The National Hair and Beauty Federation has stated there is no scientific evidence for additional allergy testing or an increased risk of an allergic reaction after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a rumour that has been circulating within the industry, which has not been substantiated by science.
We do recommend however that you do not book appointments for any treatments within 48 hours of having your vaccine. This is simply for your own comfort and to avoid last-minute cancellations if you feel unwell.
You should always have an allergy test for tinting, lash lifting and lash extensions in the following situations;
  •  If you have NOT had an allergy test or treatment at The Courtyard within the last SIX MONTHS.
  • If you are a new client to the salon.
  • If you have been using at home dyes, tints or lifting products. This is because products purchased online may have unregulated or increased levels of ingredients known to cause reactions, this can increase your risk of a reaction in a professional environment.
  • If you have had a black henna tattoo since your last treatment. For the same reason as above.
  • If you have particularly sensitive skin, it is always recommended to have an allergy test before each treatment.
  • If you have recently undergone hormone therapy, pregnancy or are experiencing any other hormonal changes. This can affect your chances of having an allergic reaction.
  • If you are unsure or nervous about your treatment, we are happy to carry out additional allergy tests.
Allergy tests must be carried out 48 hours prior to your treatment. Tinting and lifting allergy tests do not need to be booked, please just visit our receptionist and they will be able to carry the allergy test out for you. For lash extensions please book an eyelash extension consultation. If you are unsure whether you need a test please telephone 01256 363417.

COVID-19 Re-opening

The government announced yesterday in their road map to lockdown easing that providing all COVID-19 tests and conditions are met,  salons are able to reopen on Monday 12th April 2021. We will not know for definite whether these conditions have been met until at least a week before this date. We have however opened up our online booking system here for clients to book appointments from this date. If there are any changes to the reopening date we will be in touch with those who have appointments booked.
In the meantime, we unfortunately will not be able to answer telephone calls or emails. If you have an urgent query or wish to order products please contact us on Facebook.
Any gift vouchers that were still in date as of 24th December 2020 will be extended by an additional 4 months. This includes the complimentary £10 gift vouchers included in the Christmas gift boxes.
We cannot wait to welcome you all back.

Black Friday at The Courtyard

At The Courtyard we are excited to be bringing back our ever popular Black Friday deal for the full week of Sunday 22nd November to Saturday 28th November!

We are offering a free gift voucher worth £10 to be used on treatments in January or February 2021 for every £25 spent on products at The Courtyard during Black Friday week. To purchase any products from us please send us a private message on Facebook or Instagram. We will take payment for the products via bank transfer, gift wrap the products and deliver them directly to your door.

The current Clarins Christmas Gift Sets available to purchase, whilst stocks last, are as follows:

Double Serum 30 ml Gift Set – £58 – includes a Double Serum 30ml, One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 30ml and Lip Comfort Oil 04 Honey 2.8ml

Double Serum 50 ml Gift Set – £78 – includes a Double Serum 50ml, Beauty Flash Balm 15ml and Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml

Nutri-Lumiere Collection £90 – includes a  Nutri-Lumière Day Cream All Skin Types 50ml, Nutri-Lumière Night Cream All Skin Types 15ml, Nutri-Lumière Treatment Essence 10ml
and Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 30ml

Extra-Firming Collection – £59 – includes an Extra-Firming Day Cream All Skin Types 50ml, Extra-Firming Night Cream All Skin Types 15ml and Extra-Firming Face Mask 15ml

Multi-Active Collection – £43 – includes a Multi-Active Day Cream All Skin Types 50ml, Multi-Active Night Cream 15ml and Beauty Flash Balm 15ml

Hydra-Essentiel Collection – £37 – includes a Hydra-Essential All Skin Types 50ml, Fresh Scrub 15ml and SOS Hydra Mask 15ml

Body Care Collection – £33 – includes a Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 200ml, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 30ml and Exfoliating Body Scrub 30ml

Spa at Home Collection – £42 – includes a Tonic Bath & Shower 200ml, Tonic Body Balm 200ml and Tonic Candle 50ml

