MEET THE TEAM:
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

MEET THE TEAM:

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

FABIO SCALIA | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Fabio Scalia, born and raised in Italy, is known for his modern artistry, charisma behind the chair, and the mesmerizing technical precision of his scissors. He has been cutting hair since the age of 12 and perfecting his craft since—which now includes an expertise in hair growth and trichology (as is evident from the salon’s Instagram, he is dedicated to healthy, lustrous hair for his clients).

Fabio’s impressive global hairdressing credentials include training at top hair academies such as Aldo Coppola, Vidal Sassoon and TONI&GUY but also stints at top European salons from Milan to Monte Carlo. His philosophy, though, is that there is no quick fix; patience and following his regimen are the keys to healthy, beautiful hair that is perfect for you. He is proud to have designed and released a line of luxury hair brushes that debuted in 2022 and reflect his dedication to Made in Italy quality and the art of the perfect blowout.

FABIO SCALIA | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Fabio Scalia, born and raised in Italy, is known for his modern artistry, charisma behind the chair, and the mesmerizing technical precision of his scissors. He has been cutting hair since the age of 12 and perfecting his craft since—which now includes an expertise in hair growth and trichology (as is evident from the salon’s Instagram, he is dedicated to healthy, lustrous hair for his clients).

Fabio’s impressive global hairdressing credentials include training at top hair academies such as Aldo Coppola, Vidal Sassoon and TONI&GUY but also stints at top European salons from Milan to Monte Carlo. His philosophy, though, is that there is no quick fix; patience and following his regimen are the keys to healthy, beautiful hair that is perfect for you. He is proud to have designed and released a line of luxury hair brushes that debuted in 2022 and reflect his dedication to Made in Italy quality and the art of the perfect blowout.

Rocco Crisci
ROCCO CRISCI | COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Hair color including foil & cotton pad highlights, classic balayage, hair painting, color correction and keratin smoothing treatments

CLAIMS TO FAME: Wella Master Colorist, worked in Europe and London

Rocco’s artful eye developed as a child growing up in Potenza, Italy. Over time, and with a degree in Fine Arts and Design under his belt, Rocco became obsessed with human artistic expression and fell in love with our biggest accessory: hair! As hair became the canvas to his creative outlet, he started working for Compagnia Della Bellezza, one of the largest international beauty salons franchises. Following that, he spent two years in Paris teaching color technique and worked with some of the best stylists in Europe before making his dream to move to NYC a reality.

He’s now become one of the city’s most established hair colorists and is known for some of the best balayage in NYC. Rocco believes hair color should appear effortless and natural, while maintaining the integrity and health of the hair. If you’re looking for an amiable colorist— with a meticulous and artful approach—you will love Rocco and his ability to create rich, multi-dimensional tones with natural nuances.

Samantha Gradilone
SAMANTHA GRADILONE | STYLIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Haircut, styling, bridal, updos, extensions, men’s, curly hair. Great Lengths Extensions certified

CLAIMS TO FAME: Has worked under Fabio for 10 years, and participated in London and NYC Fashion Weeks

Success, to Samantha, comes from the close relationships she builds with her clients. When you book with her, you’re getting a loyal hairstylist and someone who has built a wealth of knowledge as a stylist after developing her craft under the direct artistic supervision of Fabio Scalia himself. This helped shape her personal vision and provided her with new perspectives, including an edgy and unique style that she transfers to her clients. Samantha has been passionate about hair since watching her grandmother work as a stylist here in Brooklyn, and she was formally trained at the Paul Mitchell Academy in NYC.

She has extensive knowledge about all types of hair but is particularly talented in bridal hair design and curly hairstyles. And, if you’re looking for a hair salon for men near you—Samantha is the one to book in Brooklyn, as she is known in the ‘hood for her masterful men’s cuts and styling as well.

Giulia Farella
GIULIA FARELLA | COLORIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Master colorist with expertise in color corrections, balayage and natural-looking highlights

CLAIMS TO FAME: Wella Master Colorist, worked in Europe and London

Growing up in Bari, Italy, Giulia has been intrigued by the world of hair design since her childhood and began her career at Toni & Guy in Italy. From those training days, she continues to live by what she remembers from her early mentors—that the most important aspect of hair design is preserving the quality of the hair.

