Image is Everything


Victoria Guthrie explores Image Salon in Ipswich


When you walk into Image you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve just stepped into a beauty salon in the heart of London’s swanky Marylebone. A clean, sleek white interior combined with plush purple furnishings with hints of lime green makes this recently refurbished building one of the most impressive and welcoming salons I’ve had the pleasure of being in.

Image is owned and run by beauty expert and entrepreneur Sue Carter. You can see her incredible passion, enthusiasm and respect for her industry shine through in everything, from the high end products used to the carefully thought out decor and the atmosphere created in the reception and treatment rooms.

The range of treatments offered at Image goes far beyond the standard and Sue and her team of talented therapists offer a wide variety of more advanced treatments, from teeth whitening and advanced facials to permanent make-up.

I had the pleasure of visiting Image for a back and neck massage at the end of a busy week. Relaxing music plays quietly throughout the salon, creating a calming effect from the moment you step through the front door.

The reception is a well-lit space but still has a very welcoming feel to it. A large designated waiting area means you can comfortably sit and soak up the atmosphere upon arrival and enjoy complimentary hot drinks, OPI hand cream and Clarins perfume should you want it. Industry awards are proudly displayed on the mantelpiece above the fireplace for all to see.

There is a large range of products on display for purchase in the reception area – perhaps the biggest I’ve seen in a salon before – from Clarins and Jane Irdale make up to Dermalogica skin care and teeth whitening products.

I was shown upstairs to a treatment room and left to make myself comfortable on the couch. The room was really lovely and warm to walk into (just what you need when you’re about to take your top off) plus very minimalist (great for clearing your head). My therapist Hannah returned and quizzed me on problem areas – mine being my shoulders. The massage was great and Hannah spent a good amount of time focusing on my problem areas without neglecting the rest of my back.

I’ve had many massages before but it was the little touches that I hadn’t experienced elsewhere that really made my experience at Image unforgettable.

From the pre-warmed massage oil and heated couch to the bowl of sand with shells under the hole in the couch and the hot mitts at the ends to wipe off any excess oil. It was the things little, carefully thought out touches that really set Image salon apart.


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To book an appointment call 01473 222188 or pop into the salon at 16 Old Foundry Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2AS.