A Cut Above
A lot of dads serving burned cheese omelets to their young sons might apologize and move on, but not Anthony Alonzo. He sat down with 8-year-old Liam and 6-year-old Luke, explained what happened and was delighted by their reaction. “Out of curiosity they tried the omelets and said, ‘Dad, this is really good!’” Anthony says he’ll never forget those omelets. It was a special moment in what’s become a joyful life journey for the family man and hair stylist.
Anthony joined his parents, Frank and Chris, in the hair industry at the young age of 20, and married his wife, Melanie, 20 years later. Now at age 51, he’s enjoying a blissful equilibrium that’s come from centering his professional and personal aspirations on family.
The Alonzo name is well known in northern Palm Beach County because of the successful hair salon Anthony’s parents established in 1977. From a young age, Anthony would help his parents at the Alonzo Frank Hair Salon. Years later, after earning an associate’s degree in business administration and considering a career in finance, he realized the hair industry was the right fit for him too. “With parents being hair stylists, I always had a passing interest in fashion. In fact, I was voted ‘best dressed’ at Palm Beach Gardens High School.”
His father retired from the salon in 2014 and a year later Anthony opted to merge the family business with nearby Jonathan T’s Hair Styling Salon in Palm Beach Gardens. He still considers it a great move. “I’m proud of the fact my parents had a thriving business for many years and at the very least, I was able to keep part of it going. My parents worked very hard, for a long time.”
Now, 30 years into his own career, Anthony’s talents are in high demand, with salon receptionists juggling appointments to allow more clients to sit in his chair. Anthony affectionately describes dealing with clients as a different kind of juggling act. “Sometimes a client wants an avant-garde hairstyle that requires my full concentration and sometimes a client’s personality requires my full concentration.”
No doubt, good looks and a laid back demeanor help Anthony navigate the multitude of characters who entrust him with their precious locks. He considers every client relationship unique and welcomes the constant interactions that make up his workday. “I get the news of the day from my clients, whether it’s world news or personal. It’s the reason why most hairdressers have a basic knowledge of a lot of topics.”
Hectic, invigorating hours at the salon, spent primarily on his feet, leave Anthony wanting little more than to relax with Melanie and the boys during his off time, and to enjoy shared interests.
They are all car enthusiasts. Anthony prefers American muscle cars and sometimes likes to race. He describes the boys as “car junkies.” As a couple, Anthony and Melanie attend five to eight concerts a year and appreciate a wide range of music, from rock, to country, to oldies. A Beach Boys concert is up next. And, of course, there’s beach time along our splendid north county coastline – beaches that Anthony considers among the most beautiful in the country.
Family fun and sweet interactions over domestic mishaps like burned omelets, are what Anthony cherishes in raising a family as an older husband and father. He’s embracing every part of the journey. “Giving and receiving love, and raising the boys. I enjoy keeping them in line, keeping them on the straight and narrow.”
It’s an approach to parenting he picked up from the person he looks up to most, his dad. “From the time I was a little boy he was always trying to show me the right way. To this day, I hope I make him proud.”
F – French fries or tater tots? French Fries
R – Right brained or left brained? Both
E – Email or carrier pigeon? Email
S – Sunshine or moonlight? Sunshine
H – Homebody or party animal? Homebody (now)