Clients have given a Scottish salon a much needed boost by nominating it for prestigious beauty awards.

Womankind Beauty, in Edinburgh, owned and run by Lauren McGinty since 2006 – has been nominated for Salon of the Year and Beauty Therapist of the Year for therapist Tegan Paxton.

With all therapists Elemis trained, the salon specialises in all types of face and body treatments, including biotec and Elemis facials, massage, IPL Hair and Skin removal, Shellac Manicures and Pedicures, and makeup and eyelash treatments.

It also offers wedding packages, a skin nutrition programme, and has a comprehensive range of treatments for men. Recent additions to its services in 2020 have seen fat freezing techniques added to the list, along with facial aesthetics from Siren Song.   

Lauren said: “We are thrilled to receive these nominations, which have come in at the best time for us as we prepare to put 2020 behind us, and move on with hope that 2021 will see some sort of normality for our industry.

“On behalf of our whole team I’d like to thank all our customers who have voted online for us in these awards – it’s awards like this that matter the very most as ultimately, it’s what our customers think that counts.

“We could not have done it without them – and we really appreciate more than ever the support they have shown us as lockdown ended, and we were able to re-open, albeit with a more limited range of services on offer.

“Like many businesses, we have had to invest in the very best PPE and safety equipment we could access to continue to trade safely for the benefit of both our customers and staff. It was a huge learning curve for my team, so I’d also like to pay tribute to them, as they have had to adapt to some major changes in their workplace practices. Everyone has dealt with it with good grace.

“We’re used to working in a new way now, but it will still be really nice to return to how we were before, when it’s finally safe to do so.  We don’t know exactly when that may be, but whatever happens we will always put safety first.”

Lauren added that some of the salon’s older more vulnerable customers had not yet been able to return to the salon.

“This will be the case for many beauty and hair businesses -it’s hard for older people, especially if they live alone, to miss out, not only on the pampering, but the social aspect. It will be a good day when we can start welcoming these customers back.”

On Tegan receiving the Best Therapist Nomination Lauren paid tribute: “She is an intrinsic part of the team, very hard working, and well liked by both customers and other staff which is so important. We will all be keeping our fingers crossed for her.

“It’s important to constantly re-invest in a beauty business like this, and so as a team we remain very excited about the potential for new treatments, techniques and therapies to put to our client base.”