A HAIRDRESSER has ditched her scissors in order to open a new bridal boutique.

Katy Wallace first became a hairdresser at the age of 16, but 16 years on she has embarked upon an ambitious career change.

She opened the Bisous Bridal Boutique on Padgate Lane on Friday, August 11.

The Bruche resident said: “I had my own mobile hairdressing company, but this is my first shot at owning a big business with its own premises.

“I’d been a hairdresser for nearly 16 years and I just wanted a career change - it's nerve-wracking but very exciting.

“I wanted something that could potentially better my family and be something that I could maybe pass onto my daughter one day.

“Working in the hairdressing industry, I’ve worked alongside a lot of brides for their weddings but the main part of the wedding is the dress.

"Everyone wants to know what the dress looks like, and for me to be a part of that with brides-to-be is absolutely brilliant."

Katy was inspired to open the boutique after spotting a gap in the market when shopping for her own wedding dress.

She added: “I got married myself five years ago, and I thought that in Warrington there were very few boutique-style shops that offered a real personal, one-to-one service.

“We want to be with them right up until the day they pick their dress up, and to continue to offer support for them if they need anything afterwards.

“There was nothing like that in this area and I just thought it was crying out for it.

“It’s by appointment only, and we close the boutique and offer customers Prosecco, tea, coffee and cakes.

“I didn’t really feel that I got that personal touch when I was getting married."