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INTERVIEW: #HAIR DIRECTOR SERGIO GIANNASSO #LONDON

Carpe Diem

An ohDearyme Interview with Sergio Giannasso by Becki Burrows

From: Puglia, Italy

Current location: Covent Garden, London

Current happiness levels out of 10: 11 (Becki: ‘ooh nice one!)

Favourite film: Dirty Dancing

Favourite musician: Giacomo Puccini

Favourite artist: Henri Matisse

Henri Matiss

Favourite book: Dark fire by C.J.Sansom

Dark Fire

 

Favourite colour: Fuchsia (Becki: google tells me that.. fuchsia is another name for magenta sometimes described as hot pink, reddish-purple, vivid pink and light purple).

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Brief synopsis: Owner & Creative Director of Giannasso Hair & Beauty

QUESTIONS:

You started out as an apprentice at 19 and spent five years blowdrying hair… and have trained and worked with some of the worlds biggest brands in the hairdressing industry – including Charles Worthington. I found you to be very down to earth and friendly – how do you keep your ego at bay in an industry like this?

By being myself and keeping my feet on the ground! I always remember my main goal is to please my clients whilst creating a great bond with them & maintaining professionalism.

What was it about styling hair that attracted you?

The art of it.

You run the self-titled shop Giannasso Hair & Beauty in Covent Garden – why London?

I feel it’s the heart of the world and not too far from home.

Sergio Giannasso

Who are your style icons?

Italian film actress – Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Actress Sophia Loren

You styled David Hasselhoff’s aka “The Hoff”‘s hair! How was he? Do you have a picture? Awesome!

He knew exactly what he wanted but took my professional advice.

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Sergio with David Hasselhoff @DavidHasselhoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You love to bake at home  – and serve your special alcohol free recipes (Tiramisu) to your clients which is a lovely touch! What is it you love about baking?

I’m afraid you don’t bake tiramisu! (ME: Oops).. I love that unique touch. The recipe was passed on from my Grandma- it’s her secret recipe!

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There is only one store so far – do you see yourself expanding soon? I have big dreams & why not!

From my experience of your salon – your staff seem to be having a lot of fun, yet very professional – a warm and relaxing atmosphere – is this the Italian ethos? This is what I have always wanted with my salon, a professional but charismatic team- I think that’s what makes us special!

What styles in hair would you say, in your opinion, are hot right now?

For me ‘what’s hot right now’ doesn’t exist, it’s what should be tailored to you. I believe the hair cut has to work with you, not the other way round.

What do you enjoy about the creative process of styling?

Being able to emphasise the best features in my clients and bring out the best in them.

You are award winning tell us a little about those awards…

I get great satisfaction for being recognised for showing that special magic touch! We won best team/service at the London Hair and Beauty Awards 2016. I’m very proud to say we have just found out we won Gold for Best Hair Salon and Best Colour Technician, as well as, Silver for Best Hair Stylist of the year at this year’s British Hair & Beauty Awards 2017!

What else do you offer in store?

I like to think of the salon as a ‘one stop shop’. We offer a wide range of hair services, beauty treatments, make-up and also offer bridal packages.

You guys styled my hair really well – then I went home and tried to do it myself. With some rollers and er, some extra firm hairspray (I had to take my friends dog for a quick walk). Basically I’m rubbish at styling my own hair. Do you have any tips for me please? What am I doing WRONG?!? AAAAHHHH!

I always recommend to use the products advised by your stylist. It’s vital that you start your hair at the front/fringe as it makes it easier to get the style into place. The best tool to use at home is Velcro rollers as they give you great volume and bounce without damaging your hair, classic but effective!

What brands would you recommend for keeping my fabulous (and I do love it) new colour fresh?

I would recommend our new Silky Reloaded product. This is a take home product for you to use to bring back the tone that’s lost after washes to your hair.

You used the brand Silky – they are from Italy – my colour is still looking fab. Tell us more about them?

This colour range is fantastic for both vibrant shades and being kind to hair. With just 1% ammonia, Silky delivers great shine/condition and beautiful colour. I am really enjoying using them.

I am trying to avoid burning my hair – do you have any tips that might help in maintaining it’s health whilst I am swimming/sunbathing/styling?

I always recommend Neal & Wolf heat protection spray! Its light weighted so it does not kill the volume!

Neal Wolf

Neal Wolf

What do you love about your job? Being able to make people happy and feel confident whilst creating bonds and in some cases dear friends! It makes me feel special that I can do this.

