Vegas style at St Albans hair salon

Holly Burrows and Shannon Hughes from Chestnut Hair Salon

Holly Burrows and Shannon Hughes from Chestnut Hair Salon - Credit: Archant

A St Albans hair salon is celebrating three successful years in business with a red carpet and Las Vegas-themed event.

Flapper girls and one-armed bandits will greet guests at the Chestnut Hair Salon in High Oaks who will be treated to pick’n’mix, a chocolate fountain, balloons, banners and bubbly.

Emily Blyde, who started the salon three years ago aged just 19, said she was also launching a charity collection service, which would see elderly or disabled customers collected from their homes and brought to the salon.

She said: “When I first started I used to collect a lady called Joyce from her home and bring her into the salon, but sadly she has now passed away so I thought it would be a good idea to start doing it for others.

“We’re just trying to raise enough to start it off really, and to see how it goes. I’m sure it will be a success.”


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The service, which will be named the Chestnut Charity, will begin on a monthly basis, with recipients either putting themselves forward or being nominated by family and friends.

Emily said: “My nan can’t drive and there must be lots of people like her - that’s where the idea came from.”

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Chestnut Hair Salon is marking its third successful year and Emily said she was keen to expand further.

She explained: “It was just me to start with but I’ve since trained up three apprentices - two of which are still with me today.

“I need more space. I need a bigger shop. Initially, I’m just looking for more space for this one, but I want to expand and have lots of shops one day.”

The Chestnut Hair Salon’s Vegas-themed event is on all day today.

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