Our Salon of the Year winner revealed

Kristal Watts, Tiffany Spencer and Sam Stapleford of Sanctuary of Beauty in Desborough with their award
Kristal Watts, Tiffany Spencer and Sam Stapleford of Sanctuary of Beauty in Desborough with their award

A salon which opened less than three years ago is the winner of the Northants Telegraph’s 2014 Salon of the Year competition.

Sanctuary of Beauty, in Desborough, topped the public poll to come out ahead of the area’s other shortlisted establishments.

The contest, launched in the spring, gave Telegraph readers the chance to tell us their favourite salon in the area.

Your nominations created our shortlist of 12 and – after weeks of voting – Sanctuary of Beauty emerged triumphant.

The salon’s founder and manager Samantha Stapleford said she was delighted to have won.

Samantha said: “I am overwhelmed by the support from all our ladies. We have only been open for two-and-a-half years – not a very long time. This award has given us a big confidence boost.”

She said she decided to open the salon after moving to Desborough from Market Harborough and realising there was a gap in the market.

And the task of establishing the salon’s reputation in the town was made all the more difficult when she fell pregnant just three months after opening.

Samantha added: “Us winning means so much more because of what we have been through as a salon. The support is overwhelming, it’s been fantastic.”

Sanctuary of Beauty has four regular members of staff as well as Samantha. They are Kelly Palmer, Tiffany Spencer, Kristal Watts and Jessica Woolner.

The salon – at 3 The Oaks, Braybrooke Road, Desborough – offers clients a wide range of treatments, including manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, nails, lashes, waxing and laser hair removal – pretty much everything, Samantha said.

And she added that beating off competition from salons in larger towns across the north of the county made winning the award all the more special.

The other salons which made our shortlist of 12 were: All Things Nails, Wellingborough; Aura Beauty and Therapy Centre, Rushden; Avant Garde, Wellingborough; Flora’s Bell, Higham Ferrers; Headworx, Desborough; Jacqui’s Salon, Corby; Poplar House Beauty Salon, Burton Latimer; Roots, Kettering; Shelly’s, Great Doddington; Topspot, Corby; and Wags, Corby.