Olivia Gallagher has run her Liverpool hair colouring business for 10 years and is now launching her own range of hair colouring tools. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool hair colour specialist Olivia Gallagher is launching her own range of hair colouring tools.
Having always known she wanted to be an hair colour specialist and stylist, Olivia left St Edward’s College at 16 to train with the Liverpool salon Barbara Daley. Three years later she pledged to follow her dream and become a self-employed hair colour specialist.
Determined to broaden her knowledge and gain further experience in the hair industry, at 19 Olivia travelled to London for six weeks to undergo an intensive training course where she learned so much about hair colouring.
She launched her her colouring business a decade ago and, in 2014 the opportunity arose to open her first salon on Smithdown Road in Wavertree and Olivia Gallagher Hairdressing was incorporated. She said: “I’m a huge advocate for learning and 10 years later, I’m still attending a number of courses each year.”
Olivia, from Allerton, continued study and in 2017, she graduated from the L’Oréal Academy as a hair colour specialist and since then, has gone on to secure partnerships and ambassadorship with some of the most prestigious brands in the hair and beauty industry around the world.
These include L’Oréal pro and becoming an official L’Oréal partner salon, GHD Pro and Bellami, an American brand which just a handful of people work with in the North West. Olivia has also become a Bellami mentor.
Olivia has also earned a reputation for colour transformation corrections and is regularly asked for advice and her opinion from other hair stylists. During the pandemic, a further opportunity arose and she’s since opened her new flagship salon on Dovedale Road named Gallagher & Washington.
She has used the pandemic to focus on developing her new product line and believes now is the time to diversify the brand. She explained: “After a decade in the industry and working to perfect my skills, I feel so ready to launch my first line of hair tools to help other hair colourists and those who are in training with creating perfect results every time.
“As hair styles and trends change and adapt, my hair tools will be applicable to each and every process including highlights, full colours and more intricate requests like balayage.
“I really hope industry specialists love them as much as I do. After helping and advising so many colleagues within the industry, I’ve also decided to open a training academy to support other stylists and budding hairdressers which I’m currently working towards.”
Olivia Gallagher Hairdressing tools will be available to purchase via her Instagram page @oliviagallagherhairdressing initially, before she launches a dedicated website.