Claire Davies, right, and other members of her hairdressing team celebrating the 20th anniversary of her salon. Pictured left is Kirsty Head who has worked with Claire for the full 20 years and next to her is Maria Valancio who joined 15 years ago and who made a surprise anniversary cake.

Uckfield hairdressers celebrate 20th anniversary with 1995 prices

The Swinging 60s and Roaring 20s were represented among costumes worn by hairdressers at the Claire Davies salon in Uckfield yesterday.

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This anniversary cake was made by Maria Valancio who has worked at Claire Davies Hairdressing for 15 years.

They were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the salon and, as a special treat for customers, went back to 1995 prices for the day. The cost of a shampoo and finish then ranged from £10.95 to £13.95 depending on the experience of your stylist. These days the cost ranges from £21 to £28.

Albums of pictures taken over the years captured special moments from a muddy challenge to Christmas get-togethers and one of Kirstie Head and Maria Valancio, who won a competition and were then treated to a week in Spain as a reward by salon owner Claire Davies.

There was also a display of press clippings charting tough times as well as good.

One clipping showed Claire in the salon on its opening day, but there another of the floods in 2000 which destroyed everything.

Claire remembers the horror of that but also how they made the best of the crisis and used it as the impetus to expand the business.

There’s another pictures of a shocked Claire after vandals smashed every window in the salon.

All that was behind the team yesterday as they shared the 20th anniversary celebrations with customers.

An unexpected surprise for Claire was a cake made by Maria which was the centrepiece of a display. Chocolates were arranged to appear as if pouring out of a box above the cake. “She should be on Bake Off,” said Claire.

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Claire Davies on the day her salon opened.

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Floods in 2000 destroyed everything in the salon.

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Onwards and upwards Partners 4 Hair – now known as Claire Davies Hairdressing – uses the flood as the impetus to expand.

• Contact details for Claire Davies Hairdressing can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the business name or search in categories for Hairdressers.

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