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Focus on Hair and Beauty


February can be a dreary month, so why not brighten up your life with a visit to one of Girton's two exciting salons - and support our local businesses at the same time!

PURITY has long been a feature of the Girton business landscape. The salon in Thornton Way was originally owned by John Cornel, and the current owner, Sarah Izzard, has been running it for the past seven years under its current name. Sarah, who at that time lived Girton with her two small boys, owned a salon in Cambridge for seventeen years. Nowadays she commutes all the way from Babraham, but if this seems a long way, some of her personal clients come from as far away as Ely, Newmarket, and Saffron Walden, having followed her from her original Cambridge salon. Some of the staff, too, particularly Renata, Sarah, and Tracey, have been working at the salon for years - even longer than Sarah herself! They are ably assisted by Lucy, a local Girton girl, who comes in on Saturdays.

'Purity' is not all about loyalty and long service, although that is certainly a feature. Whether you want a nice cut, a good colour, or the full works for a special occasion such as a wedding or a school 'Prom', the salon offers the full range of hair treatments, not just for women, but for men and children too. In addition, you can get beauty treatments such as nail extensions, facials, and waxing. So you can have a wonderful makeover right on the doorstep here in Girton.

The long experience of the staff creates a calm and confident atmosphere, where you feel you are in very safe and experienced hands. The fact that the business is flourishing even in these hard times is a tribute to Sarah and her staff.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-4.00pm

Contact: Purity Hair & Beauty, 5 Thornton Way, CB3 0NJ; tel. (01223) 276600.

LYNDSEY MCDERMOTT is at 118 Girton Road, right next to the Co-op. The salon moved from Castle Hill to Girton in May 2012. With the lease on the Castle Hill premises running out, and in spite of imminently expecting a baby, Lyndsey made the bold decision to relocate, and has never regretted the move. The Castle Hill location was beset with problems, particularly lack of space and absence of parking, and Fern Cottage (as the building is called) offered solutions to both. It has taken a great deal of hard work to overcome the individual quirks of the building itself, but now you enter a bright, modern, and airy space through the new front porch. The friendly staff take turns to man the reception desk, and you can relax on one of the comfortable settees in the reception area to the front of the building while sipping a proffered cup of tea or coffee and waiting your turn.

The salon has three stylists, Lyndsey, Daniella, and Mariah, and Lauren helps out at weekends when the salon is at its busiest. The permanent staff are all mums with children who very much understand the pressures of juggling work and family responsibilities. The atmosphere in the salon is relaxed, friendly and informal, which must be due in part to the fact that the staff have all been working together for several years and get along together very well. The salon is also currently delighted to have Rosie as an apprentice, as Lyndsey has always trained her own staff.

The salon's motto is 'If you can do it with hair, we can do it' - cutting, colouring, putting up, hair extensions, straightening - whatever you need, and whether you are female (the majority of customers), or male, or a child. While remaining conscious of fashion and the latest styles, the team also recognises that people lead busy everyday lives and cannot afford to spend an hour a day dealing with their hair. So they aim at an up-to-date but practical look that will suit the lifestyle and personality of the client. The key thing is that the customer should leave the salon feeling refreshed and renewed, but comfortable with what has been done. Clearly Lyndsey and her staff love what they do. And here's some extra good news: they are even open on Sundays!

Hours: Tuesday 8am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 8am-4pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm.

Contact: Lyndsey McDermott, Fern Cottage, 118 Girton Road, CB3 0LW; tel. (01223) 276895.

Angela Blackburn

"Focus on Girton" is a series of occasional articles on the organisations of Girton. The first series ran from September 2005 to April 2007 and concentrated on public service and commercial organisations. This present series covers the community and voluntary organisations of the village. Articles are written independently by members of the editorial team of the Girton Parish News, with the consent and cooperation of the organisation concerned. The selection of organisations featured is entirely at the discretion of the editorial team. The articles do not in themselves represent an endorsement of the aims or activities of organisations. No link exists between the publication of an article and any advertising in the Girton Parish News, whether in the same issue or more generally. The article may also be found on the Girton Parish website at