Giuseppe ‘Toni’ Mascolo, co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni & Guy has sadly passed away, aged 75.
Born in Naples, Italy, in 1942 Mascolo’s family moved to London in the 1950s. His father was also an acclaimed hairdresser who taught him, and his four brothers, the trade from an early age.
Mascolo established the first Toni & Guy salon in Clapham, south London, in 1963 with his younger brother Gaetano, or ‘Guy’, offering a unisex service that appealed to both men and women, unlike the traditional barbershops and female-only salons.
Celebrities such as composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and singer Dusty Springfield were among the famous faces who frequented the salon.
The company went onto achieve global success, with two global franchised hair salon groups comprising of 475 Toni & Guys across 48 countries.
Toni Mascolo was awarded an OBE for services to hairdressing in 2008 and in 2012 was honoured by the Fellowship of British Hairdressers with a lifetime achievement award.
He is survived by wife Pauline, brothers Bruno and Anthony, children Sacha, Christian and Pierre, and many grandchildren.