Eau Dynamisante Collection – £36 – includes an Eau Dynamisante Spray 100ml, Eau Dynamisante Moisturizing Body Lotion 100ml and Exfoliating Body Scrub 30ml

Eau Ressourcante Collection – £36 – includes an Eau Ressourcante Spray 100ml, Eau Ressourcante Moisturizing Body Lotion 100ml and Exfoliating Body Scrub 30ml

Eau Des Jardins Collection – £36 – includes an Eau Des Jardins Spray 100ml, Eau Des Jardins Moisturizing Body Lotion 100ml and Exfoliating Body Scrub 30ml

MyClarins Collection – £39 – includes a RE-BOOST Hydrating Cream 50ml, RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist 100ml, RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel 30ml and RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask 15ml

ClarinsMen Start-Up Collection – £20 – includes a ClarinsMen Shampoo & Shower 200ml, ClarinsMen Super Moisture Balm 12ml and ClarinsMen Exfoliating Cleanser 5ml

ClarinsMen Hydration Collection – £42 – includes a ClarinsMen Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml, ClarinsMen Super Moistire Balm 50ml, ClarinsMen Shampoo & Shower 30ml and ClarinsMen Shave Ease Oil 3ml

Radiance Collection – £33 – includes a Beauty Flash Balm 50ml, Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml and Fresh Scrub 15ml

Make-Up Heroes Collection – £25 – includes an Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer 4ml, Supra Volume Mascara 3.5ml, SOS Primer Universal Light 00 5ml, Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml and Lip Comfort Oil 03 Red Berry 2.8ml

Beautiful Lips Collection – £22 – includes a Lip Comfort Oil 01 Honey 2.8ml, Joli Rouge 705 Soft Berry 1.5ml, Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml and Water Lip Stain 03 Red Water 2.8ml

High Impact Eyes Collection – £23 – includes a Supra Volume Mascara 8ml, Instant Eye Make-up Remover 10ml and Crayon Khôl Shade-01 carbon black 0,25 g

This is an excellent opportunity to support our small family business during this challenging time. We implore you to buy local this festive season. If you do not wish to purchase products through us, we are also selling gift cards online through our website. These gift cards are valid for six months and can be used to purchase both products and treatments.  Should we have to close the business for any length of time due to COVID-19 restrictions we will of course extend the expiry date accordingly. Gift cards bought as Christmas presents can be validated from Christmas day upon request.

We thank you for your continued support and would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update


We are asking all clients who visit us to wash their hands as soon as they enter the salon before checking in.

At The Courtyard, we pride ourselves on our hygiene and infection control, including separating contaminated and general waste. Which is collected and disposed of by Rentokil Initial who are specialists in this field. We have now implemented further steps in line with government guidelines to reduce the risk of infection to both staff and clients.

The Courtyard will remain open as usual, until such times as government guidelines prevent us from doing so or if there is a risk to public health.

We are asking all clients who are experiencing symptoms such as high temperature, a new cough or sore throat to reschedule their appointment; this is to protect our staff and other clients. Clients in the “at risk” category are recommended to cancel or reschedule at this time. Although we understand that it isn’t always possible, please try and give as much notice as you can so that we can arrange our diaries accordingly.

As we are a small independent business, we rely on our clients attending their appointments for our income and to pay salaries. Therefore if you are not in the “at risk” category, if you are not self isolating and you aren’t experiencing any symptoms please do continue to attend your appointments.

In a bid to reduce traffic through the salon during social distancing, we are asking clients to call us on 01256 363417 to purchase gift cards. These can then be sent out in the post. Any Gift Cards still in date as of 17th March 2020 will be extended by an additional 3 months. This will be under constant review should circumstances worsen.


If you have any concerns please call 01256 363417.

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Advanced Massage

Our therapists have recently attended Advanced Massage Training with Helen McGuinness. Helen has over 35 years of massage experience and has traveled the world gaining experience and techniques in this field. Her aim is to make sure the therapists work ‘Smarter not Harder’. At The Courtyard we want our clients to receive the very best treatments whilst looking after the health and well-being of our staff.

