Mario Tricoci started as an apprentice at a barbershop in his hometown of Cosenza, Italy, but a trip to Chicago in the late 1950s truly launched his career. Impressing the owner of one of the city’s most prestigious salons, Mario landed a job and began building his reputation as a beauty innovator. He first gained wide notoriety in the 1960s by winning a string of industry awards, including “Best Hairdresser” at what is now America’s Beauty Show. Since those early days, Mario has become globally recognized as a visionary of beauty and style.
In 1963, Mario opened his first salon in Villa Park, Ill., and eventually moved to a larger location in Des Plaines. In 1977, he began a new Mario Tricoci brand, opening the first domestic, privately-owned salon in a major shopping mall (Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Ill.). The business flourished and new locations were added. In 1986, the Mario Tricoci Salon in Arlington Heights, Ill., became the first Day Spa in the Midwest. Currently, Mario Tricoci operates 17 salons and spas throughout Chicagoland, employing close to 1,400 people.
In the spring of 2006, Mario Tricoci was honored with the inaugural International Legends Award. Respected by his peers in the hairdressing elite, Mario once was a member of the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure America/Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure Mondial (worldwide organization) headquartered in Paris and Switzerland, as well as a honorary member of the Cosmetologists Chicago Association.
Mario and his work have been featured in leading beauty industry and consumer publications, including Vogue, Elle, Allure, Glamour, McCall’s, Redbook, Self and Shape, as well as Modern Salon, American Salon, Salon News and Passion/Coiffure Q. Recognized locally and nationally as a beauty authority, he has appeared on numerous talk shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as Chicago network television news and popular Chicago radio programs. Mario Tricoci was twice nominated as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by INC Magazine in partner with Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young.