Anne-Marie’s Story

Following my divorce in 2013, and with my twin daughters both planning to go off to uni, I decided to do something for myself with the potential to learn an extra income. 

I had been working at a local primary school since returning to Northamptonshire in 2004, doing a job that I enjoyed, that fitted in with family life but didn’t earn me much money. I decided to train as a Beauty Therapists and travelled two evenings each week, after school, to Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa. 

I was part of a small, fab group of ladies with fabulous tutors and thoroughly enjoyed the course. 

I practised at home loads! Friends and members of the family would regularly come round for free treatments, which helped with my confidence as well as my techniques. 

Once qualified, I had a room in the house just for my beauty therapy and worked two days per week in a local salon. Still working alongside my school job.

We moved house in Feb 2018 to a property with a lovely garden, which is where we decided to build a log cabin salon. I opened my business in April 2019, still working alongside my school job, which was then just three days a week. 

Since qualifying, I have completed extra training courses in Swedish massage, hot stone massage, gel nails, lash lifts, intimate waxing and, most recently, spray tans. 

2020 has been a tough year for everyone. I hadn’t been in business quite a year so wasn’t entitled to any support from the Government.  I was thankful for my school salary, even though I was no longer enjoying my job at school. Luckily, the cabin was all paid for and I didn’t have rent to pay on a property or big on-going business bills during lockdown. 

I went back to school on 1st June and worked until the end of the academic year in July. The last week at school coincided with being able to reopen the salon… I was really busy that week! 

This was a strange time to be back at school and I really wanted to be concentrating on my lovely business at home. 

With the support of my partner Keith, I made a decision to leave school in July. I ‘worked’ my notice at school during the summer holiday and will not be returning at the start of the new academic year.

Whilst I am a little nervous about being self-employed and the salon being my only source of income, I am also very excited for the future and relieved that I’m not going back to school. 

I am now 45 years old, the proud mum of clever, successful 23-year-old daughters and a self – employed business owner!

I have always wanted to use the highest quality products to provide more luxurious treatments. Sienna X wax was recommended to me by my tutor whilst training and I’ve used it ever since. I completed my intimate waxing training with Sienna X and, after looking at the skincare range whilst there, decided to switch from Neal’s Yard to Sienna X for my facial treatments. 

I have recently completed my spray tan training in Worcester and love it! 

I really am a Sienna X salon!!!