Meet the Mova Family

The Mova Family at our Staines Salon

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Had Giuseppe Vaccaro not undertaken a fortnight’s work experience in a local salon aged 15, his career could have taken a very different path: ‘My father was a gardener and I had the option of following in his footsteps. But after my work placement, I just fell in love with hairdressing – and my dad said my hands were more suited to hair work than horticulture!’An apprenticeship in a Surrey salon followed and Giuseppe stayed with the company for three years. He then moved to London to work in a Knightsbridge salon where he learned all he could about hairdressing.Giuseppe's life changed at the age of 22 when an opportunity arose to buy a salon in Staines-Upon-Thames. He joined forces with former colleague Lorenzo Mortellaro and together they realised the dream they had always discussed and opened Mova (an amalgamation of both surnames).  Mova opened its doors in 2002 and Giuseppe has never looked back…A self-confessed family-man who is driven by ambition to make his loved-ones proud, Giuseppe believes that the secret to Mova’s success is its ability to evolve: ‘We never stand still as a company – we’re always keen to learn anything we can, whether it’s a new innovation we can introduce at the salon or a new technique we can bring to a client.’Let's find out a little more about what makes Giuseppe tick with this fun Question & Answer session...Which styles or colours do you absolutely love doing?  I enjoy cutting short hair, restyling hair and cutting with curly hair texture.What do you love about being a hairdresser? I like transforming people, making them feel better about themselves and more confident.Which celebrity hair would you like to get your hands on and why?  I’d like to cut Gordon Ramsay’s hair so I can pick his brains about his business success.Who or what inspires you to create fabulous hair?  The smile on my clients’ faces.If you had to live on a desert island, which three hair products would you take with you? Redken Rough Clay, TIGI Sea Salt Spray, TIGI Bed Head B for Men Peppermint Conditioner.What is your ultimate ambition? To be recognised within the hairdressing industry for excellence and to become a business coach! One day. How would you describe yourself in three words? Caring, passionate and ambitious.

