FAIRFIELD — When Charles Tuozzoli walks through HAIR, his enthusiastic and open energy fills the brightly lit, two-story salon that he’s owned since 1969. In stylish horn-rimmed glasses, a patterned shirt and a necklace chain with a big ring - “to hold my glasses,” he explained - Tuozzoli says hello to each customer and greets everyone with a smile.
Tuozzoli is the heart and soul of HAIR, a Fairfield institution on 39 South Pine Creek Rd. that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. His influence is clear, affecting everyone from his staff to HAIR’s loyal customers, some of whom he’s been serving all of those 50 years. The salon sees 700 to 800 clients a week, and this year they’re on track to reach 39,000 visits. Throughout 50 years of business, Tuozzoli has led with confidence, creativity and, above all, compassion.