Who Are We?
It’s 1944. A group of professional hairdressers sat around a table of the Master Hairdresser’s Association of SA AGM. It started like every other meeting and ended with a collective vision…
To launch a cooperative to support hairdressers, with discounted goods and services. But through equal ownership, with all profits returned to its members – hairdressers, barbers and beauty artists.
There was just one problem. Capital.
Operating a cooperative (that’s owned and run, jointly, by its members) has the same challenges every business does. But we did have something that no other wholesaler has (or ever will have) – a collective spirit.
In our, now, 75-year history, we’ve remained true to that original vision: staying member-owned, free from corporate agendas and returning all profits back to our members… via discounts, loyalty programs, member’s-only content, education and free technical support.
Most importantly, every member owns a share in the Co-Op… and an equal vote.
Today, we’re still Australia’s only hair and beauty cooperative. We just happen to also sell the best exclusive products in the market. But don’t just take our word for it. We won the 2019 AHIA National Wholesaler of the Year Award.
Few things pass the test of time… or an entire 75 years, for that matter. But our unwavering commitment to exist solely for the prosperity of you, both as the artist and business owner, is one. This is our ode to you.
THE HAIR BEAUTY CO-OP MANIFESTO
We exist for you, the hairdresser, barber beautician and the makeup artist.
We exist for you, who spend 100% of your working day standing up.
For those that start early and finish late.
For those of you that also have to be a life coach, social worker, and (sometimes) even a shoulder to cry on.
We are for those of you who are devoted to helping people look and feel their best.
We exist for you who are passionate, creative and artistic.
We aim to help you become the best you can be – by bringing you the most innovative solutions, tools, products and education.
We're here to make you profitable because we’re owned by you.
The profits we make line your pockets, not an owners.
All profits are invested right back into you, our members.
We’re here for you. We are you.
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to any person associated with the industry, who able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Co‑operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Co‑operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and are organised in a democratic manner.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co‑operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co‑operative. Members usually receive limited compensation and generally use surpluses for developing their co‑operative, benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co‑operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
Co‑operatives are autonomous, self‑help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co‑operative autonomy.
Co‑operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co‑operatives. They inform about the nature and benefits of co‑operation.
Co‑operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co‑operative movement by working together with other co-operatives through local, national, regional and international structures.
Co‑operatives always work for the sustainable development of their communities through initatives approved by their members.
Our members receive a discount on every single product.
The co-op regularly releases a member magazine. The 8 Minute Break filled with product reviews, new products and member only offer.
When joining the co-op you receive a $20 voucher.
The co-op runs an extensive range of hairdressing, beauty and professional development courses.
There are 5 convenient locations and an online store.
We offer a same day delivery service for local areas.