South Shields mum Sara is making beauty her business

A busy Tyneside mum has turned her life around by opening her own beauty business.

Tuesday, 12th January 2016, 12:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2016, 12:44 pm
Sara Kerr has opened her own salon, Whispers Beauty.

Sara Kerr got fed up with working in call centres and the mum of two decided to make a drastic career change and open up her own salon, Whispers Beauty.

The salon, which is inside Jazz Hair, in Frederick Street, Laygate, South Shields, is the 34-year-old’s first business venture and was sparked by an interest in beauty after the birth of her two children.

Sara Kerr intends to make beauty more affordable.

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Sara, from Hopkins Walk, Biddick Hall, South Shields, said she hopes to offer affordable beauty to women in South Tyneside when it officially opens today.

She said: “I was working in call centres in Sunderland and Newcastle and finishing at 10pm.

“I just realised I have two young children aged four and seven and I never saw them.

“Working in a call centre is a fine job, but working until that time at night just didn’t work for me.”

Sara Kerr intends to make beauty more affordable.

She added: “When I was growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy and never really bothered with hair and make-up but, after I had my children, I got a bit girly and it has sparked from there.”

Sara fell in love with the beauty industry and decided to take the plunge and retrain as a qualified as a beauty therapist, completing an online course through training provider NCC.

She added: “It took me six months to complete the course, fitting it around work and my family.

“It was ideal as you could go at your own pace. I practised on friends and family – even my husband Andy had acryclic nails and his legs waxed.

“They have all been very supportive. The girls in Jazz are lovely, I have my own nail bar in the salon and a room that I do waxing and massage in.

“I intend to make beauty more affordable and try to give something a bit special, something a bit different to my clients. I am really excited about this and really looking forward to meeting new people.

“It is a total lifestyle change and it’s proven that you don’t have to be stuck in a job that you don’t want to do.

“I never thought that I would be re-training now but it has shown me that you can do anything.”