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INTRODUCING MISS DIXIEBELLE – a dressing table in their retro boutique to launching second vintage style salon!

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Miss Dixiebelle vintage stylists started from a dressing table within their Edinburgh retro boutique (which scooped the regional vintage shop award in 2013)...since then they have gradually expanded into a full working salon with 7 stylists offering cut/colour, nails, makeup and beauty as well as their original vintage hairstyling service. They have also just launched a salon in Glasgow after running a mobile vintage beauty and styling service in the area. Last year their head stylist Ariana Marcantonio (Vanity Thrills) won this category, her achievement is proudly shown off in their window. We find out more from Emma Dixon...

What do you enjoy most about running your business?
I love the challenge of running my own business and seeing how we've developed and adapted over the last 5 years. It's also a lot about having all the freedom you want to be creative with no limitations.

What drew you to "vintage" over other hair &/or makeup styles?
Personally, I never felt like I fitted in to any current fashions and always swayed towards a more alternative look. When I started to play with vintage looks it just fitted in perfectly with my style and music tastes and I never looked back! I especially love it when vintage newbies find Miss Dixiebelle and we help them find their perfect vintage style and you see their transformation.

Which is your favourite era/look and why?
I think I suit a 60's look best although I couldn't pick a favourite era...I love everything from design, music, architecture, fashion and dance from the 1920's through the 60's. That's a cop out answer I know but it's a hard one!

What is the most popular service(s) from those you offer?
Our full Vintage makeover package is our most popular and my favourite. It's great to do a before and after picture from these makeovers and it's usually a dramatic change and our clients leave feeling a million dollars.

If you could style anyone past or present who would it be?
I'd love to have been able to style my Gran on her wedding day, both my Grandmothers were huge inspiration to me and I'd love to know what they were like as young women. Or, if it needs to be someone famous...I'd love to have got my hands on Mrs Slocombe's barnets!

How would you like to see your business grow & the Vintage Industry develop over the coming year(s)?
We've just opened in a salon in Glasgow as well as our Edinburgh salon so we're busy developing our business through there. We'd be keen to look at other Scottish cities and The North of England too.

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