My name is Gio welcome to my website..and my Gents salon.
My aim is to offer you a professional service..from simple layered classical cuts...to up to the minute high st fashion styling...which can include colour..either by hi-lights or low-lights..to simply toning down grey hair or blending it with warmer colour. Unlike using the chemist and taking the guess-work away...because I have also had a backgound in all aspects of hairdressing..which included formative training in the first top unisex salon in Bramhall...working with a team of 20 staff.
After establishing a regular clientel of men and women in Bramhall...I decided to go freelance at the age of 19...after 4 yrs of working day and evenings which included sundays especially for weddings....I decided house calling and doing the hair of the well heeled of Bramhall ..Cheadle Hulme, Heald Geen, Gately and wilmslow..had to stop...and time to open my first salon.
I opened and developed my first unisex salon in Ashton at age 23....I learnt the ropes of running a salon here and learned some new things too...sometimes the hard way...after 3yrs I decided on a change selling the shop to one of my staff which he still runs....I had a year off and worked in my fathers wholsale business..after the year had ended I was going stir crazy working with the same small group of people not meeting many new faces and not really having any creative stimulation ....I found a unit in Manchester near the Northern Quarter.....and decided to open a Mens hair Salon offering a service somewhere between an olds Gentlemans polite Barbers and that of the place I had worked in the quiet professionalism of the Salon I had learned my craft back in the 80's in Bramhall..a kind of halfway house....with no swearing and no incessant rants of football.
In 1995 after 9 yrs in Manchester I opened the now 'Gio' BARBERSHOP..which I have run and owned for 16 years....this has been a great pleasure for me as I now cut 3 generations of men to include Grandads sons and their sons. I have made many friends here and as a result of being successful here I was invited to teach Gents Hair Workshops at The University of Derby in 2001..eventually creating my own Scheme of work to run a successful course year on year up to 2010 enabling greater skills and prospects for the younger students. This has also been rewarding and I have met and made friends with many salon owners and staff throughout Derbyshire as far as Matlock and Bakewell.
I look forward to meeting you hopefully..and to all my existing customers thankyou for many happy years and lots more ahead.