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1944 - Becoming a Coiffeur

In the 40s Cairo is a cosmopolitan city - a multicultural community that retains its old splendor, the gate of the East, while being known as the second Paris. A luminous, mysterious city that attracts affluent from around the world - greek spirit, artists and distinguished guests. Cairo is a city with a rich social and cultural life. A city that hosts shows, theaters, concerts and operas from all parts of the world in the famous, beautiful Opera House. There, Karolos, will come in touch with the theater, ballet, classical music and the arts. With the most important actors, the most famous soprano and baritone of Italian Opera. Gets to know and love classical music. His fond composers, Wagner, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. In Cairo Karolos attends a French School. There he learns to speak seven languages. French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Greek. Grows in a wealthy and comfortable environment. But at 14 years of his life overturned - his father loses his entire fortune. At 14 of years, while living in Cairo, Karolos decides to become a hairdresser, as it passes hours ahead on the storefronts of the barbershops of his city. Initially working as an assistant - sweeping, mopping. But very quickly becomes a great hairdresser and works in the largest salon of Cairo, which was close to the palace and at night works at the Cairo Opera House, working as a hairdresser, styling the great opera divas. His most famous clients at the time was the wife of the King of Egypt and the king's brothers. Despite his excellent professional status he is in a constant quest. His dream is to go to Paris for higher studies in hairdressing and so decides to leave Cairo in 1951. During his attendance reveals in Paris his talent, and give it his degree only in 15 days. So having more time ahead for him starts visiting the museums and becoming acquainted with Paris.

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Taken on April 20, 2013