Crossroads hairstylist fashions friendship with Selena's brother (Video)
March 30, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.
Yorktown native Timmy Windoskey, 30, was scrolling through his Facebook news feed when he came across the Selena memorial event banner.
The skilled hairstylist sent the organizers a message offering his services for the event but received no reply.
Then Windoskey decided to go directly to the root - A.B. Quintanilla, 49, Selena's older brother and songwriter extraordinaire.
Windoskey sent Quintanilla a Facebook message to his fan page and received a surprisingly quick response.
"What caught my attention about Timmy's letter was that we shared all the same favorite songs," Quintanilla said.
And a few days later, Quintanilla found himself in Victoria at Hair Dimensions, watching as his wife, Rikkie Quintanilla, 25, got her hair styled and dyed by Windoskey free of charge.
Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of the singer's death.
When Selena y Los Dinos began, they made regular appearances at Victoria venues, including Sun Valley Ranch Saloon & Dance Hall and the Riverside Convention Center.
As Windoskey snipped, he and Quintanilla talked about the phases of hair Quintanilla's spunky younger sister went through.
"Remember when she had that mullet?" Windoskey asked. "I was like, I'm just a child. I don't want to deal with all of this."
Quintanilla laughed and explained his little sister's admiration for the pop icon Madonna led her through periods of short hair.
Shortly after filming a commercial for Coca-Cola, Selena decided to cut her hair, which infuriated her father, who told her the commercial contract stated she was not to alter her look after production, said Quintanilla.
"They were cool, though, and cut us some slack," Quintanilla said.
Kathy Holmes, 26, a styling assistant at Hair Dimensions, recalled growing up in Michigan and listening to Selena with her parents.
"My mom and dad kept our Spanish roots alive," said Holmes as she prepared the foil and dye. "It was Selena, La Tropa F, Mazz, all that stuff."
As a hair dryer dome rested over Rikkie Quintanilla's foil-wrapped hair, Windoskey and the Grammy-award winning artist went over their plans for the weekend in Corpus.
"I'm supposed to meet up with them for dinner, and they're supposed to take me to some club to see a Tejano band, David Lee Garza," Windoskey said. "I was telling my friends that it's all been kind of weird. I followed her as Selena the persona, and now it seems so much more personal."
Later that night over a plate of salmon at Red Lobster, Windoskey shared his career and personal aspirations with the Quintanillas.
"We talked about what I'm doing, where I'm going," Windoskey said. "And he talked about working out, boxing and going on tour. I know her brother and the pain they've felt since losing her."
When he was 16 years old, Windoskey said he lost his mother to cancer.
"My mom loved Selena," Windoskey said. "Her favorite song was 'Como La Flor.' That song is so bittersweet, and every time I hear it, I think of my mom."
On his way to Corpus Christi on Saturday, Windoskey said he was still in disbelief.
"I've been texting him, and he calls me, and I feel like we're going to develop an ongoing friendship," Windoskey said. "It kind of blows my mind that he wants to befriend me. He's gone all over the world touring, has won multiple music awards and has his own production company, and suddenly he's chilling in my salon."