Aquarius hopes to carry the day

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Morag Sterrick, owner of Aquarius Hair Design, is no stranger to winning plaudits, and for the second year running, her Earlston salon has reached the final of the Salon Business awards.

Aquarius has successful entries in two categories: Best Local Salon and Best Male Grooming Salon, and currently features on the Salon Business website alongside such hairdressing luminaries as Tony and Guy.

Once again, Aquarius is the only salon in the Borders to have achieved this success.

The entry process involved answering a lot of questions about the business.

“They wanted to know about things like how we integrate new members of staff, for us to tell our story,” Morag said.

For the Local Salon category, Morag was asked to demonstrate the salon’s commitment to community involvement.

“It wasn’t enough just to tell them about what we do,” Morag told The Southern. “We had to give proof, so we had to send lots of photos of things that we do – for example, we support local groups, take part in things, and we dress our window up for Earlston Civic Week. We’re so excited and delighted to be featured on the Salon Business website. We applied in exactly the same way as businesses like Tony and Guy, so it’s great that we’ve got this far.”

For the Male Grooming Category, Morag joked that the process might have been a little simpler. “The guys just love the cars,” she said, referring to the two feature work stations, made from the bonnets of a Mini and a Rolls Royce, that she unveiled at the salon in 2012.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Yacht in London on July 13.

“We would like to go down,” Morag said. “In an ideal world we would, but we have a much longer way to go than some!”

Earlier this year, The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, awarded Aquarius a four-star rating. In 2012, Morag was a finalist in the Employer of the Year category in the Scottish Borders Business Awards, recognising her commitment as an equal opportunities employer.