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Shalani's career began 15 years ago at the Francesco hair Academy in Stafford and during that time she has gone from part-time trainee to the proud owner and Salon Director of the Knowle salon. Her passion for hairdressing is palpable throughout everything she does and she is dedicated to giving her clients a great result, as well as a memorable experience. Shalani's expertise is in all hair textures, including cutting, styling, relaxers, curly perms, texture release, silkpress, extensions and occasion hair. 2018 was the milestone in her life that saw her long-term goal of owning a salon accomplished, making her the first ever black salon owner within the company. Owning the salon is undeniably the highlight of a career that spans over a decade and is everything she ever wanted. Shalani's success has also continued away from the salon with a plethora of industry awards, including the Black Hair and Beauty Awards and having twice been a Grand Finalist for L'Oreal Colour Trophy. She was also the winner of the 2019 Afro Stylist of the Year Award. Recent years have seen her more focussed on the salon business, but she does love going outside of her comfort zone and getting out there within the industry on occasion. "Hair is hair for me....You have to love what you do, you have to want to do it from within and let it shine through the clients hair."
Marc has a breadth of experience in all aspects of hairdressing services. And has had an extensive career working across the country in a wide range of settings that spans over 25 years. Marc's journey first began as an Apprentice at the Francesco hair salon in Shrewsbury. Marc specialises in classic commercial looks to give you a bespoke, tailored style. Marc now splits his time working commercially with us at the salon every Saturday and the rest as a lecturer, educating the up and coming talent of the future.
Colour Specialist Joanna has a vast knowledge of producing and mixing colours for services that require a more tailored approach. Using spectrophotometry and a detailed understanding of pigments, she formulates both bespoke colours and classic colours. Joanna also caters to all hair types, offering a range of different services including relaxers, texture release and styling.
Romii completed her Level 3 hairdressing qualification in May 2023 and is excited to progress her experience, career and to keep developing in her role as a Graduate Stylist.
I thoroughly enjoy working alongside Shalani and the team as I believe we aspire to create confidence and a sense of feeling good through hair. From being at Francesco Hair Salon, I aim to learn everything about hair as well as incorporating my skills set within the team, whilst building new skills which I can later apply to my future career of owning my own salon.
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