Joy’s making waves in the haircare business

The Hairspirations team
The Hairspirations team

A new hair salon catering for Afro-Caribbean hair has opened, set up by enterprising former students.

University of Buckingham student Joy Grant, who comes from Nigeria, said: “A lot of students have to go to London to get their hair done because there just isn’t anywhere in Buckingham or even Milton Keynes that specialises in cutting Afro-Caribbean hair.

The Hairspirations team

The Hairspirations team

“We offer braiding and weaving as well as all the usual styles of hair cutting.”

Joy, aged 35, has joined forces with former business management and accounting student Sheila Brugger to set up the salon, called Hairspirations.

They are leasing the building from the university in the uni’s new ‘enterprise hub’on Hunter Street, next to the new Santander branch and the University Bookshop.

L’Oreal, whose products the salon are stocking, sent stylists to the salon for a day to see Hairspiration’s stylists at work.

As well as Joy, the salon has four stylists working part time. It is open 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday.

For men, barber Austin will be available on Wednesdays, by appointment.

Joy said: “The University has been a massive help setting up the business.

“Business enterprise degree course director Nigel Adams has been there for us right from the start through to taking our first customer and his knowledge and connections have been invaluable.”

And while the salon expects to cater mainly for students, Joy would love to see local people supporting the new business.

To make an appointment, call 01280 811993 or 07748 186795.