Khaled Bou Kamel is the talented man behind Kals Hair & Beauty Salon in Ballincollig, Cork. For many years he ran a stylish salon with a full appointment book in Dubai and now he is bringing a bit of Dubai magic to Cork. With over two decades in the hair industry behind him, Kal has a vast amount of experience, skills, talent and creativity and is eager to use it to give you the look of your dreams and a confidence boost while he’s at it!
Khal, you have a very successful salon in Dubai and you recently acquired one in Cork. Can you tell us a little bit about your professional profile?
I have over 25 years’ experience in the hair industry. I have worked on many international fashion shows, workshops, magazines and as an educator with top international brands. I am passionate about creating beautiful hair and bring an international flair with Middle Eastern meets European styling to Kals Salon.
Who is the most famous client you have ever worked on?
I have worked with many stars over the years, from Cate Blanchett and husband and wife duo Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney.
What attracted you to the hairdressing industry?
My passion for hair began at the age of 16, when I started my hairdressing career in hairdressing college. I was drawn to the industry as I loved fashion, art and being creative.
I am originally from Lebanon. It is there I started my career aged 16 and from there I made a name for myself. I then moved to Dubai and launched Hair Lounge Hair & Beauty Salons. While in Dubai, I met and married my Irish wife and in 2017 we moved to Ireland along with our four little girls. In 2018, I launched my first Irish salon, Kals Salon.
What do you love most about what you do?
Love creating beautiful hair and ensuring clients look and feel a million dollars when leaving the salon. This is what makes me love my job!
What’s the most difficult part of what you do?
No difficulties. When you love what you do, it is easy to go to work and enjoy what you do.
“Love what you do and do what you love.”
What’s the best piece of business advice you can pass on?
Be loyal, honest, friendly and down to earth and always stay true to your beliefs.
What plans do you have for your business over the next 12 months?
To build the brand and grow Kals Salon clientele and who knows what’s next after that!
Business-wise, my short-term goals are my focus right now, and to ensure my family are happy!
How do you stay motivated?
I love my job and want to be successful, so this keeps me motivated.
Typical day is being woken by one or more of my children, getting them ready for school, and once I get to work its coffee, debrief and a day of clients.
How do you end your day?
The day usually end with some relaxing time with my wife and children.
What advice would you give to young people who want to break into the industry?
Be ready to work hard. Say yes to every opportunity, even if it scares you. Be honest, motivated and stay true to you!
Kals Hair & Beauty Salon
The Old Square, Ballincollig, Cork
021 482 6581