Ex-mechanic sets out to work on Ipswich’s hair
SHELLEY Gehrke has gone from working with spanners to working with straighteners .
The ex-mechanic is now the proud owner of Peak-a-Do House of Hair, Beauty and Nails, which has moved from Peak Crossing and will now be in Ipswich.
Hairdressing may seem a far cry from her previous role, but Shelley has proven herself to be a jack of all trades, with customers coming from as far as Caboolture and Boonah to visit the popular Peak-a-Do salon.
Shelley worked as a mechanic for years, but admits that hairdressing has always been her passion.
"I wanted to be a hairdresser before I started off as a mechanic," she said.
"But mum said to me that I had to stay at school or get a trade so I became an auto electrician.
"I followed my passion for hairdressing because a car can't tell you it feels good, but a person can.
"If we can make a bad day a little bit better, that's ultimately what we want to do," she said.
The new salon is at 45 Warwick Rd, Ipswich, and has expanded its services, now offering hair styling, beauty treatments, designer nails and massage.
Shelley says she is excited to open the doors today.
"I am sick of painting walls and I'm ready to paint some hair," she said.
"We wanted to offer our clients everything ... hair, nails and beauty because there aren't a lot of places that do that in Ipswich."
Shelley will be operating the business alongside beautician Renae Davis and award-winning nail artist Kirsten Daniels.
For more information, visit Peak-a-Do's Facebook page or call the salon on 3202 4919.