What makes you happy? My love for life.

Do you have a quote that you live by? Carpe Diem (live in the moment).

What fashion styles are you enjoying at the minute? What do you predict for the future.. ? At the moment I love simplicity with colour. For the future I predict that fashion and sporting clothing will merge for every day wear, comfort but yet still fashion.

Best thing about London? The freedom

What are the styles like and how do they differ to the British styles in Italy?

I feel like the style in Italy is a little stuck in their ways. It’s very classical, impeccable and beautifully put together. Where as in Britain it may not always be perfectly put together but yet it can be unique, interesting and inspiring!

What would be your top tips for people who want to start out in the industry?

Be prepared for a long hard road, be patient, work hard and enjoy every step of the way!

You have worked on catwalks in Milan to styling models – what has been your favourite experience so far?

The excitement rush you get minutes before the runway starts…it only lasts a few minutes but its intense.

When you are styling someone I noticed you are studying them quite a bit- what are you looking for? As a Make-Up Artist (#mua) I always look at the complexion, eyes and face shape to what you’re wearing, to how you talk and the tone of your voice to determine what hair style/colour would suit you best. That’s why we never do a consultation with a gown on!

How do I say thanks in Italian? Grazie!

Visit Sergio’s salon in London at:

53 St Martins Lane

Covent Garden, London – WC2N 4EA

Sergio Giannasso


f.   : 0207 240 9973
e.  : bookings@giannasso.co.uk
w. : www.giannasso.co.uk

Twitter: @SergioGiannasso

Facebook: @SergioGiannasso

Pics of my new hair and the team below:

Grazie! And remember y’all Seize the Day! 

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Sergio Giannasso and Rob

Sergio Giannasso and Rob

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HAIR REVIEW: GIANNASSO HAIR & BEAUTY

You know what I can’t stand? Seeing a picture in a magazine – and thinking – ‘YES! THAT! That is an AMAZING style!’.

Cutting out a few examples.. taking them into a hairdressers full of hope and excitement. ‘I want that colour!’.

To receive a negative response.

‘Ohh. No. We can’t do that. That would take a while to get to that colour’. (hmm…can’t or can’t be bothered?)

‘Ok.. that’s ok!’ I usually reply despondently yet still with a bit of hope.

“Quite a long… long while.” the hairdresser usually adds.

“Plus your hair will probably break off or fall out and you’ll end up with a wig for the rest of your life”.

“Oh. Right..”.

Then I’m usually offered the colour book. And I’m shown the choice of browns. Dark brown. Or medium brown. Or! Maybe. I could go for a light brown.

It is at this point, that I sadly pick out a generic colour from the demonstration folder and succumb to what I like to call: STYLE CENSORSHIP. Folding up my magazine clippings forlornly.. sighing quietly to myself. oh Dear.

WELL!!!!!!!! THAT ALL CHANGED LAST WEEK!

BEFOREHAIRPIC

I walked in to Giannasso’s Hair & Beauty salon located in central London – Covent Garden and sat down in the chair to meet creative Director Sergio Giannasso. As I did.. I noticed the team all leaning in to listen. As I told him my hair desires and my struggles they all nodded in understanding. Perhaps that’s why they’re working here? I find myself pondering.

BEFORETWO“Perhaps a fringe?” Sergio suggests.

I look at him in horror and in a woeful and cringingly high voice reply with “I’ve just grown that out!”. Embarrassing.

“I want a bright colour though. Something creative. Different. Everytime I go in to a hairdressers on the high street they seem to just get you in and straight out – and nothing is different” I moan.

Sergio is peering at me and nods seemingly in understanding. He whisks out a gown and puts it around my neck.

“Well bella!” he declares. “We’re not like that here!” he says in a bold Italian accent, winking.

The team bustle around in an attempt to make me as comfortable as possible – Coffee? Tea? They smile.

Everyone is slightly on edge as London is on high alert, but getting on with things diligently.

I head downstairs. The studio has some good looking art displayed on the wall  – giving it a warm, bright and happy feeling.

The colour team start to lather some Silky colour into my hair. Sergio has chosen a bright red.

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“Right. Tiramisu Time!” Sergio declares. ‘Homemade!”

“Hasn’t it got alcohol in it?” I query. “Not this one!” he smiles! “it’s homemade!” he adds in again proudly. “Oh. Ok. Yes please then!”. A little of what you like an’ all that. And I’ve never tried Tiramisu so am not even sure if I like it. (I did).

