Best of Masters: Anna Pacitto

Strongly encouraged into her career by her father, a barber and businessman himself, Anna Pacitto has soared to the highest levels of international recognition in our industry. Multiple salon owner and co-owner and artistic director of the prestigious Salon Pure and Pure Academy in Montreal, she feeds her boundless creativity through art, culture, fashion, and other such giants as Trevor Sorbie and Angelo Seminara. An international platform artist the former artistic Director for L'Oreal Professionel, Canada, she is now on the international artistic team for Davines. Besides photo shoots for major Canadian magazines and fashion week events, Anna has numerous top award wins under her belt, including Master Stylist of the Year and North American Hairstylist of the Year (North American Hairstyling Awards), 4-time Master Canadian Hairdresser of the Year, 2-time Canadian Stylist of the Year, 2 gold medals at World championships in Milan (Images category), and Salon Pure 3-time North American Salon of the Year (NAHA).

Anna has received more hairdressing awards than anyone we’ve featured on MASTERS. Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Anna shares her passion for competition and her insights on how photo work ignites her salon staff.

“Anna Pacitto is a class act, through and through. What makes her a class act is not all of her awards, but rather her graciousness and humility. Interviewing her was pure bliss for me.” – Winn Claybaugh


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About: Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations.