Caitlin Iley

Salon in the Spotlight: Bennett Beauty, Reading

By Callie Iley | 05 January 2022 | Feature, Salon & Spas

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Stacey Bennett has been a nail technician and beauty therapist since 2006, working in several different salons and spas throughout her time in the industry.

“I decided to venture out on my own finally after all the years I’ve been doing nails. I’m extremely lucky that I have a loyal and large client base, as it made the transition so much easier.”

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“I had a small beauty cabin in the garden in my previous house, but me and my family have recently moved to a local village,” Stacey explains. “Because of this, I needed to design a new, slightly larger beauty room, and created it by converting my garage.

“It’s just me that works in my beauty room, and I love it that way!”

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“I offer gel manicures, which can be upgraded to luxury for that extra bit of pampering,” she smiles. “I also offer pedicures, waxing, brow treatments and lash treatments.

“I use products from The GelBottle, NAF! Stuff, LashBase, London Lash, Navy Professional, HD Brows and recently I have introduced Elim which is fantastic. All the products I use are cruelty free and give amazing results.”

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“I provide a relaxing, private environment in which I feel that my clients can talk to me if they want to, but also a quiet space to relax if they don’t.

“My clients feel refreshed, positive and relaxed when they leave me,” Stacey enthuses. “I purposely opted for natural décor and wanted my space to be quite minimalistic, so that it’s not overwhelming.”

“It’s really important to support clients mental health, through both beauty treatments and being there as someone for them to open up to.”

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“As I have moved to a village, I wanted to create a more natural feel within my salon,” she observes. “I used lots of earthy tones and natural materials to create this.

“I used raw unglazed natural tiles around the sink and pedicure area. I kept the walls warm and light with a herringbone pattern for the floor with earth tones to keep things natural. I included splashes of gold throughout the salon for a touch of luxury. The natural tones in the marble floating sink with stylish gold tap creates a lovely feature.”

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“I kept my decor minimalistic on purpose, with no harsh colours, in order to not over stimulate my clients minds when they are relaxing having their treatments.

“Aromatherapy diffusers are continuously on with positive noted essential oils,” Stacey reveals. “I also play relaxing music, and my new raised dedicated pedi area that I designed gives a relaxing, comfy and snug corner.”

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