Staff at a Rutherglen hair salon are hoping to help locals feel positive about themselves – after binning trashy gossip magazines.
The decision by Aleighya’s Hair & Beauty salon came after the death of popular TV presenter Caroline Flack.
The Love Island host was found dead in her flat the day after receiving confirmation she was to stand trial for domestic assault – a case that had been given extensive coverage in tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines.
Natalie Hendren, the owner of the Stonelaw Road business, decided that magazines like that were having a negative effect on customers, and wanted to bring in more positive products instead.
Staff have now stocked the salon with health and wellbeing magazines, and a selection of books instead.
Natalie explained: “After what happened with Caroline Flack I just thought enough is enough.
“It’s about having more positive vibes in the salon rather than the sort of gossip that these magazines do.
“There is a sort of judgment that these stories have and that gets into people’s heads, about what they should look like or be thinking about someone.
“I know that taking away these magazines isn’t going to stop trolls or negative stories, but it’s a small change and you want to do what you can.
“We want this as a safe place, not somewhere that you will have a lot of negativity, so replacing them with books or magazines about health and well being can have an impact.”
Natalie says the response from her clients has been supportive.
She added: “If they want to bring their own in, that’s fine, it’s just that we won’t have them on the tables to be picked up.
“Everyone we’ve spoken to has said it’s a good idea and that they only read them because they were right there in front of them.”
In other good news for the business, as they are up for the prize of Best Hairstylist at the Lanarkshire retail business awards on March 22.
After being nominated the salon was judged by mystery shoppers and earned a place on the shortlist.
Natalie said: “I’m pleased. It’s a complete shock, it means the world to me and the rest of the team to be recognised.”