Mobile salon makes getting a haircut a snip

MOBILE STYLIN’: Kylie Carpenter will come to you to cut your hair.
MOBILE STYLIN’: Kylie Carpenter will come to you to cut your hair. John Mccutcheon

ACTING on a hunch, experienced hairdresser Kylie Carpenter has launched a hair salon with a difference. It's on wheels.

Ms Carpenter said that when she worked in conventional salons many clients had said they would have their hair cut more often if it was more convenient.

Elderly people often relied on friends and relatives to take them to a salon, and busy workers found it hard to make time, she said.

So Ms Carpenter decided to save them the hassle, and take her salon to their door.

"It's something other industries do, and hairdressing is something that can easily go that way," she said.

Ms Carpenter intends to take her trade to industrial estates and commercial areas as well as people's homes.

"I just carry around my tool bag with me," she said.

Customers just needed to provide a chair and she supplied everything else, she said.

A mother as well as sole trader, Ms Carpenter said she was adept at quick clean-ups and always left a client's home tidy.

The Palmwoods resident started hairdressing as soon as she left high school and said she never looked back.

Ms Carpenter has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 18 years.

She chuckled as she described the challenge of keeping up with the latest in men's hair fashion.

"Footballers are a big inspiration to men. Normally what's happening on the field is what people will want," she said.

When mohawks were on the field, her clients wanted mohawks, she said.

Ms Carpenter said beards were also very popular.

"It's quite a hairy look for men at the moment. Beards and short hair on top is in," she said.

She said most of her clients so far were elderly people but she also expected workers to sign up when she started visiting workplaces.

Topics:  business hairdressing

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