Bromley woman who followed her dreams to open beauty salon wants to inspire others
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 September 2018
A Bromley woman who gave up a career as a criminal investigator to follow her dream of opening a beauty salon said she wants to inspire others to achieve their goals.
Mother of two Cassandra Baker, 41, worked at her previous job for 15 years before taking the plunge to start a career as a beauty therapist and opening Baker Girl Beauty, located in Homesdale Road.
The salon opened last year and will soon offer ITEC beauty courses in levels two, three and four.
An academy for training beauty therapists will be launched on September 19.
“I decided I would rather be happy than right,” said Cassandra when speaking about her career change.
She said that positive thinking has transformed her life and gave her the motivation to try something new.
Cassandra said that she now uses it to inspire “feel good” themes within her salon, hoping to leave customers feeling happier than they did before .
She added: “As a single mum I struggled and was on benefits. I suffered from depression for more than 20 years, then I found a therapist who gave me a Louise L Hay CD called I Can Do It, since then I have really changed my life and my thinking.
“I love to love - I give each customer a piece of my heart.
“Everyone just wants love and approval so that’s what I try to spread as best as I can.”
The salon officially opened in March 2017 and Cassandra said that it has since gone from strength to strength.
“Since I started Baker Girl Beauty I have achieved more than 30 beauty certificates,” she said.
Cassandra said a highlight for her was seeing people who used to teach her joining the salon to work for her.
When asked what advice she would give to others who may want to start something new, Cassandra said: “believe equals achieve - you can do anything you want. I would tell people to remember they were born for greatness!”
Cassandra said she has always been interested in starting a business: “My surname is Baker and I see myself as a girl who loves beauty, so came up with the name ‘Baker Girl Beauty’ and it went on from there.
“It was partly to continue my fathers legacy. I was an only child and he passed away 13 years ago.
“He always wanted me to set up my own business and he would be so proud as my salon is on the same road where he lived and where I used to live.
“This gives me so much comfort - he inspired me in so many ways.”
Since opening the salon, Cassandra said she has raised more than £6,000 for charities, which she said was always an important aim for her when starting her business.
When asked how much her life has changed since opening the salon, Cassandra said it has been a significant turn-around for her.
“I love and appreciate my salon and my clients and my staff,” she said.
“I feel such pride when I walk into the salon and see clients and staff really enjoying being here - it’s such a lovely feeling thinking I created this for others, bringing something new and innovating to the area.
“After all it’s not everyday you get a unicorn sticker and told your future is glorious as well as receiving some positive thinking cards!
“My life has changed so much. I have made new friends and helped lots of people along the way.”
She added that she now feels her life has more meaning to it, believing that there are now “infinite possibilities” in the future.
“Next year I am going to help others with positive thinking by doing seminars and becoming a Louise L Hay - heal your life practitioner.
“Watch this space - the Baker brand is here to stay!”