CRISIS torn beauty salons have been left fighting for survival because they are still not allowed to re-open, says a top therapist.

Award-winning beauty therapist Vicki Evans, from Winsford, fears jobs could be lost if the government fails to let them follow hairdressers and barbers to save their businesses.

"It is ridiculous," said Vicki, who runs Cheshire Skin Logic at her home on Wharton Road. "We are one of the cleanest and safest industries. We wash our hands religiously. We are taught and have drummed into us from day one everything about infection control and blood borne pathogens.

"We deep clean after every client anyway and use hospital grade disinfectant in our salon. We wear the same personal protective equipment as hospital doctors and dentists."

The 38-year-old is lobbying MPs and calling for urgent action.

"Many of us work from home and we have been declined grants, loans, self employed grants. We have been to totally left in limbo," said Vicki.

"We have worked so hard to grow our businesses, our mental health is waning and for many the brink of suicide is a real prospect."

Vicki fears many clients may be facing mental health issues as much of their work includes counselling and mentoring.

"We provide a safe haven for women, we counsel them, we listen to their burdens, we protect them and help them out of harm's way," she said. "It is a safe sanctuary. We build their self esteem and give them back confidence. We are more than just beauty therapists, we are therapists."

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Vicki, who employs two members of staff Amy Parry and Emma Archbold, was named Aesthetics Clinic of the Year in the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2020.

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Amy Parry, Vicki Evans and Emma Archbold celebrating after being named Aesthetic Clinic of the Year in the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2020

"Aesthetics isn't just about botox and fillers," said Vicki, who also teaches therapists across the country. "People come to us with severe skin problems and under arm sweating. We have been trained by doctors and surgeons on Harley Street and fortunate to work on Rodney Street.

"We are friendly and honest and believe in making people feel better.

"People can go to the pub, get their hair cut and go to the barbers but we are the lost voices, the forgotten industry.

"We are asking how much longer we can survive."