Established in 1997, Giovanni & Pileggi took the Philadelphia beauty scene by storm quickly earning a reputation as the city’s top salon and receiving countless accolades. Owned by former North American Hairstylist of the Year, Giovanni Mele, Giovanni & Pileggi’s talented staff delivers superior cuts, color, styling, specialty treatments, makeup application, eyebrow shaping, and bridal packages. In addition, Giovanni & Pileggi offers premier hair products and tools to help maintain beautiful hair, including Mele’s proprietary G Mele Anti-Aging hair care system. For convenience, Giovanni & Pileggi is open seven days a week with extended evening hours Tuesdays through Fridays.

Giovanni Mele
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Giovanni Mele


Giovanni Mele, Artistic Director and Owner of Giovanni and Pileggi, descends from a family of hair professionals dating back for more than a century. He has trained in the United States as well as in Europe, focusing not only on cutting but also color technique. He remains a vanguard of the hair industry through his work with runway, platform, and print.

Giovanni has been featured in national publications such as InStyle, Allure, Seventeen, and Vogue, and on beauty websites such as Harpersbazaar.com, AOL Shopping and Glam.com. Perhaps Giovanni's greatest achievement to date is receiving the prestigious North American Hair Stylist of the Year Award in 1996. Giovanni continues to be recognized for his artistry and has been named the "High Priest of Hair," "Trend Visionary" and "Best of Style."

Bernadette
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Bernadette


"I believe that when you look good, you feel good, and I really enjoy participating in this process with my clients."

Bernadette is a graduate of Giovanni & Pileggi's training program and has been a stylist for the past 12 years. She stays inspired by fashion, what she sees trending on the street and in the work of her fellow stylists. Like most of the staff, Bernadette has wanted to be in the hair styling industry since she was a youngster, often styling hair for family, friends and neighbors.

Collaborating with a client to achieve the perfect result is important to her, and showing her clients how to do recreate the look at home is part of the service." It's fun to meet new clients and work with them to come up with the best look for each individual. The cut and color need to work for clients in real life; they need to be something they can maintain at home."

Joey
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Joey


"It seems to me that being a part of the hair industry is the best way for me to express my creativity."

Joey joined the Giovanni & Pileggi staff right after graduating from cosmetology school in 2009. For several years, he has demonstrated his ability to work hard and deliver results. Joey is certified in hair cutting by Wella International, but credits Giovanni's Spring and Fall training classes to helping him sharpen his professional and communication skills. "By understanding the client's needs, wants, and wishes, you get to see your vision come to life."

Judy

Judy


Some little girls like to play house, but Judy always preferred Beauty Salon. "Since I could walk, all I wanted to do was hair." And a hair stylist is the profession she pursued for 25 years, 13 of them, she's happy to say, at Giovanni & Pileggi. Although Judy's advanced training includes some of the best that the world has to offer –Vidal Sassoon, London, Toni & Guy, Sebastian, New York and London, as well as Bumble & Bumble, New York – she credits Giovanni as one of the strongest influences on the evolution of her technique.

Judy's prides herself in her ability to establish a comfort level with her clients that creates a bond of trust. To her, "There is nothing more rewarding than the way people are filled with life when their hair looks great or you've helped them solve their lifelong hair challenges. I just love that."

Missy
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Missy


Like many of our stylists, Missy joined our salon training program after graduation from cosmetology school 15 years ago. She began as an assistant at Pileggi On the Square and when Giovanni opened Giovanni & Pileggi in 1996, she became a stylist there and the rest is history.

 In addition to advanced training in the United States and Europe, Missy credits the salon’s training program, and most of all, Giovanni, as having the greatest influence on her work. “I wanted to be a stylist since I was a little girl – I always wanted to make people look fabulous.”

Missy received the “Best of Philly” award for “Best Blow Dry” and has appeared on the local NBC, FOX, and CW networks in various beauty and fashion segments featuring hair color, hair extensions, and hair care advice.

“Every person has a distinct look that’s unique to them; I love being able to use my creativity in a way that makes people happy with their appearance.”

Franc
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Franc


Franc, a Philadelphia native, has been styling hair for over 25 years; his areas of expertise include working with multiracial hair textures, Keratin smoothing, and corrective color. Franc began his career at Bumble & Bumble NYC where he worked as a stylist, and “in house” educator. In the early 1990’s he moved back to Philadelphia where he mentored dozens of stylists at several salons before finding a home at Giovanni & Pileggi.

For a brief period of time Franc divided his time between Virginia Beach and Philadelphia, where he helped women feel beautiful up and down the East Coast. Since 2012, Franc has been home in Philadelphia an full time at Giovanni & Pileggi.

Franc’s work has been featured on TLC’s “ The Makeover Story” and “Trading Spaces”. His passion in life is helping people feel more confident through self-image, and personal style.

Laura
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Laura


“I love making people feel pretty and good about themselves.”

Laura, like many of our stylists, is passionate about listening to her clients and their expectations. In addition to a long list of certifications and training, including Keratin treatments, and advanced classes in color at Wella International and Sebastian, Laura also credits Giovanni’s influence on her personal style. Having taken advanced color classes in Loreal and Redken, Laura finds her passion in coloring, “I love changing and making people feel confident.” A highlight of Laura’s seven-year career is styling actress and Philadelphia native, Ali Larter and Guess Model Samantha Hoopes. 

Aja

Aja


Aja has been in the beauty industry for over 16 years; her career is the natural extension of her talent and passion for hair.  Aja has dedicated herself to continually advancing her education, developing her inspirations and exciting her skills: Aja has studied at Wella International (NYC), Redken 5th Avenue NYC's The Salon Professional Academy, Goldwell Academy (USA) and Loreal Academy (Soho).  Aja has an aptitude for all hair services, but is certified in Advanced and Creative Balayage and Cezzanne Keratin treatments.  She is also certified in Hot Heads extensions.

Aja excels in a range of services, from beautiful natural hair color to creative colors and highlights as well as inspired cuts.  She loves styling big blowouts with a brush set, beachy waves or looks that are straight as a pin.  Aja excels at bringing out beauty and confidence from within her clients.  She believes that, with hair as a canvas and her love for her career as a stimulant, the creative possibilities are endless and the results always exquisite.  

Domenic

Domenic


After starting his career in 2012 and working his way up, Domenic fits right in with the Giovanni & Pileggi atmosphere. Most notably, he enjoys the hands on experience he gains every day at Giovanni & Pileggi. As an assistant stylist, Domenic likes working in a relaxing and elegant space where he can let his creativity shine!

His specialties include, his one-of-a-kind blowout and working with voluminous hair, adding dimension and crafting it into his own piece of art. 

Michael

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Breanna

Breanna


As an Assistant Stylist, Breanna enjoys learning as much as she can from the stylists and through researching new tips and trends on her own time.  Her specialties include cutting, highlighting and styling, but she really enjoys doing everything at G&P.  

Her favorite part about being an assistant stylist is making people feel beautiful and giving them exactly what they want.  

James

James


James is an Assistant Stylist with six years of experience.  His excels in coloring, especially redheads and fashion tones.  He has an urban eclectic style, and he enjoys bringing his personal style into his work element.  He is passionate about traveling, and he gets most of his inspiration from different cultures.  James has worked exclusively styling the Philadelphia Phillies and VH1's Mob Wives.

Dawn

Dawn


Elaine

Elaine


Danielle

Danielle


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