Returning to roots


Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Paula Curtis Lady Pearls Salon

Some of you might remember my salon, Lady Pearl’s on Connolly St, Clonakilty; a little vibrant shining gem of a place where Vintage Retro met the very modern.

I was working hard, styling and creating hair there until the end of June 2012 when that awful flood hit West Cork – it was devastating for all of us. You could say Mother Nature has a way with cleansing the soul and within six weeks my life had changed forever!

How did I recover you may ask? I decided to change my life, took a step back and asked myself that BIG question we all ask ourselves from time to time, ‘what do I really want?’ What I wanted was to learn new things, gain new knowledge and essential new training, all in the name of hair! So, I took my little self off on new, different adventures, working alongside unique world renowned stylists and designers, mostly in locations in the UK, but some in Ireland too, working both in fashion and of course with the lovely hair.

I put on my best wellies and worked with young independent designers on fashion and hair shoots around the country, using a mix of classic and contemporary styling or what I love to call Urban Street meets the lovely Doris Day (my hair icon). I excitedly worked alongside the Creative Director of Vidal Sassoon. I cut hair along the vibrant and very colourful Brick Lane in London. I coloured hair in kitchens. I teased curls in Art Houses around East London. I even set up shop, a pop-up Lady Pearl’s you could say, in forests at festivals. I took courses so my little fingers could be the best of the best. I even burnt the engine out of my little car going from A to Z and back to A again…all in the name of hair!

So yes, you could say it’s been a very busy two years but definitely worth doing. You see, I come from a long line of hairdressers and barbers; it’s literally in the blood flowing through my veins. I love it and I’m great at it. So, where am I now? Right back where I belong and where it all started, in the heart of Clonakilty’s Spiller’s Lane! I have re-opened Lady Pearl’s next to the Olive Branch offering my own unique personal styling service.

What’s different this time? Now I do new classic and elegant styling with a totally modern and contemporary twist! It’s unique to you and unique to your personal style and that’s so important. I’ll also teach you how to mange your hair and even give you tutorials and styling tips to show you how to use products. I’ll advise you on hair care and on how to style it at home. Mostly what I do is a therapy, I take it very seriously and believe the smallest and most subtle change can lift and change a person’s whole face, which in turn makes us feel uplifted.

I’m now writing this monthly column talking about hair, beauty hints, with tips on products and how to manage your gorgeous locks.

Feel free to contact me at my Hair Lounge, I’m open Wednesday to Saturday by appointment. The telephone number is 087-396-5213 or simply pop in for a selection of herbal teas and coffees and I always have lovely cake!

hair2Curvy glamour curls

For this hairstyle you will need a tongs, dry shampoo, hair spray, and shine spray and a couple of bobby pins

Step 1: Prep your hair with some combing and a spritz of dry shampoo.

Step 2: Section large areas of the hair and tong from the ends up.

Step 3: Continue all over the head.

Step 4: Spritz the curls with hair spray and leave cool.

Step 5: Gently smooth them out with your fingers and bring to one side using bobby pins at the nape of the neck to secure.

Step 6: Spritz with shine spray and your glamour curl waves are red carpet ready, use additional spray to hold.

All of these products are available in

Lady Pearl’s Hair Lounge in Spiller’s Lane

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