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Clare has been at the salon since 2010, specialising in colour.

'I love working as part of the team at salonshades as it is an exciting busy atmosphere, it's great to meet so many people.'

Meet our staff

salonshades has a reputation for recognising talent and making the most of it - all of our staff have been with us since commencing their hairdressing career. Our Styling Team have all been supported and sponsored by Shades in the attainment of their skills and qualifications.

"We pride ourselves on developing our own talent..."


As well as being the Creative Partner at salonshades, managing the business and staff Nikki provides creative direction, style and leadership.

Nikki loves to get creative in every aspect of hairdressing. From ladies and men's cutting and styling, extensions to add length and thickness, colour, creative and corrective colouring, to make overs including hair up and make up for weddings or any special occasion, any day of the week.

Nikki also really enjoys her work with Racoon International Artistic Team as it's inspirational and creative and says:

"I am honored to work alongside big names such as Andrew Barton from 10 years younger, Tracey Devine and Nick Malenco"

As part of The Racoon International Artists Team, Nikki has taken part in styling for shows such as "So would you dump me now" Worked on many Photo shoots for magazines as well as done hair for celebrities such as Natasha Hamillton. Nikki enjoys working with and finds Stephen Messia Creative Director truly inspirational! Nikki said "When Stephen works with hair it's magical" ...

More recently Nikki has become an ambassador for Fudge Professional and has been backstage at the London Fashion Week, as well as styling hair at the last three sessions at The National Wedding Show.

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Founder and partner of salonshades, having styled for four decades, Ann still manages to remain current and contemporary.

She has kept her entheusiasm alive by making sure she surrounds herself and remains influenced by a young entheusiastic and talented team.

'I believe it is essential that fashion should ultimately influence the styles I produce, but at the same time not lose the character and personality of my clients'



Toni has worked at salonshades since 2004. In that time has worked her way up to senior stylist, styling hair for both ladies and men. She specialises in colouring, cutting and all aspects of hair, as well as being assistant manager to Nikki

'I really enjoy my job, meeting new people, learning new things and creating new funky styles.'

Toni has had lots of highlights whilst working at salonshades. She has even modelled for Nikki on numerous occasions for competitions, photo shoots and even in magazines.



Mel is also a senior stylist at salonshades, styling for both ladies and men as well as assisting with the day to day running of the salon.

Mel specialises in colour, permant blow dries and straightening. Beauty, includes HD eyebrows, false eyelashes, nails and spray tans.

' I love what I do. A lot of the finishing touches are down to me. I like to make people feel great when I've finished doing what I do best'



Tina has been at salonshades since she left school in 2003 and mainly specialises in hair extensions and colour.

Tina has developed enormously since she started and is becoming skilled in a number of specialism’s including the Yuko permanent straightening system. Tina also specialises in spray tans.

'There have been some fantastic highlights in my career so far, a very special experience was working alongside Nikki, in London, on a photo shoot for Racoon International creating styles with hair extensions.'




Becky is a stylist here at salonshades, She has been working here for about 5 years now as she started as a Saturday girl before becoming full time.

In the salon Becky does a lot of blow dries, cutting and colouring as well as make sure that all the clients are ok.

'Blowdrying is my speciality. I really enjoy working at salonshades as it is such a great team environment. It allows me to discover and learn new things as well as showing my skills and bubbly personality through something I love doing.'



Hey! My name is Jay and I'm a stylist and colour technician at salonshades. I've worked here ever since I left school.

'I love assisting Nikki at the salon and I've also modelled for her on numerous occasions. My main thing is colouring; I really enjoy getting creative and getting to know the clients'



Kirsty Meakin is recognised as one of the best nail artists in the world. A regular presence at global nail competitions, Kirsty has over 100 nail accolades, including the titles of Nail Stylist of the Year 2014, Nail Artist of the Year 2015, Nail Artist of the Year 2012 and UK Nail Professional of the Year 2010.

Kirsty has been honing her nail skills for over 18 years after uncovering her creative prowess at a Youth Training Scheme and her work has even been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

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Courtney has gained so much experience since she started her work alongside Nikki and the rest of the team.

With her bubbly personality she fits in perfectly.

'Since I've been working at salonshades my main thing is colour. I just love all the diffferent styles we can create. I also make sure all our clients are enjoying their time here at salonshades.'



Awaiting the newest member of our team..........