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In Conversation With - Breeda O’Sullivan...................................................................................................................................................... The glamorous life


Breeda O’Sulivan, founder of Pro Beauté, shares her love for the industry and her success with IB


I remember going with my mum to her local health centre and passing the beauty salon, I was in awe of the glamorous girls working there. When I finished school I trained at the Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School, which was in Grafton Street at the time. I worked for Bronwyn in her Monkstown Salon for two years. I then spent 11 years travelling and working as a therapist abroad. I started on cruise ships and had a fantastic time but we worked very hard. I then spent a year working as a therapist in Sydney before heading to London. I worked in Harrods first, then I had my own business in a hair salon in Knightsbridge and then I got an offer to set up a Spa in Dubai for a Kuwaiti man and his English wife.


It was time to come home and I approached Jessica Vartoughian for the distribution of Jessica Nails for Ireland - that was 14 years ago! We now distribute to over 700 salons and the last three years added Caron, a fabulous hot and strip wax from Australia to our distribution. I bought Foxrock Beauty Salon in 2005 and set up the Nail and Beauty Lounge in Terminal 1 Departures, Dublin Airport two years ago. I have more ideas and plans for the future!


I love the variety involved in the beauty industry and the fact that we are in a people industry. We can make such a difference to a person’s day, making them feel better about them- selves when they have a treatment in the salon. I really enjoy the different jobs I do in a day.


86 “I would like to be remembered as always


providing a solution to a problem and coming up with new ideas all the time!”


No two days are the same. One day I could be working at home on social media and the next would start with a visit to the salon in Foxrock, then head down to the Pro-Beauté office, and finish with dropping into my other salon in Dublin Airport, in-between dealing with lots of phone calls and emails.


I like to take a short break every six weeks to recharge. I have recently started photography and joined a hill walking club and I’m threatening to get back into golf too!


I don’t think I could live without my car as I’m always on the go! And certainly would not be without the great team of girls that work with me.


My motto in life: Never miss an opportunity!


My late father has been my role model and my biggest infl uence in life. He was a business owner who always had time for everyone and treated people very fairly. He encouraged and empowered others, giving them a chance in life.He was also very positive.


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