Murray McKinnon was just 22 when he opened his first Impressions in Hair salon.
“I wanted to work for myself so I could create a salon with a difference,” he says.
But he never dreamed he would own four salons three decades later, the latest of which opened in Pakington Street West six weeks ago.
Impressions in Hair cater for men, women and children of all ages and can do just about anything hair-related.
“We’ve got staff that do everything from hair extensions to perming and we have a highly experienced barber in the Pako salon.”
“We have the four locations now, central Geelong, Highton, Herne Hill and Pakington street for a lot of people’s convenience,” the Highton local says.
“We like this spot in The Strand on Pako because we’ve got parking – all our locations have great parking.”
He and business partner Jan Cahill, who joined him four years ago, have more than 30 years in hairdressing each.
And now they’re determined to pass on that knowledge and expertise to the next generation of stylists.
“We’re dedicated to getting the best young hairdressers we can,” Murray says.
“The talent is as good here in Geelong as anywhere.”
Murray and Jan have lots of in-house training to keep their employees’ skills sharp and regularly send them to industry events including Melbourne Fashion Week, competitions and national and international conferences
“Our staff have great opportunities,” Murray says.
Their diversely-skilled employees range from 17 to 60 in age, including multiple The Gordon TAFE award-winner Rebecca De Bruin.
Murray and Jan use stylist-exclusive, high-performance Goldwell products to make your hair look its best.