The Jo Banks Aveda Salon & Spa in St Albans, Hertfordshire is the premier location to fully experience the Aveda treatments in their entirety, from complimentary rituals to the personal touch you receive from our expert stylists, technicians, spa therapists and makeup artists.


The Jo Banks Aveda Salon & Spa is the perfect setting to relax & unwind. Let us take you on a sensory journey and feel revitalised.


Brrrrr! It’s cold in here! Yes, that crisp chill you feel is the first hint of winter, which means it’s time to protect yourself. We chatted with Aveda’s Manager of Professional Skin and Spa Education, the legendary Helga Hefner, about why you may want to switch to oils in the winter and the best way to layer your skincare when the colder months are on the horizon.


“First things first,” Helga says. “Spring and fall are the transitional seasons; summer and winter are the extremes. It’s important during the extreme seasons to pay attention and prepare for what’s to come.”


Some say you shouldn’t exfoliate in the winter, but Helga says that’s a common misconception. “You want to continue to exfoliate in the winter months because your skin still turns over, just don’t do anything aggressive,” she says. Her number one rule for winter exfoliation is to be gentler with your skin; she recommends doing your exfoliation at night because your skin repairs itself as you sleep. For a gentle exfoliant, try the Tulasāra dry brush and Botanical Kinetics Liquid Exfoliant, both of which are mild enough for everyday use.


Exfoliation isn’t just for your face, you need to scrub down your body too. Helga likes our Beautifying Radiance Polish and limited-edition Rosemary Mint Body Polish, and she’s also a big fan of the dry brush. Brush upwards towards your heart and brush your entire body each day. Once a week, add the scrub; you’re basically mirroring what you’re doing for your face for the body.


Exfoliation and hydration go hand-in-hand. “First, work from the inside out. Drink eight glasses of water at least per day,” Helga says. “In the winter, you can drink hot water with lemon and add a little ginger if you want; that helps warm you up.”


“When hydrating from the outside in, the biggest thing is the Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion,” Helga says. “If pressed in, it helps you skin better whatever products you use, so use it before your Tulasāra Concentrates.”


Helga also recommends swapping out your daily cleansers for creamier formulas. “Even people with naturally oily skin may find it’s not as oily in winter,” she says. Her favourite Aveda cleansers are the Botanical Kinetics Purifying Crème Cleanser and All-Sensitive Cleanser.


You may want to upgrade your moisturizer come wintertime and opt for something richer than you’d use in the summer. Helga says to apply any moisturizers when your skin is still damp to really lock in the moisture.


“I like to use oils in the winter because it’s so extreme,” she says. “You’re losing more moisture in winter, and that’s why I use oils like Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil for the face and body.” When you get out of the shower or bath, oil up and really work it into your damp skin. (Our Composition Oils are great for this too.) “You can go over it with a body moisturizer too, but definitely do the oil first,” Helga says.

If your home or office is really dry, invest in a humidifier to put more moisture into the air. “It’s especially helpful at night because that’s when we lose the most moisture,” Helga says. You’ll be giving “beauty sleep” a whole new meaning — and laughing in the face of winter.


Lastly, don’t neglect your SPF in winter. “This is very important!” Helga stresses. “The sun reflects off snow and water so you want to protect yourself even when it’s cold. Our Daily Light Guard is perfect.”

Wishing all our guests a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Christmas Opening Times

Open Christmas Eve & New Years Eve 8 AM - 4 PM

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Open Sunday 15th & 22nd December 10 AM - 4 PM

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Join us for our Christmas Aveda Event Evening!

Thursday 12th December 5pm – 7pm.

Enjoy a glass of Cava & Cookies upon arrival and an Aveda goody bag to take home.

Check out our Aveda Christmas Gift Boxes, Stocking Fillers and much, much more!

We also have Grace here for FREE consultations on semi-permanent makeup including micro-blading.

We look forward to seeing you.


Jo Banks Salon & Spa are stockists of Olaplex’s revolutionary six-step hair care and hair treatment products.


Olaplex products include a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage.


Olaplex can be used to restore compromised hair or added to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance for your clients.

Take hold of innovation with the Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, a flexible and lasting hold hair spray suitable for all hair types. Travel size also available.  NOW IN-STORE.

Introducing G Aesthetics

Semi-Permanent Make-up by Grace

Get a youthful-looking face without invasive cosmetic surgery.  

People are so busy these days, that they can save a week every year just by investing in semi-permanent makeup services. 

If you would like to book a consultation for your semi-permanent makeup in St Albans do get in touch with Jo Banks:  01727 837077.


Microblading - £195.00 
Lip Blush - £225.00
Lip Liner - £195.00
Eyeliner Top - £175.00
Beauty Spot - £60.00

20% off on your first visit

Eyelash Conditioner

Original, one-of-a-kind, Ophthalmologist developed lash conditioner that enhances the look of lashes and protects against breakage, while improving health, flexibility and strength, for lashes that thrive, naturally.


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