Robyn Lee Watson from South Lakes Salon talks about ASD

Robyn Lee Watson opened her first salon in 2019 and has trained with some of the industry’s biggest brands – but now she is sharing her unique success story to reassure aspiring hairdressers that nothing can hold you back.

Robyn runs a salon specialising in hair cutting, colouring and bridal styling as well as beauty and relaxation called The South Lakes Salon at 127 Station Road, Cark.

Robyn, aged 33, is opening up about her recent ASD diagnosis and how she managed her business the years before while navigating the symptoms that are often stigmatised.

Robyn was finally diagnosed with ASD after feeling different her whole life.

Despite many mental health interventions it took a well-trained psychologist to link all her symptoms together, which led to an assessment over 12 months to confirm Autism Spectrum Disorder.

After her diagnosis, Robyn has changed the way she runs her business to help manage the symptoms of ASD and maintain a sense of well-being by being more structured.

“It’s 100% all in the planning,” she said.

“I opened my first salon at 21 because I always wanted my own place, somewhere to nurture and make a success.

 “I started hairdressing straight from school and worked in a few well-known salons which enabled me to travel across the globe to Australia to work. Eventually I came home to open my own business in 2016 and started forming a professional relationship with Salon Promotions.

“There definitely is a stigma in the industry when it comes to ASD in that people think the two just don’t go hand in hand. I know the stigma goes so much further than our industry but I would love to educate people within the salon sector not only on ASD but on improving mental health as well. We

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Meet The Salon Owner: Self Love Salon in St Helens

The business opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago with Claire Jones in charge and it’s gone from strength to strength, offering different therapies and treatments to their clients.

Here 4o-year-old Claire tells us why she wanted to open her own business, what the inspiration was behind Self Love Salon and what plans she has for the future.

If you would like to appear in our Meet The Salon Feature, email [email protected]

All the colours of the rainbow

All the colours of the rainbow

What’s the name of the salon/business?

Self Love Salon

What’s the address?

23a Baldwin Street, St Helens

Are you the owner/manager?

I’m the owner of the salon.

How many employees do you have?

I have one employee and three others who are self-employed.

When did you open the salon?

I opened five years ago in May.

Self Love Salon opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago

Self Love Salon opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago

Are you local to the area? Did you grow up here?


Tell me a bit about your salon/business

We are a holistic hair salon and we believe in promoting inner beauty just as much as outer beauty. The salon was born from my own struggles with mental health and learning to love and appreciate myself more by using holistic elements such as aromatherapy, reiki and crystals. These elements are incorporated into the salon as a way of introducing clients to different therapies. We pride ourselves in being a sustainable salon.


The traditional barbershop treating men like gentlemen

Goregous, glossy waves

Goregous, glossy waves

What do you do? What services do you provide?

We provide all hair services such as cutting and colouring as well as bridal appointments. We also offer beauty treatments as well as massages, reflexology and reiki. We can provide specialist skin treatments such as dermaplaning.

Why did

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