We go behind the scenes at a Longton beauty salon to find out what it is like to work there.
BUSINESS is booming at Make Up and Beauty by Sarah Flowers.
The Longton salon opened its doors earlier this year, and is already almost always fully-booked.
Owners put the shop’s rapid success down to its homely atmosphere, and its relaxed attitude to opening hours.
“We don’t have opening hours, we just work around clients and I think that’s a massive positive”, explains owner Sarah Flowers.
“A few months ago some of my clients were going to Royal Ascot and I came in at 3am to do their hair and make up.
“I think clients appreciate that we will literally do anything they want.”
Sarah, who lives in Much Hoole, trained as a beauty therapist at Preston College before going to the School of Make Up in Stockport to train as a make up artist.
She later worked as a make up artist for television, and worked with Channel 5, Sky Sports and Hollyoaks.
She still works occasionally with Sky Sports.
She says: “With Hollyoaks, I was there full time for about seven months and I did hair and make up for the actors.
“Then I decided when I got married last May I would come away from TV because it was long hours and I would be travelling a lot, so I opened a little beauty room within my mum and dad’s photography studio in Much Hoole.
“I thought it would take 12 months to take off but it only took about three months, which was brilliant.
“In January we saw the property I’m in now was up for rent and we eventually got it in April and then we opened on May 1.
“We thought it was going to be a long process and really hard to get it up and running, but instantly we were fully booked, more or less the first day we opened.
“We thought it would take ages and it just boomed.”
She says: “We work the salon to what clients want. We don’t do what we want, we do what they want.”
She describes the shop as “relaxed and very friendly and homely”.
She says: “It’s our absolute motto here - we want to make clients feel like it’s a home rather than a shop, and they feel like they are coming to see friends rather than a therapist.
“I can’t put into words how amazing it’s been because I would never have expected it to do as well as it has.
“It’s a dream come true.
“It’s always been a dream to have my own shop and it’s just boomed so we are hoping it is going to stay like that.” PA and receptionist Bethany Ridley, 17, joined the team in June.
She says: “For the short time I have worked at Make Up and Beauty, I feel like we are becoming a little family.
“Sarah makes the salon very welcoming and makes me enjoy coming to work.”
Kelly Serridge, 24, has worked at the salon for about four or five weeks.
She says: “I really enjoy it.
“It’s my first salon job so it was a bit daunting at first but Sarah made me feel really relaxed.
“I don’t feel like I’m coming to work, I feel like I’m coming to do work and for a chat with the clients.”