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Friday, June 18, 2010

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: David Stanko, Master Colorist for Redken


A haircolor consultant for Redken 5th Avenue, working salon colorist and client-consultation expert, David Stanko lives, plays and works in New York City. He has developed, evaluated, launched and taught professional haircolor all around the world, and recently released his first DVD that explores the “or” in haircolor, “Lifestyle Coloring.”

Analyzing decades of experience in working with clients’ real-world color needs and developing colorists’ career paths, Stanko realized that most colorists attract clients who are similar to them in age and lifestyle. Recognizing a potential drawback (colorists’ incomes could become dependent on the economic ups and downs of one group), he created “Lifestyle Coloring,” which goes beyond techniques to include business building and client keeping. The DVD shows colorists how to diversify their clientele and have a continuous client flow for life by tailoring color services to lifestyles, while customizing them to individuals.  We recommended this DVD:
http://www.whomyouknow.com/2010/06/only-thing-better-than-having-david.html

A driven devotee of discovering new ways to use color technology in transforming how the world sees a person, David loves teaching other salon professionals to see beyond the process and achieve their ultimate artistic expression, while achieving financial success. Where does he get his ideas?

“I’m always doing people’s haircolor in my head: the woman sitting across from me on the subway, the girls who pass me at a sidewalk cafĂ©,” says Stanko. “New York is such an easy place to be a voyeur and spot trends just when they’re beginning to bloom. And every silent encounter becomes a color-critique: Where did this one’s color take a wrong turn? Where could that one have taken the extra step from good enough to really great? These questions lead me to my current focus: Lifestyle Color and complete customization, which lead to incredible opportunities and a signature style for every colorist.”

David’s haircolor work has been styled by such talents as Serge Normant, Oribe and Orlando Pita, and been featured in the pages of top fashion publications, including VogueCosmopolitan, GlamourIn-StyleLatina and Elle, not to mention nearly every North American trade magazine: American Salon, Modern Salon,Launchpad and Estetica. In both 1999 and 2000, he was named “Best Educator” and “Most Inspirational Educator” at Haircolor USA. His alma mater, Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administration, have inducted him into their Halls Of Fame. In 2009, David was accepted into the prestigious Intercoiffure Association, where he sits on the executive committee of the newly formed Haircolor Council.  And if you see Peachy Deegan now, you will see his work on her!  Read our Salon Peachy piece:

In addition to teaching his ongoing educational courses and sharing his Lifestyle Coloring concepts, in  2010, David Stanko will act as spokesperson for Redken 5th Avenue’s “Art of the Consultation.” Explore more about David and view his color work at www.davidstanko.com.  We are pleased to present him as our latest Mover and Shaker!  Peachy Deegan interviewed David Stanko for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: Do you have any special childhood memories that relate to hair?
David Stanko: NOPE.  NEVER PLAYED WITH MY SISTER'S BARBIES.  I DID LIKE BEER ON TAP SHAMPOO AND HERBAL ESSENCE PEACH CONDITIONER..MAYBE THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTED.

What inspired you to go into haircolor?
I LIKE THE IMMEDIATE RESULTS.  I LOVE THE FUNCTIONALITY (COVERING GRAY, BRIGHTENING MOUSY BROWNS & DISHWATER BLONDES) AND THE FASHION-SENSE:  SEXY, GROWN-IN HIGHLIGHTS AND HOW IT ADDS TO A WOMAN'S SEX APPEAL.

Does your love of color transcend hair and if so, how?
I LIKE ACCENTS OF STRONG COLOR.  LIKE A RED PILLOW IN AN ALL WHITE ROOM, OR THE USE OF STRONG ORANGE OR PINK ALONG SIDE CHOCOLATE BROWN. 
Do you have future television ambitions?  Your video was excellent.
I WOULD LOVE TO DO MORE ON-CAMERA WORK.  I THINK ITS FUN AND YOU HAVE TO THINK QUICKLY TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION ALIVE OR HOLD AN INTERVIEW'S ATTENTION.  I'D MAKE A GREAT TALK SHOW HOST FOR A MAKE-OVER PROGRAM...I COULD GET MY POINT ACROSS WITHOUT EMBARRASSING ANYONE.

