
    Well I found a princess among thorns. Karen Frances cut my hair beautifully. She is a master at cutting curly hair. She is also a lovely person.
    Do you know she called me a week later to ask if I still liked the cut. You KNOW she has my business as long as I am in the area.

  7. Yelp Review
    23, May 2011, 6:21pm / 

    * Vivian S.
    * Burlingame, CA
    5/23/2011

    I have followed Karen as my stylist/colorist for over 20 years. She listens, advices is playful and professional. I feel confident you wouldn’t have a “Bad Hair Day” from any of the stylists. Her Salon in Burlingame is modern, clean has great energy and well located. Get your hair done and check out all happening restaurants outside the door.

  8. Yelp Review
    18, February 2011, 8:29am / 

    yelp2-18-11-OKAY, I have reviewed before…..but I have been getting nothing but compliments all day on my GLAM look. I just had my roots done, but KAREN worked her magic again and even though my hair was not cut, all my coworkers asked, “What did you do?” Karen took the flat iron whirled it around like a magician and gave me big, loose, Farrah-esque smooth, shiny curls. She is brilliant and listens to your cues: talks when you want, listens or gives you time to just meditate with a fashion mag! April at the desk is always friendly and gives a friendly welcome and goodbye. Plum Studios is a professional and incredible salon!

  9. Yelp Review
    11, December 2010, 8:29am / 

    12-11-10-New to Bay area. Living in S.City. Have very curly hair; a white girl afro. Born with it! Now it’s a white, white girl’s afro! Hard to find someone who knows how to cut curly hair with out cutting off too much. I always look butch when I leave a salon. Thank goodness it always grows back.
    Well I found a princess among thorns. Karen Frances cut my hair beautifully. She is a master at cutting curly hair. She is also a lovely person.
    Do you know she called me a week later to ask if I still liked the cut. You KNOW she has my business as long as I am in the area.

  10. Yelp Review
    18, July 2010, 8:29am / 

    yelp7-18-10-I’ve know Karen Frances (the owner) for 22 years, that is how long she has been doing my hair. She is excellent, professional, and treats her customer’s with the up most respect. Thank you Karen your doing a great job.

    Karen knows how to run a business! I highly recommend that you see her.

  11. Yelp Review
    18, January 2010, 8:30am / 

    yelp 1/18/2010 Margaret form Union City gives Kanre Frances 5 stars!!

    I have been going to Karen Frances for the last 15+ years! This review is long overdue, as I have followed Karen through all the different Salon’s she has either worked at or owned. She is the most professional, friendly hairdresser ever. I am always treated special which prompts customers for return appointments. The Salon is clean and trendy, and the staff is helpful. It’s always a pleasure to be there with the rewards of a great hair style when you leave!

  12. Yelp Review
    02, June 2009, 8:30am / 

    Gina G from Burlingame, CA give Karen Frances 5 stars!!!!
    6/2/2009

    Fantastic, Wonderful service at Plum Studios!!! Karen Francis is the bomb! I schedueled a day before my Birthday Hawaii trip to cut my hair for cancer, to be made into wigs -(Locks for Love).

    I was greeted as soon as I walked in by Candy at the reception desk, (she was making an appointment for an exiting client) she acknowledged and greeted me anyway, and said she would be right with me (GREAT old school customer service Candy!

    Karen Francis also greeted me while she was on the phone, and showed me where to change into a gown. We talked about what I was envisioned, and sensed my nervousness ( My hair has been long all my life, and I have not had her style my hair before). I must mention that after I changed into a gown, Tammer saw my fear and horror on my face,, and he comically asked if I needed something-a shot?-His humor deflected my nervousness and he calmed me down. Karen stepped in and quelled my fears as well-offered me a beverage, and while looking at me in the mirror, talked to me about what she was thinking about my style, overall color and a few highlights-she “actively” listened to me-HER CLIENT-added her point of view ( we decided on a blunt cut, with movement and subtle highlights-she did not want my hair strawlike in Hawaii’s sun and fun)…and VIOLA! I love her creation! It is a FANTASTIC blunt cut that curls in easily when blown dry and was a great wash and wear and scrunch with product in Hawaii -in between the beach, sailing, and the pool. Thank you Karen, you are fantastic! The staff is nice, kind, professional and welcoming. I recomend Plum Studios to everyone!

    One constructive criticism that I hesitate to mention, but might help another person in another way:
    While in my chair before the big 10-11 inch cut, a nearby stylist shouted out, “THEY don’t take colored hair!” (The organization I was donated my hair to) My stomach was already churning and I was starting to hyperventilate quietly, clutching the “Locks for Love” donation instruction guideline sheet in my hands-, she said it again, and without looking at where the inaccurate, pushy voice was coming from-(In my mind,) I tried to defend my years of hair growth, not having highlights, but having all over colored hair and how they “do” take colored hair and I waved the guideline papers that I held in my lap, my stylist then interupted and said that I had the guidelines right in front of me and they do take colored hair that is not more than 5 % grey -but no highlighted hair. That whole interjection was not appropriate and in other circumstances a client can get very upset and just leave the salon. What if that happened to you, after planning a big birthday and making a big decision like this one and have the feeling that you have to defend yourself to a stranger, while paying good money for what is supposed to be relaxing services. Part of me did not want to air this, but knowing Karen, she will appreciate the honesty and have her staff learn from this inappropriate exchange.

    Besides that, and that is an isolated incident, I am so happy I have found Plum Studios and Karen Francis as an incredible stylist that is very creative,works with what the client wants, but also concerned about hair health and shine.

