The Little Sanctuary

The Stores, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QJ

About us

A unisex hair salon based in Gillingham Dorset.

Gillian and her creative team welcome you to enjoy this relaxed experience.

Let nature care for your hair.

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Opening hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:30
Thursday 09:30 - 20:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

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Balayage

Anonymous
20th Jun 2024
5.0

Absolutely delightful service , I left amazed with what they done , couldn’t ask for anything more , thank you

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New experience in the New Salon

Sue Mulholland
19th Jun 2024
5.0
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Absolutely loved the New Salon❤️ so spacious and bright, it's lovely overlooking the amazing garden, which had been so tastefully done as has the Salon. As always the lovely Clare does an amazing job on my hair❤️ 10 out of 10

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Beautiful new salon

Faith Daniel
19th Jun 2024
5.0
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Absolutely love my hair colour. The new salon is beautiful and staff are just so lovely and very attentive. Highly recommend.

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Welcome back

Jess Warr
18th Jun 2024
4.0
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Had a lovely appointment this morning and was really nice being back in this building - I have followed Emma since she was here the last time and she is my absolute favourite hairdresser. Amazing people skills and really makes you feel at home and comfortable. She really supports your own ideas and is pure hairdressing no sales pitching!! Will visit the spa too.

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Great hair cut, lovely salon

Sarah H
14th Jun 2024
5.0
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Lovely cut from Emma exactly how I wanted it. People dont always do what you want so that's great. Love the choice of sitting or lying down chair for washing, great when you have a bad back.Professional and relaxed atmosphere from a lovely bright salon. Thank you for my cuppa too. Look forward to my next visit

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Great place

Emma Fortescue
13th Jun 2024
5.0
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Lovely place to be pampered. I had a great haircut by Emma who was fab and I love my cut. Everyone very friendly and a great location.

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Amazing experience!

Sophia Abbott
12th Jun 2024
5.0
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This was my first time going to The little sanctuary Shaftesbury. I had a full head of highlights with a cut and blowdry.
My experience was lovely from start to finish! Claire was really welcoming and very knowledgeable, she has done exactly what I asked for (which was a huge task) with amazing results. The atmosphere was so nice, exactly what you would want. I even got a hand massage by the lovely apprentice! Thankyou!

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Still my favourite place

Helen Kunze
12th Jun 2024
5.0
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Loved the new salon in Shaftesbury - so light and airy, and felt really calming and spacious! I’ve been seeing Clare and Lily for years now and they leave my hair feeling fabulous every time. 🩷

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Delighted

Denise Brockten
11th Jun 2024
5.0
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Very pleased with colour that Becky achieved

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Lily never misses

Maddy Armstrong
11th Jun 2024
5.0
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Lily will never ever fail to shock me with her work. She has made my hair look absolutely amazing!! New salon is gorgeous too 🤍

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Looking 10 years younger

Annette Foster
11th Jun 2024
5.0
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I came to the sanctuary as I had read some very good reviews on their website ,I hadn't had my hair done for quite a while & decided to have it coloured as I was quite gray but did have some natural colour to the bottom of my hair so Olivia matched the colour with foils to my natural colour & covered all my gray my hair looks amazing she also gave it a cut & gave me back a fringe which had grown out & looked a mess ,very friendly staff , lovely salon 2 cups of tea & 2 biscuits to say I was pleased is a under statement I will definitely be going back & would definitely recommend any one to have their hair done here & good vale for money ,thks Olivia so much .

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Pedicure

Suzanne Kavanagh
8th Jun 2024
5.0
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Excellent service as always by Sophie

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Love new salon

Alison Gates
7th Jun 2024
5.0
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I have been using the little sanctuary for over 4 years, this is my first visit to the new salon in Shaftesbury love it, light spacious and the decor is beautiful, well done Gill and team
My hair is fab as always, thank you Claire xx

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Balayage with Lily

Anna Fitton
5th Jun 2024
5.0
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So pleased with my balayage. Lily is absolutely fantastic . I love the ‘new’ salon. I have been coming since you opened in Gillingham.

