Hairroom Salons Hawthorn - Famiiy Friendly Salon
Hairroom Salons Hawthorn is located at 766 Glenferrie Road, in the heart of Hawthorn amongst great cafes, restaurants and boutique retail shops.
Owner and principle hairdresser, Fab Lopez, bought into an existing salon in late 2003, renovated it and became a Hairroom Salons franchise. He was previously in a St Kilda salon for six years.
Hairdressing is a deep-seated family tradition in the Lopez family.
“My father is a barber. He is 70 years old, and still works 6 days a week in his own little barber shop. My wife, Donna Nikova, is our salon coordinator, and has always worked in the hair industry. So it’s all in the family,” said Fab.
“Hawthorn is a very family oriented area. We cater for everyone from young 2-3 year old children and above. We have one client, Guy McNicoll, who is just over 90 years old.
Hairroom Salons Hawthorn specialises in haircuts and colours.
“We also do hair for events and wedding parties, and have an amazing makeup artist. We also do blow waves, styling and men’s cuts. Men are about 40% of our clientelle,” said Fab.
Creating a friendly and comfortable salon environment is one of the keys to Hairroom Salons Hawthorn’s success.
“We aim to provide a pleasurable experience from the moment you walk in the door, and are greeted by our receptionist and stylists. We have a light and bright salon, we play funky music to keep the vibe right, and our clients are happy,” he said.
“Keeping up with fashion trends, and attending training and fashion events are important so we keep up to date, and have the latest knowledge to pass onto our clientele.”
Hairroom Salons Hawthorn has a stable and loyal roster of clients, including some that followed Fab from St Kilda to Hawthorn.
Fab said the secret ingredient to being a popular hairdresser is passion.
“You have got to be passionate to be a hairdresser. You have to try to master hairdressing year after year, and continually grow and adapt your knowledge of trends and styles. It is all about making people feel good and look good.”
“We like seeing our art walking down the street, not on a catwalk. Our passion is worn by our clientelle.”
“I have one client who now lives in Chicago. When he is in Melbourne, every 2-3 months, he books in to see me, which I really enjoy.”
Fab said the last few years have been interesting, particularly with the success of the Hawthorn Football Club winning a 3-peat of premierships.
“Hawthorn people are incredibly passionate about their AFL football and local football with kids playing Auskick, and a steady stream of current and ex-Hawthorn players coming into the salon. We’ve had players like Sam Mitchell, Shane Crawford and Ben McGlynn in our salon, and whenever the Hawks make the finals we dress the salon up in Hawthorn colours.
Hairroom Salons Hawthorn also attracts hairdressing clients from suburbs around Hawthorn, including Kew, Canterbury, Camberwell, Surrey Hills, Richmond, and some from South Yarra.