 

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When it’s time to style, designer and Brazilian born Rob takes charge with the cutting and styling under Sergio’s direction.  As he finished cutting and blowdrying he starts to curl my hair.

Oh my god. I think to myself. I hate my hair wavy (I have wavy hair). It reminds me of this time when I was 15 and had a bad homemade perm. And everyone at school took the p*ss for weeks. It looked awful.

I decide not to voice my concerns and to trust the Creative team. I close my eyes and try to relax.

I open my eyes tentatively. And look at myself in the mirror. ‘OH! Wow! I love it!’ I delightedly exclaim. Which I have never said out loud in a hairdressers before.

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I don’t do bad reviews on this blog. I’d rather just not say anything. So if anyone is featured on this blog it’s because I believe they are good. Exceptional. Etc. 

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A lady (a regular to the salon) who is having her hair styled smiles over at me. ‘It looks great’ she shouts happily. And she gives me a thumbs up.

‘Thank you!’ I give Sergio a big hug (something I usually never do either but he has that friendly Italian air about him).

“I told you! You would get what you want here!” he says.

‘You proved that statement right” I reply bluntly admiring my new curls. Different.

As I bounce out of the salon, I hear Sergio talking to a different client. ‘Tiramisu! he is urging her – homemade!’

And I smile to myself. A truly special salon.

TO CONCLUDE:

For a positive experience.. I would definitely recommend a visit to Sergio’s hair team! Friendly (this is very important to me) creative, unique and artistic. They give the impression of caring about each individual client (and each other, which is nice to see) and for me customer service is important. I am definitely going back. If they let me back in!

Sergio (on the left and Rob on the right).

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A 5/5 experience. ‘Better than your average Joe’ as we sorta say here in England. 

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And on a different note. Did I tell you I met Louis Theroux yesterday? Picture HERE. My self hair styling was er.. not great..(it wasn’t planned! Ahem always be prepared an all that).. putting your work to shame Sergio!

Feel free to tweet Louis to urge him to er. Giz a job. I’m sure he’d love that. 😉

Next up on the blog! An interview with Sergio himself, Creative Director of Giannasso Hair & Beauty and tips on styling hair at home!

A short video diary of my life is here on Instagram:

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Right! Gotta go VOTE!

“Ciao for now” 😉

Be nice to each other.

Becki BXx

LINKS:

Sergio Giannasso:

WEBSITE: www.giannasso.co.uk

TWITTER:  twitter.com/sergiogiannasso

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/giannassohairandbeauty/

FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/SergioGiannasso/

Rob styled my hair using Neal Wolf products:

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BEAUTY: KAHINA FEZ – HAND & BODY BALM

Photo on front: Katharine L’Heureux – founder of Kahina Giving Beauty 

It’s not long been launched in the UK – and is an organic treat for dry, dehydrated skin… at £35 a pot – the Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm contains high concentrations of the increasingly popular ingredient, Argan Oil. It also has the relieving and medicinal properties of calendula (or “Mary’s Gold” as the Greeks used to call it) and the plant-derived butters of; carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and mango nut butter.

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Kahina Giving Beauty donates 25% of their profits to the indigenous women of Morocco who harvest and produce the Argan Oil at the core of their products. Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is endemic to Morocco.

“For centuries, the hard work of extracting oil from the nut of the argan tree has been performed by Berber women, the indigenous people of North Africa, many of whom live in Morocco’s argan region. The work is extremely labor intensive. It can take one woman up to eight hours to crack the nuts for one liter of oil. Read more HERE

The Kahina product sourced from Morocco and created in New York –  claims to never use artificial preservatives, parabens, artificial colorants, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, harsh detergents, DEA, TEA, toxic ingredients, or animal testing and is encouraged for use on severely dry, chapped skin..

But what’s it like you ask?! With this product – a little goes a long way – with it’s delicious smelling soothing aroma – the warm spicy balm is calming not only for the hand but also works its magic on the mind. Chapped from the cold weather and washing detergents (not good!) my hands have been suffering from general daily duties. This beauty balm is exactly what it claims on the box – it feels luxurious and offers the sexy comeback my hands need after a hard weekend of DIY.. a few drops of lavender on the pillow – and a small amount of Kahina Fez and one feels instantly relaxed and on the way back to repair.. heaven in a pot.. lush!

An ohDearyme recommendation!

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Have an awesome week!

