Choose Beauty: Marco Pelusi

By Anne Morrato | 04/10/2012 3:30:00 PM


Marco Pelusi’s considerable skills have landed him on “best of” lists, on the Aloxxi Team, on platform— and on the hottest street in LA.

Marco Pelusi would call his autobiography “I Love Challenge.” Hair color artist, educator and salon owner, Pelusi also loves communication, connection (to people, his community), collaboration and color. He has found these are the “C”s to success.

Hidden Talent: Classically trained singer.

Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Iced Americano.

Day-Off Pursuits: Yoga and a walk in Southern California’s lovely weather.

On Your iPod: Chris Brown’s Beautiful People and Turn Up The Music.

Now collecting: Good people surrounding me.

Favorite Housewives: Definitely Beverly Hills as they’re in our backyard. A close second is Jersey. I love the family dynamics and the east coast, Italian thing.

Family Ties

Pelusi’s ties to the industry run deep. His family owns a chain of salons in Pennsylvania, but being born into the business doesn’t guarantee interest, much less talent. While inspired by the art of hairdressing he considered performing to be his true calling; Pelusi trained as a classical singer. Still, even then his roots were showing. “I was in college at Penn State doing theatre. The girls in the shows found out I liked styling and they all started coming to me. We would get a bottle of wine, sit around together and I would do their hair. It was a blast.”

Ultimately, salon life held more appeal than life on the stage. Pelusi entered South Hills Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh while simultaneously serving an informal apprenticeship with his uncle, Philip Pelusi, a master cutter. His passion for color was ignited by a class with Milan-based hair color manufacturer, Framesi.

“As they were talking about the color wheel and principles of color, something clicked in me. I was so inspired. I knew I wanted to be up there teaching. I approached Framesi, immersed myself in the world of hair color and became an educator.”

Change of Venue Pelusi knew staying in Pittsburgh meant he had instant entrée into any of his family’s salons and the support of his large, Italian family but he chose to take on Hollywood. “I came to Beverly Hills when I was in my early 20s to train a salon in color technique. They didn’t think I knew what I was doing because I was so young. But I did. Sometimes you just have to stick your neck out there and go for it.”

His collaborative nature shapes how he runs and works in his Marco Pelusi Hair Studio, located on uber-hip Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. He is involved in the neighborhood, dreams of organizing salon owner get-togethers, and answers questions posed on his active Facebook page.

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Living Color

Everything about his career is color-full. He is lead color artist for Aloxxi International, he educates on color, and has created a product line Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare System. His clients include celebrities from the colorful world of entertainment including Dancing with the Stars contenders Stacy Keibler and, new this season, Martina Navratilova.

“There is a synergy between performers and the people who help to style them. I’m always in the middle of that creative energy but it ultimately has to do with the work itself, with meeting people’s needs.”

And with so much going for him, in the future he’s certain to continue hitting all the right notes—especially the high “C”s.

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