We were thrilled to be featured recently in Yorkshire Living, York and Harrogate. We felt it was beautifully written (thank you Catherine Turnbull) and gave a little insight into us and why we started Dolores and Rose. So incase you are not a subscriber and/or can’t pick up a copy the article is written below.
After building a successful hair salon business over 20 years Jane Wilkinson decided she was ready for a new challenge linked to her fundamental passion – haircare. She opened her first salon, Robert Michael in Fulford, York in the early 1990’s, followed by a second salon in Selby and a third in York City centre, employing over 25 members of staff.
Jane now runs Dolores and Rose with her friend Caroline Foley, who had a former corporate career, to create ethical products in bar form.
“I wanted to create a range that as natural and chemical free, wouldn’t irritate the skin or scalp but were still capable of making the hair look and feel fantastic,” Jane of Hambleton, Selby Says. “Though the salon industry has taken great strides recently in terms of environmental credentials- recycling packaging and refilling/ reusing bottle, there is still room for improvement.”
Why Dolores and Rose? “We wanted to create something unique and personal to us, so we used the middle names of our daughters. Dolores from my daughter’s name and Rose from Caroline’s. Caroline and I actually met through our daughters so not only did it feel apt, but the name and brand sum up what we’re about – luxury, handmade salon quality shampoo and conditioner bars that are kind to planet.”
Jane says 2019 was a turning point when she climbed Kilimanjaro and was shocked by seeing the catastrophic amount of waste and rubbish that littered this remote and beautiful mountain. “I was so horrified, I returned home with a new mission in life – to make a difference by creating amazing salon quality shampoo and conditioner in solid form to help eliminate plastic waste.”
With nearly 30 years of hair industry knowledge and experience, the products have been formulated from ethically sourced, sustainable ad natural ingredients that combine to offer outstanding performance and promise healthy looking hair with volume and shine.
“Our suppliers have strong ethical roots, providing ingredients that are natural, organic (where applicable) and cruelty free and strive to use suppliers that are based in the UK which lowers our carbon footprint. The products are presented using plastic free recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
“The bars last roughly twice as long as an average sized bottle of shampoo which means replenishing haircare products less frequently. Across our network of stockists, where we can, we always reuse our boxes to replenish their stock.”
Jane says the bars are suitable for sensitive skin – she’s seen how chemical products affect some people adversely. “The colours and smells are derived from the organic botanicals and pure essential oils therefore they are less likely to cause irritation compared to other hair products.”
The range includes four different shampoos for specific hair types: Moisture Hit for dry hair; Purify High for oily hair; Colour Lock for treated hair and Soothe and Shine for all hair types.
Jane is also pleased that salons are already moving towards stocking more ethical and natural brands that are gentler on the skin and hair.
Caroline of Goodmanham, near Market Weighton, sad that after giving up her corporate career in London and relocating back to Yorkshire with her family about three years ago, she was looking to start something new. “I’ve always wanted to have my own business so when Jane shared her ideas with me at the school gates, I seized the opportunity.” She says “To create something from scratch, managing the processes from the design, sourcing of ingredients to producing and marketing the products was incredibly appealing and I’ve never looked back.”
“I’m a big believer in safe guarding your health and wellbeing from the inside out by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. But this should extend to the outside too. If you’re eating fresh, healthy food then its counterproductive to use hair and skin products that are full of chemicals. So, the bars being natural really appealed to me as well as the benefits to the environment with the products being plastic free and longer lasting.”
Caroline and Jane have plans for this year to bring out a new range of shampoos, some hair specific conditioner and hair treatments.
They will also be giving back to charity close their hearts – The Little Princess Trust – to donate a % of profits during 2021. The charity gives Hair and Hope to children and young people by providing wigs and funding vital research into childhood cancers.
Stockists are across Yorkshire and the full product range is on the website.