Claire and her daughter Ella are working together in their family-owned salon Claire Hair Boutique in Mandurah, Western Australia. The talented mother-daughter duo talked to NATULIQUE about how standing behind the chair together created a special bond between them.
Ella was only three years old when she was doing arts and crafts at the kitchen table, while her mother Claire was tending to clients in their home salon.
“After 5 minutes she checked on me and I was covered in green paint from head to toe”, Ella tells.
Who could have known that this would become Ella’s earliest memory of growing up in a family-owned salon environment. And that years later, she would serve her own clients in the chair in her mother’s salon. With Claire being a salon owner and her father, Steve, being the NATULIQUE distributor of Western Australia, hairdressing is a passion that runs in the genes of the Footes.
“Mom often asked my sister and me if we wanted to become hairdressers growing up”, Ella recalls. One day, when high school just didn’t seem like the right path for Ella anymore, Claire’s salon was coincidentally looking for an apprentice at the same time.
During a short trial, it quickly became evident that this was a match made in heaven. “After a week I was hooked. In all honesty, it was the best decision I have made, and it made me so happy to see how excited my mom was”, Ella says about getting started in the salon.
And the feeling was mutual! “I felt extremely proud because Ella was so happy and she loves learning the craft. She is extremely creative and is not scared of pushing boundaries”, Claire says.
Working together also meant that Claire and Ella had to readjust their relationship for the time they spent in the salon.
“The challenge was adjusting to be her team leader at the salon, and going back to being her mother at home”, Claire explains. But sharing their passion helped Claire and Ella get an even closer relationship. “It has certainly created a common bond between us. I love how we can discuss hair recipes over the dinner table”.
But it is also important to learn to turn off the business mode every once in a while – especially with Steve’s role as a NATULIQUE distributor. “We both love our salon space and working with NATULIQUE, and we talk about it constantly. However, there comes a time when it’s nice to come back to husband and wife from business partners.”