Business rollercoaster brings the thrills
RETURNING from a six year break, the past two year's has seen Belinda Benz return to the Hairdressing chair in a big way.
Taking over the long-time Fitzroy St salon, Hair Kreations, Mrs Benz has been hard at work balancing her new business, training staff and raising her family.
"It's a bit of a rollercoaster juggling everything but it was well worth the challenge and adventure,” she said.
"I have a great team who do amazing work and take the pressure off.”
Mrs Benz said her team all jump on board to any idea she proposes, especially when it involves dressing up.
Saturday night the girls were shimming and shaking at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards, dressed in 1950s rock poodle skirts.
There may not have been an award for best dressed, but the salon took away Best New Business.
"It was such an honour to be recognised in the community, we were runner up last year so it's great to know we're still doing all the right things,” Mrs Benz said.
"The night was amazing, the committee did and excellent job and we loved meeting people and hearing their incredible business stories.”
Earning her qualifications straight after high school, Mrs Benz continues to grow her skill set and said education was the key to success.
"I think it is so important to keep up with styles and trends, to stay fresh,” she said.
"It's nice to get different ideas and concepts of other stylist and stay up to date with skills.
"And being able to pass on those skills to not only my apprentices but my clients is a big part of our business.”
The salon currently has two apprentices who are completing work base training while studying at TAFE.
Mrs Benz also holds different training sessions for her staff, focusing on colouring, styling and barber workshops.
She opts to use environmentally friendly products which were kinder to your roots.
"Our motto is 'we care for your hair',” Mrs Benz said.
"We want to keep the integrity of how clients hair.”
She may not be in the chair as much as she used to but Mrs Benz said her leap of faith two years ago has paid off and she's happy doing what she's doing.