ABOUT OKRA Wellness Salon & Spa

Nestled in the small Northumberland town of Bedlington, Okra Wellness Salon & Spa was created in December 2020 by Salon owner and Company  Director Ardia Wilkinson.


Okra is the sister company to Bassu Wellness Salon & Spa which is situated in the Market town of Morpeth in Northumberland.

Okra Wellness Salon & Spa offers a more one to one personal care experience in a tranquil and private setting.


Alongside Ardia Wilkinson, Sara Lavender created and manages Okra Beauty Retreat within Okra Wellness Salon & Spa.

Okra prides itself on delivering a professional service, using cruelty free, vegan and eco friendly products in both Hair and Beauty Treatments by leading brands, Aveda and Guinot .

Our bespoke Salon & Spa Packages can be created for any occasion.

Okra’s team of Hair & Beauty Specialists are dedicated to creating the image that is personal to you while delivering both a professional and relaxing experience .

We are proud to be the only Aveda Hair Salon in the area & we are proud to be the only Guinot Salon in Bedlington providing 12 Unique facial treatments for all skin Types.

Book your appointment with our Hair Specialists


Ardia Wilkinson - Managing Director and Senior Stylist-

Ardia has over 30 years in the hair industry has founded and managed Salons for over 26 years and has lectured in collages and independent training schools in the North East.

Specialising in Cutting techniques and Hair Extensions.


Jodie Egen- Assistant Stylist-

Newly qualified Jodie assists in all aspects of hairdressing and is proving to be a passionate colourist.

Jodie's is exceptional in waving and curling all types of  hair.

Debbie Thomson - Senior Stylist/Colourist -

Debbie has over 19 years Hairdressing experience and specialises in all cutting and colouring techniques, barbering and Occasion/Bridal styling.


Abbie OBrien - Assistant stylist  Passionate and enthusiastic, Abbie is eager to learn .

Our Beauty & Skin Care Specialists

Sara Lavender -Spa Owner & Senior Therapist has had over 15 years experience in the beauty industry and has been managing salons for the past 7 years. Sara is a skin care specialist working with Guinot to provide facials for all skins concerns. 


Kate - Senior Beauty Therapist

Kate delivers fantastic care and detail to all her treatments. Kate has over 5 years experience in the beauty industry, she  specialises in eyelashes and brow treatments. 

Heather- Trainee Beauty Therapist 


Our partnership with the prestigious brand AVEDA means we care for your hair, skin and body with products that are naturally derived, made from pure flower and plant essence. The "AVEDA rituals" have been a big success in the salon, with complimentary hand, neck and shoulder massages on offer, it's easy to unwind and relax in the calming environment.

All our products are free from parabens .

Organic Beauty Products

Our mission at AVEDA is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society, at AVEDA, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

Discover AVEDA

The art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of AVEDA. Our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. our solutions are so powerful we call them purescriptions™. While we specialise in hair care, we offer other plant–based products—skin care, makeup, pure-fume™, aromas and lifestyle—that are all professionally developed, clinically tested, and go to exceptional lengths to be respectful of the earth. our professional network, nearly 7,000 salons and spas worldwide, shares our commitment. ever since a hairdresser founded aveda in 1978, our products have been harvested with respect for the earth, in harmony with the web of life. 


AVEDA: connecting beauty, environment and well–being.