Lauren Goodger puts on a brave face as she surveys the damage after salon 'petrol bombing'
She had been so excited about opening her first beauty salon in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
But it was a different story today for Lauren Goodger, as she arrived at the premises to survey the damage after it was 'petrol bombed' by thugs.
The 25-year-old TOWIE star put on a brave face as she made her way into the once-glitzy salon Lauren's Way, which still had police standing guard outside this morning following the attack, which took place just after 10pm last night.
Brave face: Lauren Goodger was seen arriving at her salon in Buckhurst Hill today after it was petrol bombed by thugs last night
Boarded up: The shop is covered in brown boards after the attack last night
Wearing a pair of black leggings, cardigan and ankle boots, the stress of the situation was clear to see on Lauren's face as she headed inside.
Supporting by her new TOWIE co-star Georgina Dorsett, and Chantelle Houghton, who owned the shop site previously, Lauren tentatively headed inside to see what had been damaged.
As she left the salon after seeing the damage, Lauren looked visibly shocked, with onlookers commenting that she even appeared to wipe a tear away from her eye.
Stressed: Lauren looked emotional as she arrived at the salon to survey the damage
Support: Chantelle Houghton, who previously owned the store, and TOWIE co-star Georgina Dorsett supported Lauren at the shop
Thugs last night set alight to the salon and smashed windows just hours after the TOWIE star signed autographs outside for the opening.
Lauren has avoided Twitter since the incident, with her last tweets thanking fans for visiting the salon.
wrote: 'Ahh just met the sweetest girl she cried on me 2nd girl who has
cried on me 2day.. Makes me want 2 cry! So kind of you glad I inspire u
Attack: A policeman guards Lauren's new salon last night after it was petrol bombed
Rolling the red carpet: Loyal fans gathered outside the shop before the opening
Goodger is the latest face of the ITV2 show to come under a attack, with Billie and Sam Faiers becoming embroiled in a vicious attack last October following a drunken night out.
An Essex Police spokesman told
the MailOnline the arson attack caused minimal damage to the salon
yesterday but police officers were still standing guard outside the area
in Buckhurst HIll.
He added people living in the flats above Goodger's new venture were forced to be evacuated from their homes after the attack.
It is not clear if they have been allowed back.
Thug life: Shattered glass littered the pavement outside the shop, less than 24 hours after opening
Officers confirmed it was the only arson attack in the area and added investigations were continuing.
Yesterday, Lauren arrived at her salon launch in Buckhurst Hill to find photographers assembled before she had been primped and
preened for the cameras.
The 24-year-old, who had wet hair and
was make-up free, covered her face and dashed past the crowd of waiting
fans into the store.
Don't look at me! Lauren hid her face from photographers as she arrived at the salon launch with wet hair
Ready for my close-up! The TOWIE star emerged later and happily posed for photographers
Despite some eager fans waiting for
over three hours for a glimpse of Lauren, the reality star insisted on
having her hair and make-up perfect before venturing out again.
She tweeted from inside: 'In my salon
sorry for everyone queing (sic) outside won't be long guys and we can
all do pictures and signings x x x'
Once ready, Lauren emerged again and happily posed up a storm for photographers.
She looked great despite revealing on
Twitter that she has been suffering with the flu all week, and feared
that she wouldn't be able to make it to the salon opening.
Co-star support: Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex came down to the salon to see Lauren
Perhaps feeling under the weather was her
reason for not wanting to be photographed au natural, although
venturing out in the winter cold with damp locks hair probably wasn't her
joined by her co-stars Frankie Essex, along with Chloe Sims and her
daughter Madison, who came down to show their support.
Unlike Lauren though, Chloe and Frankie were fine with photographers capturing them looking far more natural than usual.
Chloe and her daughter turned up in
matching pink outfits, with the mother-of-one in a tracksuit from Katie Price's Day 22
range, and the pair sporting identical pink trainers with leopard-print bows.
Like mother like daughter: Chloe and her daughter Madison wore matching outfits for their visit to the salon
Frankie wore skinny jeans, ankle boots
and a black fur vest, while Lauren wore a bright blue dress with a
leather jacket and white scarf.
Goodger's new salon was opened to the public after appearing on the ITV2 show last week.
Lauren's Way after her line of tanning products, the salon offers spray
tans, blow dry and hair extensions, teeth whitening and HD brows.