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FRENCH CONNECTION #STYLECHALLENGE + SKINCEUTICALS

“This is life’s ultimate cruelty. It offers us a taste of youth and vitality, and then it makes us witness our own decay.” Lisle Von Rhoman in ‘Death Becomes Her’

Hello! On the homepage is my #stylechallenge picture from the French Connection ‘From Sketch to Store’ shoot..  I’d appreciate it if you’d ‘like’ it on facebook HERE – had a lot of fun being a girl and trying on all the different outfits!

In other fashion and health news.. I was invited to the SkinCeuticals store last night in central London. To be honest it isn’t a skin care brand I was/am familiar with. I’ve been in my 30’s for… oh a few years now… and trying to pause the signs of ageing is of course…ever more important (shit, shit, shit didn’t think getting older would actually happen!).

The last time I asked advice from a skin care assistant she declared that I couldn’t be ready for anti wrinkle cream yet as I must have only just left puberty. But isn’t that the whole point of anti wrinkle cream? You want it to er stop the wrinkles before they come not afterwards? Isn’t it too late then?

I don’t know. It’s all so confusing! Is the answer to that. But that’s what I’ve been trying to do anyway.

When I entered the SkinCeuticals store and took a seat – my initial reaction when we were fed a talk on the effects of botox, etc was admittedly a bit freaked out. I am afraid of procedures like that.

So when they moved on to talk about their antioxidant cream I felt a little more relaxed. Ok. Creams. Good.

The idea behind their skin cream is that it is high in antioxidants. Apparently when we eat something containing antioxidants – our organs are the first to utilise the benefits. And our skin which battles daily pollution and the harsh chemicals of the world is the last to reap the rewards. The SkinCeuticals formula is meant to penetrate and feed the skin and protect it from ageing and SkinCeuticals claims to be “one of the only companies to provide scientific evidence to support its products’ claims”. Let’s face it – if you’ve ever stood in the aisle of Boots trying to choose a cream that actually does what it says on the tin it can feel pretty overwhelming..

So I went in for my skin dialysis – where I had to stick my head in a little box – that highlights if your skin has had skin damage from the sun. To be honest anyone would purchase the cream after that horrific experience. Honestly, I nearly had a heart attack – ‘what the hell is that!!’ my mind screamed as I was shown a picture of all the skin damage I had culminated over the summer. Damn you heat wave!!!! And I use SPF’s daily. So I was also a little surprised.

So SkinCeuticals have given me some lotion to try..

The Redness Neutralizer – which combats environmental triggers of redness…

The Phloretin CF which is a high performance broad action antioxidant which is meant to prevent premature signs of aging and correct existing photodamage…

And some Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection.

I will let you all know how I get on with these.

I suppose the best thing about ageing. Is that it is a gradual process. And I aim to stay in the preventative category for as long as I can..

I mean who’s to say… when I hit forty that I won’t have botox.. I mean I don’t know how I will feel when my face looks older. I don’t really know if botox is a good or bad thing.. I don’t know how I feel about it all.  Hopefully… I won’t give a… 

“She also considered very seriously what she would look like in a little cottage in the middle of the forest, dressed in a melancholy gray and holding communion only with the birds and trees; a life of retirement away from the vain world; a life into which no man came. It had its attractions, but she decided that gray did not suit her.”  A.A. Milne, Once on a Time

 

“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I’m listening to indie dance Suzuki Method.. they are produced by David Tolan (Delphic, Primal Scream) and Jim Spencer (The Doves, The Vaccines, New Order) and are made up of brothers and founders Adam and Glen Leishman, Michael Mathews, David Boyd and Ben Hounslow who came together during the Salford riots.

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Spring time is a great time to clean out your make up bag and change that look you’ve gotten so comfortable with. Why not add in some fresh pink candy shades to brighten and freshen up your style!

I’m enjoying the new Bourjois range.. I’ve used their 123 perfect foundation to (try) and get rid of my dark circles , a pink eyeshadow on my lids and the Effet 3D Lipgloss to plump up my smile.
The gloss promises to keep your lips hydrated for up to 8 hours and it has a nice non sticky feel.

WARNING: I was reading on the Guardian recently that women (most probably subconsciously?) use ‘lip-gloss to make men think about vaginas’. So take that in to consideration when you’re out and about. No need for unwanted attention *rubs mouth before heading to the corner shop*.

MUSIC WISE: I’m enjoying:

and this by Polica:

and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and there’s a free download too: Warrior by Mark Foster, A-Track and Kimbra on The Mahogany Blog

Happy Easter x

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