Croton Falls hair salon: new management and new energy at Anderson French


Felicia Mani and Stuart Anderson outside of Anderson French salon in Croton Falls. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

By Sarah Gayden and Amelie Zamora

Anderson French is getting a new look.

The Croton Falls hair salon, established in 1996 to “make Manhattan-quality styling accessible to the upper Westchester area” is under new management. After an illustrious career in hair design, owner and international hair designer Stuart Anderson made the decision to hand over most of the salon’s day-to-day operations to Felicia Mani in a move to inject new energy into the 26 year-old business.

Anderson and Mani have known each other for nearly two decades, having first met at Anderson’s Manhattan salon.

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

“Stuart has always been a very supportive person and boss,” Mani said. The pair stayed close over the years, even while Mani traveled in the U.S. and overseas for various professional opportunities. In addition to having experience as a stylist, Mani previously opened a blow dry bar in Chicago, worked as a fragrance tester for a shampoo company and spent time working for a hair extension company.

“After the pandemic, I was curious to see how Stuart was doing, and checked back in with him,” Mani said. “He told me there was an opportunity to work with him up here. It felt like kismet.”

Under Mani, Anderson French’s services have expanded to include waxing, reiki, hair extensions, hair restoration and makeup application. Since coming on board in February, Mani has hired new stylists, refreshed the Anderson French website, including adding online booking capabilities, and increased the salon’s social media presence. Mani’s idea is to enhance what was already working at Anderson French and to broaden its appeal to more local customers.

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

“The salon is still Stuart’s baby. He wants to see it succeed,” Mani said. And, she says, she is determined to help it do exactly that. “I love the current clientele, but I’m also trying to reach out to new people in the community who might not know that we are here,” she said.

One of the biggest changes Mani hopes to incorporate into the salon is a greater focus on sustainability and eco-consciousness. She is sourcing high quality products, such as Lakmé color, a brand that focuses on ethical consumerism and environmental protection. Mani says that this is only the start. Her goal is for the salon to monitor its carbon footprint and act accordingly.

“We are situated among all these farms; we should think about sustainability and making an impact,” Mani said.

While Mani ramps up new initiatives, Anderson will maintain his list of longtime clients who come to him for haircuts on Fridays and Saturdays. Anderson charges $65 for men’s cuts and $105 for women.

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

While the day-to-day aspects of running a salon are vast and varied, what Mani lives for is the ‘after,’ `the moment when a client sees their new look for the first time. “You have the power to give someone the confidence they had been searching for. Even if the process only takes half an hour, or two hours, you still get the feeling that you made a difference in someone’s day.”

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

Anderson French is located at 14 Front Street, Croton Falls. 

Services include:

  • Waxing
  • Haircuts
  • Hair color
  • Blowouts
  • Highlights
  • Perms
  • Relaxers
  • Keratin treatments
  • Makeup application
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