First-person accounts from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford
“I was born in Athens, Greece. My parents came to Chicago when I was about five months. I always was obsessed with hair and shampoo. All my dolls’ hair was perfectly done all the time. If I saw a Jhirmack or a Prell commercial, I made my dad buy it for me. After I graduated high school, I went to community college, because my father kind of forced me.
“I felt like I was wasting my parents’ money, so I decided to work in a salon full-time instead. My coworkers kept urging me, ‘You do your hair and makeup so good, you should go to beauty school.’ Once I put the scissors in my hand, I knew that was it. This is a trade they need anywhere in the world, and nobody can replace the human hand.