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.

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 is on track to exchanging on her first home later this year!

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

Currently on maternity leave, Sarah started her career at the Rye Retreat over 20 years ago. She now works part time due to having a growing family.

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

Ruby - Artistic Director

Currently on maternity leave, due back later this year. 

Ruby is enspired by modern colouring and styling techniques. Her work is beautifuly 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.

Natalie - Artistic Director

Natalie trained at The Rye Retreat and is now one of the stylists responsible for training our new recruits.

She is a kind and welcoming person with a great sense of humour, and has recently taken up yoga, to channel her inner Zen Goddess!

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

Recently promoted to Consultant Stylist, her second promotion in 2 years! Her 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!

Scott - Senior Stylist

One of only 2 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. 

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

Beth - Senior Stylist 

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, recently got married in the beautiful Battle Abbey.

Rose - Stylist

Rose is our newest stylist to the team, and has fitted in brilliantly. She is a great all rounder and is currently studying for her NVQ level 3 in hairdressing.

Rose loves travelling and recently embarked upon a lone short adventure to Budapest!

Lucy - Therapist

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

Lucy is newly married, and honeymooned in Goa. Her one love other than her Husband, is Harry Potter!

Daisy - Therapist

Daisy has worked at The Rye Retreat for 5 years. During this time she has worked her way up and is now the Spa Assistant Manager. Don't be fooled by her tiny stature - Daisy delivers a firm massage!

Daisy and her partner are avid travellers, they have a Californian and West Coast tour booked for later this year, and have already frequented Marbella and Venice this year alone.

Holly - Therapist

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

She recently visited friends in New Zealand and explored the waterfalls and thermal spas.

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 pro golfer partner and they are currently saving to buy their first home.

Trudie - Therapist

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

She has worked in Spain and the French Alps.

Victoria - Therapist

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

She lives in Hastings with her Husband and Son where she enjoys gardening and the odd bootfair.

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.