In 1983 Paul’s magnificent hairdressing career started after a somewhat unexpectedly ill fated collision with some hair bleach and an abrupt exit from school. He was just 15. Ten years later he had become Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year, going on to win three times and entering the BHA Hall of Fame. Within this golden 90’s and early 2000’s decade Paul found himself as a resident hairdresser on national tv, travelling the world for many hair brands and opened up his own Stafford Salon business in Belfast City Centre with his wife. It looked to be that Paul had the world at his feet!
By 2003 Stafford Concept Salon was were employing nearly 50 staff and this huge success led to a 1.3 million expansion plan which unfortunately coincided with the global financial crash of 2008. Paul was 40 years of age and in 2012 we succumbed to bankruptcy. Dark days followed!
When your blessed with incredible hair talents, resilience, strong family network and the support of industry friends, the amazing comeback was only a matter of time away. In 2016 Stafford Hair was back and Paul is making big noises again in the industry… and man, I could not be happier for him!
Today we’re all going to be extremely privileged to hear Paul’s open and honest story to how he built – and then patiently rebuilt again – the Stafford brand and business. It’s a perfect lesson in no matter how spectacular a crash you may have, by having a strong resilience like Paul, you too can bounce back from whatever lifes challenges can throw at you!
Now hit play, and lets get this hairdressing blockbuster started!
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Until next Monday, Peace, Love and Smiles all the way… Goodbye