“This is our story, where it all started and what our name means to us. We hope that by visiting our salon, you will become part of our future and part of our story.”

Where it all started…

Carinya House of Hair & Beauty initially started out as my vision many years ago.

Being a single parent of triplet girls and needing to support my family alone, I was forced into corporate Business Development roles. I didn’t dislike my work, but nor did I love it. My jobs were always just ‘a job’, a way of paying the bills and keeping a roof over our heads.

Sharing my vision…

My vision soon became a ‘shared vision’ with my triplet daughters, Danielle, Gabrielle and Rochelle. Rochelle chose a career in retail management and web site development with the view of being involved in our business ventures. Carinya’s web site was built by Rochelle. Danielle and Gabrielle (identical twins) chose to follow their passion into the hair and beauty industry, they have been the face of Carinya from the beginning. Danielle and Gabrielle have worked so hard from day one! Whether it was painting the salon at midnight, doing landscape gardening, loads of research and business admin, they were there at the end of each working day with their sleeves rolled-up, ready to go. They were thrown in the deep-end many times, running the salon in my extended absence. Despite the many challenges, they have always exceeded all expectations. To this day, they continue to surprise me and to make me proud of the women they are. They have acquired great skills and they work extreamly hard to ensure that our vision continues to be successful. However, none of us have done it alone. We are surrounded by great people! Our Team, our Business Neighbours and most importantly our Salon Guests. Carinya would not be what it is without our community and we are so very grateful for each and everyone that has become part of our story. Read More…

When Gabrielle and Danielle embarked on careers in hairdressing and beauty, my advice to them was as follows:

 

  • “Always be honest with salon guests. If you don’t believe in a product, don’t sell it!”

(Carinya don’t stock any supplier’s full range for that very reason. We only stock what we love from a variety of suppliers. That way, the Girls are never put into a situation where they must recommend a product that they don’t believe in).

  • “Care about every single guest as you would your own friends and family.”
  • “Ensure that each guest has an enjoyable and relaxing experience, regardless of what’s going on in your own life and how you may feel at that moment in time.”
  •  “Ensure that each guest leaves the salon looking and feeling fabulous.”
  • “Treat your work colleagues with the respect that they deserve. They probably spend more time in salon with you than with their own family. How you treat those around you can and should impact on them in a positive way.”
  • “When you have finished your apprenticeship, please remember how you were treated as an apprentice. Apprentices are not in the salon to clean up after you and be bossed around; they are in that salon to learn! So, help and encourage them to become the very best hairdressers or beauty therapists that they can be.”
  • “Most importantly, enjoy yourselves. If you’re not genuinely enthusiastic about what you’re doing, then guests are not getting what they’ve paid for.”

When Gabrielle and Danielle embarked on careers in hairdressing and beauty, my advice to them was as follows:

 

  • “Always be honest with salon guests. If you don’t believe in a product, don’t sell it!”

(Carinya don’t stock any supplier’s full range for that very reason. We only stock what we love from a variety of suppliers. That way, the Girls are never put into a situation where they must recommend a product that they don’t believe in).

  • “Care about every single guest as you would your own friends and family.”
  • “Ensure that each guest has an enjoyable and relaxing experience, regardless of what’s going on in your own life and how you may feel at that moment in time.”
  •  “Ensure that each guest leaves the salon looking and feeling fabulous.”
  • “Treat your work colleagues with the respect that they deserve. They probably spend more time in salon with you than with their own family. How you treat those around you can and should impact on them in a positive way.”
  • “When you have finished your apprenticeship, please remember how you were treated as an apprentice. Apprentices are not in the salon to clean up after you and be bossed around; they are in that salon to learn! So, help and encourage them to become the very best hairdressers or beauty therapists that they can be.”
  • “Most importantly, enjoy yourselves. If you’re not genuinely enthusiastic about what you’re doing, then guests are not getting what they’ve paid for.”

It’s taken time and patience…

I watched as Danielle and Gabrielle worked through their apprenticeships, studying their Diploma of Salon Management whilst working. They both initially gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working in busy Westfield salons. Towards the middle of their apprenticeships, they both moved to very exclusive salons in Sydney, where they continued to work after completing their apprenticeships. Both Danielle and Gabrielle won various awards throughout their time studying and both have retained the drive and passion that has always made them stand out. Read More…

Where did the name Carinya House of Hair & Beauty come from?

We are often asked where the name Carinya House of Hair & Beauty came from. Carinya is an Aboriginal name that reflects what we want to offer staff and guests. As with many Aboriginal names/words, there are sometimes differences in meaning; the one that resonates with us, means ‘happy, harmonious home’. House of Hair & Beauty was added because we want you to feel comfortable and ‘at home’.

So, now you know all about us, we hope that in time, we can get to know you too.

For all our current salon guests, we thank you for being part of our journey and part of our story. We look forward to sharing time and creating memories with you over the coming years. For our future guests, we welcome you to enjoy a little ‘affordable luxury’ in our beautiful ‘French Provincial’ inspired salon and we invite you to become part of our story.

Sharon Sear

Salon Owner

Why Toukley?

Whilst there were a lot of available commercial premises on the Central Coast, it took a while to find a property that allowed us to bring our shared vision to life. Upon first sight of 148 Main Road, Toukley, I instinctively knew we had found our place. From the calm water backdrop of Budgewoi Lake to the size, era and style of our beautiful building, everything about this property resonated with us. The first time that we inspected the property, we could envisage a very clear picture of what we would be able to achieve. Now that it’s all come together, we can offer you, our guest the ‘affordable luxury’ that was our vision for so many years.
We are now extremely grateful that we chose our current location. They say, ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I like to think that the reason we ended-up in Toukley is because of the lifelong friendships we’ve formed with the greatest neighbours we could have ever dreamed of having. I like to think of our little business community as ‘Lakes Crossing’. When entering Toukley from Gorokan, we are just over the bridge on the corner of Cross Street and Main Road, just as you enter Toukley. We enjoy the most wonderful community of both businesses (Board City, Coastal Road, Steer Right & Raw Collections) and our residential neighbours. Never have we experienced a sense of belonging like we do at Lakes Crossing. We all look out for each other, support each other’s businesses and most importantly, have loads of fun and laughs together! I thank my lucky stars on a regular basis for bringing us to Lakes Crossing at Toukley and bringing all of our beautiful new friends into our lives.