Denise O’Neill is the mastermind behind Rustiq Salons. Having honed her hair industry skills over the past 23 years Denise now owns two salons.  2005 saw Kilkenny getting the first taste of the Rustiq brand followed quickly by Leighlinbridge is 2008. This salon was then moved to Carlow town where it continues to thrive.

Having trained in Ireland, Australia and London Denise’s expertise has benefited from knowledge on both sides of the equator. Living in Brisbane, Australia for a number of years she managed a chain of salons. If this wasn’t achievement enough she studied for her Masters with Wella and achieved first place on the course.

Not content with being a skilled hairdresser Denise has a keen interest in the business aspect of the industry. She completed Fantastic Business programmes in both London and Ireland. This expertise in the area of management has taken both salons to new heights.  The technical skills of hairdressing paired with an in-depth knowledge of how to manage a successful business is a match made in heaven. Denise has an eye for detail and her forte lies in overseeing all facets of the salons from superior customer service to impeccable technical services.

Denise has a few words to say about how she views Rustiq Salons.

As a company we strive to achieve excellent customer service and in doing so I put my staff through the paces. It has taken a few years but I can confidently say that we are a high quality salon, with high quality staff and their customer service skills are obvious the minute the customer walks though our doors

Don’t just take her word for it. Denise has the accolades to prove it.

Fantastic Business Award                      Nominated 2011/2012

Fantastic Business Award                      Best Boss 2012

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce           Employer of the Year  2013

Fha Awards                                            Fantastic Salon 2014

Fha Awards                                            Fantastic Hairdresser  2016

IHF Awards                                             2ndPlace Photographic  2017

And that’s just the highlight reel.

The next chapter of Denise’s career has led her to education. Although continuously training and up skilling her own team she is now spreading her wings. She is now an educator for Alfa Parf Ireland one of the most respected professional brands in the trade. In November she will take to the stage to do the show case with the ‘Nexxt Generation’  team at the fha awards. You can now also sign up to one of Denise’s highly anticipated courses called ‘Business of Hair with her business partner Sabrina Hill. Each course focuses on teaching prescription colouring, up styling and business coaching.

Denise’s passion for the industry in evident in the lengths she goes to in order to maintain the high quality she believes her client’s deserve. 23 years since she began and that passion has not dwindled once. This consistency will ensure that the excellence we have come to enjoy at the Rustiq salons will be around for many years to come.