Shampoo and Set

Shampoo and Set

By Linda Sherlock

Format: Paperback

(4 customer reviews)

Publication Date: June 28, 2021


Categories: Business, Biography

ISBN: 9781913913007


At the age of five, Margaret Sherlock decided to give herself a haircut with a cutthroat razor. It was the start of a lifelong obsession with hairstyling.

In 1945, as a fifteen-year-old, she cycled daily to her hairdressing apprenticeship in Northern Ireland, having earned her fees by scrubbing and polishing floors. In June 1956, she opened her own salon in the market town of Chorley. Little did she realise that it would lead to a career lasting over sixty years. From Lancashire Wakes Weeks and Walking Days to the ever-changing world of hairstyling with some interesting characters along the way, life was not without its challenges.

Shampoo and Set is Margaret’s inspiring story and one of determination and hard work. It is proof that if you find a job that you like then you never feel that your work is done even at the age of ninety in the midst of a pandemic!

Linda Sherlock first went to the hairdressers at just ten days old. Her mum, Margaret, brought her home from the hospital and that afternoon opened her hairdressing salon in the front room of their terraced house in Chorley. As a student, Linda worked as an apprentice in the salon for 50p per week with tips. However, it had always been her ambition to be a teacher and in 1977 she was fortunate to obtain her first teaching post at St Mary’s Primary School, Chorley. She later moved to other schools in the area but always helped out in the shop during the holidays. In 2010, life came full circle as she began to work on a regular basis in the salon with her mum who was now in her eighties and still working hard. In January 2019, Linda’s monologue Leaving was performed and recorded by the Green Curtain Theatre Company London and her stories and poetry have been featured on BBC Radio Lancashire. She is a member of the Chorley Writers Circle.


Jane Facey (Guest Review) - 03 Jul, 2021

Just received my copy of shampoo and set and read it straight away.A very good read for anyone who's been to a hair salon(all of us) Brought 2 copies to pass on to my daughter and her boss(hairdressers).to keep them going).Margaret's a marvellous lady.Heard her interview on radio5 last week.

Edward Almond (Guest Review) - 09 Sep, 2021

‘Shampoo and Set’ is an interesting, entertaining and readable book covering a period of social and economic change. It is the story of a family business and growing up in a premise which is initially the family home. You are introduced to people of all ages— long standing customers, friends and relatives. Margaret, the hairdresser, stays true to her roots but is adaptable to meet the challenge of changing fashions and styles. This book is a welcome addition to the social history of Chorley in Lancashire. I thoroughly recommend it for its clarity and honesty and know that it is a book which will be really enjoyed by all.

Joanne C (Guest Review) - 28 Aug, 2021

I got this book as a present and I really enjoyed it. The author has a lovely turn of phrase and a very friendly way of writing. The people were genuine and it has a real feel good factor. I couldn’t put it down. It was both sad and funny and a remarkable story of a marvellous woman. Highly recommended.

MPM (Guest Review) - 01 Sep, 2021

I loved being taken back to the Sixties and Seventies in this lovely story. I was a teenager then and I can remember when it was like this. Many different stories about different aspects of life means you are hooked from the beginning. I didn’t want it to end!

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