Hairdressing in the fast lane

MORAG Sterrick would have a job reshaping Jeremy Clarkson’s infamous hairstyle, but the Top Gear presenter would surely approve of the Earlston hairdresser’s latest salon makeover, writes Kenny Paterson.

Morag’s Aquarius premises has been redesigned to feature two work stations made from the bonnets of Mini and Rolls Royce cars.

With the official unveiling taking place yesterday (Wednesday), Morag is confident the new layout will move the salon up a gear.

She told TheSouthern: “I have had a seaside theme to the salon, but felt I needed a change after 10 years.

“I decided that I could not go back to being a normal salon design because my clients expect something really interesting. So I felt this time I would go with a really unusual experience.”

Morag enlisted the help of Kelso enthusiast Les Bell to track down an iconic Morris Mini, which was modified by St Boswells spray painter and welder Tam McEwan and turned into a cupboard by Earlston joiner Billy Thom.

Tam and Billy also converted a 1971 Silver Shadow Series One Rolls Royce – which Morag sourced from Yorkshire – while Galashiels firm Monro Auto Electric made sure the lights and horn of both cars are still in use.

Morag added: “I thought the lights and horn would prove popular with the kids, but it has been the men who have enjoyed playing with them the most.”

The salon refit follows Aquarius being named a finalist in the Borders Supported Employment Network’s Diversity Awards last month for providing work experience to a Galashiels woman who has struggled to find a job. Morag added: “Both ourselves and the person on work experience, who has previously found getting work difficult, benefit.”