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Quite an Attraction

Owner Debbie Hall and stylist Natalie Jolly pictured outside Attractions in Oak Square.

When a Hethersett hair salon decided to celebrate two decades of business it organised a party for all its customers.

Over 60 guests ranging in age from toddlers of two to people over 80 enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, games and entertainment at Hethersett Social Club, hosted by Attractions of Oak Square.

Proprietor Debbie Hall admits that the past 20 years have “just flown by”.

“We are now cutting the hair of children whose parents were children themselves when we started. We have customers who have been with us for the whole 20 years” Debbie said.

“We wanted to celebrate 20 years of business in somewhere comfortable. We celebrated our 10th birthday outside the premises but thought two decades needed something a little special,” she said.

Many of Debbie’s customers have stayed loyal to the salon throughout its existence and so have staff.. Stylist Cheryl Lemon has worked for the salon since it started, Sharon Cooper joined as a “Saturday girl” and has been a stylist for 10 years and latest recruit Natalie Jolly also started as a Saturday girl and has been a fully qualified stylist for the past six years.

Debbie began her hairdressing career as a Saturday girl with Nigel Alexander in Hall Road, Norwich. She studied her apprenticeship with Michael Francis on Long John Hill. After a period abroad she came to Hethersett in 1987 and worked part time as a stylist before setting up Attractions in September 1989. Debbie is also a qualified college assessor, regularly working with Norwich City College.

Attractions caters for both sexes and young and old alike. Over the years the hair styles have come and gone. Debbie says that today the asymmetrical look with angled fringes has made a comeback. This of course is likely to change but the salon will continue to keep abreast of styles as it moves into its third decade.