Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke by Frank Meyner

By Anne Moratto | 06/06/2014 1:50:00 AM


click image to zoomFrank Meyner "My favorite part of my job is the happiness I bring to other peoples lives thru my talent. My least favorite is dealing with people who have no idea what they are talking about."

In his book Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke, Fort Worth hairdresser and salon owner Frank Meyner talks about his clients, their decades-long confidences, and above all their shared humanity.  Meyner reveals how, at his beloved grandmother’s urging, he took his shears and left the tiny West Texas town of Hamlin for the big city of Fort Worth, unaware that he would someday found one of the city’s leading salons.

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Meyner’s first job in Fort Worth was serving as assistant to the legendary stylist Phillip Trotter at the exclusive Neiman Marcus department store. This initiation into the upper echelons of Fort Worth society introduced Frank to a dazzling parade of gracious and wealthy Texas scions, larger-than-life stylists, and plenty of second hand smoke.

From the wives of oilmen and mayors to the heiresses of the largest bakery empire in Texas, Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke chronicles heartfelt confessions, myriad eccentricities, graceful charm, and the life-enhancing lessons Meyner learned from clients and co-workers alike as his career unfolded and he became ever more fully aware of how graciously his vocation had enriched his life.

 “Everyone knows what it’s like to get a haircut. My book shows what happens behind the scenes, pulling back the curtain to reveal the perspective of the hairdresser rather than the client," Meyers says. “There are few occupations that offer the multitude of advantages I have been given.”

 Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke by Frank Meyner; Nonfiction; Humor/Biography; Paperpack-1478195630 $13.99; Kindle-13:9781478195634 $2.99









Anne Moratto’s well-rounded beauty career includes years in beauty public relations, beauty marketing, beauty manufacturing, and now, with MODERN SALON, in beauty publishing. The through-line has been an intense interest in all things beauty and a sincere appreciation for the skilled artists and entrepreneurs who make the industry so vital, compelling and creative. Anne, a native of Wisconsin, lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA, and is MODERN SALON’s West Coast Beauty and Special Markets Editor. She can be reached at


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