A Nottinghamshire mother and daughter team have fulfilled a lifetime dream by opening a beauty salon together, after the pandemic encouraged her to take the plunge.
Beauty Therapist, Nikki Knight (37) found herself without steady work when lockdown first hit in March 2020, and considered a career change, but loved the job she does, so she had a talk with her mum, Teresa Faux about opening a beauty salon, which has now led to the opening of NK Beauty Lounge, in Woodstock Road, Toton.
Teresa, a long-time fitness instructor and qualified hospital theatre practitioner, had recently taken early retirement. But she’s now gained a new lease of life by working alongside her daughter in Nikki’s first permanent beauty, cosmetic and personal care business.
And it’s truly a family affair, with Nikki's Step Dad and Husband working hard to help finish the decoration and final touches.
The business, which provides anything from massage, waxing and facials to tanning, pedicures and manicures, had its opening launch on Sunday, June 6, and, by Monday, the order book for the first week was completely filled.
Nikki said: “It’s a dream come true. To work with my mum, and for her to be able to enjoy my vision, is just amazing. More than anything, I’m really excited to be working again after a year and a half.”
The mother of three sons aged between 12 and 18 and a 26-year-old stepdaughter, Nikki decided early on to focus her treatments and products on being as natural and eco-friendly as possible.
For facial skin treatments she uses Eve Taylor products, which are renowned for their green credentials. She also uses Footlogix products for pedicures, which is the first medical pedicure treatment on the market.
But, having worked in the same line of work all her life, Nikki’s driving passion is to be in a position to guide and advise younger female beauty workers who are just starting out.
“I want to help young girls get the most out of their career, and run their own business,” said Nikki. “I want to see lots of successful business women out there.
“Given the Covid situation, this venture was a massive financial gamble for me. But after years of offering mobile treatments and taking space in other people’s salons, I sat there and thought I could do this myself. And I really want my experience to help other people.”
NK Beauty Lounge is not the sole domain of women though, as Nikki has plenty of men booked in for treatment, particularly massages. As a result, the interior has been designed with a calming pink and blue colour scheme throughout, to appeal to both men and women.
Teresa said: “I am so proud of Nikki’s achievement. To get this lovely business off the ground in such a challenging time is quite remarkable. And, despite having come out of retirement for this, I am thrilled to be working with my talented daughter for the first time.”
To book an appointment at NK Beauty Lounge, call 0115 8375990, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the app at nkbeautylounge.book.app/. Alternatively, you can visit Facebook page NK Beauty Lounge or nkbeautylounge20 on Instagram.