who is marco

With an illustrious pedigree that comes from five generations of hairdressers, styling is in Marco Terzini's blood. "My mum and dad were both hairdressers – mum still does hair today and she's 70. My grandpa did a haircut four days before he passed away and that was at 74!" he says.

Starting at the tender age of 13, Marco worked with Carlo Terranzio, owner of the leading salon in Pescara, Italy. "I got to cut lots of hair even though I was teaching myself," he recalls. After returning to Australia he became partner in a salon called Arte in Balaclava, and it was here he achieved personal goals like winning some major hair competitions and representing L'Oréal as an educator at the age of just 23. �

"As I was quite ambitious and keen to move on, I sold my share and joined a salon called Rifmik Godfrey & Taylor on Chapel St, South Yarra," Terzini says. "At the time, I also worked as a waiter at Caffe e Cucina in South Yarra, with my brother Maurice, when the place was the talk of the town. But I decided to stick to what I loved and did best and moved to Rok Studio. Joe Giampa was very influential for my career and it was here that I learnt to be a creative director, won more awards like the Victorian 1999 L'Oréal Colour Trophy, did lots of shows, photos and seminars as well as building an amazing clientele." Five years later, Terzini decided to branch out on his own and took over his mum's salon in Balaclava, calling it Marco Melbourne. "I travelled, did more shoots and got all my marketing going, �but after seven years and seeing no growth, it was time to rethink."

In 2004 he joined forces with Paolo de Marco to open Spada in Prahran. "It's a place where we could grow, have more staff, dedicate more time to the industry and have a great life doing it." Having bought his business partner out in early 2009, Marco has achieved what he has always wanted - a great pumping salon doing great work, competing in all competitions, with well trained, professional staff and most of all, great clients.

Marco has been nominated for the American Crew Face Off competition twice and was the Australian winner of this award in 2008/2009, being flown to LA for a photo shoot with the owner of the American Crew company. To top it off Spada has now been asked to be part of the L'Oreal artistic team of Australia and look forward in doing some great shows next year.