She started hairdressing when the most requested service was the perm, when hairdressers wore white uniforms that made them look like nurses, when a blow dry was a must for every woman. 70 years later the world and her profession have changed, but every day Mabel Robinson opens her salon in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada, to continue hairdressing. She has clients who just want her because she has been looking after their hair for 50 or 60 years, this is a further reason to not close: “As long as my customers continue to come, I will work,” says the 90-year-old.
She became an entrepreneur in times when women could aspire to not much more than a good marriage. Passion and ambition, as she often recalls, gave her the drive that remains to this day. “I like to work, I have always liked it. I hate sitting around doing nothing “. Could this be the elixir of a long life?
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