January 18, 2018

Amazing Innovation for Nails

Excel beauty show (28th February 2011)

Myself and Rachel our other beauty therapist traveled up to London excel, to one of the biggest beauty shows this year. We were overwhelmed by the amount of stalls offering different treatments, but soon got down to business to find the best to bring back to SW1. One of the stalls that we were instantly drawn to was the Cnd sweet squared stall where they were introducing thier new nail system shellac and once we saw it we just had to have it!!  

Shellac is a 14-day, high shine gloss that’s truly addictive. No more flawed worn away edges, chipped or scratched polish, it helps get rid of all of that! It will strengthen and protect your nails whilst providing you with a resilient mirror finish, which anyone will be proud to show off. Its Applied with the ease of polish but with the strength of a gel and the brilliant thing is there’s No need to file on top of your natural nail so your nails stay healthy and strong!


  • Shellac and go on hands or feet shape & polish (30 mins) £30.00
  • Full set on hands or feet including shape, cuticle work & polish (45 mins)£40.00
  • Full set on feet including shape, cuticle work, polish, plus scrub (1hr) £50.00
  • Double up have both feet & hands done (1 hr 30 mins) £ 75.00
  • Removal with conditioning treatment (30 mins) £20.00
  • And if you have a new set the removal of your old set is free!!

So why not come give it a go I’m sure by the end of your treatment you will love it as much as we do!!

Gemma (4/3/11)

Becky Histed

Becky Histed Hairdresser in Tunbridge Wells KentFuture professional – Trainee hairdresser
After a weeks work experience at her local salon, combined with her artistic background, having completed a National Diploma in Musical Theatre, Becky decided upon a creative career in Hairdressing and began working at SW1 in February 2010. Becky is currently completing her NVQ level 2 in Hairdressing at West Kent College.

“Whilst in training, it is so inspirational watching every single stylist create different looks and creative colours every day.

I am completely amazed by the Keratin treatment (Everlasting Blow dry), I love it, for me it is a therapeutic treatment to do on clients and I am amazed by the before and after look that it gives them. I also enjoy the conditioning treatment and I know from personal experience how relaxing and beneficial so I love to be able to give them to clients”

Becky has also been a part of the in-house Wella creative colour evening and looking forward to many other Wella and TIGI courses in the future.

Karis Davis

Karis Davis Hairdresser in Tunbridge WellsGraduate Designer
Karis has been with SW1 since the spring of 2010. She has been working in hairdressing for 5 years, qualifying in the August 2010.

Karis studied at West Kent College where she completed her Level 1 and Level 2 in Hairdressing.

Her creative flair was presented well when she came second in the Avant Garde group of a Mid Kent college competition.

Karis has attended and successfully completed Transitional Cutting course at TIGI studios and in-house Wella Creative colour and she looks forward to forthcoming training courses to broaden her knowledge.

Karis has a great passion for Hairdressing and has entered into the NHF photographic competition for the stylist of the Year.

“I enjoy adventurous cuts and transformations as it is exciting to see the finished results develop in-front of you. I also enjoyed watching the senior designers creativity with Hair extensions”

Lauren Willis

Lauren Willis Hairdresser in Tunbridge Wells KentGraduate Designer
Lauren joined the team in 2009 after a career change. Having studied for a degree in fashion promotions, which lead to a career in buying jewellery then moving into hair extensions where she then felt that working behind the desk was not for her.

She needed a creative environment where you truly are first hand in looking and developing future fashion trends not only from the catwalk but also street trends.

Lauren completed her NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing in the December of 2010 from West Kent College showing great flair and dedication. Whilst studying she entered and came first in the Mid Kent College competition, Avant Garde division.

At SW1 Lauren has been on a TIGI Retail revival course, TIGI Transitional cutting course and Wella in-house creative colouring , consultation courses and in Jan/Feb 2011 Wella Corrective and Creative colour.

“I have absolutely made the right choice in changing my career it has over exceeded my expectations and I really feel that with my fashion background it has given another dimension of excitement for year on year trends through hair and beauty”

Sharon Topp

Sharon Topp Hairdresser in Tunbridge WellsDesigner and Bridal stylist
Sharon began her career in hairdressing 26 years ago, in a salon in Crowborough, and then as a home hairdresser and Mother, Sharon decided after 20years to return and refresh her Hairdressing skills at SW1.

