Stronger and ready to get back to the "new normal"

Stronger and ready to get back to the "new normal"

No one, including myself, was prepared for what was about to happen.... Covid-19, a national lockdown for all - the closure of everything including my fairly newly established salon, Beauty Wishes. At first we thought it wouldn't be for long but it lasted until August and involved a lot of new inputs, measures and money spent to help reopen safely. I also had to ensure I spent my time productively. I used this time wisely, completing a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses to help open up safely and also to learn new skills and gain valuable knowledge.

The lockdown didn't only have a detrimental effect on my business, but also affected my loyal clients, friends and family. I knew I would have to think out of the box and find a way to do something for my clients to keep the connection and to provide a "salon experience" at home. I started making up bespoke Facial Pamper Packs to begin with, tailoring these for each individual client needs - these went down a storm and I couldn't keep up with the demand! That got me thinking, "what can I do next?" I went on to create Pedicure Pampers, Valentine's Day Pampers, Manicure Pampers and bespoke Mother's Day Spa Pamper Boxes. Each one containing high quality professional products and they were extremely popular - they certainly kept me going!

Moving forward and getting ready to come out of the second lockdown, I am looking forward to welcoming all my existing and new clients back into the salon - something I have been looking forward to for a long time. This whole experience has definitely been a learning curve, not only for me, but for my whole family. Having to try and keep my business afloat, home school my two beautiful children whilst my self employed husband was also off ,has taken its toll. However, it has made us so much stronger and ready to get back to the "new normal".

Find out more about Vivienne and Beauty Wishes on Facebook and Instagram @beautywisheselgin

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