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How it all began

 

After studying at college for three years to gain my Beauty Therapy qualification, I started working in the big world of the beauty industry. Starting as a junior therapist at a salon in my hometown of Dumfries and after five years worked my way up to Salon Manager.

Within this role, I helped set up new salons and trained and educated new therapists. I also gained a wealth of knowledge and training on new treatments and concepts within this time.

After another couple of years, I wanted something new and applied for a post of a Training and Development Manager which involved developing three salons and training a number of therapists.

I then decided that it was time to put 10 years of experience and knowledge into something else……my own beauty salon……Salon Bellissimo which opened in January 2007, so far has been a truly wonderful and successful experience.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank clients old and new for their continued support….I couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!


 

The Team

Claire Hargreaves

Salon Owner/Therapist

Claire is the owner of Salon Bellissimo and a Beauty Therapist with over 20 years experience in the industry. She has a keen eye for new treatments and concepts and is continually updating salon treatments as well as staff training.

Claire’s expertise are in facial and skin analysis, she loves nothing better that assessing your skin and setting you on the right path to the skin you have always desired. Specialising in Dermaplane, Advanced Skin Peels, Microneedling and SHR Hair Removal. Her extremely warm and friendly approach will make you feel at ease but with the confidence that you are in extremely good hands.

Claire loves spending time with her family, especially her 2 sons Ollie and Blake.

Avril Beswick

Receptionist

Avril is Claire’s mum and started working on reception when the salon opened in 2007. Avril will be the one you meet on entering the salon and her very friendly and relaxed nature will put you at complete ease. Avril also helps to co ordinate the day to day running of the salon and likes for things to be “just right” and is an absolute asset to the salon.

Abbey Johnstone

Beauty Therapist

Abbey has been with the salon since 2019.  She qualified in beauty therapy in 2017, she is happily married and lives with her husband, son and her dog.

Abbey’s favourite treatments are waxing and nails, and anybody that knows her will know that she loves a good chat with her clients and enjoys getting to know them all individually.  In her spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Chelsea Carruthers

Beauty and Holistic Therapist

Chelsea started with us in August 2020.
Chelsea is HND Qualified and specialises in holistic therapies and is a qualified Aromatherapist. Loves nothing more than transporting you to another world with her massage techniques.

Chelsea has a daughter and in her spare time loves spending time with her family.

 

 

Chloe Edgar

Junior Therapist

Chloe is our Junior Beauty Therapist and joined us in August 2020, she is currently studying at Dumfries and Galloway College to gain her HNC in Beauty Therapy. Chloe loves learning new techniques and treatments to expand her knowledge and experience. She loves all things nails and make up and keeps herself up to date with all the latest trends. Chloe also loves socialising with friends and family, shopping and pamper sessions.