Many of the items are of anthropological value, charting the evolution of the trade through the changing instruments, techniques and trends. Other objects add pop culture appeal, such as locks of hair from Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette and Salvador Dalí. Even though the museum is bursting with objects, the items on display account for just 5% of the full collection. A staggering 14,000 objects in total, the rest is archived at Pages’ headquarters. “I love this collection madly,” Pages has previously said, “I wish that future generations of this artisan trade might one day know their true history through the instruments, products, equipment and books that a ‘coiffeur fou de Barcelone’ (mad hairdresser from Barcelona) collected for many years”.
Did you always want to be a hairdresser? No, but my father made me work in his salon in Barcelona. Luckily, I was good and I began to make a name for myself in Barcelona when I was still a kid. Rosy and Maria Carita (owners of Carita Salon in Paris) became aware of me and sent me a letter saying that they would like for me to come and work at Carita. At the time it the best hairdressing salon in the world, without question. Alexandre, Jean-Louis David and Dessange all came from Carita. I fell in love with the type of hairdressing they offered, which didn’t exist here in Spain. It was very sophisticated, striving for perfection. I became enthralled with the idea of hairdressing at Carita. In the 60s and 70s, Paris was creative and bohemian, brimming with students, culture and art. It was a time of brutal cultural change.