  13. Yelp Review
    16, April 2009, 8:31am / 

    Malina M. from Burlingame, CA rates Karen 5 stars!!
    4/16/2009 I have been going to Plum Studios for two years now on a regular basis. And truth be told, I LOVE IT!!!!! After the first time going there, Karen is the only one allowed near my hair with any sharp objects. And Renata is a genius when it comes to nails. It is a great environment and everyone is so friendly. I most say, they also have great stories. If you need true hair geniuses and a good laugh, then you have to visit plum studios! Heck, I was just there an hour ago and I love the look I got even more than my original plan. You just have to trust the stylist and be very very specific about what extremes you are willing to go to with your hair.

  14. Yelp Review
    01, March 2009, 8:32am / 

    3/1/2009

    Karen cut my hair and did a very good haircut.

    I have this crazy thing about going to a new hairdresser each time. I do some online research and find someone really good. It’s a bit crazy because I am a hairdresser.

    I do my best to keep this to myself, because i learn a great deal each time.

    Karen was a bit weak on the consult at first and cut off some hair I was a attached to, so I freaked out a weeny bit. The miscommunication belonged to both of us. When I look back it was both our fault.

    We talked through it and I relaxed and let her do her magic. Karen was honest with me and I always appreciate a sincere human. In the short time I spent with her she comes off as a pleasant human that seems kind.

    She’s got the energy it takes to be a good at doing hair. She also spoke of going to courses that I know make a good hairdresser. Any one who continues to learn is someone to trust with your hair.

    The cut is very good and is performing well for me. That gave her a high review. The other thing that gave her the high review is that she was so real with me and cared to do a good job. It showed all over the place during our appointment.

    Good job on my waves, Karen. I’m loving the haircut and I’m glad I let you do the design you dreamed up for me. (You will know why I won’t be back in your chair again, but might run into you at some hair event.)

    Thanks for the tips on how to clip my hair!

    Sincerely,
    Teresa “Allen”.

  15. yellowpages.com
    06, November 2008, 8:27am / 

    Exceptional
    Karen’s the best

    Posted by saractravels on 11/05/2008

    Karen’s been doing my hair for the last 18 years. Even after I moved to Santa Clara, I still drive up, because she does such an excellent job of coloring my hair that no one suspects that it’s dyed and has lots of grey! Her hair cuts are also great. I’m one of those clients who impulsively pulls out the shears and cuts away. Karen just smiles (ok, sometimes she laughs, like the time I didn’t notice I’d grabbed the scissors instead of the thinning shears!) and fixes it for me. She puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring her salon has a pleasant, warm ambiance, qualified staff and well run scheduling system. I would highly recommend Karen and her salon to anyone

  16. Yelp Review
    05, November 2008, 8:32am / 

    yellowpages.com

    Exceptional
    Karen’s the best

    Posted by saractravels on 11/05/2008

    Karen’s been doing my hair for the last 18 years. Even after I moved to Santa Clara, I still drive up, because she does such an excellent job of coloring my hair that no one suspects that it’s dyed and has lots of grey! Her hair cuts are also great. I’m one of those clients who impulsively pulls out the shears and cuts away. Karen just smiles (ok, sometimes she laughs, like the time I didn’t notice I’d grabbed the scissors instead of the thinning shears!) and fixes it for me. She puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring her salon has a pleasant, warm ambiance, qualified staff and well run scheduling system. I would highly recommend Karen and her salon to anyone

    StarStarStarStarStar yellowpages.com

    Exceptional

    Pamper Yourself

    Posted by Cheryl_G on 07/17/2008

    I highly recommend this adorable salon, in Burlingame. The neighborhood is bright and sunny. My hairstylist, Karen was extremely helpful and discussed what would work best for my hair and face shape. She even gave me a complimentary highlight, that I absolutely just love. I, also, got manicure/pedicure from Kim upstairs. She is the sweetest lady and really took the time and did a thorough job. Best pedicure I’ve ever had. I definitely will come back again and again.

  17. yellowpages.com
    17, July 2008, 8:25am / 

    Exceptional

    Pamper Yourself

    Posted by Cheryl_G on 07/17/2008

    I highly recommend this adorable salon, in Burlingame. The neighborhood is bright and sunny. My hairstylist, Karen was extremely helpful and discussed what would work best for my hair and face shape. She even gave me a complimentary highlight, that I absolutely just love. I, also, got manicure/pedicure from Kim upstairs. She is the sweetest lady and really took the time and did a thorough job. Best pedicure I’ve ever had. I definitely will come back again and again.

  18. yellowpages.com
    18, March 2008, 8:25am / 

    mwoodward on 03/18/2008

    I visit Plum Studios Salon and have Karen Frances style my hair. The decor is very modern; faux finished walls in plum colors with plenty of wood create a relaxing atmosphere. I like that it doesn’t seem like a walk-in clinic. The vibe there is good. When I first saw her I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for, but Karen was happy to make some suggestions that she felt would be good for my face. She did a great job on my hair and it continues to look great. As styles and seasons change, she makes suggestions to update it. I highly recommend her and her salon.

  19. Yelp Review
    02, August 2007, 10:38am / 

    5 star rating on Yelp.com

    Cute little new place in a charming location. Around the block from great shopping and close to El Camino for easy access. The hair stylists are great and seem to really know what they’re doing. I got a cut & color with Karen Francis and she was very careful with my light blonde hair. She is extremely detail-oriented and takes her time to correct every strand of mis-colored hair. The price isn’t bad, but expect to walk out of there spending at least $100. Overall, I am impressed and am now a regular customer.

    03/02/2008 Update: After 20+ years of being blond, I decided it was time for a change. I headed over to my favorite salon, Plum Studios, and Dolce dyed my hair the most BEAUTIFUL dark chocolate color! It was the perfect hair color for me and it was EXACTLY what I wanted and so much more! Dolce is GREAT!!! Highly recommended!!!

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