Something unique has now arrived in Beeston, in the shape of a new hair and beauty salon called Hairven. Situated in an empty shop on the High Road, the former silk mill has been transformed into an oasis of organised calm, enabling people to look and feel better through the various hair and body treatments available.
I went along to Saturday evening’s opening party to see what sort of thing was on offer, and was amazed to learn that clients from across the country, including London would be arriving into Beeston to get a haircut and a manicure. Downstairs is where all the hair action takes place, whilst upstairs there are four treatment rooms, complete with mood lighting. There’s even a small cocktail bar. So you can enjoy a Fuzzy Navel after you’ve been defluffed.
I spoke to Collette the MD, although on her name badge she is known as the ‘General Dogsbody’ on why she decided to set up a salon in Beeston. She has one already one in another part of Nottingham, which has been open for around four years now. “It’s all down to my late Mother in Law, Wendy. She had cancer and was treated terribly at a salon in the city centre, due to her loss of hair. So much so, that I made it my goal to open a salon where everybody would be treated like they were special. I chose Beeston, as Wendy worked at Boots for 35 years, and so I have a very deep bond with the town. Just as I do with Gedling, where I come from and where Wendy is buried. I’ll probably move to Beeston sometime in the near future though, so that I can be near the shop”.
Besides pampering ladies with their five star treatments, the gents are also catered for. “Professional sportsmen visit us on a regular basis”. And by the number of people that were there, it looks like the salon will be a huge success, and will certainly help to put Beeston on the beauty map. The staff are known as ‘Angels’, and are managed by head angel Lauren, who has fiery read hair and sports a very distinctive lady pirate tattoo on her left arm.
Hairven are also a training academy. An NVQ can take two years, but other shorter specialist training courses will be available. This can only be excellent news for Beeston’s economy, as more students will be living here, as well as the influx of day trainees and clients from outside the area.