Last year Rio Hair and Beauty celebrated the 10th anniversary of their current home on Halkett Place.  To mark this milestone they have invested in a beautiful new piece of graffiti artwork which now proudly adorns the wall as you enter.  

Owner Brian Young and his team worked with local artist Bokra (Ben Robertson) to create this amazing mural which pays homage to the hair and beauty services provided by the salon.  Brian explained “we have always kept the salon very neutral and modern, highlighting a different accent colour each year.  This year though we wanted something a little different, that wasn’t just the normal bog standard photos of hair models, we wanted something more creative and inspiring for the team who work here every day and of course for our incredible clients too.”

After a trip to Folklore in the summer Brian saw the work on the graffiti wall at the festival and approached the artists to talk to them about commissioning a piece of work for the salon.  He and the team then worked on a series of mood boards, pulling pictures and colours from the plethora of magazines that adorn the table in their reception area.  They then gave this to Ben who came back with his own boards and some ideas of how he could represent the two sides of the business and incorporate everyone’s ideas too.  

The result is an incredible, bright, intricate mural which was produced by Ben in spray paint over a number of evenings when Rio was closed.  The team are still discovering new features within the work, clever details that Ben included which represent something different to all of those involved.  He also sprayed a series of words into the skylight recess which can be viewed when you’re lying back to enjoy having your hair washed.  These words were put together by the stylists and represent how they feel about working in Rio.

Of course it isn’t all about art at Rio, their team of hair stylists and beauty therapists are also at the cutting edge of hair and skin care too.  Using beautiful cruelty-free Paul Mitchell® products they’re able to tailor-make a hair care solution for every individual client, something Brian says is vital “Whilst lots of people read about the latest trends, they’re not always right for them which is where we come in. We can go as far as making a specific ‘cocktail’ of products that will be perfect for your hair, meaning you can keep your hair looking as good as it does when you’ve visited us.”

The same goes for skincare too, the beauty therapists use Dermalogica products another fantastic brand which is constantly innovating.  There is a range to suit all skin types head along to their skin bar where they provide a free face mapping service and advice on skincare to use at home, pop in anytime for your own personal consultation face mapping.  Or make the time to book in for a facial where your service will be tailored to your skin type, you won’t regret it and are guaranteed to walk out feeling like a brand new person, I did!

Rio has a fantastic range of hair and beauty services and also stock the full range of both Dermalogica and Paul Mitchell® products, perfect for taking home after your visit.

Rio. Hair. Beauty. Halkett Place Call 01534 734458