Ilkeston beauty salon crowned best in East Midlands

Salon owners Gail Wing (centre) and Roxanne Smith (fourth from right) with the Studio 5 team.
Salon owners Gail Wing (centre) and Roxanne Smith (fourth from right) with the Studio 5 team.

A family-run deluxe beauty salon in Ilkeston has been named as the best in the East Midlands at a glittering industry awards ceremony.

Studio 5 Beauty, on Manor Road, claimed top spot in the regional beauty salon section of the English Hair and Beauty Awards..

Every member of staff got dolled up for the ceremony in Leicestershire on Sunday, March 19, as mother and daughter business owners Gail Wing and Roxanne Smith took the entire team for a night on the tiles.

Gail, 55, said: “Even if we didn’t win, we were determined to have a great night out with a bit of team bonding - when they read our names out it was just amazing.

“I’m really proud to have won. For such a tiny salon from Ilkeston this is a massive achievement - and it’s all down to our clients and staff.”

The awards are based primarily on customer nominations, making the award feel even more special for Gail.

She said: “I’ve got to thank the clients who have been so loyal and true. They’ve stayed with us on our journey.

“So much of the business is based on word of mouth, so we owe everything to the people who spread the word.

Gail opened her first business in 2000, before Roxanne came on board once she finished school.

Gail said: “Roxanne had a real flair for art, so she went straight into doing nails, and we built it up from there. It’s gone from strength to strength.”

Roxanne, now 30, is now a senior therapist operating right across the business, but specialises in incredible creative nail designs and won the English Hair and Beauty Awards Nail Technician of the Year title three years ago.

Alongside her work a team of offering a comprehensive range of treatments from brows and lashes to hair removal, spray tanning, body wraps and massages.

Whatever a client comes in for though, Gail said they will be assured of impeccably high standards.

She added: “The thing that makes us stand out is just how much our staff love what they do and how hard they work.

“They always go the extra mile to everyone leave the salon feeling more special than when they walked in.”

To find out more about the salon, its services, and make an appointment, visit or call 0115 9444387.