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Ultimate Salon Guide

Ultimate Salon Guide

Having first opened its doors in 2008, Expose has fast established its popular brand amongst the clientele of Kerry and beyond. From the moment you walk through the doors, the sleek and ultra-stylish décor gives the ambience of a high end salon in a European city. Never one to leave clients waiting, the staff at Expose pride themselves on looking after the customer’s
needs. Whether its just a visit for a consultation, a colour or a cut you will receive first class treatment from the moment you enter. With salons in Mounthawk
Tralee, Kilflynn and Firies there will be a location to suit everyone. All stylists and beauty therapists working under the Expose brand are carefully handpicked to ensure each salon has a range of specialists to offer the most up to date styles and treatments that do not compromise on quality.

Expose is a one stop shop offering treatments from teeth whitening, Indian Head massage, waxing along with all hair styling
and colour treatments. Offering both beauty and hair under the one roof saves the client time and is especially popular with bridal parties. With weekly updates to their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram you can see for yourself some of the amazing before and after pictures. In particular, Expose offer stunning hair extension installation. For customers that might just require more volume or perhaps you have not got the patience to grow out last season’s shorter cut, the talented stylists of Expose will ensure your needs are met. With an in depth consultation prior to appointment they will ensure the correct colour is chosen and both the customer and stylist both have a clear idea on what is to be done on the day of the appointment. For more information, you can contact Expose Tralee on 0667189906 Expose Kilflynn on 0667198518 or Expose Firies on 0664018888. You can also book an appointment on their state of the art website

Emma Quirke Hair first opened its doors in November 2016 and has been one of Tralee’s business success stories since. Winning awards such as ‘One to Watch in Hair’ and ‘Overall Hair Individual’ awards at the Connect Kerry Hair & Beauty Awards. In addition to this Emma’s salon has been nominated on multiple occasions for ‘Salon of the Year’ whilst also sponsoring the Kerry Rose. In 2020 Emma was also chosen as a judge for Connect Kerry’s Hair & Beauty Awards, an honour that speaks volumes of Emma’s regarded position within the hair stylist community.

Part of Emma’s mission statement describes perfectly what her business has to offer “As soon as you walk through our doors you will feel right at home. We aim to serve customers with integrity by being loyal to them, the company and ourselves. To give superior customer service consistently with a happy attitude while staying within an affordable budget to suit all. Success of our business has been and always will be paying attention to the details – the many details that ensure quality. At Emma Quirke Hair we love what we do and we love who we do it with. We are full of gratitude for every person who walks through our doors and we see it as the privilege to be able to make our clients look and feel fantastic about themselves”.

Amongst services offered, Emma has garnered a reputation for her impeccable colour skills. In fact, Emma holds a Master’s Degree in Colour and Chemical treatments. So if its highlights or a bold colour makeover from brunette to blonde, you can rest assured you are in the best of hands under Emma’s guidance. For more information phone (066) 712 9602 or visit


Frances McCarthy and Maureen McCarthy are a successful business team who need little or no introduction. Opening the doors to “Brush N Blush” in 2014 in Tralee Co. Kerry, they have since gone on to win numerous awards for the salon and Frances herself was the recipient of the ‘Overall Hair Individual of the Year 2017’ and the prestigious ‘Connect Kerry Lifetime Achievement award 2020 ‘. Frances’s ethos is to ensure every customer receives the highest standard of professional treatments. Constant upskilling in education is a high priority within Brush N Blush and all staff attend training seminars throughout each year to familiarize themselves with the latest trends and techniques within the industry. In fact, Maureen is a lead education instructor with hair care brand Milkshake. Maureen is no stranger to accolades herself having won Munster’s most Inspiring Business Woman 2019, Young Business woman of the year 2018, Best Colourist 2019, Newcomer of the year 2018 and Wedding and Occasion upstyle specialist 2018.

With regular updates to their social media accounts it is very clear to see just why they are one of Tralee’s most sought after salons. With carefully tailored consultations to the day of appointment, the client’s needs are priority. From even just a wash and blow dry for example, the client is consulted on what type of shampoo or treatment they would like to best suit their hair needs. Then the style of blow dry is carefully selected to ensure the client leaves the salon feeling amazing. Specialising in hair extension services, Brush n Blush have earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. From beautiful sleek blonde locks to glossy hues of autumnal coppers and brunettes, whatever colour and length you choose you won’t be disappointed. For more information, contact 0667119440

Hairworks has established its name within Tralee as one of the longest standing salons in the town having been around 30 years. In September 2017, Leslie took over the salon and has fast put her own mark on it. As one of Kerry’s most in demand Make Up artists, it was important to Lesley to choose the best staff her salon could offer. Having been a recipient herself of the prestigious “Connect Bridal and Occasion Make Up Artist of the Year award” she set high standards for her staff and clientele. Based in the salon is Wella Colour expert, Maeve Enright. Maeve delivers regular training to ensure all staff are up to date in the latest colour trends for their individual clients. Complimenting Maeve’s expertise are Joanne Lynch and Stephanie Hogan. Both women are highly sought after stylists with years of experience who Lesley was thrilled to have on board, stating that she feels altogether they have made a really strong team. Rachel Lynch rounds up the group as an expert extension specialist, putting the finishing touches to the clients look. However, what is undoubtedly the heart and soul of the salon is receptionist Carrie-Anne, having herself won Connect Customer Service of the Year, customers are greeted with a friendly smile and enthusiastic conversation.

