Maryann Dodd co-owner of The Hairmarket retires after 45 years: Maryann’s hairdressing journey started as a 15 year old apprentice at the ‘Majestic Hair Salon’ in Palmerston North many years ago.
She went on to open her very first salon ‘Lord Rajahs’ a men’s cut and blow wave bar, the first one of its kind ever in Palmerston North! Remember it was the early 70’s and long hair for men was all the rage! According to Maryann business was slow to begin with but then once the concept caught on, it quickly took off and business just exploded!
Her next venture was to open ‘Novello Hair Stylists’ a more traditional women’s hairdressing salon consisting of 13 staff, the salon soon became the talk of Palmerston North. Not long after Maryann opened ‘Headquarters Hair Stylists’ the first ladies cut and blow bar opposite Lord Rajahs.
Around 1979 she started ‘Green Village Hair Company’ which progressed to a total of 9 salons, 2 in Wellington and 7 in the Manawatu. Maryann showcased her hairdressing skills by participating regularly in the NZARH National Comps and over the years has proudly won 21 ‘1st place’ Trophies.
During Travels to the USA and Australia she was quick to pick up on the trend towards shampoo only stores and so 27 years ago, Maryanne introduced the first one to Palmerston North, ‘Shampoo Plus’. Today the Shampoo Plus group comprises of 11 retail stores, stretching from Tauranga to Nelson, also operating a large online store.
25 years ago Maryann and Michelle Boudreau launched ‘The Hairmarket’ supplying local salons a full range of leading hair brands and products at wholesale prices. The Hairmarket is now recognised as the leading supplier of hair products in the Manawatu. The success was such that Maryanne gradually sold off all of her salons, the last one 5 years ago.
Along the way Maryann picked up a couple of well deserved accolades. In 1988 she was named More Magazine NZ Business Woman of the Year and in 2000 she was runner-up for NZ Woman of the New Millennium.
10 years ago Maryann and Michelle set up a new business ‘Green Village Marketing Systems’ which operates primarily as a consultant management company for other hair salons. The company takes care of the back-end for each of the salons ensuring bills are paid on time, wages, tax obligations etc are all covered. This also includes introducing a successful marketing plan for each business. This allows salon owners to concentrate on what they do best… ‘Cut hair’ and of course look after their customers!
Hairmarket Ltd today consists of a team of 7 overseeing 3 separate companies. With Maryann retiring to beautiful Seatoun by the sea in Wellington, Michelle Boudreau her business partner for the last 37 years, will now take the helm and continue the legacy that Maryann has helped create.
We wish Maryanne the very best for her retirement and with her new adventure developing a lifestyle block in Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast.