Dublin Salon Franchisees Support Ukrainian Hairdressers

by | Apr 4, 2022 | Ireland, News

Dry & Fly to offer Ukrainian hairdressers salon jobs and English lessons, with aim to help more displaced by Russian invasion

Two Dublin salon owners have hired three Ukrainian hairdressers and plan to bring more to Ireland. Dry & Fly Grand Canal franchisee Anna Zenkovska, originally from Ukraine, and Polish native Bozena Sarek, who also runs Dry & Fly Merrion Row and an eponymous salon in Navan, have collected the three new recruits from the Polish border and arranged for them to train in hairdressing and learn English in Dublin. Anna is in Poland with them at time of writing and Dry & Fly is funding their flights to the Irish capital, where they will stay at Bozena’s home for the foreseeable while working at the salons for as long as they wish. 

Bozena told Creative HEAD that one of the refugees is a salon owner whose business was destroyed by Russian bombing in early March. All three women will also be given professional mental health support. 

The Irish government has cancelled work visa requirements for displaced Ukrainians, and Bozena encourages other salon owners to embrace them as colleagues if possible. 

“Ukrainian hairdressing is of a very high standard, apprentices must be trained in up-styling, cutting, colouring, blow-drying and as barbers before they can qualify. Of course, we will train them in Irish hairdressing and in English, but we do not expect any problems with the work,” says Bozena, who has represented Ireland in international competitions and won the Irish title at Revlon Professional Style Masters in 2015. 

She sees Ireland as a land of opportunity. “Nobody in Ukraine chose this direction for their lives, and by giving them this opportunity to work in such a wonderful country we can enhance our own salons.”  

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