Working across the globe for the likes of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Numero, we chatted with Mr. Smith Global Brand Ambassador, Stefano Greco to discuss his career highlights, must-have products and tips for those starting out.
How long have you been a hair stylist and how did your career begin?
I began my career 22 years ago. I started an apprenticeship in a salon in Geneva, Switzerland straight after school. Years later I moved to New York, where I assisted Ward Stegerhoek for a few years and started working at fashion week in New York, Milan and Paris.
What is your current career highlight?
One of my biggest highlights was working with Cindy Crawford for a photo shoot in the Streets of Soho in NYC.
Is there a particular brand or person you would like to work with?
I would absolutely love to work with YSL.
Where do you pull your inspiration for shoots and shows?
I pull inspiration from anywhere really, it depends on the job. It could be from someone walking in the street, an old vintage book, shapes from buildings or from vegetation.
What do you love about the industry?
I love that I get to meet new people and travel the world. I’ve been to many places that I would have never gone to if it wasn’t for my job.
You are the Mr. Smith Global Brand Ambassador, how did you start working with Mr. Smith?
I met Freda Rossidis during Milan Fashion Week where we were both working with Sam McKnight. We clicked right away, and once I got to work with the Mr. Smith products I knew I wanted to be associated with the brand- the rest is history! It’s a role I’ve enjoyed and hope to continue for the coming years.
What is your favourite Mr. Smith product and why?
My favorite Mr. Smith product is The Foundation. It is the first cream that makes fine hair appear thicker and weightless. I also love using it for creating wet looks.
Is there anything in your toolkit that non-hair professionals would benefit from?
A wet brush! It is very gentle and the fastest and easiest way to detangle hair.
Can you provide any tips for someone wanting to pursue editorial work?
First try to assist the best in the industry or a hairstylist that you look up to. And practice, practice, practice! Make sure you nail the classic techniques and then work on personalising them.
Style. Substance. Simplicity.