Beautiful Lives: Christiaan

Training Day
The eldest of 12 children, Christiaan grew up in his father's barbershop. "It was a natural progression," he says of taking up the family trade. "To my father's credit, he decided that when I finished high school, I should also know how to do ladies' [hair], so he sent me to the beauty academy of Holland. I graduated cum laude." With his family facing economic strain, Christiaan put down his shears and turned in his draft papers. In 1965, the 19-year-old joined the marines and shipped out to Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles.