Borders College

Salon is no vanity project for business focussed Stacey

A young Galashiels woman has recently opened a brand new hairdressing salon in the town, in partnership with her former work placement provider.

The Vanity Lounge team

Pictured are Stacey Lumsden, Tracey Mcallan and Ashley Tait

Stacey Lumsden (aged 32), who completed her level 3 Hairdressing qualification at Borders College in June, has opened the salon Vanity Lounge on Market Street in Galashiels with Tracey Mcallan – Tracey, who completed her own hairdressing qualifications at Borders College in Hawick and went on to work on cruise ships, provided Stacey with a work placement at Enhance during her time at the College.

Through going on to work together at Enhance where Stacey rented a chair, the pair realised that with Tracey’s experience and Stacey’s organisational skills, they could potentially set up their own business venture – and so Vanity Lounge was born.

Stacey LumsdenBased in the heart of Galashiels town centre, Vanity Lounge offers hair and make-up services, and has received a 5 out of 5 reviews rating on its Facebook page. Ashley Tait, also a former Borders College Hairdressing student, has recently joined the team, and from 9 October 2018 Alana Grant of ‘On Pointe Beauty’ began offering beauty treatments from within the salon.

Stacey has also just begun studying towards her Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Hairdressing which includes units in bridal and fashion hair and make-up. Upon completion of her HNC, Stacey intends to complement the salon’s services with complete wedding packages.

Hairdressing Lecturer Dianne Kiore said:

“Stacey was an excellent student who came straight in at level 2. She went through a very difficult time as her mum suddenly passed away, but she remained focused on her course and was selected to go to Sweden with another student. Her client care was excellent and she received the Megan Stewart Excellent Customer Care award.”

The focussed business woman, who has plans to build a chain of salons with Tracey, has loved her time at College, describing the teaching staff as ‘amazing’:

“I had a really good relationship with my lecturers because I wanted to learn. If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have been able to take the leap of faith and open the business.”

To find out more about Hairdressing courses at Borders College, please visit or telephone 01896 662516.

Published: Tue 23rd Oct, 2018