One of Galway’s most prestigious salons, Sarah Mason Professional has etched her mark into our hearts, and onto our heads! A mum of two, a master colourist and an Irish Icon in the Irish Hairdressing Hall of Fame, Sarah took five minutes out of her hectic day for a quick Q&A!
What inspired you to open Sarah Mason Professional?
After working in management roles and as a head of education for 11 years, I hit my creative streak and went on to win Irish Hairdresser of the Year for the first time in 2008, and again in 2015.
“I worked hard, pushed my name, and promoted myself.”
I knew it was time for me to build my own brand, and team, under my own roof. It really was the next logical step for me.
Tell us about your team?
I’m incredibly lucky with my girls. Teresa, Stephanie and Roisín are all superb artists and have a wealth of knowledge between them! Teresa has worked with top salons in Galway, Stephanie is an up-and-coming senior stylist, and Roisín is another award-winning hairdresser. Each of them possess unique skills and talents as they are an integral part of the business. We have a GTI student training with us too, Sinéad, who we’re helping develop as an artist.
“Education is imperative in this industry.”
What trends are we expecting for the season ahead?
A lot of colour! Colour Create by Wella focuses on pastelisation – a broad spectrum of vivid colours softened to delicate pastels, like bold corals softened to baby pinks. Expect multi-tonal colours married together – think blue into violet etc. The Wella Nontouring Shift focuses on light and non-contouring for more gradual shading instead of the formatted balyage. For those who are more cautious with their hair, Koleston Perfect ME Plus Colour is the perfect solution. The 80s are also back with a bang – think dishevelled, undone curls, fringes and bobs!
What recurring problems are you seeing in the haircare industry?
Non-professional quick fix products are a no-no as they just won’t do the same job as salon products. We strive to educate our customers on their hair type and hair needs. We offer intermediate glossing sessions in between colourings which help maintain tonality, condition and shine. Also, if you want a drastic colour change, please find a master colourist in your area, it’s so worth it. Their education will allow a healthy and seamless change! To ensure the best results, ask your hairdresser to prescribe the most suitable products for your hair.
What’s next for Sarah Mason Professional?
Later this year we’re developing a collection with Wella Professionals which is very exciting. I will be working at the National Trend Vision Awards and I’m shortlisted for Best Hair Colourist at the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards. We also have a couple of more things brewing but we are keeping them under our hats for the moment! We couldn’t have made it to two years in business without our wonderful clients. I can’t wait for what’s around the corner, and to share the next two years (and more) with the people of Galway!
Sarah Mason Professional
Unit 3 Forster Court
091 565 916