Dream job: Best friends Jade and Elisha open beauty salon together

Two best friends from south Shropshire have achieved their dream of opening up a beauty salon together.

Jade Hirst and Elisha Bytheway have opened Doll Me Up, a new salon in Bishop's Castle
Jade Hirst and Elisha Bytheway have opened Doll Me Up, a new salon in Bishop's Castle

Jade Hirst, from Church Stretton, and Elisha Bytheway, from Craven Arms, went for the plunge after years of dreaming, and opened Doll Me Up in Bishop’s Castle.

The 25-year-olds said they have been best friends since they were little.

Jade Hirst and Elisha Bytheway have opened Doll Me Up, a new salon in Bishop's Castle

Both were on different career paths but decided to make the leap into opening their own salon.

Jade said: “As soon as we left school we both went straight into work.

Jade Hirst and Elisha Bytheway have opened Doll Me Up, a new salon in Bishop's Castle

"I was a carer for the elderly and those suffered with dementia for five years, which was very rewarding and I loved every second of it.

"I then decided that as much as I loved my job as a carer I wanted to pursue my dream of eventually owning my own salon.”

Jade Hirst and Elisha Bytheway have opened Doll Me Up, a new salon in Bishop's Castle

Meanwhile, Elisha worked as an ambulance driver and during lockdown, while personal care businesses were closed, Jade went back to work in care.

Jade said: “A little shop came up for rent and as soon as I saw it I loved it and thought it’s definitely ment to be.

"Elisha said she would love to go into the business with me and pursue her career in hair extensions and eyelash extensions.”

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