Bare and Bronzed proprietor, beautician Sam Besson, 17, takes care of Kathryn Leslight’s eyebrows.
Bare and Bronzed proprietor, beautician Sam Besson, 17, takes care of Kathryn Leslight’s eyebrows. Blainey Woodham

Teen girl starts beauty business

HER friends are frantically getting ready for their HSC exams, but 17-year-old Samantha Besson is a step ahead with plans to open her new beauty business Bare and Bronzed in Murwillumbah on Thursday.

The young entrepreneur admitted she simply wasn't interested in Year 12 and was keen to venture out into the world.

“I never wanted to do Year 12, so I left in Year 10 and did my full beauty diploma at the Joan Lawman College of Beauty in Byron Bay,” Samantha said. “One of my girlfriends said to me the other day that she couldn't believe she was only just studying for her HSC and I was already out starting my career.”

Despite being confident, Samantha was not afraid to say that she wouldn't be where she is without the support of her family and beauty experts in Byron Bay.

“My support is definitely my family –110% – and I have Carla Preston in Byron, she is definitely a role model. She has always pushed me to do everything,” Samantha said.

“From the word go they were supportive.”

And this is just the start for Samantha, who has dreams of one day working for American skincare product giant Dermalogica.

“They have salons in Sydney and also a lot in Canada, so that's the dream, but for now I have a six-month lease and I'm going to see how that goes, how the clients respond,” she said.

“I hope people really do respond; my prices are really reasonable because I know people don't always have money for beauty.

“I'm sticking to tanning and waxing because there isn't really anything like that in the area.”

Samantha has recently joined the Murwillumbah District Business Chamber as the youngest member in the chamber's history.

“I thought becoming a member of the chamber was a good idea, because if you need help you can go to them, and it will help get my name out there,” she said.

Chamber president Toni Zuschke said she was proud of Samantha's tenacity.

“It's great that we've got someone who's young and sticking her neck out, and they are the positive messages that the chamber wants to get out there,” she said.

Ms Zuschke says she believes at Samantha serves a niche market. “Because she's young she will connect with the young people wanting spray tans for their special events,” she said.



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