About the Salon
Essense Beauty Salon was taken over by Beauty Therapist Amanda in 2010 having formerly been under the ownership of Hightone Gym in Wallingford.
Amanda transformed the salon using her advanced experience and industry knowledge, making some positive changes which including the re-branding of the Salon and
incorporating a more diverse treatment offering and loyalty schemes.
The range of treatments now offered at Essense are the most up to date with the inclusion of FakeBake Tanning, PHD Wax system, Decleor skin Care, Orly Nail care & Gel Fx, along with a full range of retail products to help customer continue with their preferred product at home.
Appointments can be made by email, text or phone at your convenience.
At present Essense does not offer a drop in service, however if the door is open you are more than welcome to come in and make a booking or view our retail products and purchase gift vouchers.
Along side Essense Beauty's more conventional Treatments we're privileged to have;
Doctor Kiran Kandola, from Cardiff Aesthetics, visits Essense about once a month to offer Botox & Filler Cosmetic Treatments. Text/Call/Email us at the salon to find out his next available dates.
Hayley Scullion, from Kiwi Beauty, visits Essense about once a month offering Semi-Permenant Make-up Treatments. Text/Call/Email us at the salon to find out her next available dates.
Lottie Brooksbank a Freelance Celebrity Make-up Artist who offers Wedding Hair & Make-up. Previous experience includes; Strictly Come Dancing, Hello Magazine, Ella Magazine just to name a few! All appointments/enquiries please contact her directly on 07837 678239 or www.makeupandhairartist.co.uk
Amanda completed a three year course in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Theatrical Make-up & Wig Making at Thames Valley University, Reading. Whilst there she also managed to do some work experience at the hairdressing salon Forresters, and the Beauty Salon Heavenly Bodies Day Spa.
During this period Amanda discovered her passion for Beauty Therapy and found the positive and uplifting effect of performing treatments on others to be really rewarding. As a result of her work experience and university qualifications she was then offered her first job in beauty working at Heavenly Bodies Day Spa in Oxford.
Amanda’s experience then continued when she was offered a position at Danesfield House Hotel in Marlow, where she enjoyed working as part of a much bigger team and gaining valuable experience working with some of the beauty industries best products.
In 2010 Amanda was approached to work at Essense Beauty Salon in Wallingford, whilst under the management of the Hightone Gym. However it was not long before the opportunity arose for Amanda to take the business over herself and in her words “I jumped at the chance and have loved every minute of it since"
"Steph studied her Beauty therapy level 2 full-time at college after leaving school, while using her mum, sister and even the pet golden retriever to practice on!! While working part-time as a dental receptionist she did evening courses to complete her massage level 3.
After working at the dentist for two years gaining experience talking to people and managing people’s questions and concerns Steph was offered a job at Hair and Beauty Works in Benson to cover maternity leave.
After jumping in feet first and making the most of every minute she was asked to stay on full-time permanently. After nearly 5 years she has felt it’s time for new scenery and is looking forward to meeting new clients."
“I joined the beauty industry 4 years ago, having previously worked in IT-related roles for a number of years. I had an opportunity to re-train and I'm so pleased I took it as I love being a beauty therapist and working to provide a service that ultimately makes people happy. This is far better than working in front of a computer all day and I can honestly say that I enjoy my work.
I trained part-time at Abingdon and Witney College to gain my NVQ level 2 & 3 certificates in Beauty Therapy and Massage. During this time, I worked alongside my studies to further my skills and gain experience in the industry and through this I met Steph and we stayed in touch. I have worked in a couple of other salons prior to starting here and they have helped to shape the way I work. Over the past couple of months, I have also been providing holiday cover at the salon and I am excited and proud to now be joining Essense permanently!
I look forward to meeting many more lovely clients at Essense and providing relaxing treatments for you all in the future - Hope to meet you soon.”