A sustainable hair and beauty salon celebrated its 40th birthday by tripling the size of its premises and scooping a top business award. Headmasters in Bacup Road, Waterfoot, won the coveted Employer of the Year title at Rossendale Business Awards, and just days later opened its extension – in a converted former dental practice. Nominations are now open for this year’s Rossendale Business Awards, the 10th event that has been organised by Valley at Work, which connects and supports local businesses.
Before ‘Blue Planet’ and the concerns over plastic pollution, the family-run salon was already seeking sustainability. Director Rebecca Moffatt said: “We are always evolving and for just over three years Headmasters has been working with a new product brand – Davines. It is manufactured in a small village in Italy, and its ethos fits with ours. The plastic bottles are completely recyclable, the packaging is biodegradable and even the hair colours are up to 98 per cent biodegradable. The majority of the products are vegan and even the ink that is on the bottles’ labels is eco-friendly.”
The company’s 13 employees were involved in the design of the extended salon. Keeping with the eco-ethos, a range of recycled items have been used including metal mesh for the staircase, hand-made reception desks and shelves from recycled wood and a huge dividing door is made from recycled wood held in position by metal hinges from a former stable. Rebecca added: “The showerheads in the back wash are eco-friendly and the waiting area is former cinema chairs.”
On the ground floor there is a small boutique and new sweeping staircase leads up to a suite of beauty rooms. Rebecca added: “We have had the Silver Investors In People standard for about two years and there are only handful of hair and beauty salons in the UK to have reached that accreditation. We are dedicated to the ongoing training and development of our team, thus allowing them to achieve their full potential and more. We also have fantastic staff retention. We thought we had a chance of winning, but there are lots of fantastic businesses in Rossendale. It was a good way of celebrating our 40th birthday.”
Story by Catherine Smyth Media