Scott Marr marks forty years in the industry

HISTORY: Scott Marr at work in the family salon Fifth Ave Hair in the early days of his hairdressing career. Photo: Supplied
HISTORY: Scott Marr at work in the family salon Fifth Ave Hair in the early days of his hairdressing career. Photo: Supplied

What started out as a school holiday gig as a teenager has grown into a long career for Naracoorte's Scott Marr.

At 14 years old, a young Scott Marr was hanging around with his mother Jean at the hair salon where she worked when he was asked to help out.

After quickly finding out that he had a talent and an interest in cutting hair, Scott said he "just never went back" to school.

Last week marked an impressive 40 years since he began hairdressing, almost all of which has been spent cutting the hair of Naracoorte residents. Scott's decision to drop out of school at a young age to pursue a career is one that he says he has "no regrets" about.

With the support and training of his mother, Scott completed his training at a young age and went on to start his own business.

His career later took him all the way to Las Vegas for a hairdressing convention.

In 2005 he relocated to Adelaide while his children attended school there but would eventually return home to Naracoorte.

While in Adelaide he spent time working as a funeral director, a job that he said was surprisingly not that different to hairdressing.

Now 54 years old and running Hair on Robertson, Scott said he has always enjoyed the social aspect of the job and the trust that people place in their hairdressers.

"You've got to be a people person," he said.

"Sometimes people come in not feeling great about themselves, so it's good to be able to help them."

Scott said it has been interesting to see hairstyles come and go and then come back again.