Being Sandra In Spain means I get invited to all sorts of things, and recently I was invited to the opening of GlamRus, a new hair and beauty salon at the Plaza, El Raso, on the Lemon Tree Road. Vicky Mannion, who has looked after my hair for the 9 years I’ve been in Spain, and salon owner Sophie Morgan, who she met at Quesada Fitness Gym, have pulled out all the stops to create something wonderful. This isn’t just a salon, it’s pure luxuury and comfort. So that must have cost a hell of a lot of Euros to fit out to that standard then? Well, not as much as it might have, because Sophie did all the work herself over a period of four months before the salon opened.
Sophie and Vicky wanted the ‘Wow’ factor for GlamRus, and they decided the only way to get that was to plan and fit out the salon themselves. And they’ve certainly achieved what they set out to do. The salon is stylish, luxurious, yet comfortable and welcoming at the same time. There’s nothing of the ‘waiting room’ ambience that some hair and beauty salons in Spain seem to radiate. The Spanish idea is functionality, but the girls wanted more, because this is no ordinary salon. Vicky looks after hair, for both male and female clients of all ages, while Sophie is in charge of nails and other beauty treatments including facials, waxing, pedicures, permanent make up and eyebrow and eyelash tinting, among other things. They may be young, but these girls have a lot of experience between them. Sophie has been a beautician for 15 years, and Vicky has been awarded the accolade of best stylist on the Costa Blanca for three years running.
The third member of the team, Juliette Memmott, is qualified in hypnotherapy, reflexology, reiki, various forms of massage and medical facials, including chemical peels. Juliette advocates a holistic approach to beauty, and aims for a mix of professionalism and warmth with her clients. She says that over the years, the approach to beauty has changed. Ladies are not now prepared to grow old gracefully, they want to stay young and rejuvenate their skin to stay healthy and happy for longer. With 20 years experience in beauty, aesthetics and holistic therapies, Juliette knows what she’s talking about here.
Between them, Sophie, Vicky and Juliette can look after all your health and beauty needs, whether you’re just looking for a shampoo and set or pedicure, hypnotherapy for weight loss or giving up smoking, or skin tightening and cellulite reduction. The atmosphere in the salon is welcoming and friendly, and if you’re a bit nervous about your treatment, it will all be explained to you clearly and honestly. The girls are all about helping you to be the best version of you possible, and they won’t recommend anything that isn’t suitable, or try to talk you into a treatment you don’t need. In fact, with their scope of knowledge, it’s more likely they’ll talk you out of treatments that they feel won’t offer you any real benefits, because they are passionate about their profession, and want you to leave the salon feeling like a million dollars.
Beauty may be a serious business, but the girls at GlamRus know how to enjoy themselves, and will help their clients to do the same. They also believe that it’s never too early to want to look lovely, and they offer Princess Pamper Parties for up to 10 children. The lucky young ladies can have their hair straightened or curled, and choose another treatment to go with that while they enjoy a buffet and drinks and pose for the photo call. The only difficult part is deciding whether the princesses will go for a manicure, pedicure or facial.
GlamRus can also arrange a wedding package, with hair, nails and make up for the bride and two bridesmaids, and they can advise on other aspects of the wedding planning too. In fact there is no aspect of beauty, whether for every day or special occasions, that the girls can’t help you with. You don’t always need an appointment – just drop in if you’re passing.
I took my friends Glenys and June along for our own bit of pampering before we went out to celebrate June’s birthday, While Vicky came up with some lovely new styles for Glenys and June and I awaited my turn, I watched Sophie at work on a manicure and a facial. She certainly knows her stuff, and the clients in question were delighted with their treatments. We all chatted away like old friends, and we were sorry when it was time to leave, because we’d had such a great time at GlamRus. Glenys is coming back over to Spain again soon, and she asked me to book another hair appointment. It’s not just princesses that need pampering you know!