A HAIRDRESSER has opened her own luxury salon in Blakedown after losing her previous job due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stacey Mcknight was unable to return to work at another salon because of social distancing restrictions, so decided to take a leap of faith and fulfil a lifelong dream of running a business of her own.

And after weeks of planning and preparation, Stacey Mcknight Hairdressing opened its doors for the first time in Birmingham Road earlier this month.

Cotswold Journal: Stacey Mcknight Hairdressing opened its doors for the first time in Birmingham Road this monthStacey Mcknight Hairdressing opened its doors for the first time in Birmingham Road this month

Salon owner Stacey said: "I’ve always wanted to go from renting a chair to opening my own salon and actually there was no better time to take that leap; I wanted to do something worthwhile during these uncertain times.

"It has been such a whirlwind trying to prepare for the big opening particularly with the extra steps and precautions we’ve had to put on place to comply with the new guidelines, but as soon as we got the green light to welcome our first clients through the door it made the long hours completely worthwhile.

“The safety of our clients is our priority so we’re complying with all restrictions and can only arrange a limited number of appointments at a time but we’ve already seen some incredible lockdown hair transformations and after months of waiting for their pamper appointments we've worked tirelessly to make sure that clients leave the salon looking amazing.

Cotswold Journal: A look inside the new luxury salon in BlakedownA look inside the new luxury salon in Blakedown

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support we’ve already received and look forward to seeing the new salon grow from strength to strength.“

The new luxury hair salon employs five stylists with more than 30 years experience between them, including Stacey, director stylists Emma Richardson and Chloe Moraity, senior stylist Heather Lee-Brookes and apprentice Olivia Brookes.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact Stacey Mcknight on 01562 700020 or email info@staceymcknighthairdressing.co.uk