A FATHER has spoken of his immense pride as his daughter has taken over his salon.

Julian Cutter has handed over his premises in Halstead High Street to daughter Abi, who will be rebranding it to join her ever-growing beauty business.

Abi is a third-generation salon owner, following in the footsteps of her father Julian and his father Jon.

Jon opened his first salon in Sudbury in 1971 and his second in Halstead in 1982.

Julian took over from his father and is now preparing to continue that trend.

He said: “It is the main salon that I took on in 2000 and have owned and run since.

“Abi was running the Cutters salon in Head Street, but I’ve taken that back, with her moving to my bigger one in the High Street.

“It just made sense for her to take it. I have the little place in Head Street, and the big one in town is now hers.

“I know it’s in safe hands and I’m really proud of her, as is her grandfather, who is also delighted as it is the first site he trained as a barber.”

The salon in the High Street is now set to become a Lipstick and Locks, which is Abi’s personal salon business.

She began her business in 2016, before expanding and moving to Sudbury, and then adding more salons in Bury St Edmunds and Braintree.

Abi said: “I thought this would happen eventually, but not so suddenly. Now we’ve moved to a much bigger and better location.

“I am looking forward to seeing our loyal clients from Head Street, and we are keeping everything the same and still doing all our normal options, including gents.

“I am excited for the future, and it feels even more special because I started Lipstick and Locks in the back room of this new location, and now we are back to where we started and have got the whole building.

“Personally, this site also has lots of sentimental value and history too, as my grandad trained here, my dad ran it, and now it is mine so it feels wonderful.”