LOCKDOWNS left senior stylist Julie Bradshaw with time to reassess where her career was going and now she has opened her own salon in Bacup with a determination to get the work-life balance right.
Julie had been working for Tufties in Rawtenstall and was initially furloughed until lockdown restrictions eased in July.
By September she realised it was time to make a change and now she has opened Thrive Salon upstairs at Pioneer Health Studio.
Julie, 43, who is married to Lee and has two sons aged 13 and 11 said: “Hairdressing is in my blood, my grandfather was a barber and my parents were both hairdressers.
“We lived in a terraced house on Whitworth Road, Rochdale, and at the front was my mother’s salon Veronica’s Hairstyles. I still cut the hair of one of her clients.
“From a young age I would help out in the salon doing odd jobs and brushing up hair.”
She trained at Gregory Couzens in Rochdale and was there for 10 years, before moving to Tufties, where she worked for another nine years.
Julie is a keen fan of reusing, but with charity shops unable to open, she sought items to upcycle from Facebook Marketplace.
She said: “I bought various furniture for the salon, a wine rack has become a magazine rack and I have reused and upcycled as much as I can.
“I wanted it to be individual and got Jamie Watters from Bacup to make unique work stations.
“I have also joined the Green Salon Collective so as much as possible from the salon is recycled and we have separate metal bins for hair and recyclable goods.
“I also dispense shampoos and hair products from larger containers and encourage clients to bring back their bottles because it is cheaper to get them refilled.”
The lockdowns made her assess how she wanted to live in the future, especially after being at home for so long.
She said: “I think the pandemic gave loads of people a chance to reassess their lives, I knew that I still enjoyed the job I was doing but I did not want to go back to working for someone else, I wanted my own space and to be able to run it my own way.
“Being in charge of my environment means I can devote the time I want to the individual client.
“I think it was Lee that came up with the name Thrive for the salon and when I looked up definitions, I found one that fitted what I wanted to do and why I was doing this.
“It said, thrive: discovering who you are and the person you are becoming, reaching daily success with happiness and compassion, not merely surviving but living life with passion.
“That is exactly what I wanted to do here. People who come into the salon comment on how relaxing and calm it makes them feel.” To contact Julie call 07850 538 649 or email email@example.com