Report – By Gladys Hartson.
A young Pacific woman has realised her dream of running her own hair salon despite the recession, loss of jobs and businesses closing.
Winnie Purcell, and her business partner Fleur Rerekura, opened Winnie and Fleur Hairstylists in Papatoetoe four months ago and have not looked back.
Purcell has been styling hair for more than seven years.
“I decided I wanted to run my own business before I hit 30.”
Inspired by reality television show, Tabitha’s Salon Take Over, she says it’s been a great experience for her.
“I get a rush out of making our clients feel good after a day at the salon. The clients motivate me.”
With four other stylists on board, a busy day can consist of up to 15-20 clients.
“We encourage our clients [mainly women] to embrace their natural types of hair.
“We know people are still coping with the effects of the recession. We try to reflect that in our prices.
“The salon is unique, like a Polynesian hangout.”
Purcell says they deal with all types of hair: “If you can work with Pacific hair you can work with any hair type.”
The team hopes to expand their business but for now there is plenty of work to keep them busy.
The 23-year-old says the key to her success is to “follow your heart, enjoy your work and work environment”.
Gladys Hartson is a Graduate Diploma in Journalism student at AUT University and is working with Pacific Media Watch.