For hairstylist Robert Habeeb, moving to Dallas was a rebirth


MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
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Name and age: Robert Habeeb, 35

Occupation: Hairstylist, Avalon Salon in the West Village

Spotted: Along Turtle Creek walking his dog, Tashi

Born and raised on Long Island, N.Y., Robert is the son of first-generation Palestinian parents, and the oldest of four siblings. His parents were married after only a week of knowing one another and have been together 36 years. As the first-born son of a traditional and religious family, Robert found his coming out at 22 very difficult.

His mother’s career in the beauty industry provided young Robert with access to mannequins with human hair; he created his first braids at 6. Since then, he has made it his career, working in the industry for 17 years and earning accolades. For eight years, he worked in New York at a salon and as a makeover artist for television shows such as Maury Povich, Sally Jessy Raphael and Rikki Lake. As the senior stylist at Avalon Salon, Robert works with a great team of stylists and colorists and mentors up-and-coming stylists. He has also volunteered his formidable talents to numerous fundraisers, including runway shows.

How much is that doggie?  He adopted an adorable Shih-tzu, Tashi, from a rescue organization (Tzu Zoo Rescue). His hobbies include a love of plays and musicals, cooking, fitness training and dining out.

Not easily impressed, this princely, handsome Scorpio values quality over quantity. He strives to keep the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of his life in balance. “I’m one of those people that will take a risk. I follow my gut and trust my instinct.”

Born again. Robert considers his move to Dallas more than nine years ago a rebirth. “I feel like I grew up here because I got a chance to live my life as I want to live it.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 22, 2012.