Kelly Hill – Owner.
As a child I would sit there for hours on end ‘creating’ my latest make up trend on my Nana, dreaming of owning my own salon one day.
When I left school I knew I wanted to go into the industry I loved so much. So without a second thought I went to Beauty Therapy School! This was two years of intensive learning on all aspects of the beauty industry, head to toe. I was lucky enough to be asked on an exchange programme two years on the run. This was for massage and make up. On both exchanges I spent time in Barcelona, working and learning the latest trends and techniques.
After an enjoyable few years in the salon environment, I digressed slightly and moved on to be a therapist for Clarins. From there I held various roles: business manager, events manager and area manager for huge brands – Laura Mercier, Shiseido, Origins and Estee Lauder. All of these brands excelled in both skincare and make up. So much more experience gained in the industry I loved.
My last role in this part of the industry was as Regional Education Manager for Clinique, teaching and developing people at the world’s biggest skincare and colour brand. It was huge! Something I never imagined. Remember: I was that little girl at my Nana’s house in Wales, doing her make up, longing to do it for a living. And there I was, in Estee Lauder Companies’ stunning, purpose-built premises in the heart of London, surrounded by the world’s best hair and beauty brands and a class full of consultants – wow! Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside the British Association of Dermatologists and Dermatology Doctors as Clinique had a huge partnership with them. Every year we would host at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Convention.
Then came the time for change. I had two young children and I knew I needed to give more time to them. I still needed to keep the beauty industry within me – there is no letting go. This was when the salon was launched. I wanted to create a salon where you go to discover the benefit of your self-care and enjoy the feeling of being someone special. A place where you can relax and feel confident in yourself.
I look forward to using my 26 years of experience in the beauty industry to tailor treatments just for you, and to making you feel welcome at Splendour Beauty.