A young entrepreneurial hairdresser has realised her childhood dream and officially opened the doors to Blossom – an insta-worthy one-stop shop for hair and beauty.
The salon situated at South Rings, Bamber Bridge and provides hair, aesthetics, beauty and nail treatments houses a 7ft pink blossom tree, striking decor, foliage wall, two purpose built treatment rooms, reception area and additional beauty bar areas.
Blossom is the brain-child of 28 year-old Emma Cryer, from Lostock Hall, who trained at Headlines Hairdressing College and has 10 years experience.
She says: “I left school (Brownedge St Mary’s) and went straight to hairdressing college in Preston. It was all I ever wanted to do but what I found incredibly difficult was getting to the next stage.
“Being a young hairdresser is hard work. You are only ever someone’s apprentice unless you break free from the mould. I’d work at a salon during the day as an apprentice and then to get some more cash behind me I’d work into the night being a mobile hairdresser.
“I had a small blue Ford Ka and buzzed around Bamber Bridge and Preston in it to do hair at people’s houses.
“My mum and dad were brilliant as people would often come to my house to get their hair done too so my mum would be walking past the bathroom in her PJs at 10pm and I’d be there in the rinsing hair dye off a client over the bath.
“After my last appointment, she’d have my tea ready for me on the table. I think I was working 12 hour days, seven days a week at one point.
“Don’t get me wrong there were often times when I thought, I can’t do this, the money is too poor and I can’t work out how to become a senior hairdresser in this town with all the competition.
“However, I had a fire in my belly and knew I had to slave and save!”
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Emma rented a chair in a salon in Bamber Bridge and started to build up a client list.
She started saving for her own salon and eventually found the unit at South Rings, which was ready for her to make her mark.
Emma added: “It was stressful and tears were shed but my partner proposed in the run-up to me launching my business which gave me a huge boost. So not only did I have a salon to decorate and launch but I now have a wedding to plan too.”
Emma, who has ten years experience and trained at Headlines Hairdressing College, has invested all her savings in to the 850 sq ft retail space.
On Monday, February 17th, guests enjoyed a luxury launch with DJ set, fizz reception, goody bags, hair and beauty tutorials plus prize draws to win products and services. Complimentary tasters included the very latest in hair curling techniques, a Microneedling facial and flawless new looks from Blossom’s resident make-up artist, Megan Williams.
Of the launch event, owner, Emma Cryer, said: “This has been a dream in the making for a long time. It’s taken a huge leap of faith, many years of saving and an excellent support network behind me to make it a reality.
“I’ve got such a fantastic client base in the area but I really wanted to create a unique space where people could get all the treatments they need in a stylish and friendly atmosphere. It’s a high-end salon like you’d find on a bustling Manchester street but here in the heart of Lancashire.
“When our guests first walk into the salon, they get the wow-factor straight away. Hearing that they love it as much as I do makes me realise that I’ve achieved exactly what I set out to do.”
In addition to Emma and Megan, the team at Blossom includes hairdressers Elizabeth Wilkinson and Sarah Cadley, nail technician and beauty therapist Nikki Sale and aesthetics practitioner, Rachel Childs.