THE RETREAT Hair And Beauty Salon, Shirley, Croydon



The Retreat Hair and Beauty Salon - Staff

Meet The Team

The Staff at The Retreat are all fully qualified and insured to give a high standard of service to our clientele. Our aim is to provide top quality hair, beauty and alternative treatments in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We pride ourselves in making our clients feel completely comfortable and at ease whatever the service provided. I’d like to introduce you to the team, starting with my background…

Salon Owner and Beauty Therapist

I qualified with a BTEC National Diploma in Beauty Therapy at The London College of Fashion in 2001. I gained experience and further qualifications in various salons and in another 25 courses, specialising in CACI Quantum, St Tropez Tanning and leading my career towards Holistic Therapies before branching out on my own and opening The Retreat in  December 2005. I also trained in Thalgo Advanced Facials and Body Treatments, Jessica Nails, Keune Hair care and currently specialise in CACI Ultimate and Skin Rejuvenation. I am qualified to teach in beauty therapy and enjoy regular training sessions with staff.


Alternative Therapist

Sue started working as part of the team in Oct 2007 as a Receptionist, helping out part time and gradually increasing her days and hours after training as an Holistic Therapist at The London Beauty Academy in Indian Head Massage and Reflexology. A member of the Association of Reflexologists, Sue is fully qualified with an ITEC Diploma from the London School of reflexology. She has also completed diplomas there in Pre conception and pregnancy Reflexology and Hand Reflexology, Swedish Massage and Luxury Pedicures. Sue specialises in pregnancy and pre conception reflexology helping her clients to conceive, then throughout the pregnancy and up to the labour.


Hair Stylist and Colourist

Sam started with us in May 2008 and is a treasured member of staff. A friendly perfectionist in the team and a hard and thorough worker, Sam specialises in GHD and Tong Curling. She trained in NVQ levels 1 and 2 in Hairdressing and has experience with Kerastase, L’Oreal, Wella, Goldwell, Redken and Keune. Sam also trained at The London Beauty Academy in Hopi Ear candle Therapy, Luxury Manicures, Gel Manicures, Spray Tanning, Eyebrow Tints and Shapes, Eyelash Tints and Extensions. She also specialises in Caci Ultimate face lift, jowl lift and led light therapy.


Alternative Therapist

Kim started with us in June 2006 doing Reflexology, Reiki, Tibetan Head Massage and Australian Bush Flower Essences. Achieving a Diploma at The London School of Reflexology in pre-conceptual, pregnancy and post-natal care reflexology, Kim is a member of the Association of Reflexologists. Kim also has Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Reiki and Levels 1 and 2 in Australian Bush Remedies. Kim is a thoughtful, calm and caring therapist.


Holistic Therapist

Caroline joined the retreat in November 2013 as a holistic therapist doing deep tissue massage, acupressure massage and baby massage. She is a member of the guild of holistic therapists and the guild of beauty therapists.



Beauty Therapist

Gemma qualified in 2009 with NVQ level 3 in beauty therapy and advanced nails. Working at The Retreat since January 2019, a very experienced therapist specialising in manicures and gels and has experience with various beauty companies including Murals, MD Formulations, Guinot, Only and Gel FX. She enjoys carrying out all beauty treatments and loves to learn new things.


Beauty Therapist

Angel qualified in 2005 as a teeth whitening technician with Teethwhite in Scotland. Working in various salons and gaining vast expertise in the industry, she then continued to develop her career by qualifying in other aspects of beauty therapy. A professional and fun member of the team.


Beauty Therapist

Helen started with us in December 2015 as an experienced NVQ Level 3 beauty therapist. She qualified in 2001 and has gained vast experience in the industry working in various salons and working with several product houses such as Jessica, Guinot, Murad, MD Formulations, Orly and Gel FX. She specialises in facials, manicures and Hollywood waxing. A professional and valuable member of the team.



Alternative Therapist

Tereza started with us in 2008 after a career change from 10 years experience of working in Human Resources.  She then had a gap where she furthered her training in the beauty industry and also gained her qualifications L.C.H. Diploma in Life Coaching Level 7 and Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3.

Tereza is passionate about helping people live a more fulfilled and happier life and helping them to gain their full potential.  Using her skills along with her passion and experience to bring about positive changes.



What Our Clients Say About Us

" I really look forward to my weekly pampering session. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Sarah and her staff provide an excellent and professional service in all areas. "  Joyce

" The Retreat offers an extremely friendly and professional service. The treatments are the best in the area, and the staff are always accommodating and prepared 'to go the extra mile'. I would recommend this salon without hesitation. "  Christine

" Always a friendly face to welcome you in. All the girls make you feel comfortable and special. You leave looking good and feeling totally revived. "  Erica

" I love spending time at The Retreat, as after a busy day Sam always has a welcoming smile for me. Visiting The Retreat is like spending time with old friends, with the added bonus of being pampered and made to feel like a million dollars. Thank you team Retreat, always a great customer experience. "  Lynda

" As a fifty year old woman who had no experience of beauty salons, Lucy has made me feel very relaxed. I have been to other places where I have felt embarrassed and uncomfortable at not knowing or understanding the treatments, I have never felt that way at The Retreat. "  Lynn



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Tues . Wed . Fri
9:30am - 6pm

9:30am - 8pm

9:30am - 5:30pm


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