A mother of two, Kate moved to Australia for a better life, she says, when there were too many changes taking place in Europe, and the company she was working for collapsed. So she moved from the Iodz, Poland to Sydney in 2001. She pines for Poland and her family, but is set on building up a thriving business in Sydney with a salon and shop of her own one day. She’s also developing her English skills, helping her seven-year-old son with his English homework. She’ll never forget the Polish food – the dumplings, mushrooms from the forest, cakes, cherries, and strawberries.

It all started in the movie industry in Poland. Business owner Kate Wojtczaka was working as a wig maker and make-up artist, constantly inspired by the people and their creativity. When the industry shifted from her local town to the capital city, Warsaw, her work was no longer practical. So, facing a myriad of challenges, she moved to Australia, bringing her skills and her love of people along with her. She’s been a hairdresser in Sydney since 2004, working in salons and for friends at home, offering a range of haircare services including, cuts, colour and styling for special events. Kate’s lovely, home-based salon in Ashcroft, Sydney, is particularly welcoming for women with children and those who require modesty.