A POPULAR hairdresser from Belper has cut short her working life and retired.
Karen Stephenson held a retirement party at Headmasters hair salon last week.
She had been in charge of the salon on Hayfield Close for 16 years after taking over the running of the business from her mum, Norma Morley.
Norma founded the salon in 1996 but sadly passed away a few months after it opened. Karen took over in her mum’s honour.
Karen said: “I have had 16 wonderful years.
“In that time I have met many amazing people and made some very good friends.
“During this time I have felt part of people’s lives and shared the joys of their engagements, marriages, births and, sadly, on occasions their bereavements.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Jayne, who has worked alongside me for 14 years, and to all my clients who have faithfully supported me through the years.
The salon is now being run by Louise Dutton, 31, and Danni Gillam, 25.
It is the pair’s first business venture after working together at a salon in Ripley.
Karen said: “It is now time for me to hand over to Louise and Danni.
“They are two excellent hairdressers who I am confident will carry on the success of Headmasters.
“Both Louise and Danni have worked in local salons and have more than 25 years of experience between them.
“They are already proving to be very sought-after hairdressers.”
Louise, who lives in Belper and has worked in the hairdressing industry for 16 years, said: “I am very excited about it and it has been fine so far.
“I am not nervous at all. In fact I am looking forward to it.”
To mark Karen’s retirement and Louise and Danni starting their time in charge, the salon played host to a little get-together last week.
Many of Karen’s customers came along to say goodbye. Karen now plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and family.