Coty Professional Beauty Vice President of Education Fabio Sementilli died suddenly and tragically on January 24, 2017 at his home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 49 years old.
Originally hailing from Canada, Sementilli began his hairdressing career 30 years ago “with optimism, an immigrant family work ethic…[and] a strong conviction with hopes and dreams,” he wrote on his Facebook page on January 20.
During his career, Sementilli mentored and touched thousands of stylists across the country through his leadership and education at the highest levels. Sementilli joined Wella in 2007 after more than two decades of a career in hair competitions, platform work and salon ownership. “I’ve chosen to support my hairdressing brothers and sisters behind the chair who make a difference in people’s lives everyday,” he posted.
Those who met Sementilli knew his kindness, optimism and unending passion for hairdressers. His legacy for empowering and mentoring others will live on not only through those lives he touched, but also through the Hairdressers at Heart campaign, which provides stylists with opportunities and tools to grow and succeed in their careers in the form of scholarships, artistic competitions, childcare tuition discounts and grants.
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