"To dream the life, to live the dream"
// Although dropping out of school and starting his apprenticeship at the age of fifteen, Three-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo is no stranger to success. Originally, hairdressing was a way to meet girls but it quickly became his passion, and eventually, a career.
From the catwalks to the salon, Joey has a reputation as a larrikin and a bit of a joker, but he also has a drive to succeed that is second to none – evidenced by accomplishments that belie his 33 years of age.
He’s renowned as a passionate mentor and educator travelling the world conducting seminars and master classes for hairdressing’s new creative generation. He’s educated students in South East Asia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the United States. Joey’s skills are regularly engaged for fashion weeks all over Australia and participated in New York Fashion Week. He’s a global ambassador for hair care brand ELEVEN Australia and Excellent Edges, as well as being an avid supporter of GHD and Wella. When in-salon, he’s hands-on with every one of his 35 staff – teaching them the art of the perfect bob, a sexy blow wave, or a classy up do.
Joey is creative director of the successful Joey Scandizzo salon, as well as a ‘men’s club’ style barbershop, King’s Domain, now open in two locations, and UVA Salon, a joint venture with star colourist Marie Uva. A voice for hairdressers everywhere, he offers advice regularly in glossy magazines and on TV – with recurring appearances as a makeover king on Australia’s The Biggest Loser and Beauty & The Geek.
Philanthropically, Joey is a supporter of Hagar – a charity that aims to get people out of slavery and into self-supporting work. In addition to being their ambassador and participating in the annual Style for Life charity event, he has travelled to Cambodia to educate victims of slavery in the art of hairdressing – passing on his trade so that they can support themselves.
// How did you get your start in the industry?
Well one day my father and i were having a conversation and he suggested it would be a good way to meet women so i thought why not and I gave it a go..
// Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
Feminine, Glamorous and Sexy styles.
// What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
Early on in my apprenticeship of hairdressing i developed terrible dermatitis and i nearly gave it away until my Italian grandma gave me a old remade of covering my hand in olive oil and sleeping in cotton gloves .. and here i am
// Who are the role models who have inspired you?
To be honest business people, C.E.O's of companies, people willing to have a go. I get ideas from them and they inspire me to be the best I can be at what I do.
// What's the next big trend you're starting to see sneak in?
It really changes all the time, we went through the time that everyone wanted long styles influences by the Kardashian girls then we saw the shoulder length styles come in (the lob). I would love to see short haircuts come back. Amazing short haircuts but again the trends are usually set by celebrities doing it.
// Must have product for your kit?
Mason Pearson hairbrush and Miracle Hair Treatment from Eleven Australia.