Annis has taken Braid Maidens from St Albans to live on This Morning with Dermot and Alison as well as the BBC News. Braiding is hard! I am a hairdresser and can vouch for that but her teaching makes it simple and easy for all to follow.

How long has your business been trading in St Albans and why is it unique?

I've been trading officially since October 2021 - but had the idea back in 2016. It took me 5 years (young kids/ pandemic) to do something about it properly, but I am SO glad I did. The last 16 months have been an incredible experience - way beyond what I could have ever imagined. When I ran a free class for my friends in the October, I never thought I'd go viral in April (for teaching dads how to do hair) and end up on This Morning with Dermot and Alison or on the radio with Claudia. It was wild!

What is your personal connection to the City other than your business?

I was born in St Albans City Hospital and went to Aboyne Lodge and STAGS. My mum and dad met as teachers at what is now Oaklands College. I lived and worked in London for 15 years but came back when my daughter was 18 months old. And like most people in St Albans I worked at The Waffle House as a teen!

Describe your business moto in 3 words.

Friendly, Creative and Fun

1 life goal - this can be realistic or pure fantasy.

To have abs when I'm 50. I'll start working on them tomorrow (or see my dream students below).
Which celebrity's hair would you most like to style and for what event?
I'd love to braid Millie Mackintosh's gorgeous, long hair - I've seen her rock a Crown Braid but would love to introduce her to the Dutch Fishtail Crown. Plus - my dream students would definitely be William and Harry. Maybe the Wales' and Sussex' could have me over for Braids and a Banquet and make up over learning to do their kids' hair.
Annis to Karen Q: I believe you are a hair stylist and MUA by trade - who was the absolute favourite client you had in your chair?
Karen A: I am or should I say was... It is a skill that you keep with you forever so I will come out of retirement when Sydney (or any of my friends) get married. I have 2 favourites - my mate Clare on her wedding day, she is absolutely beautiful and everything went 100% right, easily and the photos are stunning. And now Sydney - I do a weekly blow dry on her and often curl it. Sadly she wont sit still long enough for braids yet and she has been known to chop her own fringe straight off to she is also my trickiest client too :)