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PIPPA O’CONNOR ORMOND
Nobody does off-duty casual like Pippa. A palette of grey and pale brown worn with denims inevitably looks put-together, and high-heeled boots give the look that necessary dash of glamour. A quality tote for throwing everything into on a weekend day out is always a worthwhile buy, and throwing a large, pattered scarf over simple basics is the perfect way to add interest.
MARK O’KEEFFE Owner, director, Brown Sugar
From a very early age, I knew that a career in hairdressing was what I wanted. I couldn’t imagine back then how far it could take me, but I always aspired to follow in my father’s footsteps.
I’ve experienced many pinch-me moments in my career: opening Brown Sugar, Sugar Cubed and Sugar Daddy; working alongside great brands such as L’Oreal and Tigi; meeting some of the world’s best hairdressers, such as Anthony Mascolo; and winning countless prestigious awards. But nothing compared to launching The Sugar Culture Institute in 2016. Opening our training institute allowed us to revolutionise the way hairdressers are educated in Ireland. We allow them to use a regular working day to advance in their techniques by training in a real-world salon environment, rendering after-hours or day-off training unnecessary. Knowing that we’ve made a real difference to the working life of our trainees and given other hairdressers a great platform to excel further is a wonderful feeling, one that I relive daily when I walk into my head office and see these individuals in the opposite room becoming that next-level hairdresser.