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

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 recently bought her first home with partner Tom and now enjoys it with their gorgeous daughter, Ava.

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. 

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!

Hannah - Artistic Director. Currently on maternity leave, returning in November 2019

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.

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 Director

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.

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!

Beth - Senior Stylist. Currently on maternity leave, returning on 30th October 2019

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.

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!

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.

Helen - Therapist

Helen loves Aveda's ethos which fits perfectly with her holistic approach to treatments; and although she offers most treatments, facials are by far her speciality.

When not at work she can be found either in a yoga class, running or even taking part in the odd triathlon!

Laura - Therapist

Some of you may recognise Laura as she used to be part of our Front Of House team, but with a lot of hard work and determination she is now a qualified therapist.

Laura has two young children but despite this works 5 days a week, she has a caring touch which makes you feel totally at ease.

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 and Son, is Harry Potter!

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.

Jenyfa - Therapist

Jenyfa is a massage therapist, specialising in deep tissue massage. She moved to England last Summer from Canada, where she completed her massage training.

Jenyfa enjoys making music, practicing yoga, and exploring new places when she is not working her magic on tired achy muscles!

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