Celebrating 40 years of hair styling
HEAD HUNTERS salon owner Theresa Wetherill celebrates the remarkable milestone of 40 years of hair dressing this month.
Wetherill took over Head Hunters about in 2012 after starting work there four years ago. She comes from a lineage of stylists, with her father and sisters all being hair dressers.
She said she is excited to be celebrating 40 years in business.
“I am astounded to have come so far! When people ask me if I could have chosen another profession, I can never think of anything else I would like to do. I have been passionate about people and hair since day one,” said Wetherill.
“And you can’t buy this kind of experience,” she added.
Wetherill was born in Egypt, with a Greek-Italian background, and moved to Hillbrow, Johannesburg with her family as a seven-year-old in 1965. She started working in her father’s salon at a young age.
“School holidays didn’t exist for us. We used to help out at the salon – sweeping, cleaning and making tea,” said Wetherill.
She started working full time at the age of 18, after receiving her stylist qualifications. She and her father started and ran a number of salons in south and north Johannesburg over the years.
“Styling was like a gift, it came naturally to me and I was up and running within a year. It normally takes quite a bit longer,” said Wetherill.
Wetherill then started her own business at about 28 years old after her father retired.
She decided to move to Ballito in 2010 for a better lifestyle, and after a few challenges and a handful of “miracles”, she found her feet in the area. Wetherill said things got difficult at the salon two years ago, but thanks to a kind sponsor who is still unknown to her, she had the funds to take over.
She has also done some training to stylists in the Greek islands on her yearly holidays, and has been hair dresser to many South African celebrities such as Anneline Kriel, Derek Watts, Patricia Lewis’ sister, amongst many others.
Her sister Anna also works with her, and they are known as the “crazy sisters”.
They pride themselves in being three master stylists at the salon – those with over 35 years of experience.
When asked what the highlight of her career has been, Wetherill said it is making her clients happy.
“It isn’t just about making a living; it is extremely gratifying to see the joy on a woman’s face when her hair looks great. I always consult with clients on their budget, as hair is expensive and I want people to be able to have what they want.
“We are not just stylists. When people are not feeling great about themselves, the first thing they do is come and have their hair done and they tell us about their lives. We are part of the change they seek, and this is very rewarding,” said Wetherill.
She said the salon supports the community’s initiatives as well – by sponsoring vouchers, or hair styling for the Miss Ballito competition or anyone who approaches them.
Source – MyBallito Correspondent
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