When I first opened in 2003, I was the fifth salon that had opened in Roscommon town within three years and there were 21 salons within a mile of me…it was a fast growing industry but there was still plenty of room for everyone!
Before opening up, I worked in Dublin where I researched brands that were different and not available in Roscommon or in the west…and that was key to my success!
The amazing Repêchage skincare range and product brands from New York have been the main part of the salon business since day one, along with Nee Makeup Milan, a He Shi Spray Tan system, a Future Pro Detox Machine and many more treatments and products I have added over the years.
I will continue to add as many new treatments and products as possible every year to keep up with all the latest trends.
The only major obstacle I have hit during my 20 years in business was the Covid-19 lockdown and I’m happy to say that all my clients stood by me once I re-opened. Looking back now, it actually gave me time to set up an online store, research new products and complete extra training, which has since led to a number of awards and even a quick trip to New York and Milan for training last year.
In January this year, I completed an Oncology Aesthetics Training course, making me one of the few salons in Ireland qualified to now safely treat cancer clients going through, or having previously gone through, cancer treatment. There is also a specific selection of nice pamper products for these clients in the Repêchage range.
I’m so incredibly grateful to each and every one of my clients. Most have been with me since the day I opened and I’m always gaining new clients which means the salon is now busy all year around.
Just last weekend I was doing make-up for a bride who had come to me for her grad make-up 14 years ago! Bridal make-up is a fabulous part of the business. There isn’t an area in Co Roscommon or beyond I haven’t been to on the morning of a wedding. It really is a part of my business that I love.
A big thank you also to my family, especially my parents and close friends. Like anyone who is self-employed, it really is 24/7. My phones never stop and you need a little army behind you to make all this happen.
I’m a total workaholic and, being honest, I don’t take much time off. The reason for this is because I have the most amazing, appreciative clients that anyone could ask for, I am so lucky.
I want the anniversary to be all about thanking my clients and not about me. They have supported me so much though my journey. So from today (Thursday) until midnight next Tuesday (29th), the day of our 20th anniversary, there will be:
10% off all Repêchage products in the salon and online at louisesbeautystudio.com – just quote ‘Ros10’ at checkout.
Any Nee makeup product bought will receive a free make-up gift. There will also be €5 off any He Shi product with a spray tan or €5 off a spray tan with any He Shi product.
Finally, each and every one of my clients over the last 20 years will be put into a free draw for various prizes of treatments and products that I have put together. The winners will be announced on social media next week and I will personally thank all my clients over the next few weeks.
There are lots of new treatments and products to come before Christmas and early in 2024 so keep an eye on Louise’s Beauty Studio on social media!