Salon in the Spotlight: Jules Nails and Beauty, Keighley
By Callie Iley | 24 August 2023 | Feature, Salon & Spas
Qualifying in level 2 beauty in 2001 from Craven College, Skipton, Julianne Weatherall’s creative and artistic nature instantly attracted her to the world of nails.
“I decided nails was the place I needed to be, so in 2002, I enrolled at Keighley College to learn advanced nail techniques, and I’ve stuck with nails ever since.”
Julianne worked on both an employed and self-employed basis in salons before opening up her own salon in Keighley, from which Jules Nails and Beauty was based for ten years. “The bills kept coming in and staff were coming and going all the time, so I decided to close the salon at Christmas 2019,” she explains.
“I needed to think of myself, and as I had a spare room at home, I decided I was going to do it up, making it into a gorgeous pink salon for all my clients. It took four days of hard work to make it what it is today and my clients love it.”
Located in the spare bedroom of her home, a five minute drive from the town centre, Julianne also offers driveway parking at her salon for ease.
“I have a wide range of clients, spanning from teens to those in their 80’s. My salon makes everyone feel welcome, and decor choices seem to be catching on in my clients homes too!”
When it came to decorating her salon, Julianne was sure about one thing – she wanted it to be pink. “I decided I needed some pink back in my life and went from there. I’ve always been a girly girl who loves pink, and I knew one day I would have an all pink salon.
“My clients say there is something new they find to look at every time they visit,” she laughs. “There are two feature walls – one is my pink fur wall, which everyone loves. Clients feel like they have to touch it when they walk in. The second feature wall is my hair extension wall, which has a printed flower wall, a home made vintage style mirror, an upcycled dressing table and a crown canopy.”
“I want my clients to feel cozy, at home and comfortable in their surroundings when they visit the salon, and I think I’ve achieved that. I wanted to have different things everywhere so they have something to look at when they come, and I have a TV in the salon also for them to enjoy.
“I think my salon is unique because no one has a salon that looks like mine in my area. I’ve accumulated a lot of very loyal clients throughout my career, and I never them down in return.”
Specialising in L&P acrylic nails, Julianne also offers builder gel services in the salon alongside a range of beauty treatments and hair extensions. “My go-to brand is Glitterbels – I think I almost have the full range now as I’m obsessed with it! I’ve used many different brands over the years, but Glitterbels is by far the best. It has one of the nicest and biggest range of colours and glitters, and it’s easy to use.
“I’d say acrylics are still the most popular choice in the salon, but builder gel is fast catching up. My clients let me do my thing and get creative with nail art,” she smiles. “I’m a team of just me, and I prefer it that way these days.”
“My favourite aspect of my salon is the pinkness. I’m a pink princess at heart and it definitely comes out in my salon. I love having my own space to create pieces of art within nails, and now that I work alone, I feel it is a more private, calming space for my clients. It makes me so proud that they all love coming to me.
“My goal would be to become an ambassador for Glitterbels. I love the brand that much that I would love to work with them and maybe have my very own glitter acrylic colour.”
Alongside her time in the salon, Julianne is also studying for a degree in psychology and an NVQ in suicide and self-harm. “I would love to be able to help people,” she shares.
“Since lockdown, the amount of my clients, friends and family that are struggling with their mental health is unbelievable, and I want to be able to help them in the future.”