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Lorna Hamilton

Hushed Hair Salon
Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Lorna launched Hushed Hair Salon, as a "quiet salon" inclusive to everyone from all walks of life. The salon experience aims to offer clients complete relaxation with holistic settings and low noise in an environment they feel safe and comfortable in.

60-Second Interview

1. Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I would say my gran, she looked after us all, whenever she was needed, she was there, she always had such an optimistic attitude towards everything. I learned if I worked hard enough, eventually id see progress in whatever I was wanting to achieve.
2. What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I went along to the Bridge 2 Business Impact Summit event at Ayrshire college, where I listened to start-up business owners and learned about the grant that Ayrshire College was offering students, and that’s when I thought the idea I had for a ‘quiet salon’ was about giving something back to the community. I wasn’t actually going to contact bridge to business as I never ever thought they would be interested in a salon, but then I thought why not and see what happens, I never in a million years thought I would have been awarded the grant just a few months later.
3. Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I must have been about 6 or 7 and I had to go to work with my dad for the day (the full day) He worked as a welder at a yard near Crosshouse and basically I was to sit in his shed, be quiet and behave and I would get a tenner. I got my tenner :)
4. What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
I work constantly, I rarely have a full day off, I try to accommodate clients whenever its convenient for them, then I come home and advertise, sort appointments and update my diary.
I miss a lot of time with my kids, it’s difficult some days as I miss a lot of milestones with them being so young, it won’t be forever though.
5. Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My kids keep me motivated, I know that all the hard work is beginning to pay off and they will benefit from it.
6. What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Apart from my 5 & 1 year old who can’t sleep past half 6, my clients, I hate letting people down, there’s no way I would ever miss and appointment or cancel last minute unless it was something major. Also, I love doing hair, I actually love it, I love making people feel great.
7. How do you define success?
Hard work, a busy diary and happy clients,
8. Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I hope to see my business being recognised for its purpose, to include everyone from all walks of life regardless of ability.... for my clients to feel relaxed and enjoy every visit. I hope to be helping individuals and families who rarely get the chance to relax out with their home environment get back into their communities and realise they are not alone with issues that might be affecting them or their family members.
9. If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell my teenage self to not to put off going for what you want, do it now and if it doesn’t work try again.
10. If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
I would have Kramer Consultancy on my contact list. They have been involved in the Hairdressing industry for over 30 years. The Kramer Consultancy is a training organisation for aspiring stylist in the Hairdressing industry.
The Kramer Consultancy is also committed to Equal Opportunities.