About Us

The Rye Retreat Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa, situated in the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, is the premier location to experience the Aveda ethos. Expertly trained hair stylists and beauty therapists offer exemplary service in beautiful surroundings. This includes our ‘secret’ garden, perfect for relaxation after our luxurious spa treatments. Complimentary rituals and refreshments, including wine, are offered with every service.

Meet the team

Lisa - Salon Director

Lisa lived and worked in London for many years before moving to Rye. Having worked as the manager at Mahogany - Mayfair, she specialises in cutting and styling.

She has two young children, and a rescue dog called Molly that is allergic to walking!

Joanne - Salon Director

Whilst excellent at cutting, Joanne's passion lies with colouring. Her work is classic and always beautifully executed. Joanne has worked at the Rye Retreat for nearly 20 years. 

Joanne is married, enjoys dance classes, and her young daugher Eva is a keen gymnast.

Petar - Style Director

Petar a 'Kiwi' who worked in London for years, specialising in Aveda colour.

Now based in St. Leonards & loving the seaside life. The only thing he misses is decent Sushi & Espresso Martini's

Louise - Style Director, currently on maternity leave.

Louise is a perfectionist who's passion is hairdressing. She loves all aspects of the job, but if asked to choose, colouring would egde just in front.

She enjoys staying fit, and loves to travel. She has just bought her first home with partner Tom.

Mark - Style Director 

Mark prides himself on having a loyal and varied clientele. He is passionate about the Aveda brand and ethos.

A keen cyclist, Mark cycles to work from Hastings every day, and regularly participates in charity bike rides. 

Hannah - Artistic Director

Hannah has been in the hairdressing industry for over 15 years, she is currently working Saturdays only, as she is a proud first time Mum to her Son, Theo.

Sarah - Artistic Director

Sarah started her career at the Rye Retreat over 20 years ago. She now works part time due to having two young daughters, but her passion for hairdressing (specifically keeping up with all the latest colouring techniques!) is ever growing. 

Sarah is an avid lover of fancy dress, and her daughter Mabel seems to be following in her footsteps!

Ruby - Artistic Director

Ruby is inspired by modern colouring and styling techniques. Her work is beautifully flattering and on trend.

She is very family orientated, enjoying spending time with her young Neice and Nephew, and her daughter Nevaeh! 

Rhianna - Artistic Director

Having worked at Vidal Sassoon for several years, Rhianna has recently returned home. Her precision cutting is second to none and she also enjoys creative colouring. 

Rhianna considers herself quite the wine connoisseur.

Nikki - Consultant Stylist

The Rye Retreat's longest standing member of staff, Nikki was trained by the salon owner and has worked here for 25 years, she's part of the furniture!

Her favourite holiday spot is Mexico - where she enjoys diving.

Livi - Consultant Stylist

Livi's vision for colour is second to none; she really is one to watch.

Livi is a thrill seeker and will try anything once - no matter how barmy!

Nicko - Consultant Stylist

Nicko has oodles of salon experience, and excels in afro-caribbean hair.

Nicko lives with his dog Cookie. In his spare time he loves to live life on the edge with the occasional parachute jump!

Scott - Senior Stylist

One of 4 boys that work here at The Rye Retreat, Scott is used to working with lots of demanding female colleagues. We think he's great, as do his loyal following. Scott has worked here since leaving school, and has done all of his training with us and Aveda. He is now one of the stylists responsible for training our new apprentices.

Scott loves music so no matter where the festivals take place, he will be there. 

Beth - Senior Stylist, currently on maternity leave.

Another home grown talent, Beth started here as an apprentice. She qualified some years ago, and is now a senior stylist. Beth is a fantastic listener and strives to give her clients exactly what they want.

Beth has moved twice in the space of only 12 months, and recently got married in the beautiful Battle Abbey.

Rachel - Senior Stylist, currently on maternity leave.

Rachel has over 7 years in salon experience and her favourite thing to do is colour, although the lovely reviews from her guests show that her passion also lays in her cutting and styling!

She is a bit partial to a weekend break - her favourite place being Poland.

Elly - Stylist

She is a home grown talent who has done all of her training with us and has an NVQ level 3 in hairdressing. She loves making people feel amazing through a great blowdry or special up-do.

Elly is a sun worshipper and loves a bright lip colour to compliment her bright personality. 

Rebecca - Therapist

Rebecca is equally interested in both scientific and hollistic sides to therapy; her facials are exemplary. She is a thoughtful and sensitive therapist.

She lives with her partner and their gorgeous cat, Marmalade. She is currently binge watching Cold Feet!

Lucy - Therapist

Lucy is an enthusiastic advocate of Aveda's holistic ethos; believing in treating the mind, body and spirit.

She has travelled to Goa and her one love other than her Husband, is Harry Potter!

Holly - Therapist

A good all-rounder, Holly is a safe pair of hands whatever treatment you choose.

She has just bought her first home and is enjoying putting the finishing touches on it to make it their own.

Trudie - Therapist

Trudie is a demon waxer - no unwanted hair is safe!

She has worked in Spain and the French Alps, but is now settled in Rye.

Victoria - Therapist

Tor is one of our most experienced therapists . Having previously run her own salon, she is renowned for healing massage and her spiritual approach to treatments. 

She lives in Hastings with her Husband and Son where she enjoys gardening and crafting.

Ashley - Therapist

Ashley has been in the industry for 9 years and is a lover of all things holistic - she can be found in our exclusive Garden Room.

Pickles, the French Bulldog has Ashley's heart, and they frequently visit the Firehills together.

Avedas ‘Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences’ calls for ingredients of the highest integrity. Sourcing ingredients from around the globe allows Aveda to connect with its mission of environmental and social responsibility. Based on a holistic approach to beauty and health, Aveda connects fashion, art, wellness and beauty.