By Mandy Oakham
If you are looking for a Mad Hatters tea party or a smiling Cheshire cat up a tree you might start your search at Salon Eve on Shannon Avenue.
Salon owner Barbara Ferrante is a huge Alice in Wonderland fan and she is drawing on the mad cap capers of this classic tale to bring colour and just a little quirkiness to her new salon.
If you are a “groovy, trendy female“ who isn’t frightened of being bold and beautiful then this is the salon for you. And if you are a bold and beautiful bloke the salon is also ready to cater for you as well, with their own unique take on modern barbering techiniques.
Barbara started in the industry when she was just 16 doing a school-based apprenticeship.
“So by the time I finished Year 12 I was nearly a qualified hairdresser,“ Barbara says.
“I took a plunge into the industry and my mum kept encouraging me, and I ended up at a salon called Helen Forrest Hairdressing as a school-based apprentice.
“As soon as I got into the industry my love for it grew.“
The young Barbara wanted to be a either a police officer or a lawyer when she was growing up but today her role models include Vidal Sassoon. The 28 year old now lives in Bell Post with her fiance and her favourite moggie, Alfie, who just happens to be immaculately groomed.
Barbara’s salon has won “Best of the Bay“ in 2013 and 2015, was named by KRock as the city’s Best Hairdressser, and they were also finalists in the 2015 Geelong Business Excellence awards.
“It’s an ever-evolving industry which keeps me interested and passionate about being in hair. It’s versatile and challenging,“ Barbara says.
“My clients are like family to me and the majority of them have been with me for a very long time so we know each other very well.
“My staff are really great to work with and we are such a tight group who share the same love for the industry. They are constantly inspiring me to be best I can be.“
Barbara says her staff pride themselves on making sure every client is “100 per cent satisfied“ when they leave the salon.
“We have a really relaxed, quirky, yet professional vibe. Everyone who comes here has a great experience. We enjoy having a laugh and making clients feel beautiful,“ she says.
And Barbara’s tip for the future?
“Being on Shannon Avenue and so close to Pako you get the retail and street traffic, as well as clients who live nearby, and I really feel like this area is up and coming and has the potential to be the new Pako.“