Darcy O’Neill started his hairdressing career in the Morris School of Hairdressing in Piccadilly Circus while living in London in the 1970’s. This was a hugely influential era with industry icon Vidal Sassoon starting to make a huge impact on hairdressing circles in London and later worldwide. Darcy considers himself really fortunate and privileged to have come to hairdressing in such exciting and innovative times.
Having gained valuable experience working in the London scene, he moved to Dublin to work with The Witches Hut and Tony Rodgers on Grafton Street. Three years later Darcy was offered the opportunity to manage the newly opened Witches Hut in Cork where he spent a further three years.
Equipped with extensive experience and looking for new challenges Darcy identified a new way of doing business. In 1978 he took a major step forward and established is own salon Darcy’s Design Team. The salon was situated in the heart of Cork city at Paul Street and initially employed a team of five. This has grown to a team of twenty-seven and Darcy’s would be regarded as one of the top hair salons in Munster. In December 2005 a second salon Darcy’s D2 opened in Ballincollig Town Centre.
PAUL ST SALON
35 years & Growing
As the salon celebrates its 35th anniversary in business in the original building, Darcy’s is undertaking a major expansion having acquired two floors in the building next door. This development marks the start of a new era as Darcys’ son Frank O’Neill is returning from London to join the business. Frank spent the last number of years working with some of the most creative people in the hairdressing world.
Frank started his career in hairdressing with Reds Hair Salon on Dawson Street, Dublin in 2004. Like his father Frank moved to London where he joined the Vidal Sassoon Academy in 2006. He then went on to work for Toni & Guy Hairdressing on Regent Street where as Style Director he worked as part of their creative team.
In 2011 he joined the leading London salon Pimps & Pin-Ups, a boutique salon combining classic hairdressing with the latest styles, as Senior Creative Stylist. Frank returns to Cork with a wealth of creative and innovations ideas and skills.