Leigh-Anne was 23 and pregnant when she opened the first Just Cuts franchise at Engadine 30 years ago

Leigh-Anne Brosens (left), Denis McFadden and Engadine stylists Robyn and Lynette Grose. Denis holds an image of Leigh-Anne and Lynette outside the Engadine salon when it first opened in 1990. Picture: supplied
Leigh-Anne Brosens (left), Denis McFadden and Engadine stylists Robyn and Lynette Grose. Denis holds an image of Leigh-Anne and Lynette outside the Engadine salon when it first opened in 1990. Picture: supplied

Some things haven't changed since hairdresser Leigh-Anne Brosens opened the first Just Cuts franchise, at Engadine in 1990.

"I had a 15-year-old ask me yesterday for a bowl cut," she said. "I told him you've come to the right place because when we opened bowl cuts were all the rage. He loved his beautiful little ring around".

Ms Brosens is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her business with Lynette Grose, who has also worked at the salon since it opened.

"Lyn's been with me since day one - she was the first girl interviewed for a job," Ms Brosens said.

Leigh-Anne Brosens (left) and Lynette Grose (right) outside Just Cuts Engadine salon at original site in 1990. Picture: supplied

Leigh-Anne Brosens (left) and Lynette Grose (right) outside Just Cuts Engadine salon at original site in 1990. Picture: supplied

Just Cuts was founded by Denis McFadden, a shire resident, in Hurstville in 1983.

The business,, which has its headquarters at Cronulla, has grown to have 220 locations across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Ms Brosens began working at Mr McFadden's Hurstville salon as a 17-year-old apprentice and was part of his team for seven years as two more locations were added.

Ms Brosens was 23 and working at the Miranda salon when she fell pregnant.

"I remember talking to my husband about opening up my own salon so I wouldn't have to be at work every day," she said.

"I asked Denis and he gave me a go, and after 30 years all three of my daughters have now worked with me in my very own salon."

Leigh-Anne Brosens (left) and Lynette Grose celebrate 30 years at Just Cuts Engadine. Picture: supplied

Leigh-Anne Brosens (left) and Lynette Grose celebrate 30 years at Just Cuts Engadine. Picture: supplied

Ms Brosens and Ms Grose are grateful for the decades of continued community support from loyal clients, especially after the salon closed its doors for six weeks with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm amazed at how many men waited 6 weeks for us to cut their hair again," Ms Brosens said.

"It was like Christmas when we reopened, an hour and a half wait every day for 2 weeks.

"COVID has driven changes for many of my clients - a lot of local men have got used to longer hair in lockdown and I'm not having as many requests for short hair, and they're coming in during the week rather than on the weekend as they're now working from home.

"I've cut three generations of boys hair, and I've got one family of customers whose hair I cut when they were five-year-olds, and now I cut their five 5 year old children's hair."

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