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2017 Hair Expo Colour Technician of the Year // Adrian Rotolo


WINNER: 2017 Hair Expo Colour Technician of the Year

FINALIST: 2017 Hair Expo Victorian Hairdresser of the Year

FINALIST: 2017 Hair Expo Salon Team of the Year

CREDITS HAIR: Michael Piastrino

COLOUR: Adrian Rotolo


MAKEUP: Kylie O’Toole

STYLING: Elaine Marshall


During a trip to Milan last August to purchase salon furniture, Michael & Adrian were intrigued by how the women dressed - so chic and simple yet with an unassuming sophistication and assuredness.

This prompted the duo to think about creating a collection that would capture this style, paying homage to women and their beauty and strength.

Usually a term used to describe a "big shot" or man in power the collection name “Pezzonovante”, is used here to describe those women we saw on the streets of Milan.

To Michael and Adrian, they were powerful and confident yet still embracing their own individual strength and sensuality and this has been reflected in ‘Pezzonovante”.

Key statement pieces in the styling and neutral tones - camel, teak, mahogany, oak, mauve - perfectly complement the beauty in the natural feel of the hair that lends itself to a distinct editorial feel.

Each look displays a subtly in movement and softness, allowing the model’s natural strength to shine, confident in their own individuality and sense of style.


Each woman is a Pezzonovante in their own right. Colour techniques were chosen to highlight the cut/ style of the hair with subtly and naturalness to the colour a key objective. From dark bases to flickers of colour at the ends, to hints of caramel or accents of rich chocolate tones to burning out to a sexy Birkin orange, it was a goal to accentuate each cut/style through colour.


We wanted the models to be mainly photographed cropped in to highlight the intricacies in the colour and the texture of the cuts, yet still engage with the viewer.

The backdrop is neutral, in keeping with the editorial

feel yet keeping the theme strong and sensual. The backdrop is not to detract from the beauty and hair of each model but moreso enhance it.


We wanted our styling to exude strength and

confidence. We wanted the chosen pieces to complement but not distract from the hair. We chose black and white predominantly for sophistication and a beautiful way to offset our work.


Makeup was to be kept very natural, with dewy skin and strength through the eyes with defined lines. Our brief was to really enhance the beauty of each individual model yet not detract from the hair colour, style and texture.

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