The team at The Alchemist is led by director Michelle Ruel, who has over 15 years’ experience in the hair industry in Ipswich and London. Along with Senior Stylist Danielle and Nail Technicians, Katie and Chelsea, the team are extremely passionate about their work. Whether you are in need of a post lockdown re-style, colour change or manicure, they are ready to work their magic! 

From L-R Chelsea, Danielle, Jo, Katie, Michelle



I enjoy being part of the team as well as managing the business, ensuring all our clients have the best experience at our salon.

Favourite product:

Couldn't live without my GHD hair straighteners - otherwise I’m Shirley Temple in humid weather!

I also love, love, love Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity as it adds gentle volume to my style.

I had a curly doo back in the 80’s, so just can’t do flat hair!



My speciality is cutting & colouring using the latest techniques and products.

I love a bob and creating soft blondes as well as beautiful bridal hair and hair up for special occasions.


Favourite product:

It has to be Kerastraight, as it's the perfect de-frizz treatment, especially during the winter months and also our hotter, more humid summers!


Senior Stylist

I just love how Great Lengths hair extensions are  so versatile. They're not just for long hair, but to thicken and volumise finer, shorter hair, or to add a pop of colour without the commitment. Everyone deserves a ‘because your worth it” hair flick moment!!

Favourite product:

Bedroom hair is my fave - even on those bad hair days, it gives my hair a bit of pazazz!


Senior Nail Technician

As an experienced nail technician and beautician, I really enjoy manicures although for me personally, my favourite treatment would be a pedicure and massage!

Favourite product:

We have selected some great nail products for our clients, however if there's one I couldn't be without it has to be the new cuticle balm by Navy. I love it and it feels so luxurious and nourishing.

The Alchemist Hair & Beauty

35 Key Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1BZ

TEL: 01473 554008


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