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.