“My salon is so personal to me – it’s been like raising a child.”

Multi-award-winning hairdresser Dylan Bradshaw has only ever wanted one salon – but the one he’s got is the place to be zhushed. Spread over three floors in a 10,000sq ft Georgian townhouse in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, it’s packed out six days a week with clients who travel from across Ireland for an appointment, whether they’re looking for a haircut straight off the international catwalks (Dylan is a regular at Fashion Week) or a relaxing pampering session in the private suite.

But behind the glamour and the buzz and the famous faces (Dylan counts U2 and The Corrs among his clients) is a business that’s been quietly yet consciously sustainable since it first launched 23 years ago – and where saving the planet and investment in the local community are key to its future.

“We’re in the middle of a major refurbishment, and our new salon design is centred around re-purpose, replace and re-use,” says Dylan. “So, rather than buying new, the existing salon basins and chairs are being sent away to be renovated, while a thousand-year-old piece of Irish Connemarra marble, which has seen us through three refits already, will stay as a centrepiece of the new design. Items are so disposable nowadays, but I’ve always invested in quality materials that can stand the test of time.”

Although it’s moved premises a couple of times, Dylan’s salon has always been situated on South William Street, a busy thoroughfare that’s long been associated with independent traders. “It’s been a great experience being on this road for more than two decades,” continues Dylan. “We love the history of our space, it’s been a gathering place for people for hundreds of years, and it’s so important that we respect it. We have a unique salon in a beautiful space and we want to create our own part of its legacy.

“We don’t look at what other people are doing, we just do what feels right for us. Over the years, we’ve grown with the building, and it has grown with us. Our clients and our team have grown with it, too. It’s like a full circle that keeps on turning. And now we’re excited to bring something new to South William Street that will take us in a different direction for the next ten years. The journey continues!” | @dylanbradshawdublin


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