TWO Redditch entrepreneurs are hoping to be a cut above the rest after the official launch of their new-look hair and beauty salon.

Local businesswomen Lauren Alekna and Stacey Tudor recently took over Evesham Road-based Legends Hair and Beauty and celebrated their six-figure investment with a glitzy launch party.

More than 70 guests, including the town’s deputy mayor, Councillor Pat Witherspoon, came to the salon’s official opening night where they were treated to a red carpet reception and music from award-winning Lee Crimp.

Ms Alekna , 28, said the pair were delighted to have taken over the salon and the opening evening was the culmination of their £100,000 investment in the business.

“Our launch event was a real success and it was fantastic to see so many of our loyal customers from across Redditch and beyond there to support u,” she said.

“Our team were on hand to showcase their skills through a variety of demos and talked through some of the new treatments we’ll be launching this year.

“It was a perfect way to officially launch the new-look business and I’d like to thank everyone, especially Councillor Witherspoon, for being part of it.”

Prior to purchasing the business, Ms Alekna and 27-year-old Ms Tudor had both been employees at the salon, building up a solid base of regular clients.

Ms Tudor added: “We have a combined 16 years here at Legends and during that time Lauren and I have got to know our customers really well and importantly, what their preferences are.

“We will be introducing a variety of new initiatives but our specialist team will continue to focus on providing a wide selection of professional hair and beauty treatments.

“We’re also excited to have so many talented young stylists and beauty therapists in our team and cannot wait to launch our new training programme to help them develop even further.”

The salon employs 27 specialist staff, which includes five new apprentices.