This month, Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa celebrates its 26th year in business, less than two months after it celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Camana Bay.
“It’s quite hard to believe that it’s been 10 years already,” says owner Darla Dilbert, who moved her business to Camana Bay when only a few other businesses were open in the development. “I really appreciated that my loyal clientele followed me and my team here and that we have continued to generate an even bigger clientele at Camana Bay.”
Although Dilbert still provides services to some of her long-established clients, she spends most of her time in a small, back room tending to the business side of her operation while her multi-national staff works with clients.
Recently, Eclipze added three new members to its team, including Caymanian hair stylist Hannah Powery, South African senior beauty therapist Lanette Van Der Merve and Nepalese senior hairdresser and make-up artist Karina Lama.
Powery, who went away to learn hairdressing and to complete an apprenticeship in barbering, says she is happy to be back home in the Cayman Islands.
“My aim is to be the best I can be in this industry and to work for a salon and spa that aims for excellence in customer services,” she says, adding that she feels Eclipze is “just the place” to do that.
Providing excellent customer service has always been a big part of Eclipze’s business model, says Dilbert.
“My team and I strive to continue to give the five-star standard of service that our clients have grown accustomed to,” she says. “My staff members go above and beyond to meet our clients’ expectations, needs and wants.”
Van Der Merve, who has worked in the beauty industry for 12 years including at Perfect 10, one of South Africa’s largest, branded nail and body studios, says she dreamed of working overseas with international clients.
“My dream has now come true and I am looking forward to building on my career at Eclipze,” she says.
Lama, who completed her Diploma in Beauty 10 years ago in her home country of Nepal, says she knew she wanted to be in the beauty profession from the time she was a little girl and would watch a family member at work cutting, styling and changing clients’ appearances. “I knew that is what I wanted to do,” she says.
Prior to coming to Grand Cayman, Lama also worked in Iraq and Dubai.
“However, this welcome to Grand Cayman came at the perfect time.”
Dilbert says she strives to hire the best people in the industry.
“I am very proud to have an international team of experienced staff who are highly qualified in their fields of expertise, such as hair, nails and beauty, as we have such a diverse clientele,” she says, adding that she is especially pleased to have hired a qualified young Caymanian in Powery.
“After her overseas experience, she decided to return to her community and share a homely touch, with a bit of flair, to our field.”
Despite Eclipze’s success over the past 26 years, including its 10 years in Camana Bay, Dilbert does not intend to rest on past achievements.
“My aim is to evolve and grow my already existing, thriving business,” she says.