started her career in a local salon at just 17 years old. It was in that salon that she learned basic skills and began building the foundation of her broad experience. After working there for years and soaking in every last bit of advice from the seasoned stylists and colorists she worked with, Melissa decided to break out of the salon. She wanted to take her skills and create a comfortable experience for the women who couldn’t make it to the salon.
With a strong desire to freelance and to travel, Melissa engulfed herself in education. It’s something that she has never stopped. She started out by going to every single hair seminar and hair show that she could possibly attend. She trained with Redken 5th Avenue, where she learned the principles of hair color. She is also trained in the Vidal Sassoon cutting technique. In the process, she worked and trained with some of the most renowned hairstylists in the industry.
Along the way, Melissa found that she was passionate about editorial and bridal styling. She began training with Martin Parsons as well as tear sheet and Redken artists like Giovanni Giuntoli, where she learned how to create looks for bridal, film, TV and magazine shoots.
In the midst of all of her extensive training, Melissa started her on-location business. She can now be found styling brides all over NYC and the Hudson Valley as a highly recommended bridal hair expert.
Behind the ShearsA glimpse at the woman making the magic happen
I can’t recall a time when I didn’t want to be a hairstylist. At 10 years old I was mesmerized by a blow dryer with a retractable cord and a set of curlers. I was even caught on home videos explaining how they worked (haha!).
I love the 1950’s with a modern twist. I love big voluminous hair, but I also love a soft, loose, bohemian look
Beauty must haves
Dry shampoo and OSiS Dust It. I cannot live without them. They are always in my bag.
#1 tip for brides
Don’t stress. There is so much pressure to make yourself look the most beautiful you have ever looked on your wedding day. Just choose a style you feel comfortable with. Many brides look back at pictures and they can’t even recognize themselves. If you choose something you’re comfortable with, you will never second-guess your decision.
Celebrity hair icon
Brigitte Bardot and Jennifer Aniston—that woman’s hair always looks good!
Traveling and going to new places to clear my head for new ideas. Also, seeing my brides and clients happy. There is no better inspiration then making someone feel good about themselves.
Best piece of advice you have received
Be patient and work hard.
How do you stay on the cutting edge and remain so highly recommended?
It’s an ever-changing industry. Education and practice sets you apart. You can never stop learning! Everyone you meet has something different to offer.
Awards & Honors
- Westchester Magazine Best Colorist
- Westchester Magazine weddings of the month
- Cover shoot for Westchester Wedding Planner
- Wedding Wire Brides Choice
(2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Best of The Knot
- Worked at Bridal Fashion Week