Blog: Leonardo Rizzo mentors Wella’s winners
As part of their prize, the Silver and Bronze UK & Ireland TrendVision Award Winners Alex Freeman of HOB Salons, Reece Bullman of Chopp, Emily Batham of Regis, Johnny Campbell of Alexander’s, Aoife Laverty of Joanne O’Neill Hairdressing, Aaron Healy of Wayne Lloyd Hair, Nadine Walshe of House of Colour and Ciara Brady of Yourells Hair Salon [also winner of the People’s Choice Award], received a day of mentoring from Sanrizz International Creative Director, Leonardo Rizzo.
Boasting 17 years of diverse experience, Leonardo has had the opportunity to work in many different environments, working backstage at shows, performing session work and educating across the world.
“My key aim for the day was to motivate and inspire the Silver and Bronze Winners in preparation for the TrendVision Awards 2016. To acquaint ourselves with each other and gain a better insight into each others’ background, I shared with them my career journey so far as well as my own experiences of entering the TrendVision Awards, and I encouraged them to do the same.
“I wanted to demonstrate to the group the process of taking a look from its conception, to finishing it off, taking into consideration the model choice along with their clothes design and make up. It was important to me that they have the courage to speak out about what works together, and what doesn’t. I tried to help them to revert back to the mindset of a child – having an open mind, free from barriers and not apologising for our perceptions. To be the strongest hairdresser that they can be, they need to be free with their work and not be held back by the fear of others’ opinions.
“I gave them an insight into the Sanrizz REFRACTION collection, which is inspired by the northern lights. I recreated two model looks for the Silver and Bronze winners from the Avant Garde collection for 2016 so that they could see and get hands on experience of what it really takes to refine a look.
The group need to remember that they are only as good as their last client. Whether you are carrying out competition work or photo shoots, you can always give an extra 10 percent to progress and refine your work to ensure the WOW factor.”