Kevin Gatto

Collingswood NJ

Kevin Gatto, native Philadelphian is the Artistic Director and
Co-Founder of Verde. With over eleven years of experience, Gatto has achieved such prestigious honors in the industry as being named a Network Educator for the New York based Bumble and Bumble product line (a position which kept him in direct contact with the trend setting stylists and educators there) and earning the honor of National Technical Specialist for Wella International in 2004. Gatto has also served as a Top Educator for Davines – traveling the world (Rome, Florence, Toronto and Amsterdam to name a few) in pursuit of the latest hair and beauty trends and bringing them back to his clients and those he trains. He is currently a senior member of the newly launched Creative Force color team for TIGI Colour — training colorists throughout North America on the latest color techniques and trends.

Kevin’s reputation as premier stylist and educator also extends too many of the nation’s most fashionable salons. He has trained stylists at the Mark Garrison Salon in New York City, a premier Manhattan style destination frequented by Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. Gatto has also trained colorists at the new David Evangelista salon on trendy 5th Avenue in New York City.

Gatto graduated at the top of his class from the Rizzieri Institute, where he was one of only four students chosen to assist the Clairol Styling Team at the New York Fashion shows working backstage with Richard Dalton (former personal stylist to Princess Diana). His styling experience is enhanced by his business acumen, developed as a business and broadcast journalism major at Temple University.

Kevin often serves as a Philadelphia, 10!, Ambush Makeover, and  Live with Regis and Kelly where he demonstrates his skills for dramatic before-and-alters and  he provides helpful makeover advice.

Gatto is quickly becoming one of our regions’ preeminent stylist, colorist and beauty expert- stylist. He is also the premiere beauty expert on television makeover segments for such shows as Fox Good Day.

Kevin’s tips this month are dedicated to our male readers.
Next issue we look forward to tips for our female readership!

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! — In today’s delicate job market looking your best is crucial. Your face is the first thing potential employers or clients will see so you always want to look alert and refreshed. Dry dehydrated skin can make you look years older, especially in the upcoming winter months when your skin is exposed to harsh climates.  My favorites are the Neutrogena Men line, which are available at drugstores.

Nutrition — Many will not associate good grooming with nutrition but eating right keeps not only your insides healthy but has a dramatic and positive effect on your skin and how you feel. A healthy balance is important.

Haircut –Thanks to the popularity of the hit show Mad Men the art of the gentleman’s haircut is coming back. Although modified for a modern feel with texture for those times you want to have fun with your hair the trend now is for a classic 1960′s inspired cut. Clean lines, strong side parts give a air of integrity and confidence. But make sure to get your monthly haircut..Looking scruffy around the neck line and ears is “so” not Don Draper.

Keep it clean –Whether you are clean shaven or have facial hair -maintain clean lines and keep it neat and trim. The ultimate 5 o’clock shadow is worn by Tom Ford so facial hair can be sexy and professional as long as it is maintained like you maintain your haircut.

5. Ditch the flakes — your dandruff may not be dandruff.  Use a proper cleansing shampoo to maintain a healthy scalp that will prevent those embarrassing white flakes on dark suits. Use a shampoo like Kaaral Energizing Shampoo ($14, avail. at Verde) to invigorate your hair and scalp with citrus and eucalyptus. If you do have dandruff…try to solve the problem.

6. Smile up –A great smile isn’t just sexy it is healthy too. Regular trips to the Dentist, flossing and preventing gum disease can keep your smile bright and healthy! If you are a big coffee drinker like me than those Crest white strips –will be your best friend (but don’t overdo it…we all remember that episode of friends with Ross’ insanely white teeth.)


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