It’s all in the details for stylist Marina Trubnyakova Bostick.
The mom-to-be is a self-proclaimed “maximalist,” which means that she is very thorough; never over-looking even the smallest details. The stylist says, “This quality helps me while doing hair. I study hair very closely, and I love to take classes.”
Before studying hair as an art form, she studied hair forensically.
The native Russian achieved a Master’s Degree in law and worked as a police investigator and interrogator in Moscow before coming to the U.S. Bostick says, “In Russia I worked 14 hour days and made $3,000 per year. I became dissatisfied with the job because I felt like there was no justice.”
Marina’s brother introduced her to Doug Bostick, who would become her husband. “My brother thought we should meet each other, so we began writing and then talking on the phone, which was not easy. Doug came to visit me and my family 6 months later in December when it was very cold. I came to America 8 months after that. Doug picked me up in Atlanta as Hurricane Katrina was coming through on August 29, 2005.”
Marina’s determination is admirable. She studied hard to learn English. “I spoke very little English. When Doug and I wrote letters, we used a translator program. Perhaps the year I spent at Reuben Allen College of Cosmetology was the most helpful. I was around many students and clients so I learned new phrases and vocabulary constantly. Also, I learned a lot from my driving book. When I left Russia, most women didn’t drive, so I had to learn. I wasn’t a fast learner. We had to hire a professional.”
Did you experience culture shock when you first came to the United States?
“Oh yes. Two days after I arrived, Doug took me to the University of Tennessee’s first game of the season. It was very hot, and I was overwhelmed by the large crowd. We had to leave 10 minutes after the game started. There are things I never experienced in Russia which were a big shock to me here; Huge stores like Walmart and Kroger were overwhelming. In Russia, we had small neighborhood grocery stores, and everyone lived in similar apartments.”
Were you familiar with America cuisine?
“Not really. We had McDonalds in my city in Russia, but I didn’t like it very much. I had always tried to eat very healthy and take care of myself. The first year here, I ate a lot of American food and gained weight.
“Then we decided to eat healthy and try to grow our own vegetables. We buy most of our food in places like The Market in Maryville, which we adore. It reminds me of a Russian store, only much better.”
What made you want to become a stylist?
“When I arrived I thought I was going to do massage for work, because my grandmother Evelina was a professional masseuse in Russia. It hurt my back because of my small frame. I soon realized how difficult it is to find work as an immigrant. I tried working as an antique book binder for several months, but after a trip to an emergency room I discovered a severe mold allergy. Antique books have a lot of mold.
“When I came to America, I could never get a haircut or color like I wanted. One day my husband came home from work, and my hair was short. He was curious about how I had my hair cut because I was not driving yet. I told him that it was cut at Marina Bostick Salon!
“It took me three hours at the mirror, gradually giving myself a haircut. I still usually cut my own hair today. When I was in police school, I would cut my friends hair and do their nails in the dormitory.
“Next, my husband heard a commercial on the radio about Reuben Allen College in Knoxville, so we called. Classes began two weeks later. I won several awards.
“I cut hair out of our house for quite some time after school, but when Tangerine’s Salon and Spa opened, I rented a booth. I love my job, and I am very thankful that life has worked out this way. I would not trade any of the hard times, because I appreciate where I am today. “
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