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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A Little Unknown Megna History
When I decided to do a blog I had NO idea what to write or say. I think there is no better place to start, than from the beginning.
Uncle Sal, Circa 1956
San Joaquin Valley Beauty & Trade Show
I can remember back when I was about 5 or 6 years old and had my first job. It was with my dad at my uncle's beauty school. My dad was a teacher at Salvatore's Beauty college, a school named after my uncle Sal who was a world champion hairstylist back in the 60s and 70s. My dad and I went to the beauty school on the weekends to clean and wax the floors. My job was to sit on the floor buffer and add a little weight so the floor would have more shine! When I was a little older, I would head over to the beauty school when I got out of school, to sit in on the freshmen classes. There, I learned how to do pen curls and finger waves!
Over the next 10 to15 years my family added 5 more beauty schools to the Salvatore's chain. We also opened 7 salons under the name of Trend Setters.Once I was older and had my driver’s license, I would work nights after the beauty school closed. I dumped trash, swept floors, stocked the shampoo and hair color, and fixed anything that was broken. I also washed and dried all the towels for the next day. This job lasted through high school and even a few years after that!
After high school, all my friends were working day jobs, while I was up snow skiing or spending time at the river water skiing. It was fun while it lasted!
I decided it was time for me to get a day job too, so I worked in a hardware store, for a lumber company and also worked for a painting contractor. I sanded my fingers to the bone one month then dug ditches for my friends plumbing company another month.
By 1983 the Megna family was deep into the beauty industry.I had an aunt & uncle with a beauty school, the Vintage Academy in Napa California. His two children were beauty school instructors. I had a cousin working for KMS and two more cousins with salons in Napa and Atlanta (the cousin in Atlanta specializes in hair extensions). And yes, I have one more cousin with daughter who just graduated from a Paul Mitchell School in Sacramento.Currently, I have over 500 combined years of beauty industry in my family.
When my dad and I started Backscratchers in 1983 he had been awarded a LIFEtime teaching credential from the California State Board of Cosmetology. This award has only been given to a handful of teachers over the years. He also still owned the beauty school – some 20 years later!
All this said, I want you to understand, I have a lot of resources, knowledge and experience in the beauty industry. I have traveled all over the world and have been mentored by some of the best men and women in this beautiful and amazing industry and I have loved every minute of it!
I am excited to give you my thoughts and answer your questions. I hope to hear from you soon.