Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years be­hind the chair

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - RUBY MACANDREW

A life chang­ing de­ci­sion made 30 years ago is set to be cel­e­brated in style at a a Ber­ham­pore hair hair sa­lon this month.

It was 1987 when, at just 21, Welling­to­nian Ange Gaeta took own­er­ship of the busi­ness, known now as Hair by Ange, not know­ing it would be­come a home away from home for the next three decades.

‘‘I wasn’t that keen to buy it be­cause it was very ex­pen­sive but my fa­ther has a great at­ti­tude in busi­ness and ba­si­cally said ‘what’s the worst that could hap­pen?’ ... and now here I am 30 years later.’’

That fam­ily feel­ing has re­mained alive and well over the years, with the sa­lon sand­wiched be­tween her brother’s karate stu­dio and a tai­lor­ing busi­ness run by her fa­ther and brother.

Gaeta says the fam­ily sup­port has, by far, been the key to stay­ing in busi­ness so long.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely not easy and I don’t know if I would do it again but I have had so much sup­port from my beau­ti­ful par­ents and my broth­ers. There is no way I could have done it with­out them.’’

While Gaeta had jug­gled other roles over the years, in­clud­ing own­ing a sec­ond sa­lon and work­ing as a trade ex­am­iner, she says be­ing able to im­prove peo­ple’s con­fi­dence has re­mained her favourite part of hair­dress­ing.

‘‘Just hav­ing some­one come in who is not feel­ing on top of the world and see­ing their face and con­fi­dence lift from a new cut or colour ... that’s when you go home at the end of the day and think ‘what a buzz’,’’ she says.

‘‘It makes you feel great when you have had fun at work with your col­leagues and know you’ve pro­duced some re­ally good work.’’

Gaeta is still is be­hind the chair a few days a week, with the rest of her time spent tak­ing care of her three chil­dren as well as help­ing out at the karate stu­dio.

‘‘My kids are al­ways my pri­or­ity. Even in the harder times, I al­ways keep them on top,’’ she says.

‘‘That’s one of the best things about the sa­lon, that fam­ily feel. I’ve been lucky enough to have peo­ple work for me who are all fam­ily-ori­ented as well.’’

An­other high­light for Gaeta has been help­ing her for­mer staff and friends progress their ca­reers, go­ing so far as to help a cou­ple of them start their own sa­lons.

‘‘I like to see other peo­ple suc­ceed, I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant ... I hate it when I see busi­nesses strug­gling or hav­ing to close down, so if I can help then I will.’’

Gaeta will of­fi­cially cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary on Novem­ber 16 with a day-long party at the sa­lon where clients, old and new, are wel­come to stop by and re­flect on the past few decades.

Hair­dresser and busi­ness owner Ange Gaeta bought her first sa­lon at just 21 years and it’s still go­ing strong 30 years on. RUBY MACANDREW/STUFF

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