January 27, 2015

Hairdresser by day, rock star by night

Rob and Dana Burgio in front of Salon La Moda

The only thing on Rob Burgio’s mind growing up was music. As a child, he visited his father, a hairdresser, at work and helped him sweep the floors. Though hair was in his blood, he fell in love with music and exchanged his broom for a guitar when he was 12 years old.

He joined his school’s band and found himself playing in bands with his friends during his spare time. After graduating high school, Burgio knew he wanted to continue in music, but didn’t know what he wanted to do for a professional career.

He enrolled at Buffalo State, taking pre-requisite and music courses. Though he did well in his music courses and loved performing in the school’s jazz ensemble, he found himself struggling in his pre-requisites. It was during this time he found out his parents were getting divorced, and his father was moving to California.

“I decided to spend the summer with my dad in California when I was 19 years old,” Burgio said. Just like his childhood, he joined his dad at the hair salon every day. He enjoyed the experience and realized what career path he wanted to pursue.

As soon as Burgio returned to Buffalo, he enrolled in beauty school and, to his surprise, began his journey as a full-time hairdresser.

One day while working at a salon, he was discussing ideas to open a new salon with fellow hairdresser, Dana. On Nov. 4, 1996, the pair opened Salon La Moda on Delaware Avenue in the Village Kenmore.

As their salon grew larger, so did their love for one another. Burgio proposed to Dana, who said... Read the rest of this article in Entertainment


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