“I was on the train when the news broke, it was like a bolt from the blue,” said Tanya O’Brien, who works as a makeup artist at the Lupitas beauty salons in Sydney.
“We’ve been here for about 15 years and they have been there for so long.”
A spokesman for the Australian Beauty Association said it was a good idea to keep the salons separate from each other.
“A good number of salons are owned by the same people, they just don’t have to share any space, they don’t need to share space and they’re not required to,” the spokesman said.
“So we’re hoping this will give them an opportunity to keep their unique identity.”