is fast becoming a recognisable part of the city’s Victorian Quarter.
“Ever since I was a small child I’ve been obsessed with hair!” says Patrick Murphy, owner of Edit Hair Club in Cork. Located on the city’s McCurtain St, which is in the heart of the
Victorian Quarter, Murphy opened the professional hair salon and barbers in October 2018. Aiming to give clients a luxury experience that leaves them looking and feeling their best, the business is opened from Tuesdays to Saturdays, with late opening on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 8pm and an early start on Saturday at 8.30am.
“My mom always said ‘anything that had hair on it he was obsessed with!’. This included My little Pony and Barbie dolls and if I was stuck, I’d style the hair of a Troll doll! I have three sisters so I had plenty of heads to practise on. In fact, one of my first memories is from when I was about seven years old. We were all watching Blind Date and I was curly blow-drying my sister’s hair with brushes and a dryer. I have no idea how I even knew how to do that. But I knew almost instinctively I could make it curly that way! I remember it so well because I got a brush stuck in her hair and my mom had to cut the brush out. Let’s just say there were tears! But I always did my sisters’ hair and friends’ hair all through my teenage years. It was really natural to me.”
By the time Murphy was in secondary school, doing his Leaving Cert and choosing a career, he opted to go to college and studied environmental science in UCC for four years. “I reckon this was partly because I thought college was expected of me and partly because I was afraid everyone would know I was gay if I went hairdressing!” he says. “But eventually I guess you can’t deny your calling and once I was safely out of the closet I felt free to be me and started hairdressing at Origin Hair Design, where I trained and worked as a senior
stylist for many years. I won several awards and developed the best clientele I could ever hope to have.”
One of Murphy’s dreams was to have a salon and business of his own but, by his own admission, he was always afraid to take the plunge. In the end it was a death in the family that gave him the courage. “Opening my own salon seemed like the scariest thing I could bring on myself,” he explains. “But last year I lost my mom suddenly to cancer. My family’s whole world fell apart. I felt sickened that I didn’t open my salon when she could have seen it. She always said ‘it would be the making of you!’. So I guess losing my mom put everything in perspective. Every kid’s worst nightmare is something bad happening to their mom. You worry about this your whole life. And then your irrational worry becomes a terrifying reality and opening a salon
suddenly doesn’t seem very scary anymore. And a few months later, with the help of my dad and many others, Edit Hair Club was born.
Murphy says that starting out he wanted a cool, spacious, urban style that was simple, but still had a relaxed, homely feeling. “I called it a club because I wanted it to be inclusive for both staff and clients to feel at home in there – that it would have a sense of family. I wanted absolutely nothing but high-end hair and high-end service but I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and at ease too. You know, when you have that many ideas in your head I always think it will never turn out how you think it will. But, on this one occasion in my life, I can honestly say that Edit Hair Club is everything I imagined it to be and more.
“I couldn’t have imagined how lucky I would be with staff. Every single member of the team brings 100pc every day. Each one is so talented and I find myself learning from all of them. I feel very blessed and I know I have my mom to thank because I know she’s still minding me.”
So what’s next for Murphy and his business? “When I look to the future of Edit Hair Club, I get a buzz in my stomach” he says. “It’s kind of nerves and kind of excitement. I plan to keep
creating great hair and a great personalised service, and
maintaining and extending a valued client base. Our clients are the reason the salon actually happens and I’m so grateful to each one of them for their loyalty and support. I want my salon to be a cornerstone in the heart of Cork’s vibrant
Victorian Quarter. I still have to pinch myself every morning when I’m opening the shutters, it’s like I can’t believe it! And I am very grateful to every single person who made it possible.”