London & CoLondon & CoContact: Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan knew that she wanted to become a hairdresser when she was very young. Her mother was a hairdresser and so Jen started working at her mum’s salon in Felixstowe UK when she was 13. She worked there for four years, beginning with sweeping the salon and making teas and coffees for the clients and then moving on to cutting guys hair.
Qualified by 18, Jen decided on a three month holiday to Australia with a group of eight friends. Like most young travellers however she ran out of money after reaching Australia seven years ago.
She started working at a salon in Chapel Street who acted as her sponsor. In 2009 she won the Wella Style Trend Award for Victoria and she realised she was more than just a basic hairdresser.
She then moved into the city and managed a Blow Dry Bar in Melbourne. With some management experience under her belt she moved on up, and ‘rented a chair’ in a Montmorency salon.
More hands on experience and Jen was now ready to start up her own business. With a great spacious salon location near the Greensborough Shopping Centre at 6/86 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough, she set up London & Co Hair and Beauty.
Her business plan for the next 20 years is to double the number of chairs and facilities in her salon, and enjoy life with her partner Scott and their two dogs.