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

Advanced Stylists


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 children, one recently having flown the nest, and a new found love of gardening.


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

Senior Stylists


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

Rhianna considers herself quite the wine connoisseur, and 'Captain Fun' (her words!) and often provides us with a great team quiz or a michevioius prank to keep us on our toes.


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. 


The Rye Retreat's longest standing member of staff, Nikki was trained by the salon owner and has worked here for 27 years, she's part of the furniture! You can't miss her huge grin, even under a mask!

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


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!


Inga has been in the hair industry for 14 years. She loves to create beautiful blondes and enjoys using techniques such as air touch. She is passionate about quality products and exceptional service

Outside of work Inga is a Mum to 2 toddlers and has a pet Bengal cat and an African Grey Parrot

Ruby - Currently on Maternity leave 

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! 



Lauren is one of our 'home grown' talents who loves getting creative with colour, specifically with balayage. 

She lives in Kent with her 3 cats and a dog and enjoyes spending her free time on country walks, or generally anthing outdoorsy!

Elly - Currently on Maternity leave 

She is another 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. Her daughter, Scarlett loves a trip to the local farm to see the giant rabbits, Elly thinks she may end up with a pet rabbit sooner rather than later! 

Kirsty - Currently on Maternity leave 

Kirsty is a great all rounder, having been in the industry for 19 years she is a safe pair of hands for colouring or cutting, but her passion lies with hair up and bridal hair.

Kirsty has a young daughter and french bulldog called Beau that take up most of her free time.



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 is a must when it comes to make up for any occasion.

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.


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.


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 two sons, is Harry Potter!


Amber has been working as a beauty therapist for the last five years and is incredibly passionate about making people feel better. Her favourite treatments are massage and facials.

In her spare time, she loves exploring new places on holiday and does regular dance classes.


Melissa has 25 years of experience in the spa industry and is passionate about our holistic, Ayurvedic treatments. Her favourite is the Chakra massage!

When Melissa is not at work, she loves walking her 2 energetic collies and is a champion baker.

Jenyfa - Currently on Maternity leave

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! 

Aveda's ‘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.