United Culture’s Patrick Glanville’s smiling face is no stranger to Highlands residents.
There was never a question in Patrick’s mind on whether hairdressing was the right career path for him.
At the age of 14, Patrick had more important things on his mind than school.
He knew he aspired to be a hairdresser and landed his first job at Sensoria hair salon in Bowral where he cut, coloured and styled hair.
He also spent the school holidays working at Cordony Hair in North Sydney.
Patrick said he immediately fell in love with the hairdressing trade and couldn’t imagine himself doing anything else.
“I loved seeing how people left the salon,” Patrick said.
“Hairdressing is about making people feel better than they did when they walked in.
“If you can change a person’s hair, you can change their life.”
Patrick progressed from an apprentice to a senior stylist.
At the age of 21, Patrick opened his first salon in Bowral, United Culture.
Patrick said the valuable lessons he learned in his first jobs shaped the success of United Culture.
“I learned a lot about market research and gained education and inspiration,” he said.
“Although, there were definitely still some challenges in opening my own salon.
“You need to find the right team and the cost of running a small business is incredibly expensive.”
As Patrick approaches his 20th year in the hairdressing industry, he said he was looking at the opportunity to downsize and live life to the fullest.
United Culture is located at 310 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.
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