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New look Rose Hair and Beauty in Bury St Edmunds ready to open once Covid-19 restrictions ease




A hairdresser who found cutting hair helped her out of depression is ready to welcome back customers to a new-look salon when coronavirus restrictions ease.

Paula Murray runs Rose Hair and Beauty on the Mildenhall Estate in Bury St Edmunds which has been undergoing a refurbishment.

“We have been working in a bubble to get the shop sorted,” she said. “By the time we come back from the restrictions we will be up and running.

Paula Murray has just finished revamping the Rose Hair Salon on the Mildenhall Estate. Picture by Mecha Morton
Paula Murray has just finished revamping the Rose Hair Salon on the Mildenhall Estate. Picture by Mecha Morton

“We have found things quite difficult in the past year. We have just made the most of it.”

She said the new look salon will include new sinks, replacement wallpaper, new chairs and a minimised interior. The revamp has been completed by salon staff, who have learned new skills to keep costs down.

There has also been a staff room added for the first time, which will help separate behind the scenes tasks from the customer experience.

Covid-19 restrictions mean the salon is currently not able to open.
Covid-19 restrictions mean the salon is currently not able to open.

Ms Murray, who grew up in Bury, said she is proud of what the small team has achieved.

“We have all been helping out and pulling our weight.

“We have not been able to take appointments as we are not sure when we will be able to welcome back customers. But our customers have been very good to us, and they have been generous over Christmas - we have had lots of presents!

Paula has been back cutting hair for around six years.
Paula has been back cutting hair for around six years.

“People have been more generous this year because they know it has been a struggle for everyone.”

For Ms Murray, the refurbishment is the latest step on what has been a long personal journey.

She said: “I did hairdressing when I left college but gave it up for a few years because I got fed up with how things can be. I then did a barber course at Carter’s in Bury, which gave me the confidence to go back, and I did barbering in there. People who knew me started asking me to do their hair, so then I started doing women as well.

Paula said customers have been 'generous' to the salon.
Paula said customers have been 'generous' to the salon.

“Before that I was suffering with depression and was doing cleaning jobs. I have come a long way and now I am loving life again.”

Ms Murray marked five years of having her own shop last September, having returned to cutting hair the year before. The salon is now cutting hair for both women and men - the latter gender style Ms Murray has learned to perfect.

“My friends pushed me to do it,” she said. “I was a bit worried about cutting men’s hair but I found I was able to enjoy it.”

She added: “Hair has become even more important to people this year, it has an impact on someone’s mood.”

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