Fordham hairdresser celebrates 30 years in business
A Fordham hairdresser has celebrated 30 years in business with clients at her salon in Carter Street.
Michaela Saxby started out on her own after serving her apprenticeship with Jones & Co of Ely. Her first salon was in Isleham where she set up shop in the unlikely surroundings of a converted garage lent to her by friend and fellow hairdresser Gavin Baxter, who still runs Rascals, in Nat Flatman Street, Newmarket.
After less than a year she moved to her home village of Fordham where she rented a small property on New Path from printer Eddie Mann.
“The idea was that I would be there for 12 weeks while I looked around for something else,” said Michaela. “In the end I was there for 12 years.”
The garage theme again entered Michaela’s business life in 2000, when she moved to her current premises in Carter Street.
“My dad built a house there which he rented out and he came up with the idea of using the garage, which had been on the plans but which was never built,” said Michaela.
“We had to apply for a change of use, which took two years for permission to be granted, but then we were able to build the salon,” said Michaela.
Moving-in day was another slightly bizarre occasion when Michaela and some friends packed up the entire contents of the New Path salon into a borrowed van, which was normally used for transporting motorcycles, and drove the few hundred yards to Carter Street where everything was unloaded.
That was 18 years ago and now, firmly established in her purpose-built salon, Michaela is styling the hair not only of customers who have been with her since the start but, in some cases, three or four generations of the same family.
Although she has always been a one-woman business, Michaela is soon to take on a young assistant for one day a week. She also enjoys a close relationship with L’Oreal, whose products she uses, and has a hotline to them if she ever needs advice.
Married to businessman Simon Saxby, Michaela, who has two daughters at university and two grown-up stepdaughters, still loves her job and the interaction with her clients who share many of their secrets with her, and looks forward to more successful years.