Meet The Team

Claire Baxter (owner)

Fully qualified beauty & massage therapist with City & Guilds and also holds a VTCT diploma in reflexology. Claire has previously worked in the merchant hotel Belfast, Galgorm Resort & Spa and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Claire's qualifications involves NVQ Level 2 & 3 and through gateway workshops in Belfast has also gained VTCT qualifications in Advanced Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release Techniques. Claire is also an HD brow stylist as well as being a fully qualified baby massage instructor and being a mummy herself she recognises how important this time is with your little one. Claire was the first expert sugarist in the area. She has been a certified sugarist since august 2016 & has such passion for this latest hair removal craze. The salon is so busy with sugaring now that claire has since got her top two fellow therapists trained as well.

Claire 'The Boss' Baxter - Certified Massage Therapist and Reflexogist Ballymena

Claire McWilliams - Assistant Manager

Fully qualified beauty & massage therapist with a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Beauty Therapy Sciences from Belfast Metropolitan College. Claire worked alongside Claire Baxter at Black Velvet Therapies, and has been with Claire since the opening of the Velvet Rose. Claire is our second Expert Body Sugarist in the area, & thoroughly enjoys providing this new & improved hair removal method. She also specialises in HD Brows, Hot Stone Massage, Minimi Inch Loss Wrap & recently qualified as a Dermalogica Skin Specialist.

Claire McWilliams - Certified Beauty massage therapist, HD Brows Stylist and Therapeutic massage specialist

Lisa Crawford

Lisa is our nail technician. She has 5 years experience. She specialises in acrylic & gel extensions, overlays and also free hand nail art. Have a look at our nail gallery to check out her fab work.

Lisa Crawford - Nail Technician, Nail Specialist, nail art Ballymena, acrylic nails Ballymena, gel nails Ballymena

Geraldine Robb

Fully qualified Beauty and massage therapist with City and guilds. Geraldine became apart of the dream team in may 2017 and since then has qualified as a Dermalogica specialist and is our 3rd qualified body sugarist. Geraldine enjoys carrying out facials, tans & sugar treatments. She says she really enjoys her time at The Velvet Rose and loves making the clients feel relaxed.

Geraldine Robb - Student therapist, NVQ level 3, Spray tans, facials

Christina Donnelly

Christina went to Ballycastle high school then straight to Limavady tech for 2 years to complete her beauty therapy. From there she decided to further her career by studying in Glasgow, Holistic Therapy and HND Complementary Therapies for 3 years. Christina worked in Roe Park Resort Limavady for 9 months. She loved the environment of the spa but unfortunately there was a lot of travelling involved and then got offered a full time job as a Beauty Therapist in a salon in Ballycastle. She worked there for 3 and a half years which she loved but always had an ambition to work on the cruise ships. After coming home from the ships she started working in the Flamingo Ballymena which she thoroughly enjoyed the past 5 years but feels it is time to start a new chapter. Christina is fully competent in everything on our menu. Her favourite treatments to do are massage, reflexology and facials. Christina says "I love making clients feel relaxed and walk out floating."

Christina Donnelly - Qualified therapist, NVQ level 3, Spray tans, facials

Aine McPeake

Fully qualified beauty & massage therapist & also has came from Black Velvet Therapies Aine specialises in intimate waxing & advanced waxing.

Aine McPeake - Qualified therapist, NVQ level 3, Spray tans, facials

Jayne Ferguson

Jayne is a qualified nurse and worked in the health service for many years. She is trained in holistic therapies including Diploma in Reflexology and Hot stone Reflexology. She is a Reiki Master teacher which involves offering Reiki treatments, teaching Reiki and teaching meditation techniques to help with life stresses.

Jayne Ferguson - Qualified Nurse, holistic therapy specialist, hot stone reflexologist and Reiki meditation Treatment specialist in Northern Ireland

Kaytlin & Chloe

Kaytlin and Chloe are Claire's assistant managers & steps in when Claire needs time off. Kaytlin and Chloe have very little life experience & are already following in their mummy's foot steps! Kaytlin and Chloe are very popular with all our clients

Kaytlin and Chole - Velvet Rose Beauty Salon, Future Manager, Massage Therapy in Ballymen