Inka customer Alexandria Reeks has her hair blow-dried by Katherine McCann. Ipswich hairdressers and beauticians are busy in the last week before Christmas.
Inka customer Alexandria Reeks has her hair blow-dried by Katherine McCann. Ipswich hairdressers and beauticians are busy in the last week before Christmas.

Beauty salons face rush

IT IS not just toy shops that have been inundated in the lead-up to Christmas – Ipswich beauty salons have been busy primping clients for the festive season.

Hair, massage and beauty businesses across the city are booming as people put the finishing touches on their Christmas Day looks.

Inka co-owner Katherine McCann said the Top of Town business had been busy coming into the end of the year, with school formals blending into work Christmas get-togethers.

“A lot of people are rushing to get hair and beauty stuff done before Christmas,” she said.

“They want to look their best around friends and family.”

Ms McCann said in terms of hair, red was currently in vogue along with chunky splices, foils and extensions.

She said when it came to make-up it was all about having a soft, youthful appearance, with smoky eyes and metallic shades also proving popular.

Makeup Room co-owner Kate Johnston agreed, and said less was more this season.

“At the moment it is all about neutral tones in the latest clothing,” she said.

“Everyone has gone for the natural look. It is all about sun-kissed highlights in hair, and peach and beige tones.”

Ella Bache Ipswich owner Kara Lehmann said the most popular requests at her business at Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre had been for spray tanning, maintenance waxing, manicures and eyelash extensions.

“I think it is all about spoiling yourself a little bit this time of the year,” she said.

“Women want to make themselves look and feel good.”

Given the length of summer holidays, owner of Gaye’s Hair Fashion chain Gaye Anderson said clients wanted to get “everything done before Christmas”.

“Right from Plainland through to Redbank, every member of staff is working,” she said.

“We are flat strapped.”



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