“I’ve been fortunate,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”
Wright got into the business right out of high school. One of his neighbors, who was a few years older then him, cut hair and Wright thought he would do the same until he got drafted into the military.
He ended up failing his military physical and decided to stick with cutting hair.
“I guess I had a natural talent for it,” he explained.
The early years of his career were spent in Ohio before Wright moved to Alpharetta 31 years ago.
“I’ve got four clients that I’ve done since the first month we moved to Atlanta,” he said.
As he watched the styles change over the decades, he has also witnessed the hair of longtime clients turn to grey.
Wright has been working at Borrelli’s Salon in Alpharetta since a few months after it opened seven years ago. In addition to working in salons and barbershops, he spent part of his career working for the hair care company Redken teaching others how to cut hair. He would travel all over the country about 30 weekends out of the year.
“What they didn’t realize was … they think they’re learning but you learn a lot more from doing it,” he said.
Wright said he will spend his retirement enjoying his family and golfing. He will also work one day a week as an ambassador at the Trophy Club of Atlanta golf course.
He said if it wasn’t for the physical difficulties of being on his feet all day, he would continue working as a barber. What he enjoys most is interacting with his clients.
“Some of the things that people say just totally amaze you,” he said. “You learn a lot of things about a lot of people you probably wouldn’t need to know.”
Wright said the relationships that he has had with several clients have transcended into friendships. He has also had family and friends who have become clients. On his last day at Borrelli’s, Wright gave his 2-year-old granddaughter, Tallulah, her very first haircut.