We are now introducing the use of Bamboo rods into our existing massage to enable our therapists to deliver better results to our clients whilst reducing the levels of fatigue caused by the repeated delivery of firm pressure. Your therapist will discuss your requirements before the massage and even if you have always had very firm pressure, and feel you need to ‘hurt’ for it to work you will notice increased benefits with these new techniques.

Clients are increasingly requesting deeper and more advanced massages due to their effectiveness in treating a host of specific issues, the most prevalent being back and shoulder pain. The techniques learned on this course should help relieve tension without the need for extreme pressure and will enable our therapists to be more specific in their treatments.


My Nature, My Clarins

Clarins has launched a brand new refreshing, revitalising and reboosting product range called MyClarins specifically for 16 to 25-year-olds. The range contains a perfect balance of fruit and plant extracts for healthy-looking skin. Skin is energised, detoxified and hydrated, empowering you to be you at your most natural.

A unique combination of coconut water and alpenrose extract provides skin with vitamins and minerals while removing toxins, pollutants and impurities; goodness in, nasties out! The products contain no parabens, no sulfates and no phthalates and are made with on average 88% natural ingredients.  The remaining 12% are synthetic (betaine, chrysin, salicylic acid) and present only in the Clear-Out and Pore-Less products. The entire range is vegan-friendly and packaging is made from recycled material and sourced from sustainably managed forests.

The concept behind the range is that your skin is just like you, it needs a healthy, balanced diet to stay in shape. The mission is to provide the skin with “good” vitamins and nutrients while removing the “bad” toxins and pollutants to enhance the skin day after day.

The range includes the following:

RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel is a foaming gel cleanser which removes even the most stubborn makeup. And it doesn’t stop there. It also purifies deep within the skin and helps protect against the potential drying effects of hard water.

RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Milk contains the cleansing power of micellar water with the comfort of a milk with no need to rinse. It is formulated with fig extract for a delicious dose of hydration and moringa extract to detoxify and whisk away traces of pollution and other nasties, leaving skin feeling squeaky clean. Removes stubborn make-up, even mascara.

RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist a super hydrating face mist. Fresh, cool and packed with plant extracts. Use morning and night, after cleansing or over make-up to quench thirsty, dehydrated or sensitive skin. 0% alcohol, 90% natural ingredients.

RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream a light moisturiser for dehydrated skin that effortlessly melts into your skin with nature-given goodness.


RE-BOOST Comforting Hydrating Cream designed to nourish, energise and soothe dry and sensitive skin. Soaking your skin in a powerful blend of fig extract, organic goji berry extract and shea butter to intensely hydrate, re-energise and offer deep nourishment that lasts all day long.

RE-BOOST Mattifying Hydrating Cream for combination and oily skin is formulated with powerful fruit extracts, not only does it instantly leave skin matte for eight hours, but our meadowsweet extract sees that any imperfections are fought head-on. Plus, the shine-reducing strawberry tree extract minimizes those pesky pores.

RE-CHARGE Relaxing Face Mask is our go-to when your skin is in need of a pick me up. Super soothing, this plant-based overnight face mask is packed with acerola seed, fig and huang qi extracts to detox and hydrate. Before bed, apply to just-cleansed skin, massaging evenly across your face and neck. Leaving no sticky residue and sinking straight into thirsty skin, our first intensive overnight mask gets to work to drench, quench and give your complexion the ultimate boost.

PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick in a handy pocket-sized applicator, just swipe over shiny areas to shrink pores, mattify and blur imperfections.  Whether you apply after moisturising or just touch up throughout the day, each application instantly blurs and mattifies.

CLEAR-OUT Targets Imperfections a soothing cooling gel that does wonders to reduce inflammation and clear clogged pores before they become problem areas. Infused with salicylic acid to take down swelling, meadowsweet extract to clear clogged pores and purslane extract to soothe, it’s our favourite magic wand to banish any blemish.


