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Cork Profile: Eimear Byrne, Solo Hair Design

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:46pm

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown up?

From as young as I can remember I always had a brush or hair accessories on hand to play hairdresser, I’ve always knew from a young age that hairdressing was the route I was going to take.

Tell us your career progression to your role today?

I grew from that young girl asking for free work experience to enter the world of hairdressing, went to Cork city salons as a trainee stylist, and with hard work and long hours becoming a stylist myself. In 2008 we decided to open Solo Hair Design (Vivienne Egan is the other co-owner). I currently hold the highest degree in Colour Master with Alfarparf in Ireland and down through the years have won numerous awards and are constantly growing.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

My clients are definitely what I enjoy the most. Getting to use my creative side too, as no day in this industry is the same. I meet new people every day; you build friendships over the years, you laugh and cry with them, and the most rewarding part is being able to make people look and feel fantastic.

What motivates you?

The best about this industry is it’s always changing and moving forward. Education is the key to success in this industry, and courses, competitions and all things fashion is what keeps me motivated.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Rome wasn't built in a day. As I've gotten older I can clearly see that some of the best results take weeks, months or even years to conquer. While always having the end goal in mind, I focus on making the steps as productive as possible and learning and growing from each one rather than just rushing straight to the finish line.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

I could never see myself in a 9-5 job or in an office, as I’m so used to a buzzing atmosphere, so don’t know if I’d last outside of this industry!

What is your greatest achievement to date?

As a woman who is a wife, mother and a team leader, running a home and a city centre salon has to be my life and greatest career achievement to date. I know a lot of women feel they need to choose, and I found the balance. Once we have support and dedication we can achieve anything.

Who has the biggest influence on you in your life?

Has to be my mom, she has thought me everything from a little girl and still influences me today. Mothers know best. She taught me how to be the woman I am today.

What is the life dream now?

For my kids to achieve their dreams and goals in life.

How do you switch off?

We all experience days that can be tougher than others, but I’ve learnt over the years tomorrow is a new day, and to let go. I find a daily exercise routine and a healthy lifestyle makes it all so much easier.

Favourite Cork memory?

Seeing my daughter Neveah play football for Cork ladies team.

Favourite place in Cork?

Solo, where else!

Do you have a favourite quote motto?

Take every opportunity that comes your way!

When are you at your happiest?

At home with my family, spending quality time together.

Any regrets?

I’ve no regrets. There has been life lessons that I’ve learnt from, which helped me grow even stronger as a person.

What is your hidden talent?

When I was ten years old, my cousin Jessica taught me a language Augu Tagu, which I’ve now passed on to my daughter Neveah. It’s great to have a secret bond, and a language only we can understand.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I suffer from claustrophobia, and I had to get hypnotised before my wedding to fly to Vilamoura, Portugal.

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