LORNA Clelland was working in sales when she took a leap of faith and launched her own beautician business.
The Beauty Spot, in Cousland Terrace, Seafield, West Lothian launched four years ago and, with business soon booming, she snapped up hairdresser Vanity with co-owner Melanie McLean.
Now they are in the running to be named Salon of the Year in our competition.
Ms Clelland said: “It was just a spur of the moment thing because I worked in sales and one day I decided I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life.
“I have always loved beauty so I chose that. I have never looked back.
“It was a big risk to open a hairdressers because we are not hairdressers, but it’s doing really well and we have got good girls in there that we can trust.”
The business, which has six staff across the two salons, offers hairdressing, facials, nails and massage.
“We try to stay competitive because our surrounding area is saturated with salons, which makes this achievement really good,” she said. “We are a really friendly small salon rather than an intimidating bigger environment and we cater for young girls up to our oldest client who is 85. The girls are all lovely and really professional.”
Ms Clelland said it was “amazing” to be in the top ten.
“We are so pleased and it’s really fantastic especially because it’s the first time we’ve ever done a competition before. We are delighted,” she said. “We are very small salons in a small area but we have a very loyal client base so obviously they think a lot of us to vote for us.”
And Ms Clelland has promised her staff a “big party” if they come out on top in the contest.
She said: “I think it would be amazing if we won because we’re going through a big refurbishment right now in The Beauty Spot so it would all come in at the same time and we’d have a big opening.”