With 14 years of experience under his belt, Tommy Centanni is the newest member of the Embodyment family. A local native, Tommy enjoys all that New Orleans has to offer and is excited to start this new chapter in his life. We sat down with Tommy for a short interview to ask him a few questions about his life and how he came to join us at Embodyment Salon & Spa.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised right here on the West Bank in Harvey. I love New Orleans’ diverse culture and friendly people. There is never a dull moment around here!
How did you get started being a stylist?
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to become a stylist. It has been a lifelong passion for me.
Why did you come to Embodyment Salon & Spa?
Several of my clients suggested Embodyment to me! With my attention to detail and dedication to my clients, they thought I would be a good match with the salon.
How do you think Embodyment is different from other salons?
The atmosphere for both guests and stylists is what really sets Embodyment apart. The stylists here are an amazing team, and they are always willing to collaborate together to make sure each and every guest is happy. It is really a positive experience.
What is your beauty philosophy?
My philosophy of being a stylist is actually very conservative. I truly enjoy my clients and want to go the extra mile to make them happy.
What are a few of the highlights of your career so far?
I consider myself blessed that I have had many highlights in my career! I have been privileged to style many celebrities in my work which is quite thrilling. I also hold a special place in my heart for brides and bridal parties. Making them feel special on their spectacular day gives me a sense of pride in my work.
How was 2013 for you? What do you hope 2014 will bring?
I have dealt with a lot of loss in 2013. The past year has been very challenging for me, personally. I lost my mother, which was heartbreaking for me. My father, who grieved for her until his death, passed away shortly after. I also lost my sister-in-law. This all happened within a 4 month period, so it was all very difficult. 2013 was very trying, but I want this year, 2014, to be about rebuilding myself and my esteem.
Do you have any personal or professional goals?
Despite the darkness of the last year, this year has reinvigorated me with new and wonderful excitement! I just joined Embodyment Salon & Spa, and I am concentrating on continuing to learn and grow with the many talented stylists here. I love making people feel beautiful and special, so I am looking forward to meeting many new clients and sharing my passion with them.
What are you reading/watching/listening to these days?
I love all the awards shows that tend to happen at the beginning of the year. I love to see what celebrities are wearing and how they are styled so I can keep up with current trends. I am most looking forward to the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the VMAs and the People’s Choice Awards!
Who is your role model personally and professionally? Why?
In my personal life, I find a role model in Daniel Thibodeaux, who has been my main motivator in getting fit.
In my career, my role model is Vidal Sassoon, whom we all know. I also look up to my past mentors that helped me build my career during my time at Aveda: Michael Barnette, Heidi Fisher, David Ginkens, Chris Guidry. I would not be here would it not be for David Falcon, who convinced me to go to beauty school. I also appreciate all of my educators who helped me develop my skills as a stylist. Lastly, I admire my parents, whose memory I will keep alive and whom I miss dearly.
With the start of the New Year, we look forward to great things from Tommy Centanni! It is our pleasure to welcome him to Embodyment Salon & Spa, where we hope he will find a creative and supportive family. We invite you to call or come by the salon to book an appointment and experience for yourself his talent and passion!
Embodyment Salon & Spa
3701 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115