MEET MONA VALE SENIOR STYLIST STEFANO SILVESTRI

Making waves as a hairstylist is no easy feat and Stefano Silvestri is no slouch when it comes to earning respect as one of the most highly-talented male hairdresser's to come out of Sydney.

Stefano has earned his stripes in the past 18 months with various accolades; ie. assisting Caterina Di Biase for her entry into the Ssh! Australia event, whilst solidifying his position as a (Men's Category) Finalist for the Australian Hair Fashion Awards and also just recently; an Australian Semi Finalist [ along with PORTFOLIO Crows Nest salons Elissa Dominish and Samuel Maverick ] in the CREATIVE VISION category in Wella's prestigious TREND VISION 2016 competition.

With a feature that's long-overdue for such a talented human; lets gain a small insight into the talent that is, Stefano:

 

Name: Stefano Silvestri

 

Age: 25 years

 

About Me: Hairdressing runs in my family, with my own career path following in the footsteps of my brother who owns his own salon. Hard working, fun, with a true love for what I do. Cutting hair is my passion and curating my style since 2010.

 

I’m an Advanced Senior Stylist at Portfolio Hair Mona Vale; where I work in a relaxed and easy-going environment. I'm continually learning and truly appreciate the opportunities to learn and continue to evolve my passion for hair and my industry.

 

I take influence and inspiration from the hairdressing idols that surround me, including Angelo Seminara whose work pushes me to be the best I can be. My former colleague Emiliano Vitale also has played a large role in my career; encouraging me to translate my emotions into hair creations.

 

In the past year I have had some amazing opportunities to learn from globally-revered hairdressers and educators including Dario Cotroneo/DCI Education, é SALON and private training with Emiliano, cutting & colouring duo of Mazella & Palmer, with various education sessions from WELLA Education.

Im also proud to be an AHC Youthworx member and was very happy to be a crew member for the 2014/2015 Ssh! Australia events.

 

I look forward to taking hold of more opportunities in this industry, with one day being recognized as an influential hairdresser.

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SPOTLIGHT: CROWS NEST SALON MANAGER - ELISSA DOMINISH

How long have you been with the PORTFOLIO Crows Nest salon?

Im so lucky to be part of the Crowie team now, for a little over 2 years (with a mini few months off for mum life).

 

What is your role at the salon?

Actually, ive just been lucky enough to be promoted to Salon Manager (laughs, excitedly)!

 

You specialize in both hairstyling as a senior stylist for PORTFOLIO - can you tell us a little about what your skill set and how it differs from the other staff?

Well, its no secret that im a bit of a hair nerd! I specialize in colouring - as i've spent a good 12 years obsessing over my "blondes" - since i was trained-up to be meticulous and a little bit of a perfectionist. I was actually a Northern Beaches based hairdresser for a good decade; therefore blondes made up the majority of our clientele...and hey, i do love a good foil! But i seriously love a challenge too...a bit of an old-school foiling tech head meets freehand artist, when it comes to colour.

Hairstyling wise...? Well, being the hair nerd that i am, i spent one of my Sundays off this past month doing an advanced cutting course. I thrive on training and learning more...or working on the skills i already have! I love doing all hair types and just love having my clients trust me enough to let me do a good old chop.

 

What is the number one product (for your clients) in your arsenal that you couldn’t live without each day at work?

Oh! That's hard! I actually probably have a top 4! Eeeekk, hahaha! My all time go-to has gotta be the SP Lux Oil. I use it 3-4 times a day...wet, dry - especially when i feel a clients ends are dry. I just can't go a day without it...

 

Any quick tips for home hair maintenance? What advice would you give when in a rush to get out the door?

Being a time poor mum i love a quick getaway. I always do three shampoos and then a treatment on my hair. Treatments are so much more instant these days. Gone are the days of leaving it on for 3-5 minutes, so i use it like a conditioner.  Then, because my hair's cleaner (due to the three shampoos applied) my blowdry lasts longer...and using the Keratin Thermique by Kerastase it probably cuts down my blowdry time by about half. FYI - the more time you spend on your hair, the longer the style, or blowdry lasts.

 

Any funny customer stories whilst working in the salon (names withheld)?

Oh easily - one of the funnest is when one of my clients...comes in still drunk...and obviously is always a lot more confident in her hair decisions and her banter (with me). Obviously being more keen for a change with her hair too. I really, thoroughly, enjoy watching her sobering-up process over the course of a couple hours, and then realization of what shes requested for her hair overhaul...she usually does this once a year. Somewhat hilarious!

 

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into hairdressing for the first time?

Do it!! This job has been so rewarding. I've been lucky enough to work in fantastic salons with inspiring teams, even managing to travel Australia for work seminars. I love that a machine can never take away from the art of hairdressing. It takes compassion and skill. Its so personalised. Creative and fun, yet still a hobby for me - going on 12 years strong.

 

What (musical) artist do you have on repeat at moment?

Oh, there is three at the moment that get played on repeat during my drive to work. They pump me up and make for a great day:
'This Is What You Came For' Calvin Harris
'Cant Stop The Feeling' Justin Timberlake
'Sorry' Justin Bieber (eeeek, i know...yeah im a Belieber)

 

If you could spend three months anywhere, where would the dream destination be?

Europe, France and Greece mainly. Ahhh, to be young again and back on a Contiki hey...many great memories...hahaha.

 

How would you describe your personal style?

Well, even my husband and kids would be able to answer this: black with alot more black and many, many accessories (how else do you liven up black?) and ever-changing hair...

 

Whats the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

These days? Its a feed for a chubby-bubby. Totally worth the 5am starts!

 

Describe your ideal man - in three words?

Chad Michael Murray - hahaha, that's three words technically...(oops, sorry hubby)

 

If you could raid any woman's closet, who’s would it be?

And be them? Easy one, Blake Lively.

 

LETTERS TO MONA VALE...

When a client writes to us, be it good feedback or constructive criticism, we always take note...And once in awhile, we just get great little letters of appreciation, like this beautiful piece last week:

Hello,
I would just like to offer some feedback on your Mona Vale salon.

I was just walking past your salon on Tuesday (26.04.16) and decided my greys had got the better of me. I wandered in to be greeted by what I think is your receptionist (lovely young girl with very red nails). I had no appointment and no prior knowledge of your salon. The young women gave me an appointment and my hair was done by a beautiful young lady “Amy”.
From the moment I walked in Amy Lewis was professional yet extremely personable. She did a PERFECT colour on my hair – I really don’t pay much attention to my hair and usually do home dyes.
Amy recommended I have a treatment – which she did after she had shampooed my hair.
Amy is an absolute credit to your salon – I shy away from hairdressers as they tend to talk too much. AMY is 100% BY FAR the best hairdresser I have ever had – and I am 41 so I have been to a few. AMY AMY AMY – I will be recommending her to anyone who wants to know.
Regards,
Rebecca B.

Love it! And if like Rebecca, you'd like to make a booking with Amy Lewis (and with glowing reviews like this, who wouldnt!?!) please don't hesitate to contact the salon via (02) 9997 1343.

Thankyou in advance.