Monday, 27 November 2017

Boss Girl: Saloon Co

A lavish bar, all white interior, fresh pastel flowers, artworks on the wall… there is nothing that this place is missing! Jaki Bradley and Sarah Wright are two women who have started this amazing concept in Braddon and are quickly on the rise! 

Tell us a bit about yourselves 
Jaki: I’m from Canberra born and bred and I’ve been in the beauty industry for 8 years. I worked in vocation because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I got a diploma and a Certificate 4 in makeup then went back into the workforce at a non profit organisation. In 2013 I went back into beauty therapy and worked at Mecca. Following this I did some travelling and then went back to Mecca whilst also doing cosmetic tattooing. The first time I met Sarah we went on really well and we had really good work ethic and habits together. One day Sarah’s friend said to us that we should work for ourselves. This salon represents us, right down to the Hollywood mirrors and is definitely a result of all of our blood, sweat and tears. 

Sarah: I’m from Canberra and was always the creative kid at school. I studied photography at CIT and always wanted to be a model photographer because I was envious of them. Later on I moved to New Zealand and did a Diploma of makeup, worked on a film, worked in Mecca and then moved to Sydney. There I studied at Toni and Guy in Paddington and then did free lance hair and makeup for 7 months before moving back to Canberra. I’ve always wanted to open a blow dry bar. 

How did you get the idea/concept for your business? 
Both: We like alcohol and getting our hair done and we wanted to use the courses which we’ve studied! We feel like we created something which we felt was missing. We wanted our customers to be able to make getting their hair done a regular thing without it costing a bomb. It’s really catered to a wide range of people - it’s a cool place where you can hang around with your friends. We’ve turned having fun into a business! 

If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?
Both: Stick to what you know and and take advice from everyone around you. Don’t spend time around people who don’t believe in you. 

What is your goal for the next 4 years?
Jaki: For Saloon to be the hub of not only beauty services but also for creative people. It would be amazing for this space to provide a platform for other people to do what they love. 

Since there is a bar in your salon, what would you say is your favourite drink? 
Jaki: Bellinis, the drink brings back good memories from Venice! Or a classic vodka lime and soda. 
Sarah: Rosé

What fashion item can you not live without?
Both: Sneakers 

What is your holy grail for hair products? 
Both: Kevin Murphy! 

What is your favourite food?
Sarah: Japanese! 

Contact Details: 

Location: 53/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

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