When a beauty salon decided to give 12 young women a chance to experience work in the industry, they had no idea they would also be transforming lives.

Revival Retreat became the first salon in Scotland to join the Prince’s Trust’s Get Into Beauty programme, with the idea of giving young people training and work experience. But some of the girls who have recently graduated from the scheme got far more than the lowdown on how to give a manicure.

Having faced bullying, mental health issues and depression, the programme has given them the confidence to change their lives.

Salon owner Lynne Hetherington, who set up her own business in Glasgow with the help of a Prince’s Trust grant, said:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to train and develop these young, inspiring ladies. They demonstrated real passion and commitment and any salon looking to take on an apprentice or anyone aged 16-25 looking for a start in the beauty industry should contact the Prince’s Trust.”

Here, we meet two young women who say they have been given a new life thanks to the Prince’s Trust and Revival Retreat.

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