When a move from Sydney to Yamba presented April with the opportunity to embark on a new career and open her own business, Society Hair was born. Just over eight years ago, April moved from Sydney to Yamba and met her now-husband, Matt. She signed up to do a commercial hairdressing course and volunteered at a salon where the owner showed her the ropes.
Owning a business had always been April’s dream but it was yet to take shape. When Matt told her that one of his clients had a space on main street that had been empty for a year, April knew it was time to take the plunge. Doors officially opened at the end of October last year, and April hit the ground running. Two weeks in, she realised she was a little too busy, and hired another local hairdresser, Lorraine.
April’s dream from the start was to provide a unique hairdressing experience. She wanted to create a community where her customers feel valued and have a sense of belonging, so Society Hair’s service is all about relaxation and luxury. While April especially enjoys colouring hair, she says the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing a client’s face light up when they look in the mirror.
The effects of COVID-19 have been tough for small businesses, but April sailed through the storm with poise and positivity. Her staff were the number one concern and she made sure their jobs were safe. Though daunting to begin with, the size of the premises proved to be a blessing in disguise. Social distancing was never a problem and April was able to comfortably and safely space out clients and staff.
Society Hair has clearly been embraced by the Clarence Valley community and April continues to go from strength to strength. She describes residing and working in Yamba as “living the dream” and says the region lacks nothing. Looking to the future, April is entertaining the idea of opening another salon and moving into the event and wedding market.