A HAIRDRESSER has taken over the salon she began working at as a Saturday girl when she was only 13.
Jade Brown has relaunched the former Hairwaves Hair Studio in Moor Road, Rushden, with a new look and a new name, The Junction.
Growing up Miss Brown, 22, had always wanted to become a nurse, but after spending a day working at the salon when she was 13 to help her cousin who worked there she became hooked on the idea of becoming a hairdresser.
She said: “I first came here to help out one day during the Christmas period when they were really busy and after that one day I realised this was something I wanted to do and they asked me to keep coming back.
“I’ve always been fascinated by colouring, that’s my favourite thing, but I also enjoy perming and restyling.
“I used to work here on Saturdays and after school while I was at Rushden Community College. When I finished school at 16 I began training to be a hairdresser at Northampton College and kept working here on my days off until I finished my course and then moved to another salon when I was 19.”
Miss Brown, of Raunds, said it had always been her ambition to own her own salon but she never dreamed she would achieve that by the age of 22.
She said: “When I heard about the chance of opening my own salon here I was really keen to take it on.
“I always dreamed of having my own salon but I didn’t think I would achieve that so quickly. I also have my own house and a young son and people keep asking me how I’ve managed to do that and own my own business already.
“I think if you want something you have to work hard for it.”
Miss Brown added it was lovely to see so many familiar faces at her new business.
She said: “It means a lot to me to come back here – although it also feels a little weird. Every time I get to the front door I keep asking myself if this is really happening.
“It’s nice to see so many familiar faces. We have customers who have been coming here for years and they have been telling me they remember me when I was a nipper – it’s nice to be welcomed back.”
Tomorrow beautician Emily George will also join the salon.