The opening of a new beauty and holistic treatment business, Coconut Kisses, at Lynn’s Ziggy’s Hair Salon, is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for Sallyann Drake after overcoming several challenges.
Sallyann, 37, who lives at Tilney St Lawrence, is a Type 1 diabetic who used to work in the care industry but due to the onset of a painful bone condition, which required surgery earlier this year, she had to rethink her career.
“These problems led to a weakening in my physical strength and an inability to fulfil my care role,” said Sallyann.
“I decided to retrain to be able to get back into the work place after my operation and rehabilitation.”
She went to Lynn’s College of West Anglia to study Level 2 in Beauty Therapy and finished her course in July. “I decided I wanted to offer professional, high-quality, low-cost beauty and holistic treatments in my own beauty room.”
She intends to continue her studies with a Level 3 qualification focussing on hypnotherapy, massage and aromatherapy among other subjects which will expand the treatments she offers.
For a while, due to her health problems, Sallyann had to rely on benefits, which made her more determined to set up her own business. “As a single mum to two beautiful children it falls to me to instil a strong work ethic in my children. For them to see me starting my own business and, hopefully, making a success of it, would make me very proud indeed.
“I am thankful for the chance to deliver therapies I love to my clients, who are from all walks of life, and hope I can, just for a moment, bring some sunshine to their day.”
Sallyann offers facials, pedicures, manicures, eye treatments, reflexology and waxing treatments and every week she has a “treat of the week” where one of the treatments is half price.
For more information or to book an appointment, call Sallyann on 07825390042 or Ziggy’s on 01553 774737.