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Marissa Biondino
Amici Salon and Spa
857 N Main St. Ext
Instagram- Chopstickcolor

I found Marissa on Instagram. I followed her work and just loved what I saw. Marissa is very talented and her work showcases that. She has been in the industry for 10 years. By looking at her work, you can tell she still has such passion for what she does everyday.  Education is one of the most important things that continues to inspire Marissa to be the best stylist she can be. She also mentions, "there is nothing worse than being around negativity." I agree with that 100%. Surround yourself with the people you aspire to be. We hope this interview gives you passion, purpose, and positivity! Enjoy.

- What is your specialty?
I really like to be confident in taking care of any client's needs so I make sure that my service and product education is current, relevant, and well rounded. While I love doing all color, cutting, extensions, makeup, and chemical services, I actually get the most satisfaction when I'm blow drying and styling my work. This is the part the clients will remember the most and what will keep them coming back.

- What makes you a stand out in the industry?
I absolutely and completely love my career choice. I'm not doing this to make as much money as I can or to be the biggest platform artist. I really just love doing hair and makeup and hanging out with my clients and co workers. I get to play with hair and makeup all day and happen to get paid for it. What's better than that?

- What product lines do you work with?
At the salon we currently mostly use Joico for hair coloring services. I also love Olaplex, Keratin Complex and I've worked very closely with Paul Mitchell. We have many styling lines at the salon to be able to custom create a regimen for clients individual needs like Joico, KMS, Moroccan Oil, Label M, and Aquage.  

- Why are you in the beauty industry?
When I was in the third grade, I was in the local newspaper for shadowing at my mom's hairdresser's hair salon for a career day. I've been into makeup and hair since I was a child, so it was no surprise to anyone that I ended up doing this.

- What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is actually getting to a point in my career and home life where I am content. I've achieved a balance of both. For years I was juggling between working too much and not having enough time for myself or my family. I really feel that now I can keep both stable without feeling like I'm being pulled to far in either direction. My stress has become all good stress and my mind is level.

- Who is your inspiration?
My current inspiration is watching the people around me grow. I'm so happy to know the creative people I do and love being impressed by how they evolve themselves and their careers. What we do, to me, is so rewarding and still fun and I love watching my friends go after their dreams.

- What advice do you have for stylists that feel like they are stuck or have hit a wall behind the chair? What can they do to gain their passion back about the industry?
Education is everything. Our industry is saturated with opportunities to stay current. If you feel stuck try taking, a class to be inspired. Also surround yourself with motivated stylists. There's nothing worse than being around negativity.

Meet Marissa and check out some of her work!

Meet Marissa and check out some of her work!


Kristina Petrini
Independent Artist at Salt
130 Elm Street Cheshire, CT 06410
Instagram @coloredbykp
Facebook- Kristina Petrini

I discovered Kristina on Instagram. I am always searching for talented stylists that stand out in this industry. I started to notice her back in December. Not only is her work incredible, but she is so consistent with her posts every single day, a few times a day. Every time I saw here balayage I though, OMG!  She really has something special. When it comes to placement and color choices for her guests, she really nails it every time. I decided to feature her because I knew she would be an inspiration for other stylists in the beauty industry. I will also be sitting in her chair tomorrow getting a haircut. Anyone that knows me, knows how hard it is for me to go and see a new stylist. Her work really pulled me in and I know I am in good hands. I will be sure to post my after pic tomorrow on Instagram. Check out her interview with Nina Tulio of 1N Agency. We both hope this will motivate you, inspire you , and encourage you, to share the love and keep your passion for the beauty industry.

  1.  What inspired you to work in the beauty industry?
    I was 17 years old and offered a job to work as a receptionist. I was currently a client in the salon and loved how the environment made me feel. I worked at Captiva Salon while in high school, then went to Southern Connecticut State University. While in college, I fell in love with what the beauty industry had to offer. Therefore, I left college after one year and joined Paul Mitchell The School North Haven. I was with Captiva Salon for 9 years prior to becoming an independent artist at SALT.

    2. How long have you been in the industry?
        I have been in the industry for 9 years, behind the chair for 6 years. 

    3.  What is your specialty? I specialize in customizing hair color, specifically hand painting balayage. 

    4. What makes you a stand out in this industry?
         I stand out in the industry by giving an extraordinary experience to each and every guest. I constantly listen to what their needs are, and make suggestions that would work for their lifestyle. 

    5. What advice can you give other stylists looking to be a success in this industry?
        My best piece of advice is to always put the guest first. Always listen to what they need,  allowing them to feel most important. 

   6. What is the best part of being a stylist?
        The best part of being a stylist is building connections with clients. I truly enjoy and appreciate everyone that chooses to sit in my chair. At the end of the service, the smile on my guests face is truly rewarding. 

   7.  How much time do you dedicate to education?
        This industry is constantly evolving. I continuously educate myself by attending classes 1-2 times a month. Also, social media is a huge tool for education. There are talented artists on social media everyday willing to share their knowledge, allowing us to all grow together! 

   8.  What are you most proud of?
         My biggest accomplishment is establishing my clientele. I am grateful for every guest who has chosen me to be their hairstylist. 

   9. Who is your inspiration?
        I find inspiration everyday around me. From my family, my fellow artists, to all the talented artists on Instagram. Currently I am honored to be apart of the SALT family and am truly I inspired by the magic Jamie Sea creates.

   10. What is the biggest misconception of being a stylist?
  The biggest misconception of being a hairstylist, is that you can't be successful. This industry is filled with opportunities, if you want to work for them.