Lau­ren opens own sa­lon, aged just 21

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout - By Kristina Curtis

A new beauty sa­lon has opened in Ash­ford town cen­tre.

Lau­ren Spean, 21, is the owner of LS Lashes and Beauty which opened the doors to its new sa­lon on Wed­nes­day last week.

The sa­lon, in Tufton Street, of­fers eye­lash ex­ten­sions, eye­brow and eye­lash tint­ing, gel nail pol­ish and make-up ap­pli­ca­tion.

Lau­ren, who has been in the beauty in­dus­try for three years, said: “I went trav­el­ling for three months at the be­gin­ning of the year and af­ter I got back I just threw my­self into do­ing lashes.”

Although Lau­ren’s busi­ness is now boom­ing, she was not al­ways headed for the beauty in­dus­try.

She said: “I was ac­tu­ally go­ing to go to univer­sity to study law, but af­ter leav­ing sixth form I de­cided not to go – in­stead I ended up on a beauty course at Can­ter­bury Col­lege and loved it.

“It was the lady who did my eye­lashes who sug­gested that I do a course on them be­cause she knew I would en­joy it, and here I am.

“I’ve had no re­grets. I’ve been self-em­ployed since col­lege and in a year-and-a-half I’ve gone from hav­ing no clients to be­ing able to open my own sa­lon.

“If I had gone to univer­sity I would prob­a­bly still be study­ing now, whereas now I’m here with my own busi­ness and I re­ally love what I do.”

Lau­ren al­ready has t wo em­ploy­ees – Aimee, a beauty ther­a­pist, and Kate, a make-up artist, and is look­ing to take on a trainee.

The sa­lon is open from Mon­day to Satur­day, how­ever it is ap­point­ment only.

From left, Aimee Oliver, Lau­ren Spean and Kate Glan­field

Above and be­low, LS Beauty and Lashes has now of­fi­cially opened

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