Salon Smart
7 November

9:00AM until 4:30PM
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

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Single ticket €100* | HUB subscribers pay €80*
Pair of tickets €180*

Ticket price includes:

  • Access to the full business agenda
  • Light breakfast on arrival
  • Lunch
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Goody bag from L’Oréal Professionnel Paris


*Prices are inclusive of UK VAT. The Salon Smart HUB is an online business support network. It’s FREE and available 24/7. Sign up now >
If you are not a salon owner, manager or team member (for example work for a brand, distributor or PR agency), please call +44 (0)1434 610416 to discuss attendance. Event Terms and Conditions >


Salon Smart returns to Dublin for a motivational day designed to re-energise business body and mind, delivering an agenda that will tackle key issues, share real experiences, and answer your big questions.

Look forward to an inspiring mix of solo sessions, panel discussions and live Q&A –all providing practical advice and fresh ideas you can implement in your business for tangible results. 

Get stuck into subjects like recruitment, management and control, collaborative learning, team spirit, salon culture – and so much more! 

And with plenty of opportunities to network with your peers and meet our event partner, L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, you can make lasting and valuable new connections, too.

If you want to stay positive, be proactive and make progress – get to Salon Smart!

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What to expect…


Registration opens
Enjoy a light breakfast and network until sessions commence

Welcome by Creative HEAD editorial director Amanda Nottage

Business sessions
To be announced…

Refresh and refuel
Tea, coffee, cake!

Business sessions
To be announced…

Lunch is served
Enjoy a delicious meal while getting to know the people, products and support available, at L’Oréal Professionnel Paris

Welcome back, from Creative HEAD editorial director Amanda Nottage

Business sessions
To be announced…

Refresh and refuel
Tea, coffee, cake!

Ask at Expert
From age-old problems to big new issues – this is your chance to probe our panel of experts for smart solutions

Event close
Don’t forget your goody bag!

Timings subject to change – event start and close times will be unaffected


Meet the people set to deliver bucket loads of advice, inspiration, and fresh thinking, at Salon Smart 2022 in Dublin

More names to be announced…

Conor James Doyle – Founder of Conor James Education

Conor James Doyle – Founder of Conor James Education

Conor James Doyle is a stylist, educator and consultant wanting to make a difference in the industry. As a L'Oréal Colour Specialist, former ID artist and three-time winner of Colour Trophy, Conor’s passion and drive for hairdressing is undeniable. However, this skill and expertise did not come naturally and for Conor carefully chosen education courses were crucial to his knowledge development. As a result, Conor’s own educational platform, aims to teach in a style that is more than just 'copy and paste' techniques, instead offering deeper understandings into the decisions made as hairdressers.

Lisa Eccles – Owner of Zinc Hair & Beauty

Lisa Eccles – Owner of Zinc Hair & Beauty

As the owner of Zinc Hair & Beauty in Kilmainham, Lisa Eccles is an employer for a team of 17, as well as a stylist within the salon. Having opened Zinc in 2009, Lisa continues to pride herself on providing a friendly and welcoming environment for her team and clients. She is part of the Moroccanoil education and artistic team, teaching courses around Ireland and regularly working at London Fashion Week too. Lisa is also the current Vice President for the Irish Hair Federation, working for the elevation of the industry.

Danielle Garner – Owner of Wildflower Studio

Danielle Garner – Owner of Wildflower Studio

Award-winning salon owner, Danielle Garner has been working in the hairdressing industry since aged 15. From working behind the chair, to editorial shoots, fashion week shows and wedding bookings too, Danielle is well versed in many areas of the industry. Yet, her passion was truly found in the birth of Wildflower, her unique salon space which aims to cultivate individuality and creativity amongst staff and clients alike. With what started as just an idea to growing into a team of 15 people, Danielle prides herself on creating an environment and space for “people to grow in their own right”.

Patrick Gildea – Owner of Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Patrick Gildea – Owner of Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Patrick Gildea has championed an astonishing career in hairdressing and is undeniably an icon within the Irish hairdressing industry. His expertise and knowledge across multiple disciplines have allowed him to become an established name among clients and industry peers – respected most notably for his skills in colour care. However, his passion for curating an exceptional salon experience is what has set him apart from others time and time again, most recently winning Best Hair Experience Provider in North-Western Ireland by Lux Life Magazine Health Beauty & Wellness Awards.

Michelle Grimes – Founder of Maven Hair

Michelle Grimes – Founder of Maven Hair

Founder of Maven Hair, Michelle Grimes is a salon owner doing things a bit differently. In 2014, after almost 20 years in the industry, Michelle had the urge to open the doors to her own studio that sought to have a fresh and unique approach to hairdressing – rejecting the generic ‘big salon experience’ and instead curating a personal and relaxed environment. Passionate about this shift in attitude, Maven Hair continues to showcase that a fresh approach to salon life can still thrive in Ireland’s hairdressing industry.

Paul Hession – Owner of Hession Hairdressing

Paul Hession – Owner of Hession Hairdressing

Successful salon owner and established hair stylist, Paul Hession has been making his mark within the industry for over 30 years. Taking over the family business back in 2001 from his father, Paul has worked passionately on creating an accomplished and individualistic business model that nurtures both its clientele and staff. With a team of close to 50 people, Paul’s management skills and enthusiasm for his craft have been crucial to ensure the business continuously drives forwards. Especially, during the pandemic, when Paul was faced with a new challenge – ensuring positive mental wellbeing amongst his employees.

Hellen Ward – Director and co-founder of Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa

Hellen Ward – Director and co-founder of Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa

Hellen Ward knows everything about salon management, from recruitment to retaining staff, her expertise is limitless. She runs a salon, she’s developed a salon management system, she’s written books about salon management for City & Guilds, and she educates in the art of it. Most recently, she co-founded the newly formed SEA (Salon Employers Association), a group of directors and educators campaigning on behalf of salon employers in the industry to ensure parity across the sector's business models and fairer taxation.


Close to Dublin airport and many of the city’s local attractions – including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar, as well as Grafton Street for shopping, the 4-star Radisson Blu Royal Hotel provides a modern, chic and inspiring setting for our Salon Smart attendees.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin, D08 VRR7


By rail: The Light Rail Transit System (Luas), connecting the city centre with the sort and south-west suburbs of Dublin, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. For route information visit the Luas website.

By bus: Dublin is well-served by buses, running from early morning to late at night, and may will drop you nearby. Please check the timetable for up-to-date information at the time of travel. 

From Dublin International Airport: Dublin Airport is 30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by bus.For more information visit the hotel website.


The hotel provides secure underground parking for 60 vehicles, charged at €3.50 per hour or €15 for 24 hours. Should the car park be full, the hotel will do its best to arrange parking at one of two affiliated car parks, located nearby.

The car park is accessible via Ship Street. For more information visit the hotel website.


Keen to kick back after a busy day of business networking? Book one of the hotel’s 233 rooms and suites. All are equipped with coffee and tea provisions, mini bar and free high-speed wifi. There’s a restaurant and bar on-site, and private resident-only, state-of-the-art gym, located in Valvære Spa.

For reservations visit the hotel website, call +353 (1)898 2931 or email