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By Wendy Weinstein
Forty years later and still Wendy.
I started out in the hair industry when I was 20 years old in 1980.
After I went to school for a year, I landed my first job in Reading, PA in ’81. My brother went to Albright College and knew someone who knew someone who worked for Paul Mazzotta, a hair care business run by two brothers, Joe and Paul Mazzotta. When I went up to interview with Joe, he told me they weren’t hiring at the moment, but I should check back from time to time because they might have an opening for an assistant soon.
I really wanted to get out of my parents’ basement, so I called Joe almost every other day. He finally gave in so he wouldn’t have to deal with my pleading any longer. He told me he couldn’t NOT hire someone who showed so much interest in working for him.
He and his brother had a color company called RENBOW and their claim to fame was a product called Crazy Colors. They did hair shows all over the East Coast and I knew early on that I wanted to be part of their team and be on stage as well. While at Mazzotta, I worked for some of the greatest hairdressers who taught me way more than I learned in school. After a year, I moved to Charlottesville, Va., and worked in a salon near UVA. I used everything I learned from the Mazzotta boys to pretend I was a big deal. I got my chops, as they say, by working on all the cool college kids. Plenty of them had just taken a semester abroad and I got to do some really fun cuts. Think Robert Smith from The Cure meets that chick from Berlin, and you have my clients from the early 80s.
That was my bar, and it was set high. I was the girl from the North who was doing all the fun hair in a little salon on Elliewood Ave. I met some of the coolest people that I am still friends with to this day.
That was 40 years ago. FORTY!!! WTF.