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Biab nails

Sandra Rideout
4th Jun 2024
5.0
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Saw my usual Sophie doing her amazing nails at little sanctuary Shaftesbury today. Absolutely beautiful surroundings. Staff and Sophie friendly and professional. Highly recommend.

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Fantastic cut

Sarah Wheeler
3rd Jun 2024
Team Member: Hannah
5.0
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Hannah cuts my hair exactly as I’d like it. She’s a true perfectionist. Lovely saloon in Shaftesbury.

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Cut and blow dry

Tracey Collis
1st Jun 2024
Team Member: Hannah
5.0
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Sooo lovely to see Hannah 8 years later! Very happy with my cut and dry plus a great catch up

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Just wonderful. Thoroughly recommend

Maggie Rasheva
1st Jun 2024
Team Member: Roderick
5.0
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It was my first experience with RODY. I am usually quite loyal to my hairdressers and rarely change. However, on this occasion I didn't have much choice and I told him. My hair was a total mess because I didn't dare change my last hairdresser, but the moment I walked in he made me feel so welcome and so good! On top of it he really understands curly/wavy hair, and let me tell you, not many people do! I am quite a fussy person and this guy stole my heart. True professional, knows his craft but is also a very warm and genuine person. Couldn't recommend enough.

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Hair model

Hannah Aitken
29th May 2024
Team Member: Maddison
5.0
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Was Maddison hair model for today and she done amazing let her go with what she thought was best and turnt out lovely Thankyou so much

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Excellent visit

Fin Kennett
25th May 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0

Lily gave me the best cut! Exactly how I wanted it. I would always recommend her to anyone. Great service and great atmosphere😁

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Miss

Rosie Babington
25th May 2024
Team Member: Roderick
5.0

Brilliant as always

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Bliss!!!

Jean Sheppard
25th May 2024
Team Member: Roderick
5.0
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Wow wow wow!!!
What an amazing haircut !!!!
Roddy you an absolute treasure!!!!
Thank you for all the laughs and making me feel it mattered how I felt about my hair.
Also thank you to the lovely girls I met today.

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Fantastic hairdresser

Tanya Sitko
24th May 2024
Team Member: Michelle
5.0
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I’d never been to this salon before and really enjoyed my experience
Michelle made me feel very welcome and relaxed , I was very nervous due to past experiences but I walked out of the salon very happy and I will definitely be booking with Michelle again

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Amazing staff

Anonymous
24th May 2024
5.0

Maddison was amazing sorting out appointments and a lovely ambassador for the company, really welcoming and Claire (sorry didn’t catch surname) was lovely in my consultation and reassuring l. Looking forward to my next appointment.

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Fabulous colour!!

Natasha Goddard
17th May 2024
5.0
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Olivia was fantastic in completely revamping my colour. She was spot on with her colour/shade/tone recommendations and I couldn't be happier with the result! Thank you Olivia 😊

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Lois

Claire Jeffers
9th May 2024
5.0
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I had my 1st wet cut with Lois today and was delighted.

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First visit

Jane Middlecoat
8th May 2024
Team Member: Beth
5.0
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The salon, the Little Sanctuary, was vibrant, friendly and buzzing. Beth listened carefully about what style I want to achieve with my hair, it will take a few cuts. She gave excellent advice about scalp and colour care. Beth cut and finished my hair very well and I will definitely make another appointment either in Gillingham Dorset, or at their new salon in Shaftesbury.

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FAB CUT AND COLOUR

Alison Gates
4th May 2024
Team Member: Claire
5.0
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Claire did a fabulous job with my hair beautiful colour and great cut, always so happy with my hair

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Happy head

Sarah Daniels
2nd May 2024
5.0
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The tension that leaves my body with that hair wash, head massage and the gentle combing/cutting.

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Excellent

Julie/Han's Mum Lloyd
27th Apr 2024
Team Member: Hannah
5.0
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Hannah is an excellent hair dresser. The salon has such a lovely atmosphere and all the staff make everyone so welcome.

