Alresford Beauty started life originally as the Rachael Street Beauty Clinic on October 1st 1990, in a small room in the hairdressers in East Street. After 2 1/2 years, Rachael started a mobile business until she found her own premises. On March 1st 1994 Alresford Beauty opened at 34 West Street, originally with Rachael working alone in a curtained off room.
Over the years the business grew to such an extent that in June 2013, Alresford Beauty re-launched itself in new larger premises at 24a West Street and now employs four other beauty therapists, a receptionist and 2 student therapists.
Alresford Beauty prides itself on offering reasonably priced treatments using top quality products, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Meet the Team
Owner / Head Beauty Therapist
Rachael qualified as a Beauty Therapist and Aerobics instructor at The Belbins House Health and Beauty Academy, Romsey, in 1989. A small private college, with only 8 pupils, she gained IHBC qualifications. (International Health and Beauty Council) Both alas, are now no more.
In 1990 Rachael went back to train as a Reflexologist. Although no longer practising, Rachael likes to include a little reflexology into her foot massage. The next Qualification was in Advanced Electrolysis, in 1995.
Lastly a Sports Massage Certificate (under the IIHHT - International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies) was gained in May 2000.
Other companies Rachael has completed courses with are; Clarins, Jessica, St Tropez, Crystal Clear, Depilex, RVB and Maria Galland.
Rachael briefly worked at The Botley Park Hotel and Country Club as Beauty Therapist and Aerobics instructor when she left college, but after seeing an advertisement in the Hampshire Chronicle for a beauty room to let decided to take the plunge and work for herself.
Now, 23 years after her initial qualifications, she still loves the jobs as much as ever.
"I am so lucky to be able to get up in the morning and love the fact that I am off to work. I have built up a fantastic little business, and many of my clients I would class as friends. I pride myself in knowing you all by name! I feel my niche treatments are waxing, electroysis and red vein therapy. I also love treating 'problem skins' whatever your problem may be. Also if you have a knotty stressed back then my massage is firm, but effective."
Sarah did 3 years at BCOT (Basingstoke College of Technology) and achieved NVQ2 level 3 in beauty therapy.
On leaving college she went to work in a health club in Bracknell, then went to a beauty salon in Alton, and then onto a hotel spa.
Finding the spa clientèle very transient, she craved getting to know her clients better, so joined Alresford Beauty in March 2010. Now been in the industry 13 years and still enjoying it.
Since her original qualifications, Sarah has trained with Espa, Guinot, La Phyto, Elemis, Opi, Jessica, St-tropez and since joining Alresford Beauty has trained in Clarins. Qualified in Jessica Geleration gel nail system in 2011.
"I enjoy doing facials, manicures and pedicures, but most of all, I love the variety that everyday brings as well as chatting and getting to know my clients."
Before settling on Beauty therapy as a career Susie did a Fine Arts degree at Winchester College of Art and still enjoys producing her own work.
Susie then trained and qualified as a Beauty Therapist at Peter Symonds ACE College.
Susie is trained in Clarins, Jessica, Artistic, St Tropez, Carlton body, Crystal Clear,Elemis products, Dermalogica, Australian body care and Hive advanced waxing.
In her spare time she loves tending to her chickens, walking her dogs, socializing with friends and looking after her 2 children Connor and Izzy.
"I love learning and am very passionate about my career. Every day at the salon is different, you can never tire of it. I enjoy all aspects of my work, but have been told my forte lies with nails and waxing."
Part Time Receptionist
Aime is currently at Bristol University studying Psychology, where she has just completed her first year. When back home in Alresford she enjoys looking after her horses.
"I enjoy working at Alresford Beauty, the clients are always friendly and I love the buzz of a busy day at the Salon"
Currently studying Beauty Therapy at Andover College, Amy has just finished her first year and started work at Alresford Beauty in April 2013. This coming year she will be completing her Level 3 NVQ course as an apprentice at Alresford Beauty.
In her spare time she loves to socialize and time with her friends and family, or shopping!
“I really enjoy beauty therapy because it is such a lovely industry and environment to work in. I love doing nails as I like to be creative.”
After completing her first year at Andover College Elena is joining Alresford Beauty as an apprentice while studying for her level 3 NVQ in Beauty Therapy.
She enjoys dancing in her spare time as well as shopping and going to the movies.
“I enjoy doing beauty therapy as I find it relaxing for myself as well as the clients. It is enjoyable pampering others and socialising with clients.”