IT is uncommon in today’s world for employees to celebrate 40 years in the one job.
This was a mammoth celebration for local hairdresser Lynne O’Connor and her team at La Faye who is still celebrating her hairdressing career spanning over four decades.
Lynne began as an enthusiastic 16-year-old with a passion for hair dressing.
She remembers fondly accepting an apprenticeship at La Faye Hair Salon, located in its current premises in Parker Street.
She worked under the guidance of experienced hairdresser and well known local Fay Fuller who also established La Faye some 52 years ago.
Lynne said she has loved every minute of her 40 years as a hairdresser and is amazed at how quick the time has gone.
“I love my job, the people I meet and the people I get to work with. What isn’t there to love,” Lynne said.
Lynne and her work former boss Denyce have had a special friendship spanning more than 40 years.
For Lynne and Denyce their clients are now thirdgeneration family members.
“It is amazing that we used to cut some of our now eldery clients, their children and now even their grand and great children,” Lynne said.
Denyce was in her second year of her apprenticeship when Lynne first started working at La Faye.
Both Lynne and Denyce have seen many changes in trends, styles, uniforms and the general look of the interior and exterior of the business over the years.
“I love hairdressing how it is one of the very few industries where it is still hands on,” Denyce said.
“There has been many technology changes like the introduction of the rollers, hair dryers and hair straighteners, however a machine will never replace the work we do,” Denyce said.
Cootamundra La Faye Hair and Beauty has a long standing history with the town.
The salon is not only celebrating Lynne’s 40 years as a hairdresser they are also marking the take over of new La Faye Hair salon business owner Kylie Piffero.
Kylie took on the running of the hair salon officially on November 30 purchasing the business from Denyce Smith.
Dencye will continue to offer all the beauty products and services.
Kylie has nine years of hairdressing experience and has been a valued member of the La Faye team for a number of years.
Always wanting to be a hairdresser ever since she was a young child, her dreams came true when she accepted an apprenticeship at La Faye Hair and Beauty as a fresh out of school student.
She completed part of her apprenticeship at La Faye before having a short stint in Young and returning back to La Faye to conclude her apprenticeship.
Kylie ensures that now that she is the new owner of the hair salon that nothing will change still promising top quality service and a fun and professional atmosphere for all clients.
Denyce followed her mother Faye’s footsteps and first became a hairdresser when she was 16 years old.
Denyce continued to work for her mum for many years before officially taking on the family run business 30 years ago.
In Denyce’s time at La Faye she estimates that she has nurtured and seen around 25 apprentices go through their hairdressing training and do what they love.
She says one of her biggest regrets is that she never kept a sample of every uniform La Faye has ever had and put them on display for the rest of the community to enjoy.
“We have had flared pants, bright orange shirts, mini skirts, platform shoes, maxi dresses over the years for our uniforms just to name a few styles,” Dencye told the Herald.
Denyce said one of the biggest highlights of her career was the day when her daughter Nadia decided she wanted to become a hairdresser.
“I was stoked that Nadia wanted to become a hairdresser following mine and her grandmother’s footsteps. We were shocked because we had never discussed it before,” Dencye said.
To celebrate all these massive milestones at La Faye the salon has been decorated with fresh flowers and gifts from their families and clients.
The staff at La Faye recently enjoyed a celebration at Denyce and her husband Alan’s Temora Street home, which also coincided with Denye’s mum Faye’s 85th birthday.
Dencye also treated Lynne with a trip to Canberra to see the musical ‘Hair’ as a way of celebrating her 40 years as a hairdresser.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Lynne O’Connor celebrates 40 years as a hair dresser having only ever worked at La Faye Hair and Beauty.
REASON TO CELEBRATE: the staff at La Faye Hair and Beauty have reason to celebrate with Kylie Piffero taking on the ownership of the business and Lynne O’Connor celebrating 40 years on the job. Pictured (from left) are Kylie, previous hair salon owner Denyce Smith and Lynne.
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