When did your hairdressing career begin?
"I started my apprenticeship at Myer Coorparoo when I was 15 years old and then opened my first salon, Margaret Ann's Hair Design in Sydney when I was 19 years old. I owned that until I was 24 and then had time off to have my children. I started working again several years later managing a salon at Avalon Beach and when my family returned to Brisbane I worked for a chain of salons and oversaw the running of their six businesses. It was after a period of about seven years that I decided I wanted to have my own salon again. I wanted free reign to be as creative as I wanted and to have more individual hairstyles - that's when I opened Hare's Hair."
Where was the original Hare's Hair and what year did you open?
"My first Hare's Hair was in Spring Hill and we opened in 1986. The salon moved locations over the years from Spring Hill to Cleveland, The Myer Centre, 105 Albert Street and then in 2014 we moved to our current location at 109 Albert Street Brisbane. We will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Hare's Hair next year and this milestone is something I am extremely proud of."
What is your favourite thing about being a Hair Stylist?
"I love having the chance to be creative and I enjoy my client's and how they are all different."
What is the one service that you enjoy doing the most?
"I really like Colour Corrections. I like how challenging they can be and how much my client's love the end result."
What is your favourite quote?
"This too shall pass."
What are your best haircare tips?
"Have your hair cut every 6 to 8 weeks to prevent split ends and to maintain the shape of your hairstyle. Also, when blowdrying, don't forget to dry the roots as well as the ends. This will give you much more lift and body to your style."
What is the most important thing you have learnt over the span of your career?
"Every hairstyle is a reflection of a person's identity. Everyone has an individual look and I think a major downside to Social Media is that everyone wants to look like someone else. People need to think more about themselves and what works for them. We need to be our own inspiration."