SALON IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Beauty Lounge, Bulford

By Kat Hill | 19 July 2017 | Feature, Salon & Spas

Having previously honed her craft, in a home salon in Germany catering for UK Forces, their wives and dependants, Gemma Riste’s return to the UK saw her continue her career. Starting off by renting a space at a hairdressers, Gemma quickly outgrew the location as her client base grew. A new location became available and Gemma seized the opportunity to create her own salon.

“From the outset, I had an image in my mind of a ‘shabby chic’ salon, with a friendly and personable atmosphere yet remaining committed to the highest of professional standards,” Gemma beams. “I have achieved this through my choice of salon furniture, treatment areas and decoration which all complement each other to perfection.

“I deliberately designed the salon so that it was unique and quite unlike any other salon that I had visited. By personally carrying out the decoration and overseeing the internal build, I could ensure that my vision was put into practice.  Despite building two treatment rooms I have endeavoured to maintain an image of space and openness.

“In keeping with my original vision, my clients always comment about the decor, its uniqueness and how the surroundings have only added to their salon experience.  One has even commented that it is more in keeping with the salons of New York than a sleepy Wiltshire village.”

Offering a varied treatment menu, the salon is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for its clients. “I am the only salon in the area offering such a wide selection of beauty treatments, in a personal yet professional environment,” enthuses Gemma. “I offer hand and nail treatments, HD Brows, lash lifts and extensions, along with spray tanning, waxing, massage and facials. Is use a variety of brands too, including INK London, CND Shellac, CJP Nail Systems and Magpie Beauty. I am located in close proximity to all the local amenities and residential areas making me the first choice.

“Although still in the very early stages, I am continually looking to the future with regards to expansion and diversification of the services that I provide. My clients are very upfront and honest about the services they would like to see and I aim to continue being the ‘one-stop-shop’ for them into the future!”

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