Salon interiors

Ten out of Ten at the b.ten Salon

by alexherrera / January 28, 2009

When Jamie Hill first set eyes on a multi-level building in Swansea city centre that had formerly been occupied by a travel agent, he was awash with inspiration.

The spacious premises, set in a bustling location, simply begged to be turned into a pampering retreat for clients wanting to escape the rush, stresses and strains of everyday life. And with the help of owner Simon George, a self-made entrepreneur, he was able to turn his dream into a reality known as b.ten.

Jamie cherry-picked ideas gleaned from nine years working in the industry and listening to clients, and opted for a modern salon with a casual ambience.

An antique French retro chic theme was the aim and this was achieved by blending old with new, and mixing calming tones with splashes of bright colour. “It’s something every age group can relate to and appreciate,” says Jamie.




Fact File

Name: b.ten

Address: 1-7 College Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

Owners: Simon George and salon director Jamie Hill

Size: 3,500sq ft

Clientele: Young fashionable to seniors insisting on cutting-edge style and colour

Staff: 13

Styling stations: 10 cutting, seven colouring

Budget: £250,000

Financing:Bank and private investor

Design: Signature design

Furniture: Aston & Fincher, bespoke

Features: Vast space, contemporary cutting stations, colour lounge, colour bar, relaxation and beauty therapy floor and bespoke toilets.


Building Work – New Image Shopfitters: 01792 299403

Furniture – Aston & Fincher: 01792 460785


Top Tips

  • Have a project manager and research every aspect of the build
  • Get involved. It will be very rewarding in the end
  • Make sure your budget is realistic
  • Allow more time than you need because, more often than not, something will crop up
  • It can get very stressful at times – allow time for yourself
  • Use it as a learning curve and have fun.

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