Todays blog is a little about ourselves and how we came to be Infinity.
Clients often ask me how long have you been hairdressing Tanya? 'Ooo, years' I say, 'That many that I don't count the years anymore' which makes me sound like I should retire! But I'm nowhere near that age yet!
I started working at 13 (we were allowed to then) in a little salon at the top of the road where I lived. It was run by two sisters Carole and Rita. I was their Saturday girl as we were called then, (probably some double barrelled /tripled fancy name now) and I had loads of fun there. I also worked school holidays and after school if I could, I was hooked. I remember well the smell of the setting lotion and hair sprays and the meths to clean the mirrors haha! Wouldn't be allowed now I expect! My nan would say that what's addled my brain!
It was all shampoo and sets in those days but it was good basic training and hairstyles stayed in for weeks not days! We were always busy, the appointment column was full every day, we'd see the same faces at the same time, same day, every week like clockwork.
Also it's where my saying 'hear all, say nothing' comes from. The ladies would sit under the dryers not realising everyone could hear all the local gossip... We knew it all!!!
They were great to work for and maybe that's where my love of doing bridal hair and put ups come from. I wanted to be a hairdresser for as long as I can remember, I used to sit and mess with my dads hair for ages, he used to nod off in the chair, he loved it. Dad had a proper teddy boy quiff but I don't think I made it look like that. You'd think my mum would have too, but she didn't like being fussed over. I'd stand watching mum do her hair, my fingers used to itch to put her rollers in but I guess it wouldn't have looked how she wanted it.... I was 7 after all!!!
So working at Carole's I'd be handing setting rollers and watching the back combing, pinning, curling, spraying and learning... And loving it!
Fast forward many years, only having a few weeks break from work to have the children, opening up The Cutting Corner, this is where Tasha's career in beauty began, although she didn't realise it at the time.
We opened in November 1999. Sounds like a lifetime away. Natasha was 14 and it was just the two of us then strangely enough. That was by chance. Natasha came in as 'Saturday girl'.
Well thank goodness she was there. I was unbelievably busy, she knew exactly what to do, where everything was, greeted the clients, made the tea and coffee, swept the floor, she organised everything while I just cut hair... Hmmm sounds like a pattern was set back then haha!
Time went on and she was excellent at shampooing and would finish off with a nice massage, the clients would more than often say to me 'Your Tasha's good at shampooing, that was lovely' so there began her massage therapy training.
We thought she would stay in hairdressing so went to college for a short spell but it didn't grab her, she went on to work in hospitality, gaining qualifications in bar and nightclub management working till 4-5 am on weekends but absolutely loving it.
I think to some, hairdressing seems like an easy job, a girlie job involving looking glam and wearing make up and nice clothes...
Natasha and Joel's dad said to me once, 'You don't work, it's a hobby, cutting hair and drinking coffee with friends' Yes he only said it once!!!
I won't dwell on that but you can imagine my reaction, but actually he's right, in a nutshell it is but you have to love doing it and Natasha's heart wasn't in it at the time.
After Natasha came back from travelling, she ended up working in insurance. She missed the hospitality but the long hours and late shifts were getting to her, she was missing out on a lot of social things too.
While she was in Greece she used to see the Thai girls on the beach offering massage, all they carried was a bag with the oils in and their hands were their tools... While she was away in Egypt she had a massage and this is where the idea began. When she came home she signed up for a Swedish Massage course and this is where Infinity started!