Hairdresser in Langley Mill retires after 45 years.

Priscilla Hallam, longest-serving shopkeeper in Langley Mill retires after 45 years, with well wishers Angela Mee, Karen Turner, Samantha Harbon and Joanne England
Priscilla Hallam, longest-serving shopkeeper in Langley Mill retires after 45 years, with well wishers Angela Mee, Karen Turner, Samantha Harbon and Joanne England

No more cut and blow drys for Langley Mill’s longest-serving shop keeper who is hanging up her scissors after 45 years.

Priscilla Hallam always knew she wanted to be a hair dresser and was the one always doing people’s hair on the playground.

Priscilla Hallam, longest-serving shopkeeper in Langley Mill retiresv after 45 years

Priscilla Hallam, longest-serving shopkeeper in Langley Mill retiresv after 45 years

In 1971 she opened her shop on Cromford Road and now 45 years later she has said goodbye.

The 64-year-old said: “Saying goodbye was emotional but all good things must come to an end.”
When she left school Priscilla did a four-year apprenticeship with Peggy Ives on Nottingham Road and when she was 19 she opened Studio 2 in July 1971.

She said: “We are all drawn to something and mine has always been hairdressing.

“My mum and dad were behind me all the way so that made it easier to start up.

“There has never been a day where I haven’t enjoyed coming to work, meeting people and doing their hair.”

When Priscilla got they keys to her salon she said it felt like coming home.

The business has been open more than four decades and Priscilla has seen the town hit hard times and flourish again.

She said: “When I first started the factories and the pits were open but they died off and industry in the area does impact on trade so there was less footfall.

“I have been luckily with a good clientèle who would book in regularly although when Asda opened that was a major boost for the town. The empty shops were full once again it drew people to the area.”
Over the years she has seen many changes with what people ask for, gone are the days of regular shampoo and sets and more foils and blow drys have come in.

She said: “As long as you have had a good basic training and know about what styles will suit what face shapes you just adapt that knowledge to how the fashions are changing.”

Priscilla, from Eastwood, decided it was time to say goodbye and 45 years was a more of a milestone than 44 or 46 years.

She put the shop up for sale in April and it was bought in May.

“I think it was better that way it made it easier for me to strike a clean break. I’ll miss being a hairdresser but my husband is retired and I want to spend more time with him.”

To mark the end of an era old customers turned up with gifts and flowers.