HAIRSTYLIST Tom Paskell has become the youngest person to gain a Saks hair salon franchise.

Tom, 21, of Pontefract Road, Barnsley, has opened the shop on Shambles Street, creating four new jobs for stylists.

He trained at the Lesley Frances school and has four years' experience but had to prove his skills and undergo a stringent selection process to get the franchise.

He said: "It’s always been my dream to run my own salon and I could not see any reason why I should not go for it right now."