A Carlisle-based beautician is offering casts of hands and feet to her customers.
Dani Hammond, owner of Vybrant Beauty, began making casts about ten years ago to document her daughter’s early childhood.
She is now offering this as a service to her clients.
Drawing on her previous experience as a lecturer in make-up artistry at Carlisle College, Dani uses an alginate mould to create plaster casts of hands and feet.
These casts can then be finished in silver or gold and mounted on a plinth or in a frame.
Double-hand casts for couples are popular, especially on the occasion of engagement or marriage, and there is also a demand for casts of pets’ paws.
Setting up her own business is the realisation of a long-held dream for Dani.
After the Covid pandemic caused her to reevaluate her priorities, Dani launched Vybrant Beauty in January this year.
Having worked in the industry for years, she was keen to ensure that her salon would stand out from the rest saying: “I’ve found that a lot of people enjoy coming to me for treatments because my business is that little bit different.”
The salon already has a growing base of returning customers, owing to the comfortable environment they find there.
Besides plaster casts, the variety of treatments available at Vybrant Beauty include facials, waxing, tanning, nails, brow treatments and reflexology.
Dani also offers a range of aesthetic treatments, from microdermabrasion and microneedling to dermaplaning and chemical peels adding: “There’s not really much that I can’t do.”
Continuing to use her experience as a college tutor she offers private tuition in beauty treatments.
This is especially advantageous for learners who want to achieve the same qualifications as they would on a college course, but thrive in a 1-to-1 learning environment rather than a class situation.
Vybrant Beauty can be found above Ruby Jules hair salon in Carlisle city centre.