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Hairdressers And Salon Workers Say Diversity Is Behind Croydon Being Named Britain’s Beauty Capital After Study Found South London Borough Has More People Working In The Industry Than Anywhere Else In The UK

Beauticians and hairdressers in Croydon have spoken out after the area was named the beauty capital of the UK.

The south London borough has one in every 32 people working in the beauty industry – more than anywhere else in the country.

Ramla Ramadan, 56, commutes into work at Urban MediSpa from her home in Caterham, Surrey.

The medical beauty treatment clinic opened up in East Croydon in March 2020.

Ramla said: ‘I think it’s in demand. With social media getting going, people want more and in our case we know that people trust us.

‘Treatments have become much more accessible in recent years. There always were a bit but it’s different kinds of thing altogether.

Beauticians and hairdressers in Croydon have spoken out after the area was named the beauty capital of the UK. Pictured is Helen Mcrae, 51, the owner of helena Mcrae Salons on The High Street in Croydon

Wasula Frost, a senior stylist at Regis Salon in Croydon’s Whitgift Centre, said that the survey showed a nicer side to Croydon compared instead of negative news about the borough 

Regis Hair Salon in Croydon’s Whitgift Centre is one of a dozen beauty retailers in the area

‘I’ve worked in the industry for over 30 years and now nail bars are doing injectables and stuff like that. That’s why there are so many of them. They do everything.

‘Nowadays if you want a skin tag removed you just zap it with a laser pen. It’s easy.

‘Croydon does have a lot. But it doesn’t seem to be many more than Wimbledon, where I used to work.

‘There’s also a big difference in what is offered – we offer more medical beauty but others do standard nails at a good price. It’s all different.’

Wasula Frost, a senior stylist at Regis Salon in Croydon’s Whitgift Centre, said that the survey showed a nicer side to Croydon compared instead of negative news about the borough.

But the long-term worker said that the stats do not show the reduction in hairdressers in Croydon in recent years.

The long-term hairdresser said. ‘We had five branches in Croydon years ago – now we have only one.

‘The rent is probably cheaper for nail bars so it’s easier for them. 

Urban Medi Spa, on corner of Brighton Road and Coombe Road, is a medical beauty treatment clinic which opened up in East Croydon in March 2020

Helena has owned her salon for 15 years – and said the area’s diversity is what she attributes her success to

Pictured is Helena’s salon Helena Mcrae Salons on The High Street in Croydon

‘We are considering beginning to offer cosmetics to bring in more money.

‘But the nail bars are filling empty shops – so that’s a good thing at least.

‘It’s nice for the area to be known for something positive – rather than how dangerous it is!’

Wasula’s client Tracy added that: ‘It’s about trust. It takes ages to trust a hairdresser and I think people are loyal to them.

‘And then it becomes a bit of a beauty hub for everything because it’s all in one place.’

Small independent beauty salon Friends Hair & Beauty is run by Jas Kaur and put the success of the area down to diversity.

The beautician, who has been in Croydon for 14 years, said the ethnic diversity of the area allows it cater to a wide range of customers.

Jas said: ‘There is a diversity and a knowledge of the different cultures and what people of different backgrounds want.

‘Some of the shops around here cater to Afro-Caribbean people, some cater to Asian or eastern European.

‘And then they build that trust because a lot of places don’t know how to deal with all the different treatments.

Small independent beauty salon Friends Hair & Beauty is run by Jas Kaur and put the success of the area down to diversity

Jaz (pictured), who has been in Croydon for 14 years, said the ethnic diversity of the area allows it cater to a wide range of customers

‘We’ve been here for 14 years and we have a really steady base of customers who come back.’

Jas’s customer Vanessa added: ‘I come here because I know that they know what they are doing.

‘I trust them, so why wouldn’t I come here.’

Helena McRae, 51, has owned her salon for 15 years – and said the area’s diversity is what she attributes her success to.

Helena said: ‘There are so many people in this area and they want good quality.

‘Even in a recession, people will scale back on a lot of other things before their beauty.

‘It feels like an essential even if it is a luxury. It’s also really easy to get to so it’s a bit of a hub.

‘A lot of people who work in the city or sort of live around here who are black will come here knowing that we know what we are doing with Afro hair.

‘It’s good for the area to have that reputation.’