Hair busi­ness is a real fam­ily af­fair

Stockport Express - - The Laughing Badger - ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

THE own­ers of a new busi­ness are hop­ing it will prove a cut above the rest - and say it is Greater Manch­ester’s first or­ganic ve­gan hair sa­lon.

Up­lift Or­ganic Hair opened in Broad­stone Mill, Red­dish, on Satur­day and is a joint ven­ture by sis­ters Jade Snell, 29 and Bronte Robin­son, 23.

It is classed as or­ganic be­cause it uses as many nat­u­ral prod­ucts as pos­si­ble with as few chem­i­cals as pos­si­ble. And the sa­lon is ve­gan as no an­i­mal prod­ucts or in­gre­di­ents are used.

Jade says that al­though there is a ve­gan sa­lon in Bury, her re­search shows there is no other or­ganic ve­gan hair­dressers in Greater Manch­ester.

She said: “We go to quite a lot of ve­gan fes­ti­vals and peo­ple seem quite taken aback by what we are do­ing. We do not know of an­other or­ganic ve­gan sa­lon around here.

“It takes more time and re­search to set up as you have to go on spe­cific train­ing cour­ses and there’s less choice of brands. It would be easier to set up a reg­u­lar sa­lon.

“But a lot more peo­ple are turn­ing to ve­gan or at least be­com­ing more con­scious of their health and the en­vi­ron­ment and we are con­fi­dent there is a mar­ket out there.”

The sis­ters came up with the idea af­ter Bronte had worked in a sim­i­lar busi­ness while trav­el­ling in Aus­tralia.

She re­turned to the UK and looked for the same type of sa­lon to work in but could not find one.

Af­ter talk­ing to Jade they set up Up­lift Or­ganic Hair, which op­er­ated as a mo­bile ser­vice with Bronte as the stylist four months ago.

Jade, who is also an ad­min­is­tra­tor for Bet­Fred, is cur­rently train­ing for the same role and takes care of the man­age­ment side of the busi­ness.

The sa­lon held a launch event on Satur­day with a buf­fet, cakes and Prosecco - all of which were ve­gan.

Jade, who grew up in Red­dish but now lives in Rawten­stall, said: “My sis­ter was al­ways get­ting called by peo­ple ask­ing for more nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts.

“And when she searched for an or­ganic ve­gan sa­lon she couldn’t find one so we de­cided to set up our own.

“We had the idea and now feels like the right time to run with it.”

Ed­die Gar­vey

●●Sis­ters Jade Snell (left) and Bronte Robin­son who have opened Up­lift Or­ganic Hair in Broad­stone Mill, Red­dish

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