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Excellent as usual

Darlene Burgess
26th Apr 2024
5.0
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Lois gave excellent service as usual.
Fantastic haircut and she gave good advice regarding future colour treatments.

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Lovely stylist

Claire Taylor
23rd Apr 2024
Team Member: Beth
5.0
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Really lovely stylist.
New exactly what I wanted and end result was perfect.

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Daughter hair cut and styled

shannon byrne
20th Apr 2024
5.0
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We had Lois, she was so so nice, 6 year old loved her hair and felt like a princess after.

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Tinsel

Liz Clark
15th Apr 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0
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Lilly is a excellent hairdresser, always professional and very helpful.

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Hair with Lily

Naomi
9th Apr 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0

As always, Lily provided an excellent service. I was making a step out of my comfort zone with my hair today and Lily made me feel comfortable every step of the way. She advised me what steps to take to achieve my hair goal. Such a friendly face and lovely company. I couldn’t recommend her enough!

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New Style - New me !!

Helen Gregory
30th Mar 2024
Team Member: Roderick
5.0
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Was soon put at ease by my stylist & took on board his knowledge, advice & suggestions for my restyle.

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Excellent local hair salon

Anonymous
30th Mar 2024
Team Member: Claire
5.0

First visit and will be back.

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best hair experience

Amber Churchill
25th Mar 2024
Team Member: Maddison
5.0
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Maddison was amazing, very good for someone who’s only been training for 6 months, such a nice atmosphere and all staff are just lovely! felt like a princess x

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Really good and in

Sam Kelly
19th Mar 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0
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Amazing experience and very helpful

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Great service

Julia
19th Mar 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0

Had Lilly do my hair and she was so lovely and kind. She gave me great advice on how to achieve my hair goals and how to maintain it. I am very pleased with my hair thank you!! X

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5* Hair Treatment 🌟

Hayley Down
18th Mar 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0
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I’ve just experienced the most amazing Aveda hair treatment with Lily! The most relaxing head massage and my hair now feels like silk…🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wash and cut

Julia
16th Mar 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0

Very good and quick. Polite

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The best!

Olivia Short
15th Mar 2024
Team Member: Sophie
5.0
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Sophie is lovely and takes so much care, I always leave the salon with gorgeous long-lasting nails! Thank you xx

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First class treatment

Gillian Smith
13th Mar 2024
Team Member: Sophie
5.0
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Sophie was professional, but very friendly and soon put me at ease visiting the little sanctuary for the first time. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to family and friends.

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Always a wonderful experience

Kate Saker
13th Mar 2024
Team Member: Jemma
5.0
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Thank you for the friendly service and very pleasing outcome.

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Transformation

Kerry Collins
8th Mar 2024
Team Member: Lilly
5.0

I had an amazing hair transformation today from Lilly. Lilly is very professional and made me feel great. She has amazing tips and ideas for me to use at home. I look forward to my next visit. Thanks so much Lilly.

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Thank you

Zoe Staite
8th Mar 2024
Team Member: Sophie
5.0
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Had an eyebrow waxing and very happy with how they look. Sophie was very welcoming and friendly! Price was also very reasonable. Thanks again, I will be back 😊

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Katie is a cutie

Julie Judd
7th Mar 2024
Team Member: Katie
5.0
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Katie has not coloured and cut/styled my hair recently and I am so impressed. Excellent advice for my hair options and always so cheerful and professional. As are all the stylists and beauticians.

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Nails

Sandra Rideout
5th Mar 2024
Team Member: Sophie
5.0
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As always such a lovely afternoon with Sophie at the salon.
Love my nails. She’s amazing. Give her a pay rise 👍

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Wonderful as always

Victoria Underdown
5th Mar 2024
Team Member: Jemma
5.0
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From the moment you arrive it’s a clam and relaxing atmosphere. Jemma was wonderful, knowledgeable with great advice. So pleased with my hair.

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