I’m a huge supporter of anything new coming to Harrogate. More and more independent and local businesses are finding their roots there and it’s great to see – particularly as the more well-known highstreet names are dwindling! And at the end of last year, a lovely PR firm got in touch to tell me about a new kid on the beauty salon block – Q61. I’m one of those people that had a gel manicure done once and fell into the trap of never wanting to be without one again, and here I am, months later with well-manicured nails! Poor bank balance, but worth it. So when I heard about a new luxury nail salon coming to town, I was pretty excited!
As with all places I try for the first time, I went in with an open mind and no expectations so I could really take on the whole first experience properly. I must say, I was impressed from the get-go, and not because I was welcomed with Mama Doreen cakes and prosecco – although that helped – but because of the insanely beautiful and stylish decor. I’m such a lover of copper and rose gold, so the fact that these highlights were stylishly scattered throughout Q61’s interior was an immediate winner for me.
What also stood out compared to previous nail salons I’ve been to, is the tie to fashion that this beauty salon has. They have runway footage reflecting onto a wall and high-fashion books and magazines on display. Most importantly, though, is their Colour Runway displaying their 150 shades of OPI nail colours and their selection of ‘seasonal’ nail colours that have come straight off the catwalk. As a fashion-fiend, this combination is an absolute dream.
During their blogger event, I got the chance to have a tour of the new salon from owner Michael, who owns the salon with wife Helena. It didn’t take me long to realise what makes this salon so special. Q61 in Harrogate is more than just a beauty salon, it’s a lifestyle salon. With Helena being a mum herself, the salon offers a private breastfeeding room for any mum in Harrogate to utilise. In summer, outside seating and complementary coffees will turn Q61 into a social hub for friends, families and yummy mummies to enjoy. They have a passion for Harrogate and its community, which is great to see them appealing to because I’ve always said that Harrogate is a small town with a big sense of community.
The beauty offerings available at Harrogate’s new Q61 are plentiful – manicures, pedicures, lashes, brows, fake tan, facials (they use my favourite Dermalogica and I’m dying to try it), male grooming, massages, etc. Each area of the salon has been designed thoughtfully and the treatment rooms are so luxurious, finished off by fantastic beauty quotes and puns painted on the walls throughout!
I was gifted with a beautiful OPI Gel manicure on the evening, which I am still loving now. It’s impossible not to find a colour you love within their vast collection, whether it’s bolds, neons, glitters, or more subtle colours. Having your nails done, or booking onto any treatment for that matter, is always a special occasion and you want it to feel like a luxurious experience – Q61 have developed their salon and ethos around this. Having already opened an award-winning salon in Leeds, this brand has been able to get to know their customer’s needs and interests, and I think it really pays off.
If you’re looking for a fantastic beauty or nail place in Harrogate, I would certainly put you in the direction of Q61. Located on Albert Street, they’re fantastically located in the centre of Harrogate town.