The final day Caroline Collier, the owner of Caroline’s Hair Studio, shut and locked the doors to her Kirkbymoorside salon, she admits was one of the most heart-breaking days of her 35-year career.
I was desperately sad at the thought of leaving the town, and the clients who I regard as my friends, but I knew I had to put safety first. There is a new normal now which we all have to adapt to, and try and beat these unprecedented times, the old normal is no longer safe enough.”
With time to reassess everything, during the months where she was forced to close and with help from the government schemes and good advice, Caroline began to envision a new way out of lockdown. Sadly it meant leaving her beloved salon in Kirbymoorside.
Turning things around
After a few weeks of soul-searching, Caroline realised it wasn’t yet time to give her career the chop. She owed it to her clients to carry on.
It’s not all bad, I realised I could turn things around, even when you couldn’t first see it […]. You find strength.”
So she started work on renovating and expanding an unused area of her home in Wombleton and turned it into a brand new salon, complete with waiting area overlooking her beautiful garden.
It’s the perfect space to offer a one-to-one service only, where clients can feel safe and enjoy having their hair pampered.”
“A big thank you to everyone who supported me”
Caroline is not only grateful for her clients’ loyalty during the transition but also everyone who played their part in bringing her new salon to life, including:
- Dales Windows and team, who did all the glazing at the front of the salon, making the most of the natural light;
- Paddy Cuddy, Architect;
- Jamie Johnson, Electrician;
- Will Young, Plumber;
- Jeremy Shield, Painter & Decorator;
- Doug Taylor, Tiling;
- Steve Wood for wallpapering;
- Graham & Co Accountants.
When you see Caroline’s new salon, it’s clear a lot of thought and love has gone into it. It’s a welcoming, homely space where clients (Caroline refers to them as her friends) can come and have their hair done, enjoy a chat and leave feeling fabulous once more. “It’s wonderful to welcome people back again”, says Caroline.
And it’s wonderful to see how much some bravery, vision and love for a vocation can have such a positive outcome — even during such uncertainty.