Last week I had the opportunity to meet the extremely talented Ozzie Rizzo at his salon in London. We chatted over a coffee in his super stylish and sophisticated salon located in Mayfair. We are beyond excited to finally announce that we have partnered with Ozzie to bring you a 10% discount if you book into any Ozzie Rizzo salon using the Hairstee app.

So Ozzie, tell us, how did you get into hairdressing?

When I was sixteen, my eldest brother Tony asked me to come and work as a junior in a salon in Cheltenham. I spent my weekends sweeping floors and making coffees. I remember how I loved seeing clients come in with one hairstyle and then leaving with a completely new look! I worked at the Cheltenham salon for a year before my family packed up and made the move to London. It was then I got a job working at the legendary Vidal Sassoon. At the time I had no idea how famous he would become and how lucky I was to get to work with him. I worked at Sassoon’s for 5 years and became their youngest ever Art Director and then progressed to European Art Director. During this time my two brothers had started looking for their own salon. They found a shop on Brook Street in London and we opened the first ever Sanrizz salon.

How long have the salons been open?

We have two London salons, one in Mayfair and one in Richmond. We have been in business for 35 years.

What is your favourite thing about being a business owner?

Working for myself has many ups and downs but I’ve done it almost my whole life, so I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I get to choose my own hours and days so I can be as flexible as I want to be (although I’m a workaholic so I never really take time off!) Most importantly I get to choose the amazing team I work with. But honestly, nothing is more rewarding than watching the business I created grow and flourish over time. Hard work pays off!

What is your favourite thing about the hairdressing industry?

The best thing about working in the hair industry is the sociability. Every day I get to meet new people and interact with so many different characters and personalities. I have so many great stories from over the years that I could write a book! It’s true what they say ‘Your hairdresser becomes your best friend!’

What hair trends are we likely to see for Autumn Winter 2019?

This year we can expect to see short hairstyles making a comeback – especially short, sharp bobs and pixie crops. Deep reds and auburns will also be key colour trends as well this Autumn Winter. Oh and platinum blonde is making its comeback!

What has been your career highlight? Who is your ultimate hair icon and why?

Working with late and great Vidal Sassoon. He was, and still is a legend! I am beyond grateful to have been trained by the man himself and it was an absolute honour to work alongside him. He was an incredible artist and he has completely revolutionised the hair industry.

What are the benefits of using Hairstee?

Using an app like Hairstee is great for attracting a new wave of clients, especially the younger, tech savvy generation. It’s also great for filling chairs during downtimes. We are really excited to be working
with Hairstee and we know this partnership will be a long and successful one! If you are interested in receiving 10% off your next appointment at any Ozzie Rizzo salon, simply download the app, book your appointment
through the app and we’ll give you 10% off!