Stylists: from left to right
Richard Penna Gilles Thibault Robert Falanga, manager
• Michael Cantarella, manager Stephen Szymanski
Diane Penna Grisel Carrano Beata Iwanczuk Rose Deiso • Danielle Szerszen
Billy Szostek •
Christine Maturo • Taylor Bontempo
Sharon Falanga Amy Paleski Chet Lapin
Hair Extensions Specialists
Grisel Carrano ( shown above)
Front Desk Staff:
Lori Pace, Manager Grace Cavuoti Rachel Aceto • Jillian McNamara • Tracy Quaglianai
Penna has been making people more attractive for 43 years. He
has owned and operated the Richard Penna Salon for 39 years, 35
of them happily in Hamden, Connecticut.
became nationally known with his work on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show in 1987 and was honored with two Emmy nominations. With Ms.
Raphael, Richard created the "makeover" genre that
continues to be popular to this day.
has worked as a hair stylist on many movies, TV shows and countless
publications such as Glamour, Life, Parade, US, People, Good Housekeeping
and Redbook. During his 17 years on the Sally Show, he styled
many celebrities such as Diane Sawyer, Joan Lunden, Roseanne Barr,
Beverly Sills, Tony Bennett, Mary Wilson, Michael Bolton, Cybil
Shepard, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and Marlo Thomas. He also traveled all over the country with Kitty and Michael
Dukakis as their personal stylist during the 1988 presidential campaign.
works diligently for women with cancer, in his salon and through
the "Looking Forward Program " founded by friend and cancer
survivor Ellen Swirsky. In association with St. Raphaels Hospital,
he has mastered a natural look for his clients with cancer using
hair pieces and wigs that are virtually undetectable. His compassion
and support can turn tears into smiles. Other charities that Richard
holds dear are Yale Pediatrics, Y-ME, MADD, St. Raphael's Charities,
Illeitis Colitis Charity, The Ronald McDonald House and Aids Project
New Haven. His belief that one must give back to the community has
always been important to him, and for him, the benefits have been
from his many awards and business achievements, Richard is most
proud of his staff, the majority of whom have been working with
him for up to 25 years! Richard
attributes his success to honesty, hard work and never saying NO
or I CAN'T. His easy going personality inspires clients to put themselves
entirely in his hands, then he works his magic!