Mother and daughter Pauline and Krystle Downie, who both appeared on Channel 4’s Million Pound Drop game show in February 2011, have joined forces again to launch two new businesses with their £25,000 win.
The entrepreneurial duo will launch “It’s My Magazine” and Kadence Bluu Hair Integration Solutions, on 1st April 2012 at the Mahogany Bridal Show in Bloomsbury, London.
“It’s My Magazine” is a personalised glossy magazine featuring timeless moments captured from any special event, including weddings and christenings.
Differing from conventional albums, it also includes editorial features, and interviews with guests attending the special day.
Kadence Bluu Hair Integration Solutions provides advice and installs of hair extensions, which can both disguise hair loss and meet the needs of clients who simply wish to wear their hair in longer styles.
Kadence Bluu also uses natural hair care oils and massage to stimulate client’s own hair growth.
Commenting on the Million Pound Drop win and how it is helping to transform her life, Krystle, a former PR manager for the NHS website said: “The timing couldn’t have been better. I was recently made redundant and had always wanted to start a business with my mum, so decided to go for it.”
Krystle was determined not to let redundancy be the end of the road. Having lost her job just before Christmas 2011, she retrained and is now a qualified hair integration technician. “Having experienced hair loss myself, I decided to turn my passion into a business to help others.”
Krystle’s mother Pauline, a former head of Design Technology said: “We’ve always wanted to work together, however, having Davina ask us what we would spend the money on, and answering a joint business, in front of an audience of millions, made us strive to actually do something about it and accomplish our goals.”
Commenting on the launch, Dr. Cecilia d’Felice, Consultant Psychologist said: “Both hair loss and redundancy can have an extremely detrimental effect on self esteem and confidence. However Krystle’s story shows how you can turn adversity around, and achieve a positive outcome - she is an inspiration!”