Nothing has come easily to Gustavo Bedolla. And when you walk into his hair salon in downtown San Jose, it’s clear he has worked hard to develop “Bedolla” into a thriving business.
Every patron gets his undivided attention, whether it’s for stripping the blue dye out of an 8-year-old girl’s hair or advising a woman on why it’s best to stop being a serial shampoo consumer. And the man can take a mop of wet hair and make it look like a volcano.
“The higher the hair, the closer to God,” joked 32-year-old Bedolla.
Bedolla’s easy laugh belies a life filled with struggle after coming to San Jose from Michoacan, Mexico, when he was 15. He stopped going to school the minute he got here and started working as a cook in a retirement home before moving on to become a home construction worker and a painter.
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