RSVP’s One to Watch: Suzanne from Cedar’s Beauty
In this weeks One to Watch, Suzanne from Cedar’s Beauty Salon in Dundrum chats to RSVP’s Mikie O’Loughlin.
Firstly, tell us about yourself?
My name is Suzanne and I am a wife and mother of two gorgeous boys Michael 12 and Stefan 11. I now live in Kildare, having lived in Dublin most of my life. I run Cedars Beauty Clinic in Dundrum and we are celebrating 18 years in business this year.
How did you get started in beauty?
I attended the prestigious Private Loriam Beauty therapy college in Dawson street Dublin back in 1988. The college was run by the fabulous Lori Porter, a true lady in every sense of the word. It was the best decision I ever made to realise my dream in the beauty industry. To be the best you have to learn from the very best, a lesson I was lucky to learn early in my career.
Was this a career path you have always wanted to pursue?
Yes 100%, as a little girl I was always in trouble for raiding my mums make -up bag , I’d come downstairs lipstick everywhere and eyeshadow smudged all over my face. I used to be stinking of perfume and my mum would say “Were you at my make-up again?” and I would coyly reply “no”.
I just couldn’t help myself. I remember spending hours in the bathroom mixing lotions and potions pretending to make my own cosmetics, I suppose I was naturally drawn in that direction.
When did you take the plunge to start your own business?
I started my own business in 1997 when I was 27 years old. I had worked and managed a number of top beauty salons in Dublin previous to that, I also worked in Mayfair London, the experience I learned there was invaluable. I was also the educator for CACI Ireland when it first reached our shores.
What do you love most about your beauty salon and your job?
I love the salon environment we have created at Cedars; it has a real sparkly, girly and elegant ambience. Some of our design elements are Turkish as I travel there a lot. Our clients tell us they love the interior and our little touches here and there. Mostly what I love about my job is meeting all the lovely ladies and some of our clients are like family at this stage
What makes Cedars stand out?
We specialise in Anti-ageing skin treatments and it’s such a great feeling to help someone achieve a great result and put a smile on their face. Some of my clients have been with me since I started out and I am humbled that they have been so loyal over the years. There’s no better feeling in the world than doing a job that brings happiness or uplifts someone, I just love it!
Who has influenced your career the most?
As a young girl I have always loved the glamour of the old Hollywood movies, I particularly have an appreciation for Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, their style elegance and feminine qualities were timeless. I can thank both my parents for my strong work ethic-my family ran businesses and as a young girl I worked on the shop floor for pocket money, so I guess you can say it’s in the blood
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Finding Cedars premises here in Dundrum has been a real success. The salon is situated two minutes away from the Dundrum Shopping Centre, but it’s in a lovely quiet location
What are your favourite brands to work with?
I would have to say CACI facials as I have been doing them for two decades now. I love the results our Agera RX medical peels can achieve to resurface skin and for skin tightening our Radio Frequency treatment is a must for jowly loose skin