Lesley’s team strive to offer new and up to date services such as her latest “OLAPLEX 4in1 treatment”. Powered by OLAPLEX’s patented technology, this highly concentrated reparative mask adds intense moisture while providing shine and body to treat damaged hair. Professional-strength ceramides, oils, and 11 vital amino acids provide a luxurious, in-salon deep conditioning treatment. Other services offered are the ever popular 12 week blow dry and the high quality Platinum Hair Extension range. Balayage and root melts have become even more popular than ever before. Leaving the hair looking and feeling amazing, it offers a low maintenance alternative to traditional highlights. For more information on bookings or appointments please contact 0667127260

Established in 2018 on lower Rock St, Paradise Hair and Beauty has gone from strength to strength. So much so that proprietor, Romy Birdthistle, has announced an exciting new move up to Manor West Retail Park. Being the only Salon up in the retail park it is sure to be a continued success story. Romy qualified in the beauty industry in 2006 and has since gone on to receive certification in training. Offering accredited courses in both Limerick and Kerry is just one example of what Paradise offers that sets it apart from other salons in Kerry. Romy prides herself on hiring staff that excel in their field of expertise, for example Rachel. Specialising in lash extensions, Rachel has built a reputation as one of the best in town with appointments fast booking up. Her work was acknowledged when she won the Connect Kerry Brow and Lash Specialist award. Also working in the salon as a stylist is influencer Clodagh Moore. With over 20k followers on her Instagram and represented by the Andrea Roche agency, Clodagh is a very much sought after stylist with Blondes being her speciality.

Setting Paradise Hair and Beauty apart from other salons in Kerry is Romy’s modern approach in what she offers. The Paradise Club voucher entitles the holder to unlimited hair services for the month (T&C’s apply) with 1 brow wax and tint also included. At just €99 per month this fantastic offer is one of a kind and an amazing deal for those that like a bit of pampering! Other packages on offer include Hair extensions and Colour deals. Having every aspect of beauty all under the one roof ensures convenience for individuals and groups such as bridal parties alike. For more information, contact 0667121578

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Opening its doors to Tralee in Manor Village in 2007, Tina and her team at Aspire Hair Solutions have spent the last 14 years bringing their client’s hair aspirations to life. Perfectly combining recent trends with more traditional requests the team at Aspire cater to all. So from the latest colour trends, balayage or cutting edge styles, to perm’s and body waves, Tina’s team will have you covered. Aspire has worked on numerous hair and fashion shows and featured in publications such as Wedding Diaries, RSVP and Image. Their talents have not gone unnoticed, Tina and her team at Aspire were the proud recipients of a Connect Kerry award in 2018, Best Cutting and Restyling award 2020 and the coveted award of Hair Salon of the year 2020.

Talking to Tina she told us “Because of our range of clientele and products, we here at Aspire strive to remain a traditional hair salon with a modern flavour. A salon were every style and request is achievable. We want to ensure that each and every client leaves our salon feeling their absolute very best and full of confidence. We stock leading brands such as Redken, GHD and the hugely popular Steam Pod” for more information you can contact 0667192040

Nestled in the very Heart of Dingle’s busy Main Street is Pure Beauty Salon. Opening the doors in 2010 to the delight of the women of Dingle, Elaine has since strived to offer the very latest in Beauty treatments. From Hot Waxing to TanOrganic Spray Tans and Facial Rejuvenation Treatments to manicures, pedicures and makeup, Elaine and her team will have you looking and feeling your very best. Recognising her efforts, Elaine was awarded Connect Kerry Salon Design and also Connect Kerry Facialist of the year, an award which is sure to have women travel from far and wide to experience for themselves.

Speaking to Elaine she told us “We keep our salon up to date with the latest the beauty industry has to offer. Stocking the extremely popular
Image Skincare line and also from the same brand, Image MD. We are delighted to be able to offer Genysos Microneedling treatments to our clientele with more and more exciting treatments and products coming over the next few months. So why not call to us and experience yourself to one of our luxury treatments, from hands and feet to the ultimate facial, our treatments are designed to rejuvenate, relax and restore”. For more information, contact 0870921480

Sean Taaffe Hair and Beauty has been a familiar name to those in Kerry and beyond since 1989. Originally just a one-man operation it now employs over 60 staff between salons in Tralee, Killarney and Killorglin. Holding his staff to the highest standard, Sean insists on all staff completing a minimum of 3 training courses per year to ensure the clientele are receiving the best standard of care and treatments. In recognition of the level of excellence, it came as no surprise when Sean Taaffe was awarded the highly coveted “National Salon of the Year” at the prestigious Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Awards. Other accolades at the Schwarzkopf awards include Customer Card Award 2014 & 2015, Munster Salon of the year 2010, 2014 & 2015. Sean was also credited in Irish Independent Life Magazine by celebrity stylist and salon owner IHF executive member Mark O’ Keeffe of Brown Sugar and Sugar Cube brands in Dublin as being one of the driving forces and inspirations in Irish Hairdressing.

From the moment you step into the salon the exquisitely sleek and stylish décor gives an ambience of class and quality. The highly trained staff will go to great efforts to ensure you are listened to during a consultation and together finding what suits you the best. With multiple stylists to choose from and pricing to match accordingly, to glam team packages and wedding trials there are options to cover every event. Providing seminars and workshops in Killarney or Tralee or on site in individual salons, they also organise regular seminars and workshops with some of the country’s biggest names. Sean Taaffe Education is also now working in conjunction with Skillsnet who offer funding for courses which you could be eligible for. For more information, contact Tralee salon on 0667119434 Killorglin on 0669761869 or Killarney on 0646622513

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