Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.
Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.

Mackay salon ‘blessed’ to reach 10-year milestone

A 10-YEAR milestone is a true blessing for a Mackay mother and daughter duo who has been through it all.

While a decade in business has been challenging for many reasons, Karen O’Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland have weathered everything life has thrown at them, their passion and drive making Blessed Hair Lounge what it is today.

Always obsessed with hair, Mrs O’Neill said she could see her daughter would become a hairdresser from a very young age.

Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.
Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.

But it wasn’t until Casey was 26 that Blessed was born.

“We had always talked about opening a salon together and when Casey moved back to Mackay it seemed like the perfect time,” Mrs O’Neill said.

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“We named the salon Blessed because Casey was involved in a serious motorbike accident at age 19 and we really do feel blessed that she made it through that alive.”

In 2010 the pair opened the business on Shakespeare Street but soon outgrew the space and moved to a bigger premises in 2015.

The relocation to 4/115 Victoria Street in 2018 was finally the right fit.

“We love the close family feel we have here and being in the CBD is great,” Mrs O’Neill said.

“We have an upstairs room perfect for wedding parties and the layout of the salon has allowed us to implement social distancing easily over the past couple of months.”

Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.
Blessed Hair Lounge owners Karen O'Neill and her daughter Casey Kelland.

While the business has thrived over the years, it has not always been easy.

Mrs Kelland has had three sons, including a set of twins, all who were born premature.

She also underwent two major ankle surgeries as a result of her motorbike accident at age 19.

“We kept the business open throughout the mining downturn and coronavirus as well, so there has been some ups and downs,” Mrs O’Neill said.

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“I think what has kept everything flowing smoothly is Casey’s dedication to her work, she will just do anything to make her clients feel and look wonderful.”

Mrs O’Neill said generations of mothers and daughters had been “blessed” by the salon over the past decade and it was those loyal customers that made the business special.

“We want to thank each and everyone one of our clients past and present for helping us reach this milestone.”


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