Fabio Sementilli

Fabio Sementilli, Wella Professionals’ vice president of education for North America under Coty’s Professional Beauty Division, was found beaten and stabbed at 5:05 p.m. Monday on his outdoor patio in Woodland Hills, Calif. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Division, the cause of death was multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper torso. Sementilli’s 2008 black Porsche Carrera 911 was missing from the property. In a statement Tuesday, the LAPD noted that the investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been named.

The violence of his death sits in sharp contrast with the warm relationships Sementilli fostered within the 10 years in which he rose to the top of hairdressing ranks at Wella Professionals, first as creative director, then educator. “Fabio was a dear friend and we are devastated by his loss,” said Sal Mauceri, senior vice president, North America, Coty Professional Beauty and Global OPI. “Fabio was a celebrated hairdresser, an outstanding business executive and a passionate promoter of the salon profession. His dedication to elevating the craft of hairdressing and his love for hairdressers made him an icon in the salon business. The entire industry mourns his passing.”

“Fabio was an icon in the hairdressing industry, a pillar of his team at Wella and our dear friend,” a Coty spokesperson said in a statement. “He will be very sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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Sementilli began his career with Wella as a creative director in Canada in 2007, becoming creative director for the North American professional division in 2010. He was promoted to vice president of education in 2013. As part of his role with Wella, Sementilli led all facets of education for Coty Professional, managing more than 500 education employees and overseeing Wella studios in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Prior to joining Wella, he was a decorated competition hairstylist, salon owner and did hair for many Hollywood films, said a spokesperson for the company.

Just one day before his death, Sementilli took to Facebook to post a sentimental message commemorating the 30th anniversary of his hairstylist certification, and the beginning of his professional career.

 “I have been so truly blessed to have been mentored and inspired by the best (too many to mention), worked and created alongside so many talented and passionate Hairdressers [sic] in the salon, backstage and on stages around the world. I’m far from perfect but I serviced thousands of customers with integrity and made lifelong friends along the way,” read the post. “Today, I am not behind the chair servicing clients anymore because I’ve chosen to support my hairdressing brothers and sisters behind the chair who make a difference in people’s lives every day. 

I’ve never been a glass-half-empty kind of guy, I’m optimistic, I’m driven and I don’t accept the habit of negativity around me. I don’t sit on the fence and with this conviction I conduct myself every day to ensure Hair and Nail Professionals [sic] everywhere can build a successful and sustainable career!”