Marco Santini

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Marco Santini has sculpted more than the beautiful hair seen in Glamour, Marie Claire, and Vogue magazines.

Born in 1970 in Florence, Italy, Marco Santini has been in the beauty industry since 1986.

At the age of 16, after intensively studying computer science, Marco attended a hairstyling school in Florence to satisfy a creative urge. It was there that he met future business partner Leonardo Manetti. Realizing his true passion, Marco quickly traded software for hairstyling tools. 

After a year of training in Italy, Marco studied at London’s Alan International. With a fresh energy, he returned to Florence to teach cutting techniques at the renowned Paolo Chirivi Salon. Soon after, Marco traveled to Spain to gain experience under Luis Llongueras.

In 1994, Marco arrived in New York. Building a loyal clientele at The Spot hair salon, he began an editorial career by assisting the industry legends: Eugene Souleiman, Orlando Pita, Sam McKnight, Neil Moodie and Ward. Marco’s work soon caught the eye of Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon, and by 1997 Marco was one of Bb.’s most successful editorial hairstylists. He remained with the salon until 2008.

Over the last ten years, Marco’s work has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Numéro, V Magazine, and Dazed and Confused. 

Leading shows at Fashion Weeks around the world, Marco has collaborated with such prominent designers as Custo Barcelona, Nicole Miller, Vivienne Tam, Carlos Miele, Jeremy Laing, Diego Binetti and Geova.

In 2008, Marco opened the Ion Salon in New York City with business partners Leonardo Manetti and Pasquale Ferrante. Ion Salon is Manhattan’s first green salon, built using recycled and eco-friendly materials and powered by wind.

While Ion Salon is his primary focus, Marco intends to continue editorial hairstyling; working on photo shoots and partnering with designers provides constant inspiration.

His celebrity roster includes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Greta Gerwig, Lucy Liu, Debra Messing and Christina Ricci among many others.

He is represented by Walter Schupfer Management and you can find his portfolio HERE

You can also check his personal website HERE