Salon confidential: a chair and a pot of sauce.

Posted: April 6, 2014 in Salon Stories, Uncategorized


If you don’t already know by my name, (Joseph Giustizia) I am of Italian descent…and Sunday is SAUCE DAY!.. So while I write this blog, I am stirring the pot of sauce I put on this morning. Playing in the background is Dean Martin “Come Back to Sorrentino” . Handmade meatballs and Italian sausage links fill the pot and the house has never smelled so good. And if you stick around till the end of this story, I’m gonna give you the recipe that can feed anywhere from 1 to 25…(you can’t make this shit up either)

And so the story continues…

If your NOT a hairdresser, the importance of getting a chair will be made clear to you. However, if you are a hairdresser, you understand getting “A CHAIR” is the ultimate goal. It’s the holy grail, the end all to be all, the sign that you’ve arrived in the beaut biz.

If you’ve read the blogs preceding this one, you know I spent years as not only a human hair clip, but I was also the sweep, the car attendant, and the gopher for every hair dresser that worked in the salon. Don’t be mistaken, I was learning the craft that so few really excel at. Classes for cutting, blow drying, coloring and styling filled in the hours to hone my skill, but those mundane other chores seemed to take so long to learn. I thought it would be more like “botta bing botta boom”, but NOOOOOO….. getting a chair was more like being a MADE MAN!

Be right back….gotta go stir the sauce….

So the day finally comes when the boss came over and said ” Joseph…it’s time…you’ve earned your chair”!! HOLY CRAP I thought… Finally..those days of being bossed around, being someone else’s biatch, and having to work on someone else’s clients were OVER! I had joined the salon elite.. I was now a HAIRDRESSER, I was building my own book, I was invited to extravagant parties, and I was hanging with the big boys talking shop.

Let’s take a step back and remember the movie “Shampoo”. This movie portrayed the incredible culture of the beauty industry during this era. To be a hairdresser was equivalent to being a ROCK STAR, and I was starting to live the lifestyle.

Break…gotta go stir the sauce….mmmmmm….it smells sooooooo good!!



Be careful what you ask for, because getting “A CHAIR” comes with great responsibilities! Clients trust you to be their beauty advisor and their psychiatrist. You have the ability to make a bad day into a good day, or visa versa. Think about it…you confide things to your hairdresser that you don’t even tell your best friend. You put all your faith and trust in their hands to make you look the best they can. One slip of the scissor or mis-mix of color and you can truly ruin a clients day….as well as yours.

And so the journey begins…

Ooops, gotta run..the water is boiling! Make sure to cook the pasta “AL DENTE“!!!

Joseph’s Sunday Sauce:

“1-25” you can eat this alone or serve all your friends if they should show up unexpectedly.
I use either hot Italian sausage or country ribs in the sauce with the meatballs. Either will add a nice flavor to the sauce.

3.5 lbs of lean ground beef
6 slices of white bread, moistened
6 eggs
1/2 cup of parsley flakes
1/2 cup of grated Romano cheese
4 tsps garlic salt
1tsp black pepper
2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs

9- 1lb 12oz cans of Italian plum tomatoes
3 medium onions, diced
1 head of garlic, diced
1 package of fresh basil (more is better)
2 tsps salt
1 tsps crushed red pepper

For the meatballs:
Mix all ingredients together. Form into 24 medium sized meat balls. Place on two baking sheets coated with cooking spray and either seven links of hot Italian sausage or country ribs , or both.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approx 30 mins.

For the Sauce:
While meat is baking start to make the sauce.
Sautée onion until tender in a large sauce pot with olive oil.
Pour tomatoes over onions and purée with a hand mixer until blended.
Add in diced garlic, basil, salt, red pepper.

Let cook at medium-low temp to simmer.
Add meat to sauce and cook uncovered at a simmer for approx 3 hours.




  1. John Rullo says:

    White bread????

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