A KIRKCALDY businesswoman is retiring after 50 years working in the beauty industry.
Saturday will be the last day Doreen Wigley is owner of the Sugaring Centre in the town’s Nicol Street before she retires - aged 78.
Since opening her first salon, the Beautybox, on the High Street in 1960, Doreen has enjoyed a beauty career spanning five decades.
She told the Press: “I opened my first beauty salon with my husband.
“It was called the Beautybox and was in a shop next to what is now O’Connells.
“We also opened another salon, the Bandbox, up in St Clair Street.
“The Beautybox moved over to the foot of the Olympia Arcade and then later up into the arcade.”
Having closed the Beautybox around 1986, Doreen tried retirement but found herself unable to adjust and looked for something else to do.
The mother-of-two said: “I read about sugaring and got interested in it and made enquiries about it.
“For about two years I was mobile and I also taught sugaring.
“Over the years I’ve developed my own paste.
“I took out a three month lease originally, but I’ve been here 20 years now! As you can imagine I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years.”
During her career, Doreen has not been shy when it comes to using new techniques and technology.
She explained: “I always tried to keep abreast of things, because I think you have got to in any business.
“I probably had the first sunbed in Fife. I put that in the shop in around 1976.
“They came from near and far to use that.”
Other techniques she’s had in her salons have included electrolysis, non-surgical electrolipolysis and a power plate.
Doreen has mixed feelings about retiring, but feels now is the right time.
Laughs and tears
She added: “I’ve had a lot of laughs and tears sometimes, but I’ve enjoyed it.
“I’ve made a lot of friends and I’m going to miss them and the discipline of running a business.
“Ruth Morrison is going to be taking over the business from me.
“I’ve been overcome by the kindness of customers past and present for their cards and gifts and I’d like to thank them for their kindness.”