Hair stylist and salon owner Karen Fraher started in the industry about 24 years ago, and soon began to make strides in the hairdressing sector, working behind the scenes at TV3 and on numerous magazine shoots. With Karen’s flair and innovative streak, she established herself as a top stylist through hard work, a positive attitude and sheer determination. She went on to establish boutique salon The Hive on South Great George’s Street and it soon became a Dublin favourite.
She was one of the first to introduce extensions in Ireland, which subsequently earned her a nomination for stylist of the year; a list of prestigious award nominations followed, and in 2016, her salon was nominated for Image’s Best Hair Salon. Customer service is a priority and Karen wants every customer who walks through The Hive’s doors to feel comfortable. Such is her commitment to service – and her clients’ loyalty to her – that she’s travelled to weddings worldwide to do their hair for their big day. What makes The Hive different is Karen’s infectious way and ability to make people laugh, which filters through to all her staff. She makes customers feel at ease and gives them not only great hair but a unique experience that keeps them coming back.
Karen decided to expand The Hive, and at the end of last year, acquired new premises at 1A Dame Lane. Karen has designed the new premises to her exact specifications, from lights to mirrors, chairs to taps. As well as having 12 hair-styling stations, the salon also has a manicure and pedicure station, make-up area and tanning room. Between herself and LUCA Architecture, Karen’s vision was realised.