Today marks the end of an era for a very dear friend. Renowned hairstylist Bruno Meglio is retiring and my life has been so richly blessed for knowing him.
Bruno and I first met almost 25 years ago. He was the Italian usher at my church who did the infomercials on TV. Later on, I became an usher too and got to know Bruno quite well.
Gregarious and dapper, with a shock of white hair I can only envy, Bruno not only made everyone who came through his door feel welcome, but made them feel like a member of his family.
Over the years, we have traded travel help for haircuts. I help him use his miles to get where he needs to go and he keeps my hair looking neat.
But our relationship was more than a transactional exchange: we truly became friends.
In 2017, Bruno invited me to his childhood town of Atina, about an hour south of Rome. I wrote about my visit here. In 2019, I returned. I look back so fondly on my trips to Atina and hope they will continue, even as I will not see much of Bruno any longer.
He retires at the top of his game, a beloved hairstylist who has had to turn down work for years he is so in-demand.
This week, I drove down to Beverly Hills for my final haircut with him (well, I secretly hold out hope he’ll still cut my hair whenever I see him, but I’ll never ask him for another haircut). As I arrived, he was finishing up another client, a man who looked to be in his late 40s or early 50s.
The man was weeping as he embraced Bruno after the haircut and showered him with hugs and kisses. Over the last six weeks he had been getting his hair cut every two weeks, even though it looked great and he had no need for one. He just wanted to see Bruno.
Bruno explained to me he had been cutting his hair since he was 14 years old.
It made me feel all the more special for Bruno’s generosity in squeezing me in during his busy final week at the salon.
As we approach Christmas, I am so thankful for Bruno: for his friendship, his work ethic, his honesty, and his brotherly love.
He and his dear wife Judi are moving across the country and I can only say grazie mille amico mio.