The Mova Family at our Virginia Water Salon

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Lorenzo Mortellaro’s hairdressing career began reluctantly at the age of twelve: ‘I was a shy kid with no real interest in hair but my father convinced me to help out in his salon. By the end of my first day, I was hooked!’His first haircut – on his 14-year-old best friend – gained such a positive reaction from his school friends that Lorenzo knew hairdressing was his destiny!Committed to hard work and determined to succeed, Lorenzo trained in London where he qualified in 1994, moving quickly through the ranks of three different salons to become salon manager.Fuelled by passion and a desire to be the best in the business, Lorenzo teamed up with friend and former colleague Giuseppe Vaccaro to realise a long-held ambition to open the first Mova Hair Salon in Staines-upon-Thames in 2002.  They opened their second salon, Mova Hairdressing in Virgina Water, in 2006 and now also offer beauty service at their Staines salon. With a keen interest in sport – from his beloved Thai boxing to Chelsea FC – Lorenzo believes that the key to happiness comes from ‘surrounding yourself with successful and positive people.’Let's find out more about Lorenzo with this quick-fire Question & Answer session:Which styles do you absolutely love doing?  I cut and style, and I love working with all the varieties from short to medium to long, both gents and ladies and styling. I absolutely love to re-style hair. Some say I like cutting hair off, but which hairdresser doesn't!?What do you love about being a hairdresser? Meeting new people, building up a trust and a bond with my clients. Mostly making people feel good and confident within themselves.Which celebrity hair would you like to get your hands on and why? Eva Mendez and not just her hair! Although I'd keep her long bouncy waves.Who or what inspires you to create fabulous hair?  Anthony Mascolo. I know him personally and have joined him on several hairdressing sociable events. This has allowed me to get to know him well. He has proven wrong the hairdressing assumption that the industry is a low paid and unintelligent career.If you had to live on a desert island, which three hair products would you take with you?  I have naturally curly hair and as there'd be no electricity I would have to go with the flow. I love TIGI Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner, and TIGI Ego Boost to style the curl.How would you describe yourself in three words? Hard working and friendly and ambitious. 
Salon Manager Samantha Ward has multiple roles which help ensure everything runs smoothly in the salon.  She joined the Mova family as a receptionist in 2011 and has since taken on more responsibility with her move into a managerial role. Samantha is also our Social Media Manager, ensuring our clients are up to date via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.What do you love about your job?  I love my role within the salon. I love Mova's atmosphere, and the team and the clients get on so well. We're always referring to ourselves as the Mova family - after all, we spend more time with each other than with our own families! Growing into my roles with Mova has given me such good work ethics, and now being in charge of the social media, marketing and PR makes the job role that much more enjoyable.  I love the contrast of making sure the salon runs smoothly both behind the scenes and interacting with the clients in the salon.Which celebrity would you like to see walk through the salon doors?  Hilary Duff - my childhood idol! We could give her the full hair pampering works.Who inspires you?  Lauren Conrad. She has so many business ventures going on at once and keeps everything in check, which inspires me to keep all the best projects going in an organised, presentable fashion.What is your ultimate ambition?  To travel the world.How would you describe yourself in three words? A multi-tasker, organised, friendly.
Senior Stylist & Colourist Betsy Harmer followed her dream to become a hairdresser, joining the Mova family in 2011 and qualifying three years later. She specialises in cutting, colouring, and Nanokeratin hair smoothing.Which hair styles and colours do you love creating?  My favourite aspects of hairdressing are blowdrying & styling.  I love getting my clients ready for a night out by making their hair look fabulous! I also specialise in cutting and colouring and the Nanokeratin hair smoothing treatment.What do you love about being a hairdresser? I couldn't be in a career where every day is the same, it wouldn't be my nature. This job is so varied day to day and making my clients feel good about themselves is the best feeling.Which celebrity would you love to see walk through the salon doors?   Simon Cowell. I would give him a cheeky undercut to remove the look of his square box head.Who inspires you?  Guy Tang. I regularly check on his Instagram because his colour work is inspirational.If you were stranded on a desert island, which three hair products could you not live without?  First things first would be dry shampoo because there wouldn't be any appropriate water to give myself a good hair wash. Following this would be a water spray so that I could attempt the hair wash, and lastly Kerastase Serum to keep the frizz on the down low. What is your ultimate ambition?  To do hair and make-up on TV and film sets.How would you describe yourself in three words? Bob Marley lover.
Stylist & Colourist Hannah Perham joined the Mova family in 2012 and qualified three years later.  She is now a specialist in wedding hair and hair extensions, and loves session styling.  In this quick-fire Question & Answer session, Hannah tells us about her dream job…What do you love about being a hairdresser?  Session styling is my passion, which is how I became a wedding specialist so quickly since qualifying. I love putting hair up and making people feel special on their special day. I also specialise in colouring, cutting, styling, Nanokeratin hair smoothing, hair extensions and special occasion hair.What do you love about being a hairdresser?  I love the creativity of the industry and being able to change someone's look.Which celebrity would you love to see walk through the salon doors?  Rihanna. She is quite controversial and has had many different looks within her career.  If I were her stylist I would give her balayage to caramel hair colour on the ends and a midi-bob to compliment her face shape and skin tone.Who inspires you?  Social media. I could spend hours scrolling through hair inspiration accounts and it gives me countless ideas of styles from around the world. I find myself always playing around with hair when I get the chance, to keep up to date with all the latest trends.If you were stranded on a desert island, which three hair products could you not live without?   TIGI Fashionista Violet Shampoo to keep my blonde tone creamy. Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense treatment to keep my hair hydrated in the sun. Kerastase Serum Therapiste to keep my hair soft and silky.
What is your ultimate ambition? To work my way up to the top salon levels.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Hard-working, chatty & professional.