Olivia Colacci

Olivia Colacci, photo by Stephanie Colacci

Top Italian-Canadian Female Hairstylists

by Sylvia Diodati

@twentyseventoronto @oliviacolacci

Age: 28 Claim To Fame: I was essential to the most elite hair teams backstage at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris. I’ve worked on shows such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and more. Now I’ve opened my new studio, Twentyseven, in Toronto.

Experience: 10 years Italian Roots: Dad was born in Boiano, in the province of Campobasso, Molise. Mom was born in Canada and her parents are from Cattolica Eraclea in Agrigento, Sicily. Where To Find Her: Twentyseven, Toronto

Industry Icons/Mentors: Jennifer Porritt. I apprenticed at her salon 12 years ago, and she has always supported me with everything I wanted to take on in the industry. She taught me how to do hair! I refer to her as my “hair mom.”

Hair Do: Learn to work with your natural texture. Low maintenance hair is essential, but you need to know what kind of hair you have in order to work with it. Book an appointment with your stylist and ask questions.

Hair Don’t: Don’t brush out your curls and don’t use gel. No one likes crunchy, frizzy curls! Best Hair Tip

For The Season: French girl fringe – grown-out, effortless looking face-framing bangs

Advice For Choosing A Hairstylist: Your vibe should align the second you meet. I recommend going in for a consultation before committing to a new hairstylist since you will be spending a lot of time in their chair. You want to make sure it’s going to be a pleasant and positive experience.

Favourite Bridal Hair-Do: Textured and soft, a more polished version of yourself. You don’t want to look too different on your wedding day or your hair will look dated and you won’t feel like yourself.

Top Celebrity Style Pick: Blake Lively. She has a head full of extensions, but they look SO natural and her hair is always amazing and effortless looking.

Horror Story: I flew to work on a job in Peru, and the airline lost my luggage with my tools in it!

Tool Of The Trade: Dyson hair dryer and Oribe texturizing spray