BAR­BERS MAKE A SPLASH

Bar­ber busi­nesses set up at Glad­stone surf store

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TWO young en­trepreneurs are mak­ing a splash at Last Wave Surf and Water­sports in Goon­doon St.

Ash­leigh Beale and Rebel Thorn have set up as in­de­pen­dent bar­bers in the newly ren­o­vated store.

“The idea came from the own­ers Chris and Di Allen,” Ms Thorn said.

“The idea flowed nicely with their busi­ness by hav­ing us here in the menswear and ac­ces­sories area.

“Peo­ple come in to buy an out­fit and might de­cide to get ti­died up while they’re here.”

The pair have set up a chair each and be­gan work as in­de­pen­dent bar­bers last month.

Ms Beale said busi­ness was build­ing nicely.

“We’re get­ting to meet a lot of new clients who find us when they come into the store,” she said.

“And word of mouth has been good.”

Both bar­bers have worked to­gether in the past.

“We’ve got a good rap­port,” Ms Thorn said.

“Even though we’re two sep­a­rate busi­nesses we work well as a team.

“The goal in the end is to keep both chairs full.”

Ms Beale said there were more women bar­bers these days.

“A lot of older gen­tle­men only had male bar­bers to cut their hair,” she said.

“Women bar­bers have be­come a lot more pop­u­lar.

“When I started hair­dress­ing six years ago, men didn’t really care too much about their hair.

“That’s cer­tainly changed as they take more in­ter­est in their per­sonal groom­ing.

“I love cut­ting men’s hair; they’ll have a beer while they’re get­ting a shave or hair­cut and for­get about their prob­lems for half an hour.”

Ms Thorn agreed that men tended to re­lax while be­ing pam­pered.

“It cer­tainly isn’t a chore for them,” she said.

“I really en­joy­ing do­ing trans­for­ma­tions, help­ing them look and feel good.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Bar­ber Ash and The Rebel Bar­ber Face­book pages.

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA110119HAIR

SMART MOVE: Rebel Thorn is part of a bar­ber duo on the sec­ond level of Last Wave Surf and Wa­ter Sports, Glad­stone.

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