Tracy Dwyer is the proprietor and stylist at Heads You Win, a full service salon in Pearl River, New York.
A native of Luton, England, Dwyer studied at Barnfield College in Luton, and earned qualification in hair design from City & Guilds in the U.K.
Her parents were natives of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and she moved to the U.S. in 1993, after spending time in Australia.
After four years of living in the U.S., Dwyer opened her first hair salon on Martha Avenue in Yonkers, also called Heads You Win. She had a successful business there for 10 years, and then opened her second salon in the Pearl River neighborhood.
Dwyer moved to Pearl River because many of her customers were relocating to the suburbs after getting married and having children. She felt it was a smart business move to also relocate, so she sold her business on Martha Avenue and moved to Pearl River. Heads You Win in Pearl River has now been open for 10 years, with a staff of 10. Dwyer travels to Ireland every year with her husband and two children to visit family members in Tipperary and Ennis, Co. Clare, which is where her husband is from. “I find that it is a hard thing to juggle life as a mother and a professional business woman, but I would not trade either,” Dwyer says.
“I love my family dearly and still feel that I am able to give 100% to both my careers — motherhood and the salon.”
“My Irish heritage,” Dwyer adds, “gives me a sense of belonging, a sense of history that I can refer back to, to see where I came from and where my ancestors came from. There is palpable pride from being Irish, and this can be effortlessly passed on from generation to generation.”
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