30 YEARS IN THE BIZ
Perth and Dundee hairdresser Charlie Taylor has celebrated her 30th year in business by winning a top award for her spectacular professional achievements. Charlie, owner of the two hair and beauty salons that bear her name in Dundee and Perth,) scooped the Herald Look award for Outstanding Contribution on the 14th May, in recognition of her efforts in building a successful business over the past three decades.
Charlie, who made the leap from salon stylist to salon owner when she opened the doors on the first Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty, in Perth, in September 1987, is no stranger to awards. Among her previous accolades, she has won the coveted Scottish Hairdresser of the Year title three times, and been initiated into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame. The Herald Look award also took into account her commitment to education. Charlie travels the world sharing her knowledge and takes the time to nurture young talent at home, ensuring every member of her 35-strong team can access the training they need to develop their careers to the full.
She also has long history of giving back. A long-standing association with Marie Curie has seen Charlie raise thousands of pounds for the terminal care charity. This year she is also personally mentoring a young Scots entrepreneur. She is still heavily involved with the Better Perth campaign, a project she spearheaded in 2015 aiming to revitalise the Fair City’s town centre and counter the devastating effects of out-of-town and online shopping.
After accepting her award at a glitzy ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, Charlie pointed out that hair and beauty salons are often the unsung heroes of the high street.
She said: “I’ve always worked hard to be the best I can be, as a hairdresser and as a salon owner, and it’s great to gain the recognition for that, but it’s also important to acknowledge the contribution successful salons make to the economic and community life of the areas they serve.”