Luidmyla Holomovza left Lviv in western Ukraine at the end of April due to the war with Russia and was welcomed by a generous Strathaven family.
After struggling to find a job and working at her host’s house for a few weeks, she was offered a position at a beauty firm in Hamilton.
Hair by Luda operates out of FTT Skin Clinics and officially opened its doors to customers last week.
Of her first impressions, Luidmyla said: “The people of Lanarkshire have been very kind to both of us, me and my son.
“Everyone we met in Scotland was very friendly and helpful.
“Coming from a war where we have seen the worst in humanity, it has been heartwarming to see how kind and caring people can be to strangers. We have seen the best in humanity here in Scotland. “
Before war broke out, the 44-year-old worked as a hairdresser for more than a decade.
She added: “I’m not someone who wants charity, I’m someone who wants to work and give back to this country that has helped us so much.
“I was given the opportunity to do this and I am very grateful for it. Hairdressing has always been my passion and I love my job. I have trained with many international stylists and worked in prestigious salons in Lviv.”
Aesthetic nurse Frances Turner-Traill, who runs the clinic, said: “It was never my game plan to have a hairstylist in our clinic, but coming from a war-torn country as a refugee, I just want to give him a platform to rebuild his life.
“Our patients and staff are 100% behind this, we just want to give her a hand and see how she does.
“Who knows what the future holds for her as she rebuilds her life and her business.
“I really want it to be his business, I’m happy to facilitate it but it’s all up to him.”