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I started my beauty career by training at Champneys College of Health and Beauty in Tring, Hertfordshire. It has long been seen as one of the best colleges in Europe for health and beauty. I graduated in 1983 with national and international diplomas. Sadly, I lost my father whilst taking my finals. I was still only 18. We moved from our lovely house in Abingdon to Sutton Courtenay which led me to working in a small salon in Wantage, whilst I stayed at home with my mother, until the dizzy heights of London Town beckoned in 1984.
I got a job within the Churchill Hotel, Portman Square, and then a flat in Maida Vale W9. Within a few months I was transferred to the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, W1, where I stayed becoming head beauty therapist. I had a wonderful time working at the Grosvenor House, meeting and working on many celebrities and important clients like Felicity Kendall, Gene Hackman, Don Johnson, Kurt Douglas,Jaqueline Smith, Helen Stewart, (wife of racing legend Jackie Stewart), Dianne Cillento, (wife of Sean Connery) the late Nina Simone and Jonathen Aitken MP and quite a few of the Forte family, the then owners of the hotel.
In 1989 I chose to become a mobile therapist taking some of my clients with me. This included the late, great actor Herbert Lom, who stayed with me till my move to Witney in 2004. We became great friends and I miss him dearly. Actress Honar Blackman and TV presenter Sarah Greene were also regular clients. I moved to Chiswick in 1993 and gradually built up a succesful portfolio of clients spanning another 12 years, most of who i'm still in touch with.
In 2005, having met Steve my husband to be, I decided I needed to be back in Oxfordshire. My mother and step father are here in Bampton and we were married at Bampton church (the one they use in Downton Abbey!). I carried on travelling to London every fortnight and worked around Witney inbetween. We then had our daughter Rosie in 2006 and, since she is now in full time school, I am back trying to build a buisness here in the heart of Witney. With great thanks to Rosie's godfather, who offered me their other clinical room, I had the chance to do this. Andy owns The Witney Brace Place where my room was. It was a lovely place to work with relaxed and friendly people around me. A big thank you to all my lovely friends at the Brace Place. I have built up a wonderful client list and look forward to adding a few more in my new premises. There will be no stairs to contend with as I am on ground level. I hope you'll enjoy the total privacy and peace my new room will bring.
Rachel Sian Way.