December 13 2013 Latest news:
by Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Thursday, September 5, 2013
When Seema Takhar’s dad died, she knew she had to find something to keep her busy while honouring his memory.
But even for the daughter of a seasoned businessman, opening your first salon is a daunting task.
Single mum Seema – who runs the new Pink Salon in Harold Hill’s Chippenham Road – set her mind to it and managed to secure a place at Rainham’s Therapy Learning Centre in Ceme at late notice.
Two years later, she’s celebrating the opening of her first salon.
It’s the fulfilment of a dream that was born when Seema learnt to thread her own eyebrows at the age of 12.
“I’d been through a divorce,” she said, “and just as I was getting back on my feet, I lost my dad. He was the biggest backbone for me.
“Then six months later I lost my best friend.
“I needed to focus my mind on something – I was in a really bad way.”
Seema began threading eyebrows for friends and family, eventually finding work in a salon after her first child, who’s now five, was born.
But for 30-year-old Seema, actually owning a business is a step into the unknown – and so far she loves it.
“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I love my work.
“Someone new comes through the door every day. One day someone wants their feet done, the next minute it’s eyebrows, then someone wants a massage, or a manicure or a pedicure. I do everything.”
August is typically a quiet period for beauty therapists, with mums spending money on summer holiday activities instead of themselves.
So Seema was pleasantly surprised when she added up her first takings and found she had enough to employ a second therapist, who starts later this month.
As well as stepping out on her own, Seema says she’s honouring her dad – who would have been proud to see her running a salon.
“He was a really big businessman,” she explained, “and that encouraged me.”
The Chippenham Road salon is open now. Call 01708 912 671 or visit http://www.thepinksalon.co.uk/.