A Hull salon owner was left stunned when she experienced her own ‘Oscars’ moment after picking up a national hair and beauty award.
Simply Goddess Hair and Beauty in Hessle Road won Hair Extensions Salon of the Year at the annual English Hair and Beauty Awards in Manchester.
Tens of thousands of applicants wanted their hands on the trophy with only ten shortlisted for the final.
Salon owner, Dionne Laycock, 28, was so shocked her “little” salon was picked as the best in the country she froze and had to be lifted up onto the stage by her partner, Augustinas.
“It was crazy,” she said. “I couldn’t move I was in complete shock and was not expecting it at all. My little salon is in Hessle Road and I was up against really big names, extremely posh, beautiful salons and we came first.
“I’m still in shock. I could not believe I won. I had to be lifted up to the stage and did not have a speech prepared because I didn’t think I was going to win.”
Dionne opened her salon seven years ago specialising in pure Russian hair sourced directly from Russia.
Since opening, it has become a huge success and has expanded working behind the scenes to offer a range of beauty treatments including the most popular new trend eyebrow, Microblading.
The salon is always fully booked and Dionne has gone from employing one member of staff to eleven “wonderful girls” in the seven years since the salon opened.
“Russian hair is the best. I wanted only the best so I went to Russia to source it myself,” Dionne added.
“We have gone from strength to strength and we never expected we were going to be as busy as we are now. There is eleven of us that work here and I started out with only one other girl when I first opened.
“I am so happy that I got to experience winning this award with my support team and I am lucky to have such wonderful girls alongside me.”
The English Hair and Beauty Awards celebrate the work of the nations experienced hair stylists, nail technicians, colourists, beauty specialists and make-up artists.
The eighth annual ceremony was held at The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Sunday, March 10, where over 500 elite hair and beauty professionals gathered.
A Spokesperson for the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2019 said: “It was undoubtedly a great evening reflecting the talent and style that flow in England.
“The awards aimed to recognise true specialists who provide services that are second to no-one and offer an exceptional experience to clients who visit their salon to relax, be pampered and revitalise themselves.
“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for keeping the nation glowing and being role-models for having the customer satisfaction as top priority in their business.”
Dionne described the event as like being at the Oscars, with the red carpet rolled out and the champagne flowing.
She said: “It was unbelievable. There was a red carpet and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and we enjoyed a three-course meal with champagne. It was like the Oscars.
“The video of when I won is hilarious, I just couldn’t move. I’m still in a daze and speechless.”
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