A hairdresser and a beautician have stepped in to provide a bride-to-be with a day of pampering.

Claire Herbert, who runs Simply Claires salon, in Humberstone, and Stacey Higham, a beautician based at the salon, are offering a lucky bride, mother of bride and two bridesmaids the opportunity to get their hair and nails done for a trial day and the wedding day.

Nails by Stacey Higham Simply Claires salon

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The prizes are part of the Leicester Mercury's Win a Wedding competition, where readers get to choose who should win a prize worth more than £12,000.

Claire opened her salon in 2010 after starting her training at Leicester Collegein 1996.

She employs two people. She said: "We are a fully qualified salon and we are constantly updating our skillsand qualifications to keep up with the changing world of hair and beauty."

Claire decided to enter the awards after becoming aware of the competition from her brother.

She said: "My brother entered the competition last year and we followed quite a bit but, unfortunately, he didn't win.

"I like being a part of weddings because I like being able to get involved and helpmake them special.

"When they come into the salon, they're so excited. We get the champers out and if they're nervous about the big day, we try to talk to them to put them at ease.

"It's nice being able to be a part of their day and doing everybody's hair."

Stacey started her beauty business

in the salon in 2013.

She said: "I started up my business when I lost my job at another salon and decided to set up on my own.

"Claire had a room free so I moved in.

"It's been quite exciting. The business has just got bigger and bigger."

Stacey said she wanted to take part in Win a Wedding as she wanted to give something back.

She said: "I thought it would help people in some way by offering my services. We like doing weddings here. I find them quite exciting.

"To see them looking pretty and knowing that you helped is really satisfying."

Online and postal votes are now open for the competition.

Online voting closes at midnight on Saturday, April 9 and postal votes close on Wednesday, April 13.

The winner will be announced in the week beginning April 25.


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