Clarinsmen Super Moisture

ClarinsMen Super Moisture Range

The ClarinsMen Super Moisture range is now more effective than ever in meeting the needs of men’s skin. Men’s skin is thicker than women’s so needs specific hydrating skin care. Due to their lifestyle, different sporting activities and regular shaving irritates the skin and therefore exposing it to multiple aggressions on a daily basis. The skin also has greater difficulty in repairing its self after exposure to aggresions in the presence of testosterone. Therefore, men’s skin has a lower capacity to retain water and needs daily hydration.

The new star ingredient in these products is organic houseleek extract. Houseleek is a super hydro-resistant plant with the capacity to survive in extreme, hostile high-altitude environments. The use of this ingredient in the Super Moisture range reinforces the absorbency of the skin barrier, which limits moisture loss at the epidermal level. The ClarinsMen Energising Complex boosts skin cell activity and fights free radical damage.

Super Moisture Balm was tested in extreme conditions by 6 divers during the ‘Under The Pole’ expedition. The divers carried out a series of 4 dives under the ice, for days, at depths of up to 100m. The Balm was applied after each dive. Immediately after application, the skin was 54% more hydrated. After the 4th dive the skin was twice as hydrated. These tests prove the effectiveness of the Super Moisture Balm, even in extreme conditions, ensuring excellent product results in normal conditions.

The range includes three products suitable for all men whatever their age or lifestyle. Super Moisture Balm comforts dry skin, with an invisible non-greasy texture. Super Moisture Gel is for combination to oily skin in a refreshing, non-sticky gel. Super Moisture Lotion is for all skin types and contains an SPF20 with a light and fresh finish, perfect for men who spend long hours outdoors.

The Super Moisture products are used in our Skin Blitz Facial and can also be purchased as part of your home care maintenance ritual.

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New Years Resolution

The New Year is the time to concentrate on improving health and lifestyle. Did you know that there are many benefits to regular massage treatments that can help both mind and body:

  • Increase circulation
  • Relieve tension
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Promote relaxation
  • Eases pain
  • Boosts immunity

Wellbeing rituals should be carried out as regularly as possible, so why not book a course of massage or wellness treatments as your New Year resolution. More information on our courses can be found on our treatment pages.

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Waxing in Winter

Contrary to popular belief, winter is a fantastic time to get into a regular waxing routine. You will reap the rewards from your waxes in the summer and will get far better, longer-lasting results from your treatments. To understand why, you need to know the basics of the hair regrowth cycle, which is made up of three main phases:

1st Stage – Anagen. This is the active, growing phase of hair and is by far the best time to get a wax.
When anagen hair is removed, the waxed area remains hair-free for longer because the hair was removed at its earliest stage of development. Waxing anagen hair should also eventually lead to a reduction in regrowth. If the hair is repeatedly removed from the full depth of the follicle, the structures which are responsible for hair growth will eventually weaken.

2nd stage – Catagen. The catagen phase signifies the end of the active growth of a hair. During this short, transitional phase, the lower part of the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair.

3rd stage – Telogen: This is the resting phase, when the old hair falls out in preparation for a new hair. This is the worst time to get a wax because during this stage, brand new anagen hair may already be developing below the existing visible surface hair, which won’t be picked up by your wax. The results of your treatment therefore won’t last as long.

In order to get the best results, it is vital that you establish a regular routine for your waxing to ensure that you try and catch the hair in the anagen growth phase every time you wax. The easiest way to train the hair on any given body part into a growth cycle is to come every 3 – 4 weeks for a few waxes. During this time, you may notice that the waxed area starts to look even hairier than it did before, which is another reason why winter really is the best time to get into this cycle! This is because all of your hair is coming through at once, instead of at different times. Once you get to that stage and if you keep the routine up (by coming every 4 – 6 weeks for a wax), only then will you start to notice longer-lasting results from every treatment.

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Brand New Booking App

We are excited to announce we have a brand new online booking app available to download from apple or android app store. It is now even easier to book an appointment! Simply download to your phone and whenever you want to book an appointment, open the app, select the treatment and your preferred therapist and then press book. Or you can repeat treatments that you have had previously. To download our app follow this link click here or search for The Courtyard in the apple or android app store.