Cutting it in business
LYNELL Chard has been in the hairdressing game for 15 years, and has loved every minute of it.
After completing her apprenticeship in Grafton and then working for a couple of years, the outgoing young woman decided it was time to take her career in a new direction.
“I approached the owner of the salon I was working at and asked her if she had ever considered selling because I had a lot of drive and wanted to take that next step and challenge myself,” Lynell said.
“She told me that she had never really thought about it, but said that she would love to sell it to me. And that is how I became the owner of Just Cuts.”
All of that happened nine years ago and in that time, Lynell has had two children and overcome a few hurdles.
“When I was pregnant with my first child, we were given notice that we had to vacate our current premises which was in the Gerards Centre. I was about 30 weeks’ pregnant when we moved into the Grafton Mall, which turned out to be one of our best decisions.”
At the moment, Lynell is studying to obtain her Certificate 4 and Diploma of Hairdressing, which will give her the qualifications to walk into a classroom and teach hairdressing.
“We are always expanding our knowledge and learning about new equipment and techniques,” she said.
“We feel that it is good to be up-to-date with everything in our profession. We are all in the process of looking at new colours for autumn and we are always looking for ways to complement someone’s face shape or skin tone.”
Making people feel good about themselves on a daily basis and transforming the way people look is one of the great rewards that come from hairdressing, something Lynell appreciates.
“We are always doing something different, even our regulars like to experiment so it is never boring,” she said.
“I also love fashion and having the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis is wonderful.”
She also enjoys passing on her knowledge to the next generation of hairdressers.
“At the moment I have about five ladies working for me, two of whom are apprentices, which is wonderful,” Lynell said.
“I approached the owner of the salon I was working at and asked her if she had ever considered selling because I had a lot of drive and wanted to take that next step and challenge myself”