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RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Joan O’Meara – Founder, Allure Beauty Salon

Joan O’Meara was inspired to set up Allure Beauty salon, as well as the Midland College of Hair, Make up and Beauty having always wanted to be a self-made businesswoman. Her passion for the business saw her build the largest private hair and beauty college in Ireland, combining her two loves, all things beauty and teaching…..



What sparked the idea for your business?

As a young girl I was always driven and wanted to run my own hair salon like my mum. Both my parents work for themselves so it was always a goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to become a teacher but in something I had a flair for. I love to educate the public and students and I am lucky I now get to do both within my salons and colleges.

What is the most difficult aspect of running your own business?

To switch off and have a good work life balance. When you work for yourself it is never ending, so you have to be able to step away from work when you’re at home, and not be constantly in work mode.

What has been the biggest lesson FOR YOU?

The biggest lesson I have learned is to trust in yourself, self belief is so important to succeed. Forget about what anyone around you is doing and focus on you. I have built the largest private hair and beauty college in Ireland, all from pure self-belief, motivation and passion for what I do.

What are your plans for 2017?

2016 was an excellent year for us. We have teamed up to work with some great business people such as Meaghers Pharmacy and Michelle Fox Mua and inspirational ladies like Jennifer Rock (The Skin Nerd) and Aimee Connolly MUA. We are looking at expanding our Athlone college. We also hope to run more of our hair, make-up, beauty and fashion seminars which are open to the public. 2017 holds many more exciting plans for Allure College, so watch this space. | 0579 361 419


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