Ukrainian Hair & Beauty Salon, Krasunya, Opens in Stirling

rasunya Hair & Beauty Salon opened its doors on August 24 last year – the day Ukrainians mark their country’s Independence Day.

Its Ukrainian owners Shabab and Oleksandra Aslanian arrived in the UK on exactly the same date in 2022 to find a new home following Russia’s invasion of their country. 

Oleksandra has experience in the beauty industry and is a dermatology/facial specialist so the couple began to pursue their dream of opening their very own hair & beauty business.

Since then, the popular Barnton Street salon – which was among the companies nominated for New Business of the Year in Go Forth’s 2024 Stirling Business Awards – has gone from strength to strength offering a range of services and catering for everyone.

The salon’s Development Director, award-winning hair stylist Narisse Hollington, came on board in September 2023 with the aim of bringing further education to the workplace.

She liaises with Forth Valley College and will be mentoring NVQ Level 3 hair and beauty students from this April for at least two years.

Narisse holds several awards including winning Small Business of the Year at the prestigious Proud Scotland Awards 2021 for her dedication to building a safe and secure workplace environment at her former shop – The Unify Salon in Callander.

She said: “Shabab and Oleksandra recognised the need for a salon which could enhance the community and allow them to return the gratitude they felt and the opportunity arose when they were offered premises at 11 Barton Street.

Once everything was signed and sealed, they turned the lock and opened a beautiful, well thought out salon with services to cater for all the family.

This was incredibly different to their previous job – working in a car manufacturing plant at one of the biggest factories in Kyiv!

Krasunya Salon – the name means beauty in Ukrainian – prides itself on the talents of its 11 staff members who are all experts in their trade and who have each worked in the professional beauty and hair sector for more than 15 years.

They offer a wide range of services including hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, permanent make-up, tattoos, waxing, eyebrow enhancements and cosmetologist injections including Botox.

The salon also has a barber, a massage therapist, make-up artists and beauticians.

Shabab says: “Our talented staff all aim to bring vibrancy and kindness to the forefront of our salon which has been very well received locally.

Our name means beauty which refers not just to external beauty but the beauty of being able to offer what we can spiritually to each individual we meet – the beauty from within.

The Krasunya team also provide support to a number of local community-run projects which help those in need.

The salon, based at 11, Barnton Street, is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm by appointment and offers a walk-in service from 10am to 5pm daily.

It has already received first-class Facebook reviews including this one from happy customer Susan Currie.

She wrote: “My goddaughter had a pamper here and it was excellent service. All the staff are extremely friendly and we were all made to feel welcome and at ease. Everything was tailored to our theme and most importantly the girls had an absolutely amazing time. Definitely recommend!

Another client Kornelija Anelė said: “The manicure specialists are absolutely amazing. The lady was extremely precise, careful and a perfectionistic. Hygienic manicure was included in the polish manicure and I am extremely happy with the result. This is the best manicurist in Stirling.

The service you get for the price is unmatched. Not to mention the place is spotless and everyone is extremely kind and nice offering tea and biscuits to put a cherry on top of an already amazing experience.

Customers can contact the Krasunya Salon by calling 07830 400022 or via email –

There is also a booking link on the salon’s Facebook page – – and Krasunya is also on Instagram –

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