Since returning to the salon, Sharon has been involved in all salon re-training and on TIGI Transitional cutting, Wella in- house creative colour and consultation courses and the very challenging corrective colour course and all of which have made her a valuable member of the team.

“It’s just the best feeling making people feel great with a whole new look. I love the buzz of this salon and it give me back a lot more confidence and fulfilling my first love again.”

Aida Walker

Adia Walker Hairdresser in Tunbridge WellsDesigner
Aida left her native Kyrgyzstan where she trained in Hairdressing and found her way to SW1 in November 2010. Aida has been a Hairdresser for 6 years and is currently attending as many courses as she can and attending the SW1 training academy to add to her skills.

“I think that the hair is a very attractive part of the body, everyone wants to have perfect hair and we can help”

Aida juggles two roles as a mother of two and her life here at SW1 but continues to combine her love of hair with a strong and instinctive creative urge for the job.
“I love my job, cutting and colouring and making clients happy. Its great to see them leave with a smile”

Aida has attended Perfect Consultation and Wella Colouring course so far and can’t wait for more.

Sam Sayer

Sam Sayer Senior Hairdresser in KentSenior Designer and Academy Trainer
Sam joined the team in 2007 after successfully completing her NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing at West Kent College  in 2004.

She has achieved many skills and training to get her to the level she is, such as advanced Barbering, Creative cutting, Wella Colour correction and creative colouring.

Since beginning SW1 as a graduate designer Sam is an excellent example of how training and guidance can work, progressing now to Senior Designer.

“My favourite part of the job is making people smile and seeing them feel great, with creating different styles to suit each person. My best moment was doing a Wedding party, the styling, the planning, it was a great day.

The training I have received at SW1 has been amazing and has helped me to become a better communicator, enabling me to do more for my clients. Working with experienced stylists helps to keep me on my toes”

Sam has recently taken on the role of Academy trainer and education to help ensure our professional and personal hairdressing skills continues on to our future professionals.

Nikki Carter

Nikki Carter Hairdresser in Tunbridge WellsSenior Designer

Nikki moved to SW1 in 2008. Nikki has progressed her career by always challenging herself within the craft in her 20 years of Hairdressing.

Her training consists of NVQ Level 1 and 2, Creative Cutting, Goldwell colouring courses, Creating Waves and movement, Redken product training, Wella colour course, 365 Salon Success, Team building skills and Tigi Product course.

She has a great long-term clientele, which are very loyal to her. Nikki’s flair for hairdressing is evident from her work.

“ It is a very buzzy, lively salon and everyone has a sense of fun whilst being professional. Everyone is motivated and we inspire each other. I enjoy the wide range of people that visit the salon, so each day has new and great challenges.

I find that cutting is the best way to challenge someone’s hair and give them something new and exciting. I also love colouring and making people feel good about themselves.”

Debbie Benton

Debbie Benton Senior Hairstylist in Tunbridge WellsSenior Designer
Debbie is a bubbly experienced hairdresser with over 20 years in the industry. Debbie was trained at Hair Workshop Level 1 and 2 in Hairdressing.

Debbie has attended and excelled at many courses such as Creative Cutting courses, Hair Extensions, Redken product training, Wella Colour course, Tigi product course, 365 Salon Success, Team Building Skills. She is a great listener and loves to create a calm balanced nature when dealing with her clients.

“Since joining SW1 I find the work is more creative and this encourages me to be a lot more adventurous with my clients. I love to make the clients feel good about themselves and happy with their hair.

I give my clients product advice and knowledge about how to look after their hair as I feel this is very important between visits. I love doing new clients and pushing the boundaries to give them a new look.”

Sue Pett

Sue Pett Hairdresser in Tunbridge WellsDirector and Bridal Expert
Sue has been hairdressing in and around Tunbridge Wells for nearly 30 years now beginning her training in Lionel Anthony and has built up a great following of loyal clients.

Sue has attended a wealth of courses that includes numerous Wella colour courses and Bridal hair. Including Vidal Sassoon and Toni and Guy cutting courses and The Best of British hair up course.

Sue has a great passion for making her clients look glamorous and has amazing creativity in her Bridal and party hair styles.

“Hairdressing is a great love of mine and working within SW1 is a great place to be. We all have very high standards making it a pleasure to work in.

Sue has a love for hairdressing that is demonstrated by her loyal following.

Sue says” I love being creative and to see the clients feel and look special.”