ABOUT CARMELO GUASTELLA
Founder, CEO and product formulator of BALM A034, Carmelo Guastella is an established and respected hairstylist and men’s grooming expert. His many accolades include launching the flagship Dolce & Gabbana Barbershop on New Bond Street, in 2013 and head hairstylist for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Show for London Collections Men. Carmelo was also appointed by Unilever as International Ambassador for Dove Men + Care Expert Shave Range in 2014 and in 2019 he was named GQ Barber of the Year. He regularly contributes men’s grooming tips to major media publications.
Carmelo’s career as a men’s hairstylist began at a young age when he was taken on as a barber’s apprentice in Sicily. For a number of years, he was a men’s hairstylist at two of Italy’s top hairdressing salons in Turin and Sardinia but in 1999, prompted by a restless urge to broaden his horizons, Carmelo left Italy for the UK and joined the set up team of The Refinery, a prestigious men’s grooming spa in Mayfair, London. During his five years tenure, Carmelo established his reputation in London as a respected hairstylist and men’s grooming expert, quickly developing a loyal and high profile clientele, while also furthering his knowledge studying Men’s Skincare and Cosmetic Science at the London College of Fashion (now the University of the Arts).