Over the coming months, Vicky Stothard, owner of Balham-based independent salon and spa, Independent mindbodysoul (IMBS), will share her beauty, health & wellbeing tips through our blog. So if you have any questions for Vicky on this subject, please let us know! But to start with, Vicky shares 8 reasons to love this local salon:
L is for Local
Championing the shop local mentality, IMBS has always been active in building relationships with other local independent businesses since launching 11 years ago. We were part of the original group to launch the Ritherdon Road Street Party. We also raise awareness and fundraise in aid of First Touch, the charity supporting St George's Hospital Neo-Natal Unit where IMBS clients have given birth.
O is for Only AVEDA
With up to 99% naturally derived hair colours, organic product ingredients and all-natural aromas, it’s no wonder IMBS have partnered with Aveda, the global front runners in natural beauty. Hair colour that's vibrant and safe for use while pregnant and breastfeeding isn't easy to come by, but at IMBS it's always been the only colour we've ever used. We offer personalised, natural colour as an affordable luxury, with regular weekly discounts on selected hair colour services.
V is for Vicky's vision
We wanted to create a 5-star salon to meet the needs of locals who wanted the luxurious spa experience without travelling into the West End. In 2005, we launched the salon and spa, the first of its kind in the area.
E is for Essie
Essie nail polishes are the only brand used in spa at IMBS. They're the best in the biz with long-lasting colour, a high shine finish and the option of extra-long-wear gel polish. This top polish doesn't come with a high-end price tag though, with manicures and pedicures at IMBS starting at just £20 with the ever-popular weekly #TuesdayTreats offer.
I is for Independent
Independent by name, independent by nature – we partner with big name beauty brands to offer the best hair and skincare to everyone that visits, but remain 100% independent. This means that we do things our way, to bring you offers you love, tailoring our offers over the past 11 years to evolve the salon environment and treatments to meet the changing needs of locals. The needs of young professionals are also covered with express treatments for those on the go, evening appointments and luxury spa relaxation for time off-duty.
M is for Multi-award winning
We're not only the proud winners of local, but also national salon and spa awards voted for by top industry professionals who know their Botanical Resurfacing from their Plant Peel facials!
B is for Baby (and mum) friendly
Baby-friendly facilities are a must in any business and therefore fundamental to IMBS. We're always finding ways to best accommodate mums and their tots by developing the treatments and services available. IMBS is a one-stop shop for hair and beauty maintenance and pampering for busy mums who deserve a treat. NCT members receive a 15% discount Monday-Fridays (9am-9pm), travel cots are available in the treatment rooms for when mum needs that quick fix (but have baby in tow) and baby change and food-warming facilities are on hand for every eventuality.
S is for Spa relaxation area
Destination spas make the areas surrounding their treatment rooms as serene as the rooms themselves and it is this spa relaxation area that creates a haven within IMBS for guests to relax in before and after their treatment or while their hair colour processes.
If you've visited Independent mindbodysoul, share what you love about this local favourite and tag #LoveIMBS for your chance to win a spa treat!
IMBS are at 87 Balham High Road, SW12 9AP. Phone: 020 8772 0208