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 taking the ground and lower ground floor. In January 2018 Alresford Beauty expanded into all four floors of the premises.
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).
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, Jan Marini, Mii Cosmetics, 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, 32 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, electrolysis 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.”
Nadia studied beauty at Farnham College and was trained by Sienna X in spray tans. Once she left College she felt that nails were her calling and has been doing them for over 2 years and qualified in her NVQ level 2 Nails in a salon in Farnham, she gain lots of experience doing Nail Enhancements, Gel Nails, Manicure, Pedicure and Nail art.
Nadia is our newest member of the team who has join Alresford beauty in October 2019 and is eager to build her clientele and to bring an exciting new service to the salon.
“I enjoy every set of nails I do and I’m super exctied to be bringing acrylics to Alresford Beauty. I can’t wait to started designing and creating some lovely nails. I love meeting new clients, building relationships and having a good chat with every client that comes though the door.”
Dr Edwina Clarke
Welcome to Dr Clarke our new aesthetics doctor.
Qualifying as a medical doctor in 2012, Dr Clarke splits her time between General Practice and her facial aesthetics clinic.
Dr Clarke is passionate about enhancing natural beauty through the precise use of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and skin rejuvenation treatments. Her ethos is to make her clients feel the best version of themselves.
She can also offer treatments for excessive sweating and teeth grinding, and Vitamin B12 booster injections which promotes healthy skin & nails, boosts metabolism & weight loss, improves brain fog and boosts energy levels.
Dr Clarke will be offering treatments at Alresford Beauty and appointments can be made directly through her or via the salon. All consultations are free with no obligation to proceed. If you are new to aesthetics Dr Clarke can talk you through all options and help formulate your perfect treatment plan.
You do not need to be an athlete to have a sports massage. Repetitive work-related activities, prolonged periods of sitting at a computer, a trip or fall can all contribute to pain or discomfort; thus, leading to tension, reduced movement and reduced flexibility.
I trained as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist at the renowned London School of Sports Massage. Sports massage is designed to support the prevention of injury and promote healing in the muscles and working to reduce the restrictions of joints.
It can help to; • Warm your muscles and flush out toxins • Identify and breakdown tension or pain in your muscles • Reduce fatigue and improve circulation • Optimise recovery • Enhances range of motion and flexibility
Using Massage and other advanced techniques, sports massage can benefit all minor and chronic injuries due to sporting injuries or general lifestyle influences. It can help to enhance your sporting performance by increasing the efficiency of the soft tissues, preventing injury and aid recovery. Regular treatment can help prevent injuries, new or recurring, by identifying any dysfunction or niggles before it becomes an issue. Emma can be booked direct with us, or if you would prefer you can contact her on.