Business Profile: Hair On The Square

Name: John McClenaghan
Business: Hair On The Square
Tel: 028 8224 7589 / 07843152028
Location: Old Market Place, Omagh

Business Profile: Hair On The Square

Can you describe your business?

Hair on the Square is a unisex hair salon tailored to meet a high standard of in-trend and upcoming trends for women, men and children. We emphasise in salon the importance of hair and scalp health, using a treatment based back bar in use on every client. We create in-salon in-depth analysis to closely look at the needs and expectations of every client, while outlining the realistic time frames and cost effect of the services gained by each individual. We also offer many different at-home hair care packages also tailored to the needs of individual clientele.

Why did you start your own business?

I made the step after gaining many years in salon experience and qualifying in different areas while attending many intense training courses over the years. In that time I managed to gain a masters in colour degree with Alfaparf Milano, a company I still work with to this day. I decided I wanted to take on the challenge of running my own salon so as I can build and put my own stamp on the industry, the emphasis being how we identify solely on the needs and expectation of every client as an individual. In-salon clients will feel a real home from home warmth and ambience. It’s a place where they can relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the river or can watch the passers by on the square. We offer and deliver great services, create emphasis on hair and scalp well-being and ensure our clients are 100 per-cent happy.

What are the best things about running your own business?

I feel I am more able in my own salon to offer a slightly different service to my clients. With a lot more emphasis on in-depth consultations I’m able to educate my clients in the importance of maintaining a healthy hair and scalp. My motto is good hair takes time and sometimes a little extra money but it will make you happy. I feel freedom to create great hair. I’m excited to be training junior stylists and I’m looking forward to growing my business, its future, future training and general growth.

What are the main challenges facing the business?

There are a lot of top drawer salons in Omagh but I’ve often said there are enough heads that need hairdressers too. In order to make it, I think you have to find your own niche in the market. Offer something a little different, in a beautiful location. I also know I must always stay focused and update training at all times. I am fully acceptance of these things and it has been so far so good.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business?

Try to offer your own uniqueness in whatever you do. Strive to make a difference for the better in your chosen industry. Stick to your gut instinct. And if you’ve any doubts or questions I suggest that you use the Business and Enterprise Centre Omagh. The team there are amazing and will guide you as best they can.

Can you describe your experience of running a business in three words or less?

Exciting, stressful and rewarding.