A Huyton mum and daughter who run their own hair and beauty salon have been “overwhelmed” by the amount of new clients they’ve welcomed after lockdown.
The coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on the service industry and in some instances led to the permanent closure of independent shops, businesses, restaurants and more.
Now restrictions have eased, many businesses are still fighting to survive, but mother and daughter Lisa and Lois Preston have jumped back into business head first.
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As directors of Lois Jane Hair & Beauty, a salon based on Longview Drive in Huyton, they’re busier than they could’ve imagined.
Lisa, 43, has always lived in Huyton and after starting her career in hairdressing more 20 years ago, she eventually opened her own small salon on Woolton Road in Childwall.
Lisa became established in the hairdressing industry and her daughter Lois, now 25, developed a passion for makeup. Lisa then decided to open a new salon with room to expand and found the ideal venue just minutes from where they live.
Downstairs, there’s six hair stations, a spray tanning room, private beauty room, separate hair washing room and the full display of hair products to buy. Upstairs, Lois takes centre stage where she mainly focuses on makeup artistry and nails.
Lisa and Lois have also developed their own range of hair products including their branded wave comb complete with a velvet pouch, pink vent brush and gold paddle brush, as well as a full range of hair extensions. The salon provides a one-stop-extensions-shop, from supplying the hair, fitting it, as well as selling tools and equipment for other hairdressers.
Before becoming qualified, Lois began practising makeup on herself, family and friends. She’s since trained in CND nails, spray tanning, semi permanent eyelashes, crystal clear microdermabrasion facials, lash lifts and brown lamination.
Lois said: “I’ve spent the last eight years growing up at the salon. It’s given me so much confidence and I’ve continued to learn and grow every step of the way.
“Working with my mum is amazing but at times it can be hard as at first, we worked and lived together! I chose to move out and buy my first home when I was 20 and I feel that this has given us an even better working relationship.”
Lisa added: “Working with Lois is fantastic as we’re able to see each other most days – but some days we barely speak as we’re so busy. We both have different skills that we bring to the business; I’m good at organising, managing the staff and finances and Lois is very creative and is always coming up with new ideas.
“I’m so proud to watch my little girl grow and develop into a confident young lady. She has worked so hard over the years and has established herself within the industry.
“It’s definitely not easy working with family and we can have different opinions and the odd disagreement – but we always manage to put our differences aside and be professional at all times.”
Lois continued: “We’re both overwhelmed with the amount of new clients we’ve had since reopening after lockdown. It was such an uncertain time during the pandemic but to be open and have recently celebrated our eighth year at the salon with so many clients is just amazing.”
Lois Jane Hair & Beauty is based on Longview Drive, L36 6DY.
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