Peter Ash Lee
Joe Martino, who has worked at Orlando Pita’s downtown Manhattan salon, Orlo, for 11 years, is one of the few top hairstylists in the industry who both color and cut. Known as the Fixer, Martino is getting the keys to the shop this fall, when Pita trims his schedule back to two days a month in order to focus on his hair-care-product business. A New Jersey native who used to cut the hair of his high school classmates in his mother’s basement, Martino landed his first backstage gig in 1996 at a Wolfgang Joop fashion show. “Nadja Auermann and Kristen McMenamy both modeled in it,” he recalls. “I had no idea who they were, but I loved it.” Martino is now more than familiar with the likes of Michelle Williams and Karen Elson, who are loyal clients, but looks forward to taking on the bulk of Pita’s. “I welcome the pressure. I’m ready for more.”
We asked Orlo’s creative director Martino to share his go-to, absolutely must-have hair products with us.
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