About Us

Face It Forward brings together two passionate and talented women who are highly experienced in Youth Mentoring and the Hair & Beauty Industry. They have both completed the “Shine From Within” youth mentorship training and are currently undertaking  their Advanced Practitioner Certification in Life Coaching.

Joanne Sfregola

Joanne Sfregola

Joanne is a highly skilled professional hairdresser and educator.  She has worked in the industry for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience.

Joanne started her hairdressing journey as a young 16 year old, doing work experience in a salon in her school holidays, which led her to do her four year apprenticeship, where she won several competitions, and qualified as a hairdresser.

She then continued to expand her knowledge and creativity to establish her own successful business where she passed on her skills to her staff, as well as trained up several members of her team for over ten years.

Her passion for making her clients feel incredible earned her salon an Australian Achievers Award in 1998. She then furthered her passion by combining the two things she loved most, and decided to teach in the industry.

Joanne holds qualifications such as a Certificate IV in Hairdressing, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as a Diploma in Salon Management.

Joanne has since worked in several schools, teaching Certificate II in Hairdressing, where she excels in helping students reach their full potential.

Joanne is a friendly, engaging and patient person who understands the importance of making every student count.  She believes that everyone has the right to feel beautiful, no matter what walk of life.


Gabby McDonald

Gabby McDonald

Gabby is a talented make up artist and educator in beauty. Her 25 years experience in the health and beauty industry makes her the go-to person for the latest trends in looks and styles, as well as product innovations and skin-care best practice.

Gabby has a background in sales and marketing but left her corporate life behind to follow her passion for making other women look and feel amazing. She specialises in creating new and exciting looks for women and teenage girls, showing them how to create these looks themselves.

She shows all her clients tips and tricks for enhancing their natural beauty. An advocate for ‘less is more’, she has a natural talent for bringing forth each woman’s best features, while still looking like themselves.

Gabby is warm and engaging, and connects naturally and easily with people from all walks of life. She is a passionate advocate for women, and believes all women have a right to feel amazing, regardless of their circumstances. As such, she volunteers her time to show women going through chemotherapy how to disguise the negative impact that can result from their treatment.

She works with women who have been out of the work force for extended periods and are seeking an updated look. As well as teens who are experimenting with make up and learning how to apply it.

Having worked for Crown Spa on events such as The Logies, Brownlow Medal night, Spring Racing Carnival, she creates ‘special occasion’ make up for weddings, school socials, television appearances, photo shoots, through to creating new ‘every day’ looks.