Liz Weir and Mark Constantine met when they were both working in a hair and beauty salon. Mark was a trichologist (someone who studies the science of healthy hair and scalp) and Liz was a beauty therapist.
They started working at the same time and soon became friends; Mark used to do Liz's hair. When their 5-year contract was due for renewal Mark wanted to move on. He had found some rooms full of beauty equipment on the High Street in
Nevertheless, she took the plunge and they started a business called 'Herbal Hair and Beauty Clinic'. Liz jokes that they nearly starved at first because their products were very different to anyone else's at the time and they found that although the products were innovative and authentic, their commercial value wasn't as great.
Then in the early -80s Mark read about Anita Roddick who had just started The Body Shop in Little Hampton and
Rowena joined to help with Liz's beauty clients. Helen Ambrosen joined after hearing from Liz, when Liz was waxing Helen's legs that they needed someone to work on research and development. Paul Greaves and Karl Bygrave also joined the team. Mo had been helping all along, but at this time left her job as a legal secretary but found her niche in inventing new products. At this time,
This all went well until The Body Shop became uncomfortable with the formulation of many of its products being owned by another company. They were advised that