Meet our staff
Shades 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 Salon Shades, 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" ....
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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 Shades since 2004 and in that time has worked her way up to Senior Stylist and also helps Nikki with the day to day running of the salon.
'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 Shades. She has even modelled for Nikki on numerous occasions for competitions, photo shoots and even in magazines.
Mel is also a senior stylist at Shades and has worked here since 2006
'...and I love what I do.'
Mel specialises in colour, permant blow dries, straightening, beauty and spray tans. Alot of the finishing touches are down to her - she likes to make people feel great when she's finished doing what she does best.
Tina has been at Shades since she left school in 2003 and mainly specialises in hair extensions and colour.
Tina has developed enormously since I started and is becoming skilled in a number of specialism’s including Yuko permanent straightening. 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 has been working at SalonShades for a while now as she started as a Saturday girl before becoming full time.
In the salon Becky does a lot of blow dries and colouring as well as make sure that all the clients are ok.
'I'm really enjoying working at Shades and in a 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! I've worked at SalonShades ever since I left school.
'I love working with all the girls and experimenting with new styles and up and coming trends . It's great assisting Nikki at teh salon. My main thing is colouring; I really enjoy gettign creative and getting to know the clients'
At the Salon, Claire specialises 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.'