UK salon owners launch charity initiatives to give back locally

Salons across the UK have kicked off 2016 with a fleet of initiatives to give back to their local communities.

New salon Illusion Hair and Beauty was opened in Kirk Merrington, County Durham, in late January by Jade Christie-Skinner, who aims to split the week’s appointments between charity work and paid treatments. She will offer free treatments to people suffering from dementia and cancer from Monday to Wednesday, while operating as a commercial salon Thursday to Saturday.

Christie-Skinner will work with charities to identify those who could benefit from a treatment and hopes that money made during the second half of the week will cover the cost of the free services. Separately, therapist Laura Porter of Number One Nails and Beauty in Burnside, South Lanarkshire, is offering free therapies to cancer patients.

Announcing the plans on the salon’s Facebook page, she said: “This is a difficult time for anyone so we will be offering free facials and massages, something to help ease the pain.” Porter will run her first free clinic on March 7.

Meanwhile, Louise Jane McCandless, owner of The Tan Stand in Banbridge, County Down, announced plans to offer a homeless person a place to live and a job at her salon after reading about a 30-year-old man dying from sleeping rough in February.