Sarah Fielden speaks to the smiling ladies and happy workforce at Hair and Beauty Boutique, Albrighton Road, Lostock Hall.
HAIR and Beauty Boutique first opened its doors almost exactly five years ago.
The Lostock Hall salon began when owner Gaynor Burton “took the plunge” and bought the premises, just as she finished her hairdressing training.
Now the Albrighton Road boutique is becoming more and more popular, with staff describing it as a “brilliant” place to work.
Gaynor, 34, went into partnership with her friend when they first bought the business, but has now been the sole owner for nearly three years.
She says: “I was at Preston College, after I had my little boy I did three years there, and on the last day we were handing in our folders and someone phoned to say they were selling their salon.
“We went to have a look at it – it was frightening because I didn’t have any salon experience – but we took the plunge.”
The mum-of-two says: “I’m learning my trade as well as being a business owner.
“I always thought I would just be a hairdresser not a business owner, but I’ve been thrust in at the deep end.
“I just plunged into it and took the chance.
“It’s frightening but it’s all good.
“I’ve got a really good network of support and it’s not like going to work – we have such a good time.”
The salon has begun offering beauty treatments in the last 18 months, and Gaynor says all the workers are building up their client bases.
She says: “I enjoy the colouring side of things and just everything really – coming to work and having a really nice time with your friends, and your clients all become your friends.
“I’m always trying to book courses and learn more, because you can’t just rest on your laurels.
“The beautician is really good at giving you confidence and propping you up – it works really well and I just love it.
“Everyone chips in – my boyfriend helps out with all the decorating.”
Beautician Amy Hornby, 29, has worked at the boutique for 18 months.
She says: “It’s brilliant, I absolutely love it. Everyone is just so friendly, it’s a really friendly place to be.
“We have old and young clients and when it’s busy everybody just has a laugh together.
“It’s a really really good place to work.
“It’s just fun, and when you go in nobody is ever in a bad mood.”
Amy, who lives in Ashton, joined the salon after deciding on a change in career.
She says: “I used to work in finance in the NHS, but after having my children I decided I wanted a career change and it’s just brilliant.
“It’s a massive change but I’ve never looked back since I made the decision.
“I love it – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Amy says she enjoys nail treatment, tanning and HD brows.
She says: “It’s a rewarding job because once you’ve finished the treatments, people just leave really happy.”