Nine years ago Antoinette Haber was running a successful mobile hairdressing business when her cousin told her about a salon that was for sale in Bligh Park.
Although initially reluctant she talked to her husband and they decided to take the plunge.
Ms Haber said opening Ash Hair launched the couple "into adulthood".
"It was scary but the best choice we made," she said. "The next five years were intense. We got married, travelled overseas, had two beautiful little girls and bought a house in South Windsor."
Ms Haber said the salon does "all the usual hairdressing services" such as cuts, colours and the rest.
They use CPR, Pump Haircare and Nak and offer a smoothing treatment called Esmooth "that is life changing".
Ash Hair is also a member of Sustainable Salon, a Sydney-based company that has reduced their waste by around 90 per cent.
"We send them our used foil, mags, paper and plastic and they sell it to the recyclers and donate the profits to OzHarvest," Ms Haber said.
"Our hair clippings go to making hair booms which soak up oil spills in the ocean and our used shampoo bottles get turned into plastic."
The salon also has a new approach to the traditional payment model.
"We have three options for payment," Ms Haber said. "We offer the usual come in, have your hair done and pay system. We also have Afterpay and Zip Pay for those larger bills.
"But our memberships are by far our favourite thing. It works like a lay-by or a gym membership, only better."
Clients add up what treatments they will have done in the salon over a year and that amount is converted to a smaller, regular direct debit that comes out when it suits them.
"My clients come in, have their hair done and don't have to pay anything on the day," Ms Haber said.
She said at Ash Hair there is "no judgement and no BS".
"What you see is what you get. We love supporting our local ladies and helping them be the best they can be.
"And we love the Hawkesbury. We are all local and we only ever leave the region if we have to." For details phone 4572 6339 or go to www.ashhair.com.au.