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


Dance was her first passion however and she spent most of her childhood in buns and plaits! She was lucky enough to go to Elmhurst Ballet School until a knee injury forced her to leave.

She started Braided Belles over five 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 and to give them lots of confidence whilst doing it.

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