If one browses the work of Giannandrea Marongiu, his talent and skill become increasingly evident. Having mastered the art of red carpet hair and perfected the shaggy model chop, his work is diverse, creative, and always beautiful. Having been in the industry for 30+ years, he has been lucky enough to call Heidi Klum, Kristin Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Dianna Agron, Drew Barrymore, Gweneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Olsen, and Reese Witherspoon clients [among a vast pool of other A-listers]. We had a chance to meet Giannandrea and were impressed with his humble attitude and sincere willingness to share his craft. Take a look at his work and what he had to say about his journey below.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I started freelancing at age 18 in Milan Italy, the year was 1984. I was part of hair salon that did many photo shoots for fashion magazines and Italian celebrities, it was a natural progression to become a freelancer as I was part of this amazing team. A few years later I was working on my own and traveling for Italian Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Glamour on location shoots all over the world. The early years on fashion were pretty spectacular, great budgets and creative freedom.
Then, after I moved to NYC, I got to work with Orlando Pita and Garren on all the most fabulous fashions shows, ad campaigns, and Vogue. For many years I only cultivated the artistry and craft of hair styling from the masters. I consider my self a true studio session hair stylist as I have worked in this artistic craft for over 25 years. It is a lifetime passion, I think that the only other thing I could do is to become a florist! But, I am just blooming now and I can provide my client with the utmost experience of fashion and how to connect it with the Next Now.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
As a young fashion freelancer you don’t make any money. Just like an artist, we suffer; but I was very focused that one day it was going to pay off. I love what I do. I overcome the hard times by giving the gift of beauty and making people happy; that fulfills my heart.
Time is always on our side when you believe in your dreams, and I still make women happy and beautiful everyday.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
1 .Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer: Mousse for amazing voluminous hair.
2. Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion: For the perfect blow out.
3. Macadamia Professional Natural Oil: Perfect for any texture and the health of the hair.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
1-Marco Zanardi Orea Malia’ – the owner of the first salon I worked in. He hired me at age 15, he saw in me my future. Love this man!
2-Orlando Pita – he showed me how to center my energy and how to see the world with love, then channel it all in hair styling.
3-Garren – he saw the raw talent and for 6 years he polished me up and all my skills, and turned me into a world class hairstylist and a gentleman. He gave me the gift and passed on what a master passes on to his protégé: knowledge. I left Garren in 2002 to continue my solo career, we are great friends and he’s always on my shoulder guiding my artistic choices.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago or what was the best piece of advice you received?
Don’t touch anything (hair) until you have a clear picture in your mind of what you want to achieve and how to build it.
In hair styling there’s no swinging it… first you learn, then you do.
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
Proportions harmony in shapes, inner elasticity will allow any creation.
The workshop in the mind is always creating the Next Now.
“Be predictably unpredictable.”