A cut above the rest
It’s part of my job as a personal stylist and image consultant to keep my finger on the fashion and beauty pulse. I like to try new products and services so that I can recommend the good ones to my clients from personal experience. Courtyard Hair & Beauty in Twickenham is one of the good ones! I was recently treated to a facial with their spa manager Mariya and a cut, colour and blow dry with James, the salon manager, and the whole experience was wonderful.
On my arrival, I received a very warm welcome from the entire team and was led into the Aveda Spa at the back of the salon. The lights were dimmed and the spa was filled with the heavenly aroma of scented candles. I was already starting to relax.
Having filled in the mandatory form about my skin and general health, Mariya listened attentively to my main concern (OK, I admit it – it’s wrinkles!) and tailored my hour long facial accordingly. She used a combination of products from the Aveda and Unite ranges. By the time she had finished, not only did my skin feel soft, silky and smooth but it positively glowed – I felt completely rejuvenated. So what made this facial so different from all the others I’ve had over the years? It wasn’t just Mariya’s lovely manner and professionalism, or the wonderfully relaxing environment, but the fact that I felt she actually cared about meeting my needs and didn’t just treat me like another appointment. I was very impressed (and my skin looked amazing!)
Next it was James’ turn to showcase his hairdressing talents. He sat me down and we talked about what I’ve been doing with my hair and I realised it was time for a change. Having stuck to the same old same old for years, he showed me how he could breathe new life into my locks with new colour and style. (Even personal stylists can benefit from a fresh perspective from time to time!) While the colour was developing, I was pampered with a lovely hand and arm massage, a frothy café latte and a good selection of magazines.
James opened Courtyard Hair & Beauty 10 years ago and has 17 years’ experience as a hair stylist, having also worked for Toni & Guy and Headmasters. He is friendly and fun, while also being professional and passionate about his work. His staff really like him too which is always a good sign. I asked Lauren, one of the stylists, to describe him – “He’s a good teacher, kind, knowledgeable, patient and helpful”.
I cannot recommend my experience highly enough. It is a wonderful haven in the heart of Twickenham (easily accessible by car and public transport). James has also very generously offered all my clients 25% off any hair or beauty treatment, with no minimum spend, until the end of September. (Please quote reference ‘feronclarkstyle/courtyard offer’ when you book).
Courtyard Hair & Beauty, 44 King Street, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3SH
020 8892 5144