A Wrexham woman who opened her own hair salon during the pandemic is “over the moon” with its success.

Hayley Owen has been running her own hair salon, Salon 87, on Glan Llyn road in Bradley Village for just over year and has seen the business grow despite restrictions.

She described the building that is now her salon as an “empty shell” to begin with but her husband, who is a qualified joiner, helped her to convert the small premises into her dream salon and put her own stamp on it.

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She has received a great amount of support from the community and her clients, who have allowed her salon to take off despite the effects of the pandemic.

She said: “It’s doing really well at the moment. I’m the only one who works there, but in the future, I’m going to look to get someone in because it’s taken off quite well.

"It’s been hard work; I’ve got a family of four kids as well and trying to run your own business. It’s been tough and obviously the effect of opening and closing is whether you can keep surviving.”

The Leader: Work in progress: Salon 87 Work in progress: Salon 87

The effects of Covid-19 also means that she can get last minute cancellations and not be able to fill the slots, which is another issue on top of lockdowns which has affected business, but Hayley said she has adapted to be able to run her business through restrictions.

She added: “It was quite tough when I opened (last) December because it’s the run up to Christmas and then it didn’t have that but I did this year so that was quite nice for clients.

“I wanted to do something with the first year being open really but again I couldn’t have a party. I couldn’t have my opening day because restrictions were a lot tighter then but I can’t really have a celebration of a first year because it’s still going.”

She decided to run a raffle to do something for her first year, which raised a total of £425 for Nightingale House Hospice.

The salon has also sponsored local netball Team, Misfits.

The Leader: The finished product from the inside: Salon 87The finished product from the inside: Salon 87

Hayley thanks everyone who supported her and her business through “such an unpredictable time”.

She said: “It’s been hard work but it’s well worth it.”

As well as her clients and the local community, she thanks local electrician Kieron Gaston, Steven Griffiths from Castle Mews Carpets who helped with supplying and fitting the flooring, and Richard Griffiths who plastered the premises. She also thanks Hannah Marie for her photography.