career profile | hairdresser / business owner

Hard work accompanied with passion and simply being good at what you do… is the complete recipe to being successful. I admire Terri and all she has done in setting up her business.

Starting as a hairdresser, building her client base, owning a business and managing staff, training award winning apprentices and being one of the ‘go to’ salons in the Riverland (people travel over 300km to get their hair done by Terri) and the recent winner of SA local Salon for Summer 2014 – I just cannot wait to share the ins and outs of Terri’s success.

Terri Anspach-Wolf – Head Hairdresser and Owner of Halmani Salon.  

Brief description of your role:
I am the owner and director of Halmani hair salon.

So… what do you actually do?
I start the day with coffee of course (wink) and run.

How did you get to your position of being?
Hairdressing is all about starting at the bottom and working your way up. I started my apprenticeship as a 16 year old girl who had a passion for all things creative and different. I started by doing work experience at a local salon after school which then resulted in me gaining an apprenticeship. This salon later closed so I went to another local salon I was managing the salon by my 3rd year I loved training staff and helping them become the best they can be.

I worked very hard and spent a lot of money to gain great skills I have always said that I never wanted a client to walk in the salon and for me not to feel confidant about doing their hair. I want clients to feel that when they sit in the salon chair, they have 100% confidence they can get the look and service they deserve. As an apprentice I was doing every course possible when I was at trade school I would study at school during the day and then do any night course available I was also going to Sydney a couple times a year to gain further training.   I thrived on learning new techniques and all things hair and still do. I then decided to work for myself and all I can say is it’s hard work, commitment and passion. I am now starting a new journey I have employed people for 10 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and have learnt and grown into the person I am today.  I am restructuring my business by creating a boutique hair salon, this is something I have always been passionate about. Hairdressing isn’t just about hair for me Its about creating an environment where people are comfortable and can truly relax.

Have you always wanted to be a hairdresser?
Yes a hairdresser or a florist.

What do you love about your role?
I love creating a environment where clients can have an experience from start to finish and walk out with great hair and feeling better about themselves.

In your current role, what has been your biggest achievement?
My staff achieving their goals and seeing them winning awards, becoming a Redken certified colorist, winning hairdressing apprentice of the year, making the Gen next team where 8 people over australia won the chance to create a show at the sydney hair expo, working backstage at fashion weeks and hair expo. And winning SA hair salon for the year 3 times in a row.

Over your career, what has been your ‘love this’ moment?
Having a business that people want to come back to.

What would be the least favorite aspect of your role?
12 hour days!

Any advice for anyone aspiring to become a hairdresser.
Hairdressing can take you all over the world with hard work and commitment the skys your limit…

You can check out Halmani Salon Here and follow them on Facebook Here for some beautiful style inspiration.

How inspiring – sky is the limit! Any questions about being a hairdresser or for Terri specifically?


  1. What a great story and inspiration for young people that a clear goal, passion and hard work will take you where you want to be!!! And of course flexibility and determination to face the challenges and maintain the course.

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