On February 6th of 1980, Parousia had a complimentary professional hair design session at Santangelo’s Hair Design on Union Road in Cheektowaga, NY. Then on Februaury 13th we had promotional photos taken of our newly cropped hair-do’s and this is the result as seen in our Music Mall rehearsal photos below.
The free hairstyles were a promotion; a deal brokered between our manager Rick Falkowski and Ralph Santangelo where Santangelo’s received free ad space in Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in exchange for giving us trendy haircuts, and Santangelo’s would use photos of our transformation in their promotions. Seems like a win-win for everybody, right?
We took our “Before” photos on February 6th and then the “After” photos on February 13th. The photos shown here were taken in early March, soon after the end result.
I liked what they did for me, they put some curl in my hair and gave me some cool blue highlights. The curls were a little tight at first, but once they loosened up, it looked pretty good.
I know Patt wasn’t too thrilled with his. They didn’t do anything too extreme with him, but they parted it all over on one side and I remember Patt trying desperately to put it back the way he liked it out in the parking lot on our way out!
Kim’s haircut was the most unique. Complete with a lightening bolt streak on top and a burning house cut and colored in the back of her head.
Gerry says of his experience, “I remember sitting in the barber chair getting a five hour + haircut! I remember the Hairstylist telling me, “I love working with your hair… When I cut it, it cuts back!” I wished he loved it a little less. Sitting in a chair for five hours was driving me insane.”
Santangelo’s Hair Design is still there today on 2753 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14223. Stop in and tell Ralph, Garth says hi! I actually continued to go there for many years until I left the Buffalo area.