With a rare Blue Moon upon us tonight, symbolising change and new beginnings, and Falcone Hairdressing having entered a new phase in its gorgeous new Camberwell location, what a great time to check in with Gino Falcone:
When and why did you first start out with your own salon, Falcone Hairdressing?
I started out in around 1998. I was always fairly ambitious so after working for some other great salons, starting my own was the obvious next step for me… I like challenges…
What changes have you noticed in the industry over the years?
It’s become really, super, highly competitive. I think Melbourne’s hair industry leaders have done a great job in developing talented hairdressers so there are more of them around now, and more choice in great salons. Trend-wise, trends are just that, they come and go and come back again.
Favourite hair trend over the years?
We haven’t yet experienced it as a massive trend where just about every woman has cut her hair short, but that would be my dream. I love ladies with short hair. It’s very sexy when a lady has the confidence to wear short hair. But if I had to pick a strong trend which has been huge and I’ve particularly enjoyed, it would be short fringes.
To what/whom do you attribute your sustained success?
There have been many mentors along the way who made a huge impact, but the main things which have paid dividends have been hard work and patience. My advice to others starting out in hairdressing or business in general is to be open to learning but also stick to your vision.
What is different about the Falcone experience?
Honestly, I think our work is of a consistently high standard and our happy culture and care for people is genuine.
How do you define style in Melbourne?
Individual… We have a lot of very interesting people and looks. We’re a melting pot of culture which makes us really interesting.
You have recently launched a new concept – Hair Hub by Falcone. What’s the concept behind Hair Hub and why have you decided to bring all Falcone services under this umbrella?
Our concept is simply to produce the best possible work for an affordable price. I think due to our experience and talent we are achieving this. I want this experience to reach as many people as possible.
Where do you see the industry moving in future?
This is a tough one. I think we will always be governed by trends and fashion…
I move in the present, not looking too far back or forward…