Salon opens for business

Staff at Exquisite Look in Halifax, Emma Denton, beauty therapist, Rebecca Kelly, hairdresser, and Iram Rahim, beauty therapist.
Staff at Exquisite Look in Halifax, Emma Denton, beauty therapist, Rebecca Kelly, hairdresser, and Iram Rahim, beauty therapist.

The owner of a new hair and beauty salon says it’s been a big challenge setting up her company, but is determined to make it a success.

Owner Nazia Shabbir became a qualified beauty therapist in 2003 and worked in Halifax for nine years before deciding to start her own business, Exquisite Look, based on Clare Road.

She said: “It’s been a big challenge - the planning application was approved last December and we opened on October 1.

“It is a nice Victorian building which has been fully renovated without damaging the character of the original building.

“Setting up a business with large overheads and providing employment is very difficult.

“However we are determined to make our business a success which will help the local economy.

“We’re not that established yet but we’ve had people coming in who’ve had leaflets or people who work nearby.

“We’re slowly getting known but the feedback so far has been great.”

The business will have its official opening on December 6, with Halifax MP Linda Riordan cutting the ribbon at around 3.30pm.

Nazia added: “At present we employ five staff members and our aim is to increase that to 10 in December to deal with the Christmas workload.

“I have 10 years experience in Asian bridal make-up and we will be providing bridal services too at the salon.

“All our staff are fully qualified and trained. We aim to provide quality service to our client but at very competitive prices.

“We will be offering a free chat and consultation on hair and beauty matters at our official opening as well as complimentary treatments.”