Young business woman opens own salon in East Runton

A 20-year-old has started a new venture opening her own salon in North Norfolk - and has even had the property featured on television.

Hannah Weston is originally from Stody near Holt but now lives in High Street, East Runton, near Cromer, above her new salon - Beach Hair Studio.

The salon, which officially opens on Monday will offer a range of hair treatments for both men and women from extensions and wedding hair, which are Miss Weston's speciality, through to perms and cut and blow drys.

The salon building itself has had a makeover which has seen it become the star of the BBC morning show, Homes Under the Hammer, in an episode screened on May 12.

The show follows a property bought at auction through to how it is renovated. Miss Weston's father, Nigel, who is in his 50s and a property developer, originally bought the salon property in East Runton and was approached to see if he would be interested in featuring it on the programme, and he agreed. The property has now been transferred to Miss Weston, who says it has taken about a year to renovate.

She said: 'It was in a terrible state, full of damp, the walls were dripping with water and we had to take all the floors up. It was nice to see how it looked before to how it is now.'

Miss Weston has been hairdressing since she was 14, when her mum, Tracy, who is in her 40s, was diagnosed with alopecia, a hair loss condition.

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Miss Weston said: 'My mum wanted hair extensions but they were very expensive, so I taught myself how to do them.'

Since then she has done a fast track course in hair dressing and has also for the past two years been a mobile hairdresser. She said she is now looking forward to the challenge of running her own salon and as well as herself, will be helped by two of her friends and her mum as receptionist.