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Nicola Downey is a professional hair and make-up artist with over 15 years of experience within television, theatre, bridal and education.

She started Braided Belles over four years ago after a fellow school mum asked for help plaiting her daughter's hair and she soon realised that there was a real demand for hair braiding lessons.

As a mum to three boys, she loves any opportunity to style girls hair and really enjoys being able to help mums and dads in particular, create fantastic hair styles for inside and outside school.