Monday 22 May 2017

Hairdresser Terry finds himself at the wrath of the den's newest dragon Chanelle McCoy

Businesswoman Chanelle wasn't too keen on Terry's product
Businesswoman Chanelle wasn't too keen on Terry's product

Sean O'Grady

She may be new to the Den, but Dragon Chanelle McCoy is no pushover - as Dubliner Terry O'Neill has found out.

The Dun Laoghaire man (50) has worked as a hairdresser for more than 30 years and created the Spec Sock, the world's only reusable cover to protect glasses during hair colouring sessions.

AP McCoy's wife Chanelle McCoy (left) and friend arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
AP McCoy's wife Chanelle McCoy (left) and friend arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Chanelle McCoy at the Galway Races. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Chanelle and AP McCoy on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Chanelle and Tony McCoy
Chanelle McCoy poses for a photo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy and wife Chanelle McCoy arriving at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

However, businesswoman Chanelle wasn't too keen on trying a product that would be used by other people.

"Chanelle said she doesn't like using something that someone else has already used. We had a discussion about it. Everybody has an opinion. I found getting my head around her reasoning to be a little bit hard," he told the Herald.

"They're high-density silicone and non-toxic. They're so dense that nothing really soaks into them and they're washed and sterilised after every use.

"I'd be more worried about using a towel or a gown in a salon. I couldn't get that across to her on the day."

Terry found it intimidating presenting his idea to the room of straight-talking entrepreneurs. "When you go in front of five people who have a lot of business acumen, you're always going to be apprehensive. If you have a belief in a product, you've put an awful lot of effort into it," he said.

"You don't want them to go, 'you're mad'."

Terry O'Neill brought his product into Dragon's Den
Terry O'Neill brought his product into Dragon's Den

Terry has been thrilled with the reception Spec Sock has received so far and it has already found its way into some of the capital's biggest salons.

"The feedback has been brilliant. Once people have it in the salon, they don't use anything else," he said.

"It's in some of the top salons in Dublin, like Dylan Bradshaw and Brian Roberts.

"You're sitting there for 30 to 45 minutes so people want to put their glasses on to look at their phone, read the magazines. I had this idea of making something more permanent."

Viewers of tomorrow's episode will also meet Limerick siblings Marie and Donie Curtin, who are pitching a high-protein chocolate drink, and phlebotomist Linda O'Connor, who has a private blood-taking service.

Dragons' Den airs tomorrow at 9.30pm on RTE One.

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