Scotts Creek’s Caz Miller has worked in more than dozen hair salons all over Australia, but on July 1 she’ll fulfill a dream when she becomes the proud owner of her own in Timboon.
Ms Miller will open the doors to Miller & Mane Hair Co after purchasing Timboon Hairitage – the same salon she completed her work experience at as a 15 year-old and where she also completed her work placement as a trainee more than 16 years ago.
The 35 year-old grew up on a beef farm in Scotts Creek, attended Timboon P12 School and spent at gap year milking cows for the Couch family before embarking on a career in hairdressing.
Among a long list of salons, Ms Miller has applied her trade at Studio 66 in Bunbury WA, Scalpt Hair on the Darwin waterfront, she managed Scalpt Hair in Darwin itself for two years and also spent time at Channel 9 in the Northern Territory.
She has a number of hairdressing awards including runner up in the International Hairstylists Society of Australia (IHS) bridal hair category and she won back-to-back stylist of the year awards at Scalpt Hair NT in 2012-2013.
She returned to Timboon in 2015 to work at Hairitage for Sarah Cook and said she was “full of excitement and a little bit of anxiety” about purchasing the business, but was “quite confident that with the support of the Miller & Mane staff it would be a successful move”.
“It was my life-long dream to own a salon and the transition should be pretty smooth for me after working here again for the past five years,” she said.
“When I came back, the timing was perfect for Sarah as well and I stepped in and worked full time. The timing for the next step, buying the business, needed to be right as well and it’s exciting that time has now arrived.
“Home is where the heart is. I love being part of this community and being a small business owner will provide me with a new opportunity to be a part of the local economy as well and to see Timboon continue to flourish.”
Ms Miller said she was passionate about training and development for junior staff forging their own careers in hairdressing and that she had some big plans for Miller & Mane over the coming few months.
“I’m just back from the Hair Expo in Sydney where I completed a business workshop with Tabatha Coffey who is a well-known Australian and international hair stylist and business entrepreneur,” she said.
“In this business you’re always learning, trends are always evolving and it was a great opportunity to develop my business skills and look to the future.
“I’ll be looking to increase services and modernise what we offer. Things like Keratin treatments, a brand new range of high fashion colours, Dyson dryers and some new pampering services will be among the changes.”
Miller & Mane is located at 7 Curdievale Road, Timboon and can be called on 5598 3385.