Passion, education and fun.
This is the foundation of the Nesbitt Hairdressing empire.
Add to that a commitment to organic, eco friendly hair care and genuine client engagement, this is a formula for long term growth.
Lee Nesbitt is ambitious.
And all of these things spring from his passion for his industry.
Although a third generation hairdresser, Lee started his working life in the building industry. After a while, for some extra income, he started picking up a few shifts at his father’s salon.
The social, infectious energy of the salon drew Lee into the industry and the creative outlet of hairdressing inspired him (Hanging out with lots of fun women was a nice bonus too).
He laughs, “I just love this atmosphere – its alive, fun and energetic.”.
In his teens, he sold raffle tickets so that his young team could hire a bus to go to Brisbane and participate in hairdressing competitions. Learning from mentors in the industry and having a ball at the same time.
Lee is now one of these mentors. He judges at national competitions and two hours every week is dedicated to training staff in the Darby Street Salon, Nesbitt.
“I love this place, I love this job. I could easily work seven days a week and love every moment of it,” Lee tells us.
After running many other salons, Nesbitt was opened in 2008.
A business Lee opened with wife and fellow local hairdresser Mikhali.
They have nurtured the growing business into a beautiful success story.
Awards, staff that are more like family and returning clients – both local and international.
“We have a client who moved to Europe. She always books in when she visits Newcastle each year.”
Nesbitt values it’s clients business, their experience and their health. That also goes for his staff – which is why Lee insists on organic products in stores and flexible rosters for staff to ensure everyone is cared for.
While the boutique Darby Street salon may be their baby, the growing business of Chops Hair Bar has been an exciting new venture for the pair.
Pop-up hair bars – convenient no appointment salons with quality and spunk. And a free cappuccino: winning!
Villager’s Ben Tindall and Lee are lifelong friends, growing up locally and sharing the journey together.
“Lee would cut hair at parties when we were young, hair flying everywhere!” Ben reveals.
From boutique Salons to boutique Real Estate, Ben and Lee both create success through their passion for their work, while having a lot of fun. Now owning businesses across the road from each other in Darby street, there is more fun than ever.
When not in the salon – or judging competitions interstate – Lee has a hobby farm in the Hunter Valley to retreat to.
“I like to get out on the tractor,” he tells us that he enjoys the wide open space and fresh air, “but I’m always eager to get back into the salon.”
With two small children to share their life with, Lee and Mikhali enjoy a work-life blend between the salons, family time and their hobby farm.
Their children are being raised in an environment where their parents are doing what they love and loving what they do.
Recently Lee’s daughter mused, “I wonder where I will work when I am grown up?”
His advice, “Don’t work.
You find something you love to do and create a life around that passion.”