March 3, 2016
My name is Hollie Musto, I am from Westwood, Mass, and I am a stylist at SalonCapri Newton Highlands.
How many years have you been a part of the SalonCapri team?
I have been at SalonCapri for three and a half years.
Where did you study previously?
I did my undergrad in kinesiology at UMass Amherst, then switched careers and attended the Aveda Institute of Rhode Island in Cranston to become a hair stylist.
What inspired you to become a stylist?
I was inspired to become a stylist by the admiration I have for my grandmother. My great- grandparents were pioneers of the hair industry in their community and my grandmother went on to follow in their footsteps. I grew up with my grandmother cutting and styling my hair and dressing me up on holidays. I LOVED going through all her jewelry whenever I visited her (and I still do!). One summer I begged my mom to let my grandmother highlight my hair – my first experience was through a cap! I love the way my grandmother still styles her awesome platinum blonde hair and never leaves the house without her lipstick.
Like most of my friends, I went on to college. I finished my undergrad and was preparing to apply to Physical Therapy school but felt like something was missing. I wanted to express the creative and artistic side of myself. Fortunately, while I was working as a personal trainer, I met now fellow stylist, Danielle DelVecchio of SalonCapri Legacy Place. We became friends and, after getting to know her and what she did for work, I remembered how much I really loved all things beauty. She brought me in to meet her boss, Nick Penna Jr., and I was hired as a receptionist at SalonCapri. I told my parents my change of plans and luckily they supported this new career endeavor. I went to cosmetology school and here I am today!
What do you specialize in?
If I had to choose between all that I do, I would say color! I love balayage because it really lets me connect with the client’s hair on a very artistic level. I also love fashion colors, everything from incorporating a few pops of color to making a whole head look like a tropical sunset (although this is a rare occurrence, it is so fun!). I also do straightening and smoothing, SoCap extensions and haircuts. I want to do it all!
Which favorite hair care product has been in constant rotation for you behind the chair?
One of my favorite products for volume is L’Oreal Tecni.Art Densité. It is great to spray at the roots of the hair at the crown and then give a nice full blow-dry. Finish with some Tecni.Art Next Day Hair to add extra texture and volume and you’re good to go!
Which celeb haircut and/or color are you loving right now and why?
I can’t just pick one! One of my favorites is always Jennifer Lopez – I mean, who doesn’t love JLo?! The collar length shattered bob with the caramel/bronde balayage she had at this year’s AMAs was gorgeous! One of my other faves is Game of Thrones/Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer. Her soft golden beigey-blonde waves are killer!
What are your favorite hair colors or style trends right now?
Hair colors I love right now are obviously any balayage or highlights with a little bit of wave. The beachy waves make the contrast in the hair pop – I personally cannot wait for my own hair to get longer to do this! I also love the use of pastel colors lately, notably Hilary Duff’s soft pink that she posted on Instagram last month.
What advice would you give a client who wants to try something new or different with their hair?
I love change. I change my hair and look all the time! I enjoy seeing my clients’ reactions and hopefully inspiring them to try something different. When a client comes to me and wants to try something new or different, I want to know their inspiration. Pictures are HUGE and really help communicate the ideas that clients present to me. For example, what I see as a chestnut color could look like fire engine red to a client, so it’s always better to be explicitly clear with pictures. Sometimes I even spot looks that I think I would like to try on a specific client and make suggestions if they are open. I like to take into consideration what the client has to work with already and what is a reasonable and attainable hair goal for them – it’s like creating a road map for their hair.
What hair products should everyone have in their arsenal at home?
EVERYONE should have a heat protectant. There needs to be a barrier between the hair and the heat of the blow dryer or hot tool. My go-to is Kérastase Nectar Thermique. I also am in love with the L’Oréal Professionnel ProFiber Treatment. As someone who personally uses this treatment at home, I can say that it really has transformed my sensitized hair to feeling soft, silky, healthy and strong.