How did Pittsburgh influence you?
THE CITY IS A STUDY IN REINVENTION.  WHAT WAS ONCE A STEEL TOWN HAS EVOLVED INTO QUITE A LITTLE CULTURAL MECCA.  FURTHER, I WENT TO BEAUTY COLLEGE THERE & BEEN INDUCTED INTO  MY ALAMA MATER'S HALL OF FAME AND THE PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.

We understand you love the upper east side as much as Peachy.  What do you like most about it?
ITS CIVILIZED.  I CAN GET A PEDICURE, CHINESE MASSAGE AND DRY CLEANING ALL IN 2 BLOCKS.  PLUS I'M A 12 MIN. WALK FROM THE STEPS OF THE MET, CENTRAL PARK AND EVER CLOSER TO CARL SCHURZ PARK, WHERE GRACIE MANSION IS LOCATED; PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST KEPT PUBLIC PARKS IN THE CITY.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
MY DAD AND MOM.  THE WERE / ARE MY BIGGEST FANS.

What are you proudest of and why?
MOVING TO NYC, HANGING WITH LOREAL/ REDKEN CORPORATE AMERICA FOR OVER 10 YEARS AND BRANCHING OUT ON MY OWN.  I STARTED MY OWN CONSULTING COMPANY, DAVID R. STANKO, LLC TO HELP BOTH CONSUMERS AND PROFESSIONALS EXPLORE THE "OR" IN HAIRCOLOR, WHICH MEANS, EXPLORE THE MANY OPTIONS.

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do?
BE ON TV.

What honors and awards have you received in your profession?
BEST EDUCATOR, MOST INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATOR - HAIRCOLOR USA.   PITTSBURGH BEAUTY ACADEMY HALL OF FAME, PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION - HALL OF FAME.  [I'VE ALSO RECEIVED] PEER RECOGNITION IN VARIOUS TRADE PUBLICATIONS.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan?
CENTRAL PARK.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan?
SAINT LAURIE MERCHANT TAILORS, MY PERSONAL TAILOR.

What is your favorite drink?
ARIZONA MANDARIN ORANGE GREEN TEA WITH GINSENG & HONEY JASMIN 

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
CHANGES MONTHLY....CURRENTLY "EAT THAI" ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE.

What is your favorite Manhattan book?
TIME OUT NEW YORK.

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why?
GRAND CENTRAL STATION.  ITS LIKE A BIG HOUSE WITH LOTS OF VISITORS & PICTURE TAKING.  ITS RICH IN HISTORY, HAS INTERESTING NOOKS AND CRANNYS AND FROM THERE....YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE.  I'D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED AS  THE SPOT THAT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER.

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience?
WORKING OUT IN THE PARK WITH MY TRAINER, RICH.

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else?
WALK, WALK, WALK.  NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE....ITS A COOL PLACE TO BE.

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience?
WALKING UNDER CRISTO'S  THE GATES in CENTRAL PARK.  AND THE GUGGENHEIM...JUST SITTING IN THE FOYER IS INSPIRATIONAL.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
OVERRATED -- TIMES SQUARE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.  UNDERRATED:  CENTRAL PARK AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
I LIKE THE EVENTS CATEGORY [UPCOMING NIGHLIGHT, UPCOMING DAYLIGHT, NIGHTLIGHT, DAYLIGHT.]  GIVES ME IDEAS OF COOL STUFF TO DO THAT I MIGHT NOT FIND ON MY OWN.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I'M AVAILABLE AT ANGELO DAVID SALON IN MIDTOWN TO CUSTOMIZE A HAIRCOLOR LOOK FOR YOU.  I LIKE TO CALL MYSELF "AFFORDABLE LUXURY".

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?


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