We are a dedicated, passionate and highly skilled team with one aim: to give you expert advice and the best level of service. Click on the images below to find out more about our team…
Our Salon Dirctor, Penny Kimpton, has many years experience and training in the beauty industry, but she also had a wide and varied career before establishing Sparx in 2012.
Originally from Wokingham, Penny initially qualified in Electronic Engineering, going on to work for GEC Plessey Semiconductors. Following this she retrained, taking an HNC in Business and Marketing before working as a Marketer for Innovision Technology. She particularly loved this role as it involved playing with toys most of the day! In total Penny worked in the electronics industry for nearly 15 years, travelling the world on business trips to America, Germany and Australia.
Following the arrival of her two children, Penny wanted a job that allowed her to spend more time with them, so she went back to college to study Beauty. Part of her decision was based on the fact she thought it would be easy - but she soon found out just how WRONG she was about that! With Anatomy and Physiology featuring heavily in the curriculum, the course was more taxing than she had ever imagined.
After completing her beauty training, Penny combined this with her knowledge of electronics and opened a small salon in 2006 offering Lynton Laser treatments. She was one of the first people in the UK to be trained in laser treatments for the beauty industry, for which she initially needed to be registered with the HCC (now the CQC - Care Quality Commission). During this time she continued her studies and obtained an AET Advance Level 3 qualification in Training.
After the success of her laser business, Penny decided to expand and set up Sparx in 2012 with Mary at her side. Their hard work has paid off and 2019 has seen Sparx selected as a finalist for Best Independent Beauty Salon in the prestigious NHF/NBF Hair & Beauty Business Awards. In February 2020, Penny was awarded a prestigious CPD accreditation for her outstanding training practices. Thanks to Penny, you can ensure that you are only treated by the best every time you visit Sparx!
Outside of work, Penny lives with her family, two dogs and a cat. She says that if she could have any celebrity walk into the salon, it would have to be Stephen Fry because he's so fascinating!
Mary is currently on Maternity Leave
Meet our Manager and Aesthetics Practitioner Mary who joined Sparx Beauty in 2012 after working for several years in a spa. Mary tells us a little bit about herself in this rapid Q&A...
What do you love about your job? I love making people feel happy and fulfilling their needs. I love meeting new people, seeing my regulars and creating bonds with people. I also love that no two days are the same.
Which celebrity would you like to walk into the salon? Simon Cowell so he can give me constructive criticism on treatments so I can improve on anything to make it better!
Who inspires you? My clients inspire me. Regular clients give good feedback which motivates me to always try my hardest. Also my mum and family - I want to make them proud . One of the most important things is to love your job, and I genuinely do.
Which three beauty products would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island? SPF Sun Protect, deodorant, lip balm.
What is your ultimate ambition? To have my own salon or to train people in beauty therapy.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Caring, considerate and responsible.
Aesthetics Practitioner Abbey has been in the beauty industry since 2013, gaining experience working at the Winchester Hotel & Spa, before joining Sparx Beauty in 2014. Let's find out more about Abbey...
What do you love about your job? I love meeting new people and making people feel good about themselves and it's always good to see my regular clients.
Which celebrity would you like to see walk into the salon? Channing Tatum. I'd give him a relaxing massage.
Who inspires you? My mum and dad as they are so hard working.
Which three beauty products would you take with you if stranded on a desert island? SPF, Skin Spritz and mascara.
What is your ultimate ambition? To own my own salon.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Kind, hard-working and caring.
One of the most experienced members of the Sparx Beauty team is Simran who is a Beauty Therapist and Threading specialist. Simran has eight years' experience in the beauty industry and joined the Sparx team in 2014. Let's find out more...
What do you love about your job? I love doing treatments, meeting new clients and making them happy.
Which celebrity would you like to see walk into the salon? Model, actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. She has amazing eyebrows so I would love to do her eyebrows!
Who inspires you? My family and children.
What is your ultimate ambition? To open my own salon one day.
Which three beauty products would you take with you if stranded on a desert island? SPF, Sensi Care Cleanser and nail polish.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Hard working, loyal, friendly.
Find out more about our Beauty Therapist Amy....
What do you love about your job?
I love to make people feel better about themselves, even a small treatment can really boost someone’s self-esteem which is so important
[clear] What is your ultimate ambition?
Eventually I’d love to expand my family & have a small salon at home so I can work easily around my children
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Friendly, Enthusiastic, Determined
Which celebrity would you like to walk into the salon?
Who or what inspires you?
My daughter Olivia, she inspires me to do better everyday
Which three beauty products would you take with you if stranded on a desert island? An exfoliating scrub, moisturiser with spf & razor
Find out more about our beauty therapist Liv....
What do you like about your job?
Being artistic and seeing how happy customers are after their treatments
Which Celebrity would you like to walk into the salon?
Tom Holland (Spider Man) As I’d love to get his number ????
Who inspires you?
My mum and dad because they push me to be the best I can be.
Which three beauty products would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
Mavala Nail Varnish
Make up palette
What is your ultimate ambition?
I really want to travel and work on the cruise ships
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Dr. Chris is a fully registered Doctor with the GMC (General Medical Council) and Care Quality Council (CQC) in the UK, with extensive experience in non-surgical aesthetic treatments. Trained at The University Hospital Southampton he went on to graduate as a Doctor with a joint Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, plus with a masters in medical science, you can rest assured you're in good hands.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your skin, treat thread veins, smooth out your lines and wrinkles or enhance your lips, Dr Chris can help. A dedicated professional Dr Chris is passionate about delivering the very best patient care and will discuss, in-depth the best possible treatment for you to ensure you get the best results. Dr Chris prides himself on client safety and only uses FDA approved materials.
It is this depth of medical experience that enables his clients to put their trust in his ability to perform a variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments at Sparx Beauty Salon in Winchester.
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Dr Lauren Airey is fully registered as a doctor with the GMC (General Medical Council) and is highly experienced in non-surgical aesthetics treatments.
She trained at The University Hospital Southampton, going on to graduate as a doctor with a joint Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She went on to gain a first class Masters in Medical Science, with a special interest in nutrition.
In addition to working at CJA Aesthetics, Dr Lauren works in Acute Medicine.
The depth of Dr Lauren’s medical experience coupled with her caring and professional approach means you can be confident you will receive the very best possible care from her at Sparx.
She is passionate about facial aesthetics, and specialises in Botox treatments, dermal fillers, skincare and weight loss programmes. She is also able to provide advice on lifestyle modification.
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