Hairdresser Janet cuts it for 50 years

Janet Gent, with a client, retiring from Hair Essentials after 50 years, Beechwood Road, Holmfield
Janet Gent, with a client, retiring from Hair Essentials after 50 years, Beechwood Road, Holmfield

A Halifax hairdresser is set to shut up shop after half a century in the business. Janet Gent shares her hi-lites...

Owner of Hair Essentials, Holmfield, Janet’s roots in hairdressing began in 1965 - when a 15-year-old Janet embarked upon a hairdressing apprenticeship in Bradford.

At the age of 21, Janet, now 65, opened her own salon, Jeanette’s, on Turner Avenue South, Halifax, where she cut and coloured hair for 26-years.

A specialist in the field, Janet taught budding new talents at Calderdale College and has entered scores of hairdressing competitions over the decades.

After 17-years at the Holmfield salon, Janet is hanging up her scissors at Hair Essentials to enjoy the rest of her days with husband Malcolm, 70, and enjoying long walks with their dog Toby.

The grandma and grandad also plan to spend special time with their grandsons Marley, 13, Theo, 4, and fifteen-month-old Jack.

Janet says the biggest ‘hi-lite’ of 50-years in the business is, by far, the customers.

“My customers have become my friends. It’s been wonderful - I’ve watched them go through life and they’ve seen me get married, have children and grandchildren - we’ve shared big milestones together as well as idle chit-chat and lots of laughter.

“The girls I’ve worked with, over the years, are like daughters to me,” says the mother of two boys.

Janet remembers working as an apprentice in Holmfield at Judith’s Salon when blow-drying first came in.

“I’ll always prefer a set - it gives a better finish,” she said.

“I want to thank all my customers and staff - especially Margaret Spellman - my best friend - she has made my work a pleasure.”

June 5 will be Janet’s last day of trading.