Cairns’ local Hannah Lane was born with creativity in her blood, spending her whole life doing ballet and eventually dancing at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence where she planned to continue in that career until injuries changed her plan.
It was when she was having her hair done by an “amazing” hairdresser that she felt inspired and had her light-bulb moment when she decided hairdressing was something she wanted to do.
After completing her apprenticeship and finding her passion, she became a hairdresser in 2008 and branched out on her own in 2012, opening a small studio in her garage using her childhood nickname Hannah Berry. Within just five years, she moved her salon twice to meet growing demand and now has a team of nine working with her.
“The growth was not expected at all,” she said. “My original five-year plan was to have my own shop and an apprentice, but that was fast tracked!”
She is constantly creating new ideas and focuses on ways customers can enjoy their experience, which is why she’s introduced a number of innovative ideas such as online booking, Salon Pay for clients to make interest-free payments for services and products and a VIP membership.
As a mother of a three-month old baby and a toddler, Hannah has managed to balance work and family life successfully. While she’s not in the salon every day after just having her second child, she is constantly working behind the scenes managing the business.
“I divide my time to allow myself to switch off from work and be with my family and then switch on for work,” she said. “I have a great team behind me so I’m very lucky.”
Hannah doesn’t know who nominated her for the CBWC award, but feels so grateful and honoured that someone did.
“I am still shocked and on cloud nine,” she said. “I’m ecstatic.”
Berry Lane Hair
1/135 Grafton Street,
Ph: 4051 3052
Words by Janie Barton