Twickenham Treasure - Mint Hair & Beauty
Dan Benson, owner of Mint Hair & Beauty splits hairs with Miranda Jessop.
I didn’t deliberately set out to become a hairdresser. I was actually a professional cyclist with Team GB for many years before deciding that I needed a complete change. That’s when I ventured into hairdressing and, from the moment I picked up a comb and a pair of scissors, I knew I had found my true vocation.
It’s now ten years since Mint opened its doors on Church Street and I just love having my own business. Originally just a hair salon, we expanded into beauty a few years later. We were aware that our clients’ lives were becoming increasingly busy and it made perfect sense to offer beauty treatments as well. We now have three beauty rooms and offer a wide variety of treatments including facials, non-surgical face lifts, massages, eye treatments, manicures and pedicures as well as waxing and tanning.
I have twelve members of staff and I believe our current team is the most talented we have ever had. As well as being highly skilled hairdressers, we are incredibly strong on colour and our beauticians are all very experienced. I can’t give away any names but we are also lucky enough to count a number of local celebrities as our clients.
Here at Mint, we use the most wonderful range of organic hair products; OWay are made from ethically sourced materials and organic ingredients grown biodynamically. The most sustainable hair products on the market at the moment, they are a big hit with everyone.
Our business motto is to have fun and be number one and I believe clients keep coming back to us because of our unique culture. We are a very happy team and our aim is to give people the best ever experience so they walk out of the salon feeling absolutely amazing.
Our clients love the new look that we gave Mint last year. We have managed to create an environment that feels more like a hangout than a hair salon. People sometimes come in just for a coffee and to read the newspapers and we love that.
We often see film crews in Church Street and Mint has just been used for a second time as one of the locations in the new BBC series of Hold The Sunset. It was surreal to see John Cleese and Alison Steadman drinking coffee at our bar.
I couldn’t do my job without my amazing team and especially my wife, Penny. As well as running the salon and being mum to our little daughter, she is also one of our beauty therapists.
We always get involved in the events on Church Street and one of my highlights is Halloween when we are lucky enough to judge the fancy dress competition. The theme for the salon this year was Grease The Musical meets zombie apocalypse and, if you missed it, be sure to check out our Facebook page.
We are big supporters of the The Little Princess Trust and, at our ten year anniversary party in the summer, we were delighted to be raising money for this fantastic charity which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Many people won’t realise that it was completely by chance that I chose Twickenham for my salon. I had just been outbid on a shop in Richmond and, feeling deflated, my business partner and I decided to take a walk along the river to Twickenham, stopping at every pub along the way. It was while we were sitting on the bench outside The Eel Pie in Church Street that I noticed a ‘To Let’ sign in the window of the empty shop opposite. And the rest is history.
Mint Hair & Beauty, 53-54 Church Street. minthairandspa.co.uk