Founded in 1967, the company began its journey as the Golden Clipper, an innovative concept in full service hair care for men during a time when men traditionally visited their local barber shop for a cut and shave. With our Scotia Square Golden Clipper location still a part of the chain, in 1973 the company transitioned into full service salons serving both men and women – the Head Shoppe was born!
Since that time, the company has grown to a chain of over 19 salons including one of Halifax’s premier medi spas, Vitality Medi Spa and also includes the #1 training facility in Atlantic Canada, the Hair Design Centre. With over 420 associates throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Head Shoppe is the largest single employer of beauty professionals in Atlantic Canada.
In 1994, the organization’s current owner/president, Peter Mahoney, embarked on the next phase of the Head Shoppe’s journey. With a passion for improving the quality of life within the beauty industry and a vision to take the company to the next level of service excellence, Mahoney committed himself to the re-innovation of the organizational structure and began truly operating from the “inside out” – responding to the needs of the people and the desires of the clients.
Empowering the associates with entrepreneurial spirit, the teams created their organizational value system from which all company goals and visions now flow. The values of PASSION, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DEDICATION AND ENTHUSIASM (fondly known as P.R.I.D.E. to company associates) have produced outstanding results, with all time highs in associate retention and client satisfaction.
These innovative concepts in salon leadership proved so successful, in fact, that in 1998, a sister company, Salon Consultants International Inc. was created to meet the industry demand to share the secret of the Head Shoppe’s success. Since then, Mahoney and their team of trainers have been coaching and educating beauty professionals throughout Canada and the US to greater levels of personal fulfillment and profitability.
As the journey of the Head Shoppe salons continues, there are endless possibilities for this innovative company bound together by P.R.I.D.E.