Sydney-based travel, film and music writer, www.jasminecrittenden.net
Published October 15th 2013
Outstanding beauty therapy
Tucked away in a side street, well out of Chatswood's frantic mall madness, the Lysbel provides just what a beauty salon should - privacy, solitude and simplicity.
Owner Sally French offers years of experience and a traditional approach to beauty therapy, with a focus on skill and thoroughness. Her warm, conversational approach creates a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
The Lysbel pedicure, a luxurious 60 minute treatment, begins with a foot soak. Unlike the cheap, 'fast food-style' nail salons that have popped up about Sydney of late, there's no sense of hurriedness. Next is a nail file and shape, followed up by cuticle work and callus removal.
Throughout the process, French displays meticulous care and attention to detail. Rather than resorting to the too-often-used fast but painful methods, she takes the time necessary to achieving outstanding results, while ensuring the client enjoys a thoroughly relaxing experience.
A sugar crystal exfoliation and stimulating massage finish the pedicure, demonstrating French's firm, effective massage technique. Her nail polish application lasts for weeks, without chipping.
The Lysbel Beauty Salon is definitely worth the diversion from Chatswood's main drag. Not only are you rewarded with some welcome peace and quiet, you're also guaranteed an excellent standard of service.