Darling sat down for a coffee with Deb, owner of Hair Angel to talk about everything from community to self-care. Deb is a strong advocate for all local businesses and is often posting shout-outs on social media on behalf of her business peers. By Mina Iacono
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an Irish native and ex-cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic, so I’ve travelled to many cities around the world. When I arrived in Balmain 15 years ago to visit family, I fell in love with the village and never left. I opened Hair Angel in 2008. It’s a hairdressing ‘ladies lounge’ for over 18’s only, where women can enjoy a wine while being pampered and beautified.
Lots of expats have settled here. It’s one of the best places you can live - so accessible and close to the city and yet emanating that welcoming village feel. My brother lives here too, as does my mum, so it’s home to me now.
Getting my Australian passport.
What’s changed in the area since you arrived 15 years ago?
It’s much more family oriented than it used to be. Balmain is more gentrified now but still has a good mix of offerings for both families and singles.
One thing that has stayed the same
The heart of Balmain.
One piece of unsolicited advice you would offer locals
Coming from a small business perspective, it’s to support your local stores. This is more important than ever since the pandemic. Prices are increasing everywhere, and the stores won’t survive if we don’t get out there. I encourage everyone to get off their computers, cut down on online shopping, and go and support the local businesses instead.
Top self-care tip
Come and get your hair done! It’s your crowning glory and the best self-care for women.
Fave peninsula spot
The little park by the East Balmain ferry wharf. Whenever I go there, I realise how lucky we are to live in this gorgeous village with the harbour at our doorstep.
How do you like your coffee?