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Our Story

Hilltop began as a dream, formed around Kathleen Basye’s kitchen table. A busy working mum, she managed her husband’s business there while training to become a beauty therapist.

In 1980, she qualified and found premises – a former children’s clothes shop – in green and leafy Highgate. With help from her family, she converted the shop into a much loved local salon.

Nestled for forty years in the heart of Highgate village, Hilltop has grown and flourished. Now owned and managed by Kathleen’s daughter Amanda, we offer advanced skin care and beauty treatments in our extended premises and new luxurious treatment rooms.

Following family tradition, Amanda’s daughters Vanessa and Hannah have also joined the team.

Together, these three generations have created a lasting yet ever evolving business that has become a vital part of the Highgate community.

Our wonderful team

All our therapists are highly skilled and trained practitioners chosen for their personal qualities as well as their professional expertise. We are committed to a continual learning program which means we are constantly evolving and developing our skills.
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Amanda Basye – Salon Director

Amanda is the business owner and senior therapist with over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry. She has been part of Hilltop’s story from very early on starting as a Saturday receptionist at the age of 14. As a fully qualified and experienced therapist her speciality is in treating skin. Her passion is finding results driven treatments, from long term non-invastive, anti-ageing solutions to problematic skin, Amanda will have the answer. She is also a certified Spiritual Counsellor and is furthering her studies in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the mother of two daughters, both of whom are part of the business.

Vanessa Basye – Salon Manager

To say that Hilltop runs in Vanessa’s blood is an understatement. She would spend long days in the salon as a child during school holidays whilst her mother, Amanda and grandmother, Kathy were treating clients. She would be introduced to the ladies of Highgate by her proud grandmother and so became a big part of the fabric of this all female family business. Like her mother, Vanessa’s skills were called upon at the age of 14 and she too became Hilltop’s Saturday receptionist. Vanessa has qualifications in personal training and beauty therapy however, her passion lies in styling and design. Vanessa’s vision has been instrumental in creating our brand and visual identity. She is now our salon manager, runs front of house and is responsible for our social media content. Vanessa is a mother to two daughters, who could, one day be brought in to cover Saturday reception to follow in the family tradition!

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Vanessa Bridge – Front of House
Vanessa first joined the Hilltop team in 1995, staying with us for a decade. She recently came back on a part-time basis and is enjoying reconnecting with clients who still remember her from before. Vanessa is a mother of three who is passionate about equality and is currently studying creative writing.
Stefania Solimini - Therapist
Stef is a naturally gifted beauty therapist with a loyal client base. She takes great care with all her treatments which are carried out with grace and ease. Stef has a calm and caring approach which leaves you feeling like nothing is too much trouble. Her treatments are always excellent and efficiently performed. Stef is British-Italian and like all good Italians, has a passion for fashion and good food.
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Hannah Basye - Therapist
In the true spirit of tradition, Amanda’s youngest daughter, Hannah also started life at Hilltop as a Saturday receptionist. She quickly found her place in the team and within weeks of joining knew that she had found her calling. Hannah tapped into her mother and grandmothers caring powers and recently concluded her studies as a beauty therapist. Hannah shows great skill and ambition already, she has specialised in advanced laser treatments, LVL’s and our most advanced high-tech facial treatments. She is also an accomplished horse rider and go-kart champion, who is adaptable and energetic.
Olivia Terroni - Therapist

Olivia is an experienced therapist, having worked in the industry for 18 years. She specialises in advanced facials and all types of waxing. Olivia is becoming well known for her no-nonsense, quick and painless intimate wax!

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