After relocating to NYC in 2005, she succeeded in becoming a Wella Master Colorist after completing their highly intensive program that is focused on color application and technique. Giulia is your pick for unique hair color solutions that are crafted to the individual. With Giulia, your color will ultimately reflect your style and personality—she treats hair as a canvas and does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach.

Antonio Juarez
ANTONIO JUAREZ | STYLIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Haircut, styling, keratin treatments 

WHY HE’S A CUT ABOVE: Member of the Kerastase Ambassador team, worked at New York Fashion Week

Antonio is a hairstylist born in Brooklyn, NYC – a city that has always amazed him and that sparked his talent in all things beauty, thanks to its cultural influence in fashion and hair. Antonio first began his work by experimenting with looks on his family for fun, and then decided to take his interest in hair seriously and enrolled into beauty school.

In 2015 he joined Fabio Scalia working in both the Soho and Brooklyn Heights locations and learning from stylists/colorists who have worked in the industry for over 20 years. During his Fabio Scalia apprenticeship, Antonio also took training/classes with top names in the industry such as Oribe, Kerastase, L’Oréal, Milbon, LabelM, TONI&GUY, Vidal Sassoon, and of course Fabio himself, with whom he work 1:1 in intense training of hair cutting and styling. 

Antonio is currently a stylist at Fabio Scalia Brooklyn Heights, where he is dedicated to continuous education and maintaining the integrity of the hair in all his work. Antonio can do it all, but currently, some of his favorite looks are classically polished, glamourous and short women’s haircuts.

Rafael Nieves
RAFAEL NIEVES | COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Color, retexturizing

CLAIMS TO FAME: Was the exclusive stylist for the Brooklyn Nets’ Brooklynettes, playing a key role in designing their complete look, from color to cut to style

As a master of many aspects of hairdressing and artistry—such as color, cuts, styling, and retexturizing—Rafael is a rare talent. After ten years as the owner of The Heights Salon of Brooklyn, Rafael realized his true passion is behind the chair working directly with clients. Now, he is proud to join the team at Fabio Scalia and bring his top-notch skills, passion, and extensive knowledge about all things hair to his clients.

Rafael’s additional experience includes having worked at some of the best hair salons in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with several of the industry’s most talented hairstylists. His work has also been featured in Vanity Fair and Glamour. In short, whether you are looking for perfect highlights, a haircut, or just a brand-new look, you won’t find a better and more caring stylist than Rafael.

Adela Dedaj
ADELA DEDAJ | JUNIOR COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Color

WHY SHE’S A CUT ABOVE: A rising artist of hair color at Fabio Scalia Brooklyn Heights!

Born in Albania, Adela moved to NYC at age 14. Influenced by an artistic family, she showed passion in the arts from a young age. She attended the Arrojo cosmetology school where she developed the desire to become a colorist. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist she secured her dream job at The Fabio Scalia Brand and, through extensive training, she has created beautiful masterpieces for our Honorary Content days.

Through hard work and dedication, Adela completed her training and developed her talents to become an artist of hair color In the years to come, we foresee Adela becoming a master of her craft and a future mentor for her undergraduates at the Fabio Scalia brand.

Rocco Crisci
ROCCO CRISCI | COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Hair color including foil & cotton pad highlights, classic balayage, hair painting, color correction and keratin smoothing treatments

CLAIMS TO FAME: Wella Master Colorist, worked in Europe and London

Rocco’s artful eye developed as a child growing up in Potenza, Italy. Over time, and with a degree in Fine Arts and Design under his belt, Rocco became obsessed with human artistic expression and fell in love with our biggest accessory: hair! As hair became the canvas to his creative outlet, he started working for Compagnia Della Bellezza, one of the largest international beauty salons franchises. Following that, he spent two years in Paris teaching color technique and worked with some of the best stylists in Europe before making his dream to move to NYC a reality.

He’s now become one of the city’s most established hair colorists and is known for some of the best balayage in NYC. Rocco believes hair color should appear effortless and natural, while maintaining the integrity and health of the hair. If you’re looking for an amiable colorist— with a meticulous and artful approach—you will love Rocco and his ability to create rich, multi-dimensional tones with natural nuances.

