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Marines Don't Have Curlers: Forty Years Behind a Styling Chair

  • by Robert Matuzsan
    • Merriam Press Personal Chronicle Series
      • First Edition 2015
      • 158 6x9-inch pages
      • 48 photos

This is the story of a U.S. Marine after being discharged from the Marines in 1972 as the Vietnam War was winding down. An expert with the M16 service rifle and qualified with the M60 machine gun, he had no particular skills for a job in the States.

His cousin, a hairstylist, coaxed him off of the couch and took him to Wilfred Academy of Beauty Culture. He enrolled but was eventually told by the school's director that he was in the wrong business and was asked leave school before his course was completed.

He managed to pass his state board exam and eventually go on to become an award winning Master Stylist, a career that would take him from the corner beauty salon to the runway during Fashion Week at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.

This work is not the story of the author's life as a hairstylist. Instead it is a series of over 200 vignettes covering 40-plus years of experiences behind a styling chair. These personal stories about his clients are humorous, interesting, sad, historical, inappropriate, sometimes even sexist and, overall, entertaining.

The stories are not meant to be a book of memoirs but rather a testimony to the experiences with clients, other hairstylists and salon situations. Each story is recalled as if it has just happened, all being true and contributing to a career that as a young man Robert never remotely envisioned.

Everyone has their own story to write, bits and pieces of which may not seem significant to the reader but overall, are important.


Marines and curlers make an interesting combination
I was intrigued by the title of this book, so I took a chance and bought it. I liked that the stories focused on the author’s professional life after his time as a Marine. Many of the stories about his clients and his daily ordeals are funny, but some are quite touching. I highly recommend the book.

The author did a great job putting this together
An entertaining and humorous book to read. It is one that I will go back to and reread and quote from. The author did a great job putting this together. His career was is eventful!

Wonderful Read!!
Wonderful! Funny! And very heartwarming! I read it in one sitting and kept wishing it were a much bigger book!

Great stories
People feel free to tell their hairdressers things that some wouldn't tell a close friend. For Robert to be their therapist and know their happy dreams, sad moments and deepest fears speaks to his character. He became a Marine and then became a re-invented man worth knowing. Great stories reflecting on a great life!
—Dorothy J. Hodgeson

Great read!
This wonderful collection of stories will act as an inspiration to young veterans looking for an idea on what they should do next after completing their service. It's clear that the author genuinely enjoys his work and has found ways to touch the lives of his clients in and outside of the salon. I enjoyed every moment!

For anyone who is a hair stylist or been to ...
For anyone who is a hair stylist or been to one for that matter, this is a delightful, endearing little gem of a book. I am buying more copies to give as Christmas gifts!
—Caesar Iacovone

A good read for anyone
My husband read this from cover to cover in just one day. That in itself says so much. A good read for anyone. Pick it up. You won't regret it.

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