salon owner/ stylist & wig specialist

Barbara began her hairdressing career in Ireland over 40 years ago (hard to believe yes we know!) and when qualified she moved to Australia where she developed her skills,  gaining vast experience in business along the way.. When she returned to Ireland in 1993 she established her award winning salons-Bankz Hair Group, here in the heart of Portlaoise.

Barbara is a certified wig technician and highly trained in the art of wig cutting and styling.  She is the friendly face you will meet at The Wig Rooms at Bankz, part of her multi award winning salon. She specializes in wigs and hair pieces for people with hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania and thinning hair.

The Wig Rooms at Bankz provides a private room with an appointment system in place to ensure you receive a thorough consultation with Barbara in a private setting.

salon manager

Ashleigh has 15 years management experience working with some top companies such as Adidas, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and Brown Thomas.  During her time in retail she worked as a district manager for some top brands, travelling across Europe and the UK.  She has a passion for all things hair & beauty.  She has completed numerous recognised training courses in customer service, business management and human resources.  This friendly lady will help you with any query in a polite, and professional manner, and is always here to meet you with a warm smile!

senior stylist

19 Years experience. Specialising in cutting, colouring & up-styles. Completed numerous highly recognised Schwarzkopf, Joico, Alphapharf training courses. Loves the opportunity to apply her experience, education, and love of the profession to give each client an enjoyable salon experience.

senior stylist

16 year experience. Ciara has gained tremendous experience and now thrives on corrective colouring, updo’s and the challenge of something new. A qualified teacher and well know in the industry. She stays current with both hair and fashion trends to give her clients the most cutting-edge styles.

senior stylist

12 years experience. Wig specialist with extensive product knowledge to help you choose the perfect wig for you. Specialising in medical wigs and related services for clients experiencing hair loss. Laura provides expert advice to help you find the most suitable wig or hairpiece for you. Highly skilled colourist and cutting specialist. Laura’s passionate and dedication to her work shows through on each client with stunning results.

beauty therapist

15 years experience. Cibtac and Cidesco trained. Passionate about all things skin related with a vast knowledge of products and problematic skin. Experience working with brands such as Dermalogica, Pevonia, Repechage, Guinot, Juilette Armand. A dedicated hair removal specialist experienced in ipl & waxing.

beauty therapist


beauty therapist

Talitha has a passion for all things beauty.  She has many qualifications under her belt – Cibtac, Cisdesco & Itec to name a few.   We call her “magic hands” her in salon, so be sure to try a back massage with her to know what we are talking about!

senior stylist
Senior stylist

Stylist with a joico colour specialist degree under her belt.  Has a flair for colouring especially blonde techniques!  From highlighting to getting the perfect balayage blend you are in great hands.  She is constantly updating her skills with continuous training in all aspects of hairdressing.   She has competed on the IHF Irish Star Team and updates her skills through continuous education- attending advanced training with many of today’s top beauty industry trendsetters.

Amy loves keeping with trends and offering a unique service for all clients.  Check out her my work on social media platforms such as Instagram and tiktok under username @hair_by_Amz

Senior stylist

Olwyn joined our team in 2020 and has quickly made waves in Bankz!  She has built a reputable clientele with her hair colouring especially blondes and balayage.  Successfully passed her colour masters with Joico.

Her drive and passion for the industry reflects in her immaculate work.  A previous blonde herself who has joined the dark side and become brunette, Olwyn understands the technique and care needed to achieve the brightest blondes and the dreamiest rich colours.

You are in safe hands with the colour specialist!

senior stylist

Jennifer has over 30 years experience in all aspects of hairdressing including barbering.  She has a masters in Alfaparf colour and honours in the world federation  & the British federation of hairdressing .  She was winner of the on men’s head 2 toe barbering competition in 2006…  Jennifer has been hairdressing in the busy city of Kilkenny for last 26 years & now is settled back in her hometown of  Portlaoise … Welcoming all clients- new & past


senior stylist
trainee stylist

Lovely Leah joined the Bankz training Academy in 2021 and is absolutely thriving in her education here.  She is an upcoming super star stylist and will always great you with bubbly smile !  You can book in with Leah or any of our trainees for a reduced rate while they are an academy student.

trainee stylist

Edward joined the Bankz training academy in 2021 and we can’t be more impressed with his growth.  The only man currently on team Bankz so we feel like he is our little brother!  He has a passion for all things hair and we know will be one to watch.  You can book in with Edward or any of our trainees for a reduced rate while they are an academy student.

assistant stylist

Allie is one of the youngest of our group and joined Bankz in 2021.  And wow has she made an impact!  She has a huge interest in all aspects of hairdressing and a natural flair! This shining star is going to be a very talented stylist in the future-Another one to watch!  You can find Allie whizzing around the salon most weekends happy to assist in anyway she can.