Samantha Gradilone
SAMANTHA GRADILONE | STYLIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Haircut, styling, bridal, updos, extensions, men’s, curly hair. Great Lengths Extensions certified

CLAIMS TO FAME: Has worked under Fabio for 10 years, and participated in London and NYC Fashion Weeks

Success, to Samantha, comes from the close relationships she builds with her clients. When you book with her, you’re getting a loyal hairstylist and someone who has built a wealth of knowledge as a stylist after developing her craft under the direct artistic supervision of Fabio Scalia himself. This helped shape her personal vision and provided her with new perspectives, including an edgy and unique style that she transfers to her clients. Samantha has been passionate about hair since watching her grandmother work as a stylist here in Brooklyn, and she was formally trained at the Paul Mitchell Academy in NYC.

She has extensive knowledge about all types of hair but is particularly talented in bridal hair design and curly hairstyles. And, if you’re looking for a hair salon for men near you—Samantha is the one to book in Brooklyn, as she is known in the ‘hood for her masterful men’s cuts and styling as well.

Giulia Farella
GIULIA FARELLA | COLORIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Master colorist with expertise in color corrections, balayage and natural-looking highlights

CLAIMS TO FAME: Wella Master Colorist, worked in Europe and London

Growing up in Bari, Italy, Giulia has been intrigued by the world of hair design since her childhood and began her career at Toni & Guy in Italy. From those training days, she continues to live by what she remembers from her early mentors—that the most important aspect of hair design is preserving the quality of the hair.

After relocating to NYC in 2005, she succeeded in becoming a Wella Master Colorist after completing their highly intensive program that is focused on color application and technique. Giulia is your pick for unique hair color solutions that are crafted to the individual. With Giulia, your color will ultimately reflect your style and personality—she treats hair as a canvas and does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach.

Antonio Juarez
ANTONIO JUAREZ | STYLIST | INSTAGRAM

SPECIALTIES: Haircut, styling, keratin treatments 

WHY HE’S A CUT ABOVE: Member of the Kerastase Ambassador team, worked at New York Fashion Week

Antonio is a hairstylist born in Brooklyn, NYC – a city that has always amazed him and that sparked his talent in all things beauty, thanks to its cultural influence in fashion and hair. Antonio first began his work by experimenting with looks on his family for fun, and then decided to take his interest in hair seriously and enrolled into beauty school.

In 2015 he joined Fabio Scalia working in both the Soho and Brooklyn Heights locations and learning from stylists/colorists who have worked in the industry for over 20 years. During his Fabio Scalia apprenticeship, Antonio also took training/classes with top names in the industry such as Oribe, Kerastase, L’Oréal, Milbon, LabelM, TONI&GUY, Vidal Sassoon, and of course Fabio himself, with whom he work 1:1 in intense training of hair cutting and styling. 

Antonio is currently a stylist at Fabio Scalia Brooklyn Heights, where he is dedicated to continuous education and maintaining the integrity of the hair in all his work. Antonio can do it all, but currently, some of his favorite looks are classically polished, glamourous and short women’s haircuts.

Rafael Nieves
RAFAEL NIEVES | COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Color, retexturizing

CLAIMS TO FAME: Was the exclusive stylist for the Brooklyn Nets’ Brooklynettes, playing a key role in designing their complete look, from color to cut to style

As a master of many aspects of hairdressing and artistry—such as color, cuts, styling, and retexturizing—Rafael is a rare talent. After ten years as the owner of The Heights Salon of Brooklyn, Rafael realized his true passion is behind the chair working directly with clients. Now, he is proud to join the team at Fabio Scalia and bring his top-notch skills, passion, and extensive knowledge about all things hair to his clients.

Rafael’s additional experience includes having worked at some of the best hair salons in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with several of the industry’s most talented hairstylists. His work has also been featured in Vanity Fair and Glamour. In short, whether you are looking for perfect highlights, a haircut, or just a brand-new look, you won’t find a better and more caring stylist than Rafael.

Adela Dedaj
ADELA DEDAJ | JUNIOR COLORIST

SPECIALTIES: Color

WHY SHE’S A CUT ABOVE: A rising artist of hair color at Fabio Scalia Brooklyn Heights!

Born in Albania, Adela moved to NYC at age 14. Influenced by an artistic family, she showed passion in the arts from a young age. She attended the Arrojo cosmetology school where she developed the desire to become a colorist. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist she secured her dream job at The Fabio Scalia Brand and, through extensive training, she has created beautiful masterpieces for our Honorary Content days.

Through hard work and dedication, Adela completed her training and developed her talents to become an artist of hair color In the years to come, we foresee Adela becoming a master of her craft and a future mentor for her undergraduates at the Fabio Scalia brand.

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