Sal Misseri, 2009 Graduate

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In the short time that Sal Misseri has been out of school it is impressive to see the accomplishments he has already achieved thus far.

In 2009 Sal began his journey at Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa as an assistant to Master Stylist, Holly Brown. He quickly moved to a stylist position and later assisted in opening their Chicago salon location.

Sal says that “this experience has opened my mind to the world of business and how it needs to go hand in hand with the artistry of being behind the chair.” Sal’s hard work and dedication earned him a new title as the Artistic Director for the Chicago location. Sal is very proud of his Chicago team. He feels that they are very strong, hardworking, and is confident that they will elevate the salon to new levels. Sal now holds the position of Creative Director for all Ladies and Gentlemen salons and Brown Aveda schools. 

Sal has built his career through education. He continues to learn and advance his education by taking classes all over the United States and overseas to stay up to date on the latest trends. His specialty is precision haircutting. He has developed an Academy through Ladies and Gentlemen, teaching stylists all of the trends and techniques he has learned through all of his education. 

In 2011 Sal began collaborating with his fellow Ladies and Gentlemen co-worker, Jennifer Roskey. Aveda International Congress Festival was holding a contest for color and cut. That was the first project that they worked on together, and not only did Sal win for the haircut, Jennifer also won for the color.

In 2012 Sal was nominated in two separate categories at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), Contemporary Classic & Newcomer of the Year.  He won the award for Newcomer of the Year. Sal says that the 2012 NAHA win was probably one of the most amazing things to happen to his career thus far. “It really catapulted my career to a new level and helped get my name out in the industry in a way that would otherwise have been very difficult. Winning a NAHA is equivalent to an actor or actress winning an Oscar, so it doesn’t get any better than that.” 

The 2012 NAHA win gave Sal the added confidence and momentum to continue to succeed with future projects.  He collaborated with the Ladies and Gentlemen team to win a spot on Aveda’s Congress Stage for their 2013 Global show as a Guest Artist. He is nominated in two separate categories at the 2013 NAHA. The first nomination is for Hairstylist of the Year & the second is for a brand new category, Men’s Hairstylist of the Year. The Hairstylist of the Year category is considered the most coveted and highest honor at NAHA. Sal also did the haircuts for Jennifer Roskey’s 2013 nomination in the Haircolor category.  

Sal has traveled the globe seeking out the best education possible. He has had the chance to work with some of the most inspiring hairstylists from around the world. “I try to give everything away I have, in order to make room for the new. I believe if you try and hold on, or hold back you will grow stale and be left behind. I also love seeing stylists grow and seeing the way they act when they are freshly inspired. If I can inspire someone to work harder and practice mastering their technique then I feel like I have accomplished something.”

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Posted on July 3, 2013 and filed under featured alumni.