A hairstylist for 60 years, Max Ehinger still enjoys what he does for a living, and he also likes to employ his gifts for social good. Max Ehinger has volunteered 300 hours at the Grant Cuesta Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Mountain View, California, where he helped in many capacities. He also belongs to professional organizations such as the Syndicate Coiffeur du Monde as well as the Rancho Merchants Association, which he served as President and Treasurer for four years.
Max Ehinger was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and his father was a well-respected swimming coach. He learned to swim at an early age and won a youth swim meet when he was five years old. He also learned to ski at the age of four in Switzerland’s unparalleled snow conditions. When Ehinger was 11 years old, his father died, and he decided to go into the hairstyling business to make money for his mother, brother, and sister. In 1959, he won first place at the Ostschweiz competition in St. Gallen, and he subsequently moved to Lausanne, London, and Zurich to work as a hairstylist. When he arrived in Zurich in 1964, Max Ehinger opened three salons for the upscale chain Rys Coiffure. Later that year, he traveled to the United States to work for Cordes-Hendreks Coiffures, Inc., where he established himself in Houston and Dallas, Texas.
In 1969, Max Ehinger moved to Los Altos, California, to open his own salon, Marc Joseph Hair Design. In 2009, he moved his successful business to the tony Los Altos downtown area. Previously, Max Ehinger owned various real estate properties, and until 2004, he managed 52 apartment units in addition to managing Marc Joseph Hair Design.