Meet the team

A short history

Bliss started in 2006, although there has been a beauty salon on the site for over 30 years.  Julia managed the business for a couple of years before taking the opportunity to purchase the business from the previous owner.  Beccy Steele was already with Julia at this stage and after a complete re-fit, Bliss was born.  We still have a lot of clients from back then, some of whom have been visiting for over 30 years but since then, the salon has gained lots of fantastic new clients.  We pride ourselves on the relationships that we have with our clients – we genuinely care about them.  We are always friendly and welcoming and aim to offer real solutions for real women (and men!).  We give incredibly thorough treatments that offer great value for money and hope that, if you haven’t already been to us,  we will soon be able to welcome you to our salon.

Julia Forbes – Owner & Therapist

Julia is incredibly passionate about her business and is thrilled to have a salon that has such a great relationship with its clients.  She specialises in Advanced Cosmetic Procedures and facial skincare and loves nothing more than a client with a real concern to get involved with. 

“For me it’s all about the challenge of taking someone’s concerns and getting to the point where we have a treatment plan that is actually working for that client.  There’s a real sense of achievement when you get to that point and it’s great to know that your client has trusted you to do a great job for them.  I’m sure that at times I get a little overexcited about our treatments and products but it’s only because I know that I can find something that will work!    I am also incredibly proud of the rest of the team.  We gel really well together even though we are 4 completely different characters and clients often comment on the fact that whoever they see when they walk through the door always makes them feel welcome and special.  I love my salon – it’s not really like working at all!”

Beccy Steele – Senior Therapist

Beccy is a great right hand woman to Julia and is just a passionate about the salon.  She has a very loyal client base and gives herself completely to her clients.
“I love my job because it’s all about improving people’s confidence, mood and appearance.  My favourite treatment is eyebrow shaping – I get very excited when I get a new client who has never had their brows shaped before.  It’s amazing what a difference to someone’s face having professionally shaped brows can make.  I think we have the best job in the world, we’re making people happier!”

Lucy Payne – Therapist

Lucy has been with the salon since she started on work experience in 2007 aged just 15!  She’s now a fully-fledged and very talented beauty therapist. 

“My job doesn’t feel like a job because I get to socialise and meet lots of lovely people!  What I most enjoy about my job though is assisting people to feel more confident in their own skin.  Whilst I love doing facials and body treatments, I absolutely adore waxing and Shellac.  Waxing is so instant and a Shellac manicure or pedicure is a really enjoyable treatment to do with amazing long lasting results, and it gives me a chance to indulge my creative side a little!”

Liz Starnes – Therapist

Liz is the ‘newest’ member of the team and has been with us since 2008 joining us as a complementary therapist.  Since this time she has also qualified as a beauty therapist which enables her to carry out a wide range of treatments.

“I love doing my complementary therapies such as Reflexology, Ear Candling and Indian Head Massage which is what I initially trained in, but really enjoy the beauty aspects of the job too, so am really lucky to have found a salon where I can combine both.  I love being able to help my clients achieve their goals and in particular love the Guinot Facials as both the therapist and client can see such immediate results.  My favourite treatment to give however is a Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage as I love to work on back problems and provide relief from pain for my clients”


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