A Bellshill woman admits she was stunned to be named as the best beautician in the country.
Becky Boyd opened Diamond Boutique in Main Street four years ago at the age of 19, having previously run a salon in New Stevenston for two years after studying at Glasgow College of Commerce.
Now Becky has been named Beautician of the Year at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards.
The glitzy event at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza celebrates the talent within the Scottish industry with winners coming from all over the country, from the Isle of Lewis in the north to Troon in the south.
Becky was nominated for the award by her clients and was amazed to be even invited to the awards ceremony, never giving a thought to the fact she might win.
She said: “This was my first year of being nominated, and I was actually stunned to even make it to the final where I was up against 10 of the top beauticians in the country, so I certainly didn’t expect to win.
“It is probably an understatement to say my family were thrilled. They were easily the loudest table during the whole night when my name was announced, they were just so excited.
“The awards are good as they have winners from all over the country, they’re not just confined to the big cities, and it’s not bad for a wee boutique based in a small town to beat the ones from Glasgow and Edinburgh.”
Becky, who lists her specialities as nails, waxing, tanning and semi-permanent lashes, is completely booked over the festive period and admits she needs to think about expanding.
She said: “My clients have been great with supporting me over the past four years and they don’t need to worry - I won’t be putting my prices up just because I’ve now won a trophy.
“I will, though, need to look at taking someone new on to cope with demand as business is going so well that over Christmas I just can’t take any more appointments.
“Having started so young, it’s brilliant how things have gone and one day it might be nice to own a big city salon, but for now all I’m concentrating on is my business here and ensuring it goes from strength to strength.”