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Melissa Schiliro, Hairdresser: Making People Feel Good and Look Great

Exuberant and full of life, Melissa Schiliro loves working at the family hairdressing salon in Sydney, Australia, where she goes out of her way to help her clients get as much out of life as she does. Her profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos on the Scientology website at

Scientologist Melissa Schiliro

“People tell their hairdresser things they won’t even tell their friends,” says Melissa Schiliro.

In a video featured on the new Scientology Video Channel at, Schiliro opens the door to her salon and her life.

Schiliro runs and manages a hairdressing salon in Sydney with her mother and brother, where the atmosphere reflects how much the team of 11 staff like each other and their work.

“My mum is a hairdresser and I always admired her work and wanted to follow in her footsteps,” says Schiliro, 33, who enjoys nothing more than working hard and creating exactly the right look for a client.

“You meet people from all walks of life and you get quite close to them,” she says. “They confide things to their hairdresser that they don’t tell anyone else and knowing Scientology I can always suggest something to help them with their problems.”

Schiliro, whose mother and two uncles are Scientologists, says, “I love Scientology—it is a workable technology that really assisted me.”

With her own life going right, Schiliro finds it natural to reach out to help people resolve their problems.

“That’s where the 19 booklets of the Scientology Handbook come in so handy,” she says.

Covering everything from communication skills to overcoming stress, improving relationships, resolving marriage problems and raising children, there is know-how for addressing nearly any situation.

“When someone has a problem, I can give them the right booklet and they leave with the practical tools they need.”

“I think it’s innate in me to just want to make people feel better,” says Schiliro, “and it makes you feel so good when you do something for someone else.”

The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at now total 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.

A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.