An EPIC adventure for Beauty & the Beard

Published on 30 July 2020

Beauty and the Beard

They say “It takes a village to raise a baby” well Beauty & the Beard is my baby and behind me is my village.

Tegan from Beauty & the Beard has been hairdressing since she was 15 and recently took the plunge to open her own salon, “It has definitely been scary opening a new business during a global pandemic,” she said.

The opportunity has taken her on an EPIC adventure while roping in hubby and the in-laws to help make her dream a reality.

Tegan loves Rocky and the way our community helps and supports each other in times of uncertainty, disaster or hardship – it’s amazing! “Plus our uniqueness is pretty rad; how many towns get to say “my town has large cement bulls all over the place!”

With a passion for all things hair Tegan will have the whole family looking on point... and just a little bit bougie.

Beauty & the Beard is located on George Street next to Foodworks and opposite FishCo.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS

My name is Tegan, I am 26, a wife and mum of 2 beautiful boys (4 & 3). I have been Hairdressing now for 11 years. I started my apprenticeship when I was 15 and completed my Trade at 18. Whilst planning our wedding I decided to do a bit of freelancing (Mobile Hair and Make-up Artist) in-between working for the family business. At 21 we welcomed our first son and a short 14months later our second. I continued freelancing until March of 2019 where I started to work for Tara at Fl’Hair where I found my passion for hair again. At the beginning of 2020 I was given the amazing opportunity to manage a brand new salon however due to unclear circumstances the owners closed the salon after only 2 months. Which brings us to Beauty & The Beard, after things calmed down with the pandemic and now an empty space where the salon I was meant to manage, clients and nowhere to do them, we saw an opportunity to turn a bad experience into an EPIC business adventure. Hubby and I roped the in-laws in on our crazy idea and now we a month in and have been incredibly blessed with amazing support so far.

HOW DID THE NAME BEAUTY AND THE BEARD COME ABOUT?

I met my Luke (husband) and his family (Margaret & Phyllip Bray) where I started my apprenticeship so we thought it was only fitting we had a name that represented us and our story/journey. The name also fits perfectly with the style of the salon.

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED?

It has definitely been scary opening a new business during a global pandemic, which lead to other challenges with furniture and delays but since opening, so far so good *knocks wood*.

YOU’VE JUST MOVED INTO A SHOPFRONT, HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS TO WORKING FROM HOME?

I was working in a salon prior. But thinking back to when I was freelancing, having a space to call my own and not having limitations to services is amazing! I love all things hair so being able to say “yes I can do that for you” is incredible.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

At the moment it is just the one stylist (me), we have 3 seats, 1 Barber chair and 1 space. It is my goal to expand to 2 spaces (side by side) have 6 chairs, 3-4 Barber chairs, a beauty room and a growing team. One side “beauty” for ladies and other side “beard” for men. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My greatest inspiration, and I’m going to get super cheesy here... but my greatest inspiration is my mum. Her story of strength, courage and compassion inspires me every single day! Plus she’s pretty amazing!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ROCKY?

The way our community helps and supports each other in times of uncertainty, disaster or hardship. Plus our uniqueness is pretty rad, how many towns get to say “my town has large cement Bulls all over the place” hahaha