A hairdresser from Telford has become the new owner of the salon where she has worked for 18 years after starting her career as a ‘Saturday girl’.
Joanna Turner is now the proud sole proprietor of Golden Scissors in Wellington after buying the business from her former boss Grace Joseph.
The takeover comes after Joanna first started working at sister salon Hair Junction in Leegomery when she was 14 on a Saturday before working her way through her qualifications and working her way up to what she moved to Golden Scissors on New Street at age 21 to become the new manager.
With Joanna running her own salon, it will no longer be a sister salon to Hair Junction which will continue to be owned and operated by Grace.
The 39-year-old mother-of-three said owning her own salon had always been a dream but was unable to make it a reality when she started her family.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I love my job and give 100% every time. I worked for Grace for 25 years and loved every second of it. other stylists and helping people early in their careers,” she said.
“I love people, so talking all day to different people while doing the job I love is awesome. My clients have become friends and I’ve been cutting their hair since I started here and now their children and even their grandchildren too in some cases!
“Grace gave me such a brilliant opportunity and I want to thank her for her support over the years, especially now with the sale of the business.
“A lot of people have said that I could have opened my own salon anywhere, but Golden Scissors is my heart and it’s convenient for older customers traveling by bus.
“It’s a real family salon where parents and young people can all have their hair done together. People always say that once they come to get their hair cut at Golden Scissors, they never go anywhere else.
Joanna said the pandemic had been extremely difficult for everyone in the industry and she was worried about many of her older clients who she knows had only seen people when they came to the hairdresser .
“I called some of my vulnerable customers during the shutdowns because I was worried about them. They treat me like family, so it was only right that I did the same for them.
“I recently cut people’s hair in Bowring Park – for those who don’t have the confidence to come to a salon, can’t afford a haircut or have anxious children. It was amazing and a fantastic way to give back to the amazing Wellington community,” said Joanna.
“I look forward to putting my own brand on Golden Scissors, but my clients will receive the same service with a smile they have always received and I am keeping the current staff as we are such a fabulous team.
“I am extremely proud of the success of the business and want to thank everyone for their support over the years – 2022 will be a very exciting year as I will be a business owner and also get married!”