Pixie Hair and Beauty may only have been open for a year but it has definitely made waves.
It has been named one of the most Instagram worthy salons and it’s not hard to see why. It’s bold interior and stylish staff are the first impression of a very impressive salon.
With expert make up and brow artists and talented colourists, it’s well and truly earned its place in Glasgow as one of the trendiest salons around. We spoke to Pixie Hair and Beauty Owner Emma about her journey. As well as a few other things…
Where did you train, what’s your background in hairdressing? How did you end up with Pixie Hair and Beauty?
I started when I was 15 with a Saturday job in a salon. I done that for about a year and then went to college to d fashion merchandising. My dad didn’t think hairdressing was a good enough career. I completed that and then thought sod it, it’s my life! Went and did hairdressing when I was 18 at Clydebank College and got my level 3 there. I then just worked my way up in different salons and done different courses. Done barbering and everything, even though I didn’t stick so much with that. I prefer colouring; it’s always been my forte. Anything that’s a little more creative. So I stuck with that and just worked my way up! I was salon manager in a few and the next step was obviously getting my own place. It was August last year we got the keys for this place. It’s been a quick year!
Emma’s latest hair style.
MUA’s and getting your hair done before nights out has become a big thing lately. Is that a big part of your business?
In the last two or so years it’s gone crazy! No girl goes out nowadays without getting her hair and make up done. There’s no such thing as doing your own hair and make up for a night out! Which is great for us! It’s been chokka with make up. Dale does the make up and it’s been full on Saturdays and Fridays. She specialises in eyebrows and they’re amazing.
What brands do you follow and associate yourself with and why?
First of all Wella. I started with it and loved it. I’ve never heard a bad word said about it. People know the brand and they’re happy with you using it. We use them for colouring. They’re great to deal with! Everyone here at Pixie Hair and Beauty is very happy using it too!
There’s something happening in the barbering world just now, where barbers provide therapy. (The Lion Barber Collective) So if someone is depressed or feeling suicidal, barbers are getting training to talk with their clients. Do you see hairdressing going in that direction?
I think we already do that to be honest. Women come in here and tell me stuff they wouldn’t tell their best friend. They’ve just got that trust. We don’t ask them to. They just do. Hair is such a big thing to women and they trust you with that. So they must just be more open with other things. Maybe that’s the key though; it’s someone who’s virtually a stranger. It can be easier to talk to someone who’s out of your circle. Who are we to judge, we just listen. We’re really good listeners and that’s maybe why people trust their hairdresser and barber so much. I love a moan so helping other people get stuff out is another reason of why I love my job so much.
What’s the hardest part of the job?
For me, the business side of things. Making sure you have the money ready to pay this bill or that bill. The finances and keeping the social media up to date. Other than that, nothing, I love this job. I love to come in here every day. Nothing about it is a chore to me. I just love it. I love my clients and everything about it. The first year’s the hardest and we’ve done that. We’ve done so much better than I thought, it’s great.
What inspired the interior?
First, obviously I wanted to be different from anything else. As you know there are so many salons and I wanted this one to really stand out. I wanted it to have my personality! I like funky, I like arty and I love decades. So Pixie came from the 60s, the iconic haircut. So I continued that and had 60s décor and then we got in our interior designer and we were knocking our heads together and this was born. It ended up being more 80s but it’s amazing. My brother did the artwork on the wall and my boyfriend made the light! [A chandelier type piece made out of retro, yellow hairdryers and fixed with lightbulbs.] I’m so lucky to know so many people who have helped. So free haircuts for life!
Favourite pub or restaurant?
Can I get a list?! I love going out and having good food. I love Mexican food. If it’s a birthday night out we usually don’t do food. We usually just go straight to the pub. My pal owns Tingle in the centre which is a shot bar. So we start off there and then we’ll head to Twenty-Nine and then we’ll always end up in Sanctuary. We know everyone there now and you never have a bad night out there. You end up with 20 of you on a night out. Finneston as well.
Italian or Chinese?
Italian all the way! Pizza til I die! There’s always a battle with me and Stuart [Her boyfriend] and we go to Bella Notte. They do Italian and Indian so I can get a pizza and he can get a curry. So that has us sorted!
If you won the lottery on Friday how would that change your life?
Not that much to be honest. I’d get in here finished probably. I’d open another Pixie Hair and Beauty somewhere. I don’t know where! I would buy my mum a house. I’d buy Stuart and myself a house. Buy my mum a car. I’d quite like to buy a house abroad as well. With all the interest, you wouldn’t need all that money! I’d give some of that to charity. I’d still be working and I’d have my winnings so I’d give the interest to a dog charity or one for kids I think. Macmillan as well, because my mum had breast cancer so that tugs on the old heartstrings.
If you want to find out more about Pixie Hair and Beauty you can have a look at their page HERE!