Our 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 • Taylor Swale
Our Colorists:
Sharon Falanga • Amy Paleski • Chet Lapin

Our Hair Extensions Specialists
  Grisel Carrano • Taylor Swale

Our Assistants

The Front Desk Staff:
Lori Pace, Manager • Grace Cavuoti • Rachel Aceto • Gail Rainey • Troy Maiocco


Richard 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.

Richard 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.

He 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.

Richard 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 numerous.

Aside 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!