New city centre salon offers free hair appointments to raise money for Liverpool cancer charity
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A brand-new city centre salon is celebrating its launch with a fundraiser in aid of Liverpool independent charity, Sunflowers.
Tranquil Hair and Beauty is opening premises in Williamson Street this month, and it’s marking the occasion with the special two-day event on October 12 and 13.
Rachel Faye, Tranquil spokesperson, says: “We have recruited new staff, all local, and were planning to have a couple of training days to help everyone get used to the new salon and, while it would be useful for us, we realised that it would make no money and help no-one else.
“So we thought about holding a fundraiser so people can come in, have a free haircut, colour, or style, and make a donation to Sunflowers instead.”
She adds: “People can pay whatever they can afford, whether that’s 50p or £20, or more.”
The salon is obviously putting on some restrictions of its own: “We’ll not be offering Kim Kardashian style hair extensions which cost £3,000, but other than that people can choose what they’d like to have done.
“It will help a local charity that’s very close to our hearts and, even, people who, because of Covid-19 and possible financial problems caused by it, might not be able to afford luxuries like a haircut at the moment!”
Sunflowers in Aigburth Road was chosen because, while it’s one of the lesser-known Liverpool charities, it is one Tranquil Liverpool’s owners have worked with a lot, helping it out and volunteering there.
The charity supports people living with cancer, offering help and advice, as well as a range of services and therapies, from fitness classes to counselling; complementary therapies like massage, reiki and tai-chi to art and crafts classes, and nutritional help to chiropody.
It also offers respite care to support friends and families and, through the pandemic, it has also supported people affected by coronavirus, either with visits to those living alone or practical help.
“They even help people with dementia,” says Rachel. “It’s something I would have welcomed a few years ago when I was caring for my mother-in-law who had dementia along with three young children.
“Sometimes all people need is a little support, or respite, giving everyone a better chance of recovery, and that’s where Sunflowers, run by Bobby McGee, does such amazing work.
“We might not raise thousands of pounds with our two-day event but we will give a very important charity a boost and, perhaps just as importantly, make more people aware of it and the fantastic things they do, day in and day out.”
Anyone wanting to support the charity, and get a new look, will need to book an appointment.
“We obviously need to be aware of who is coming in for what, and to keep a check on numbers to adhere to regulations and distancing,” she goes on, “but we have got PPE, and sanitiser, and we are fully Covid-compliant.
“But this is about doing something for the community and giving something back, and showing support for people in our city.
“And, at a time like this, surely we all need to look out for, and look after, one another.”
Bookings can be made between 10am and 5.30pm. To book an appointment, call 0151 708 8528 (is this still the same?).