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The Strands That Bind Us

Matthew Collins & Drew Schaefering

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Matthew and Drew are best friends who share a passion for tattoos, travel and hair. They’re both professional hairstylists who have worked at fashion weeks around the world, styled some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood and had their work featured in countless magazines. But both their careers began unconventionally- they began cutting their own hair in their teens, then became college athletes who decided to follow their true passion- styling hair. Their work and adventures have taken ...
 
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