MARIA - SALON OWNER
I opened Urbanite Hair in 2004 and along with my team of experienced stylists and staff it has continued to grow from strength to strength. I have over 20 years experience within the hairdressing industry and have been fortunate to complete training courses at Toni & Guy, Saks, the Tigi Academy and Sanrizz. I specialise in all areas of hairdressing, but i especially enjoy creating and styling bridal hair. Along with working full time in the salon i also enjoy working as the salons in house trainer, developing the skills of young up & coming hairdressers and unleashing their potential. I am also qualified as a certified Great Lengths Hair Extension Stylist. This June 2017 I qualified as a Wella Master Colour Expert after completing the Wella Master Colour Programme at the Wella London academy. This is the industry's most prestigious colour course.
LIKES - Going to the gym, cooking, Drum 'n' Bass music & sunsets
DISLIKES - Gardening & shopping
VICKY - SALON MANAGER/FRONT OF HOUSE
I joined the Urbanite Hair team as Salon Manager at the beginning of 2008. I have over 22 years experience in customer service and have worked at management level in retail and previous Hair Salons including Toni & Guy. I have had the priviledge of project managing two salon
re-furbishments including our very own in October 2012 and the setting up of a brand new children's hair salon in 2001. I have been on various courses including Tigi retail and management training, web design, window display, and more recently attended the Tigi Social Media workshop in London.
LIKES - Travel, cooking/baking, peanut butter, a good red wine, shopping, Al Pacino movies, animals & is obsessed with 'The Walking Dead'
DISLIKES - Snakes & spiders
CHERYL - SENIOR STYLIST/ASSISTANT MANAGER
I joined Urbanite Hair in early 2008, and have had training at Toni & Guy, Wella, L’oreal and completed numerous courses including a ‘creative cutting’ course at the Tigi Academy, Wella Colour Workshops and very recently attended the Sanrizz Academy in London on the Spring/Summer 2016 cutiing & colouring course. I have gained over 20 years experience in the hairdressing industry, which includes working for Toni & Guy for over 8 years. Throughout my career I have been very fortunate with opportunities working at Salon International and the Clothes Show Live. Since joining Urbanite Hair I have maintained a very busy clientele and enjoy all aspects of my work but in particluar being a certified Great Lengths Stylist and becoming part of the Great Lengths Hair Exention team at urbanite Hair.
LIKES - Travel, going to the theatre, shopping, Sean Bean & burgers!
DISLIKES - Tomatoes, football & beer
SHELLEY - SENIOR STYLIST
I started my training in 1998 at Bedford College & after qualifing I worked for Toni & Guy for over 4 years which included further training at the Toni & Guy Academy and courses at L'oreal. I joined Urbanite Hair in 2004 as a Senior Stylist and I'm always looking to further my knowledge & creativity. I have completed an advanced cutting course at the Tigi Academy, Wella Colour workshops and I am also qualified as a certified Great Lengths Hair Extension Stylist.
LIKES - Going to clubs, eating out, playing netball, family days out but mainly spending time with my daughter
DISLIKES - Spiders & bad drivers
CARMELA - SENIOR STYLIST
I started my career in 1991 training at Barnfield College. After qualifing from college I began working at Toni & Guy where I furthered my career with courses at the Toni & Guy academy and participated at the Clothes Show Live and Salon International. I have also completed courses at Wella, L'oreal and Jingles International. With over 20 years experience I have a broad knowledge in all areas of hairdressing, and especially enjoy colour work.
LIKES - Vicky's cakes (see above)! 80's music, Starbucks and being a mum to my two girls
DISLIKES - The rain & snakes
NICOLE - SENIOR STYLIST
I gained my first insight into the hairdressing world at the age of 14 on work experience at a busy reputable salon 'Garbos' in Portsmouth, from this I was then employed as a Saturday Assistant. After leaving school I knew that hairdressing was the career I wanted to persue and so I went straight into a 3 year full-time apprenticeship at 'Garbos' qualifing at NVQ Level 2. After qualifying I worked as a Stylist for 3 years before working my way up the ladder to Senior Stylist. I have over 15 years experience in the hairdressing industry, specialising in all aspects of hair especially creative colour & wedding hair. This past 12 months has been an extremley busy & exciting year for me, having had the priveldge of attending various Wella, Tigi and Sanrizz courses at the academies in London.
LIKES - Cooking, music, all things Greek including my boyfriend!
DISLIKES - Justin Bieber!
JAKE - SALON APPRENTICE
I joined the Urbanite Hair team in May 2015 as a Saturday Assistant whilst already attending Brooks Hair & Beauty College in Bedford as a full-time student studying Hair & Beauty NVQ Level 1. I completed my NVQ Level 1 qualifing in July 2015 and I am now studying towards my NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing whilst working in the salon full-time. I enjoy all aspects of hairdressing but I especially enjoy competing in the annual Brooks Hair & Beauty College Show which really brings out my creative side. This year in the 2017 Brooks Hair & Beauty Show I am proud to announce that I was placed 2nd in my category with a 'Infinity & Beyond' theme. After qualifying in NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing in the Summer of 2017, I look forward to returing to college and furthering my qualifications by completeing my NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing.
LIKES - Music, food, shopping & dogs
DISLIKES - Fish (to eat)
SIB - SALON APPRENTICE
I joined the Urbanite team in May 2017 as their new full-time apprentice and will be attending Brooks Hair & Beauty College in September 2017 studying towards my NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing. I've always had a huge passion for hair and I am a big fan of Avant Garde hair styles. I have an NVQ level 2 in barbering which I studied for at the Jagged Edge Academy, Bedford qualifying in 2016. I am always looking for new challenges and experiences and hope to pursue my career within the hair industry.
LIKES - 80's fashion, motorbikes, camping, festivals, plants & animals
DISLIKES - Shopping & anything that involves maths