A SALON owner in Earlestown has been reflecting on 15 years at her business.

Wendy Hyland set up her own salon during the 2009 recession after she spotted the perfect property for her hair salon.

The salon owner is thankful for St Helens Chamber who helped her start up her dream business.

She said: "I saw this salon and I walked in and just knew I could do something with it.

"I went to St Helens Chamber because they were helping you out at the time and there was this lovely woman Janice who I explained the business plan to.

"A lot of businesses went under because of the recession, so there was only a couple of that group she took on. She was really helpful, and I still have her now.

"I can’t thank them enough for all the support they gave me."

The business owner previously worked at a hair salon in Earlestown, before going mobile with local clients.

She later set up Scissor Sisters which celebrated its 15th anniversary in April.

St Helens Star: The salon had its 15th anniversary in April The salon had its 15th anniversary in April

Wendy also discussed her worries about the cost of living crisis and what impact this will have on her business.

The 52-year-old added: "It has scared me. We’ve had to put our prices up, so hopefully we can maintain it.

"When I opened my first salon, there was a recession, so if I can survive a recession and survive a pandemic, I think we can survive this. We’re a strong team.

"If it wasn’t for my family and friends, I don’t know what I would’ve done."

The salon has also teamed up with relatives on independent business Amazing Days, which offers a variety of services for weddings and other occasions.

The business has since branched out by expanding upstairs where self-employed beauticians offer their services. 

Ashley Wadey, a senior stylist at the salon, also showed her appreciation of the business.

She said: "I’ll never work a day in my life as long as I work here."

Although Wendy showed her gratitude to St Helens Chamber, she was also thankful for her husband and team members Ashley, Jess, Maia, and Ellie. 

St Helens Star: Wendy has described Ashley as being like a daughter to herWendy has described Ashley as being like a daughter to her