Twenty-nine year old Lithuanian born Ana-Inga Jasiene embarked on a Scottish adventure in the hope of improving her English. Three years on Ana-Inga has not only upgraded her English speaking skills but has completed an HND in Make-up Artistry at West College Scotland’s Greenock campus and has recently opened the doors to her very own Hair and Beauty Salon in Greenock.

“As a qualified hairdresser my plan was to work in a salon however I ended up doing mobile hairdressing. Doing a lot of wedding and occasion hair I was receiving a number of requests for make-up, offering clients the full beauty package.

“Having done a short course in make-up back home I had the basic skills and techniques needed however make-up here in Scotland is very different so I thought it important to learn more.

“I really enjoyed the course. We covered a lot of different areas over the two years from occasion make-up to special effects and theatrical make-up. Although I didn’t find the course difficult the special effects wasn’t my area of expertise. For me it was all about the fashion and occasion make-up. I love being able to transform someone in the space of an hour; everyone loves to look and feel good.

“The course is a great opportunity to network with those in the industry. I’ve made some good relationships with photographers and other professionals which has been a big support.”

After completing her HND in Make-up Artistry Ana-Inga decided to hone in on her entrepreneurial skills; combining her love for Hairdressing and Make-up Artistry to start up her own business.

“Working as a mobile hairdresser I thought the next step would be to open my own salon. It’s was a big decision; it’s been very stressful mainly down to the fact that I funded the whole venture on my own from savings. I had to count every penny, kitting out and decorating the shop myself which has allowed me to invest in professional products which I think is really important.

“The salon has only been up and running for a couple of weeks but I’m happy to say that things are going well. I already had an established client base and the shop is in a great location with parking which is a bonus so I’m in a good position.”

With her business established Ana-Inga is hoping to continue growing and developing her career here in Scotland.

“It’s early days but all going well I’m hoping to expand and take on some staff. If things go really well maybe I’ll think about getting into lecturing. The lecturers at the College were all fantastic. They are all professionals so gave good help and advice and I would like to be able to do the same one day.

“My motto is that anything is possible if you give it try and work hard.”