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Irish first for Dublin salon

A Dublin-based business has become the first hair salon in Ireland to be awarded Colour Expert status by The Good Salon Guide.

The prestigious award was presented to Karen Whelan, Technical Director at Aidan Fitzgerald at the salon in Blackrock by Good Salon Guide founder, Dawson Penn and special guest , Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise.

Karen’s love of colour and her expertise were honed when she worked as a Technical Manager for L’Oreal and carried out training across Southern Ireland.

Twenty years ago she joined forces with Aidan Fitzgerald and became Technical Director of the salon’s Colour Room. With Karen at the helm, the salon’s reputation for outstanding colour quickly spread and now they count celebrities including Keira Knightly, Colin Farrell and Mary Mitchell O’Connor as clients.

But it is spreading her passion for colour which really excites Karen, who describes watching apprentices develop their own style and confidence as a ‘light bulb’ moment.

Presenting the award to Karen and Aidan was a moment of real pride for Dawson who joined the whole team at a party to celebrate the occasion.

“The Colour Expert Award was launched in 2016 and it has been a huge success among Good Salon Guide members with  46 currently holding the award,” he said. “It is evidence that within the salon, there are stylists delivering the very best service when it comes to colour and it is great that the award is now with a leading Irish Guide member.”

For Karen, being able to display the award is a huge thrill and recognition of the colour talent within the team.

“We welcome this Colour Expert Award that acknowledges the skilled work that the colourists do and the levels of training they have achieved,” she said. “To be recognised for something you love to do is an added bonus!”


The picture shows from l-r Karen Whelan; Mary Mitchell O’Connor; Dawson Penn and Aidan Fitzgerald.