'We fell in love after a hairdressing showdown'
Published 27/05/2011 | 05:00
From rival hairdressers to bride and 'groom', Team Ireland members Martha Galvin-Baird (33) and husband James Baird (37) found love in the cut-throat world of competitive hairdressing. Five years on, the couple -- who run their own salon in Ballina, Co Mayo -- have just welcomed their best creation yet, three-week-old baby son Ethan, says mum Martha.
"In my line of work, there aren't that many opportunities to meet men. Well, you meet loads of men -- but most of them are with men! I met James at the European hairdressing championship in Frankfurt in 2006 and was smitten.
"One night, we went out for dinner as friends and left the restaurant as a couple. It's been a real whirlwind -- within five years, we've met, married and had a baby.
"As a male hairdresser, James is surrounded by women all day and could probably have his pick of models.
"I trust him completely though -- and the fact that I work two feet away from him means I can keep an eye on him!
"It's probably some women's fantasy to be married to their hairdresser, but I'd never ask James to do my hair because I can do it myself."