Meet the GirlCrewer #29: Zara McNamara of Hair by Zara

“Knowing and understanding your customers is a must in this kind of industry.”

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Meet Owner & Head Stylist at Hair by Zara, GirlCrew Cork member, Zara McNamara

We’ve all heard about the tragic circumstances that are going on with the refugee crisis in Syria, and while atrocities are being committed every day this has also led to some amazing grassroots activism. One GirlCrew member who took it upon herself to help those in need is Zara McNamara from GirlCrew Cork. The owner and head stylist at the aptly named Hair by Zara has set up a great fundraising event. For today, Monday 14th September, all the money from cuts, colours, highlights, and blow-dries straight to the Syrian appeal. Not only is Zara doing this but she has also managed to convince the others in the salon to do the same.

In case you were thinking that you couldn’t change from your regular hairdresser or had any fears about popping in, after chatting with Zara it’s clear that your hair would be in good hands – “Since my teenage years I have always had a passion for hair!  I left school at an early age to train with the Toni & Guy Team.  I received my full training there and have worked in many other top salons since then.”  Not content with just a scissors in her hand Zara has also taken the time to travel and is now the proud mother of Rhian, who keeps her busy. While it may seem a daunting task in its self, the ever courage Zara decided to up the ante and “in 2014 after just having my son, I decided it was time to take the plunge and open my own hair salon, which has always been a dream for me!  I’m delighted with the success of my business and with the support of my family and friends can run a successful business and be a mom!” So, if you’re in the market for a new do or perhaps you just want to stop by and help support the cause make sure you drop into Hair by Zara today to help this wonderful cause.

1. What is the best thing about your role?

Working directly with my customers and getting to know and understand my clientele; giving them the best advice and understanding what they want, so when they leave my salon they are happy with the results.

2. What did you find most challenging about it?

Getting the right team to work with me, and making sure we all worked well together and that we shared the same vision for Hair by Zara.

3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?

Setting up my own Hair Salon has always been my dream, I’m so happy that within a short space of time of opening the doors to Hair by Zara that it was such a success! I’m so proud to work with such a great team, we get on so well together that it feels like my family away from home!

4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?

Take the leap like I did if that is really what you want! It’s a lot of hard work at the start setting up a salon, but when it is a success it makes all the hard work worth it! Listening to your customers is another thing and getting their feedback, knowing and understanding your customers is a must in this kind of industry!

5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?

Do what you love and it will make the hard times worth it!

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