Alessandro Calvio has worked in the Hair and Beauty industry for 25 years. The Italian hairdresser, who originates from the region of Puglia, is renowned for his unparalleled skills in the hair styling industry.
He has been ranked as one of the ”best cuts” in the UK by the Tatler Hair Guide August in 2016 and 2013, and has featured in Net A Porter Magazine’s A-list of global hairdressers. Vogue UK has gone on to recommend Alessandro as “One of the best cuts and bow dry’s in town”.
Alessandro formed and mastered a specific cutting technique that follows the natural fall of the hair. The unique style he creates reveals the natural elegance of the hair and thus unveils the true beauty of each client. This is why he is so passionate about his work.
1) Can you tell me a bit about yourself, your journey as a hairdresser and your interest in it?
My passion goes back to my childhood, when the only thing that could relax me as very restless kid was touching my mother’s hair. My passion became my work when I was 16 and under advice of my mother, I began my professional training in Italy, in Foggia. I have always been fascinated fashion and my dream was to work in the big cities.
For this reason, at the age of 21, I moved to Milan, then to Berlin and then to Barcelona to further develop and master my hair skills. In 2005, I joined the Rossano Ferretti brand, where I worked as Artistic Director and International Educator for 11 years. I travelled around the world while working for the brand, before leaving to join the Daniel Galvin team at the Kensington salon in October 2016.
2) As hairdresser and artistic consultant, how important is to have knowledge about fashion and the latest trends?
According to me hair is not fashion – hair is something natural that improves a persons feelings, and is an element of grown personality that makes a person feel more confident about their self. It unveils the true beauty of every client.
3) What is an artistic consultant and what is their role?
To be artistic consultant is to not only take care of client’s hair but to attend to the clients needs, and provide a service behind it.
4) Who inspired your passion for hairdressing?
Naturally I have been inspired by my 3 teachers:
– Angelo Arcidiacono in Foggia
– Marco Montanario in Milan
– Rossano Ferretti, for whom I had worked for in the last 10 years.
I have always wanted to differentiate myself from the other hairdressers, I wanted to create my own style, and always wanted to find uniqueness. Not everybody should have the same haircut and colour.
5) What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?
To me it’s not just about cutting, colouring or styling hair. It’s about giving a message, an act of love… respecting and paying attention to the person before me. I want to dig out the real, natural essence of the hair and make people feeling better and more confident.
To me every client is royalty, whoever they might be. I like to first listen to my clients and then make suggestions to jointly achieve a style that reflects their individual style and needs.
6) What upcoming projects are you working on at the moment, and what are your goals for the future?
At the moment I work for the Daniel Galvin salon as a consultant, a very well known salon famous for being the colourist of Princess Diana.
I travel frequently to Mumbai in India where my services are much sought after by famous Bollywood stars and the elite Indian society.
I would like to leave an imprint around the world as many chefs are currently doing: travelling far and wide, like a melting point between London-Mumbai-Asia.
7) Could you tell us a bit about your hobbies outside work?
I think my hobbies are related to my job, I love looking after myself, swimming, reading, engaging in art, listening to music and as Italian eating good food. I am spiritual and I want to discover more about myself.
8) What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome was when I travelled from Milan to Berlin due to the language barrier. I didn’t know a word of German and my English level was very basic. However apart from language difficulties, I have been appreciated for my talent and ability and I worked for a good German company at the time.
9) What advice do you have for people considering hairdressing as a career in the competitive fashion industry?
I would simply say that the most important thing is to be in love with this work, with total passion being required. It will not be always simple, but it can give you big satisfaction. The last thing is to remember it’s to listen to the client: you will not always b able to do what you want; you must respect the clients’ wishes and hair.
10) Do you often work with celebrities? Could you please tell us some names?
As a hairdresser I have styled many top beauty and fashion editors and international and local celebrities including: Hofit Golan, Vanessa Kirby, Bianca Jagger, Jade Jagger, Carmen Chaplin, Kelly Hoppen, Bryan Ferry, Pippa Middleton , Carol Middleton, the Princess of Qatar and Princess Tarantini Gabriella of Tuscany.
11) Can you tell us more about your recognition as an acclaimed hairdresser?
I have been featured in Evening Standard, Grazia, The Economist, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Telegraph, How to Spend It and various fashion and lifestyle blogs.