Rainbow Room International’s Royal Exchange Square salon is proud to be celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
Since opening in 1993, the Royal Exchange Square salon has gone from strength to strength. It started as a base for the Rainbow Room International Academy. Since then, it has expanded from a hair salon to a hair and beauty salon. It is also home to Glasgow’s first day spa and floatarium.
The salon was the second salon to open within the Rainbow Room International group and is an iconic salon within Glasgow. Being situated in one of Glasgow’s most historic squares, Royal Exchange Square, and with the premises being a Grade II listed Victorian building, its architecture brings many visitors into its doors.
Many of Scotland’s very best hairdressing talent has trained within the Royal Exchange Square salon. Directors of the Great Western Road Salon, John and Jo Parker, and Director of the Crow Road salon, Julie-Anne Donaldson, also started their journey there. All of the team within the salon are homegrown. They started as apprentices, working their way up the ladder. Some have been at the salon for 20 years.
A Legacy of Success
The Royal Exchange Square salon has been on quite a journey within its 30 years, with some of the highlights being the team winning Salon of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards and the many Christmas singles the team have produced, of which have raised £27,000 for charity and saw them on TV on STV2’s Live at Five! The team have also worked at many of Scotland’s hottest events, including T in the Park, TRNSMT, the Scottish BAFTAs. Other highlights include the salon refurb, which took place in 2018 and the salon being the first salon in the group to have the whole team hit yearly bonuses at the annual Congress – a fantastic achievement showing the team’s growth and commitment to their clients.
The Royal Exchange Square salon has always been steps ahead of its competition. Alongside the first Rainbow Room International salon in Buchanan Street, they were the first to provide Shiatsu massages in Glasgow. This resulted in many other Glasgow salons and beyond offering the treatment to their clients. Now, they are continuing to evolve and embrace the digital world. Team members are in control of their own columns through apps on their phone, choosing the days and hours that they work. This ensures higher morale and a better work life balance.
David Nicolson, Director of the Royal Exchange Square salon, said: “What a journey we have been on over the past 30 years! We have so many memorable moments and highlights and some hiccups too! I remember back to the early days when we first opened the salon. We had to bring in the furniture through the windows and a wall falling and nearly demolishing the whole salon! But we’re still here. We have grown, evolved, embraced change and are still many clients’ salon of choice within the Glasgow area. I can’t wait to see what the next 30 years brings!”
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