Story behind the business

Updated: May 1

My name is Szilvia and I am the founder and owner of SB STUDIO. I am 36 and my passion is beauty. Especially nails, lashes and skin care.

I have originally studied finance and got a qualification as an economic engineer. I have worked in a bank for years, but always had intrest in skin care and nails.

In 2008 I have decided to turn my head toward beauty, so started my trainings in nail services. I have finished it in 2009, got the qualification in manicure, pedicure and nail extentions and started working in the beauty industry.

In 2014 I have moved to England to start a new career within the beauty industry.

I have worked as a nail technician in a local salon for 3 years and gained my experience mainly in nail extentions.

Also wanted to be qualified in all beauty treatments so in part time started a path doing my further qualifications in eyelash extentions (basic, 4D, russian lashes), waxing, eyebrows, spray tan, LVL and skin care.

In 2017 I have started my own business as Smiling Beauty within a hair salon in Coulsdon renting a beauty room to be able to build up my clientele.

Then I have met Nadia, who wanted to start her nail and beauty career just in time to be able to take my clients over while I was off giving birth to my baby girl.

After a short maternity brake I have decided to move premises and starting my own salon.

In January 2020 I have got the opportunity to rent a premises in the heart of Coulsdon Town. After a month of refurbishing and decorating (and lots of sleepless night and planning) I was able to open my salon called SB STUDIO.

Just before I opened the salon I have met an other amazing person Luke, who wanted to start his own hair business, so was no question to work together. His ambition and talent in hairdressing and Nadias` and my passion in beauty really made SB STUDIO a popular salon very quickly in Coulsdon.

However 2020 wasn't, what we dreamed about as a first year because we needed to close our doors just a bit more than a month later in March (1st lockdown). Then we re-opened for hair in July and for beauty in August. We have worked very hard again to be able to change the premises for a fully covid secure salon and welcome our clients back in a safe environment.

During 1st lockdown I have made partneship with the award winning and well known Eve Taylor London skin care company to be able to perform their amazing facials and retail their products within the salon.

In 2020 November we needed to go on an other break till 2nd December. (2nd lockdown)

Then just after 2 weeks of reopening we needed to close again before Christmas from 19th December (3rd lockdown) until 12th April 2021.

I haven't stopped working on making the salon even better and more comfortable environment so we have done our second beauty room, made more privacy for the pedicure area and increased the hair stations with an other set up.

Also brought an other amazing beauty therapist on board Galina who I met years ago and I always wanted her in my team. She has been doing beauty for about 20 years and specialises in skin care. She has joined us in 2021 and doing all beauty treatments at SB STUDIO.

I am very proud of what we have achieved in this uncertain times and truly think this is not a bad start for a small local business.

Everyone without exception in the team is very genuine, friendly and hard working person, the atmosphere is exceptional.

I genuinely think I have got the best people under SB STUDIO 's roof and this is the salon where everybody can feel comfortable and welcomed as a client.

So if you haven't been there yet please contact us and try out our amazing treatments. I promise you won't be disappointed.





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