Happy 8th Birthday Francesco


I am probably to bias to write this article on Francesco Group Cheltenham as the wonderful owner Lisa Walby is my hairdresser, along with Steph Wilde who colours my hair occasionally when I want random pink steaks put through.

But seriously, it’s an absolute pleasure to write this on Francesco’s 8th Birthday and wow what an amazing 8 years! The salon celebrated in style, with cocktails from Lucas at Lily Gins working his special magic and The Chip Shop Boys providing entertainment outside, as always with a crowd pleasing performance, not to mention the Clarins team from House of Fraser giving massages and all the staff on hand to put your hair up, give you a glass of bubbly and a goodie bag!


And to top of this success Lisa is currently a Finalist in the British Hairdressing Awards! This alone just proves the passion and knowledge that is echoed through the salon.

My First experience at Francesco’s was around 4 years ago going in following frustration of finding a hairdressers that actually cut my hair straight and that could actually advise! I sit in the chair and Lisa’s first question is what do you want to achieve with your hair? So after a long-winded way of explaining I want long hair and it only ever stays one length, Lisa instantly states “Well for starters get rid of the layers”. Years later my hair grew at a rapid rate and at a long length! Hooray! The salons approach to honest and helpful advice has never stopped for their clients, they provide solutions and give you a new experience instead of dreading that your locks will be lopped without a care.

So what’s the secret behind the success? “I am glad to be here and establish the business after 8 years” Lisa says “I love the buzz the salon has and I have a great team of 18 now, welcoming back Stuart who left and has now returned and a few new faces. This year has been our best year yet!”


Lisa continued to explain The British Hairdressing Awards, ‘I love the awards, and I had to achieve 8 photographs in total. I created styles that push the boundaries but of course we will adapt these to bring to the shop floor.’ Lisa will find out the results for her shoot in November, fingers crossed because it’s well deserved.

I know how great the team and Lisa are and how hard they work, but I wanted to ask one of their clients before Lucas served more champagne. Wendy Woods has been coming to Francesco since January this year and has a cut and colour on her visits. ‘I had been with my old hairdresser for 28 years and I wanted a change, I came to Francesco Group and Vicky cuts my hair amazingly. It’s such a wonderful experience, I am staying here and not changing.’

Do I need to say anymore? Francesco Group have loyal, happy customers and they continue to grow as a team and a salon with Lisa fuelling the success and passion for hairdressing.

At Unique Cheltenham we wish Lisa and team many more successful years making ladies and gentleman feel fabulous.

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