By Anna Yukhananov
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BELMONT, Mass. — It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, but inside Robert’s Salon, it is an oasis of soft jazz and the soft candy smell of hair product. Stylists on break mingle with customers near the complimentary coffee and cookies.
“You and your wife are magical,” a customer tells Robert Berberian as she pays at the front desk. “I’ll be back.”
Berberian said that as a teenager, he never imagined he would end up here: a master hair stylist and colorist and, with his wife, co-owner of his own salon.
When he was a senior in high school, Berberian said that he did not know what to do.
“My father suggested, why don’t you go to hair dressing school?” Berberian said. “To tell you the truth, that’s the last thing I wanted to do.”
But after visiting several salons and shadowing stylists, he decided to try it.
“I was always a neat, clean type of kid, not into automotive repairs,” he said. “I liked the concept of the business. And I liked that it was clean.”
After a stint at Mansfield Beauty Academy, Berberian got a job at Dellaria. His very first customer was a girl with long hair, who wanted to go short.