VAE Hair was founded in July 2012 by partners Alastair and Jordan. Since then the salon has won multiple prestigious awards including the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Eastern Region and is 2 times finalists in the Eastern Hairdresser of the year.
VAE Hair brings the ethos of a London salon to much less stressful surroundings. We aim to provide a luxurious journey whilst providing the highest level of hair advise and services. VAE Hair are in partnership with top brands including L'Oreal, Goldwell, Davines, ANTI, Keratstraight and GHD to allow us bring you the highest quality products in the industry.
VAE stands for Versatile, Aesthetic, Ergonomic; our definition of the perfect haircut/colour. We keep this philosophy at the forefront of everything we do.
Our award winning team undergo extensive in house and external training to ensure the level of our service is always cutting edge and at its best. We pride ourselves on individuality and have stylists who come from all backgrounds. Some have worked abroad whilst others bring with them a wealth of experience from London salons. Our stylists enjoy and specialise in different areas of hairdressing allowing us to be able to pair you with the perfect stylist and offer you a bespoke service.
Training is the key to our success. Our hair artists receive training to develop them throughout their career. This training is in house and nationwide to ensure our stylists are always at the forefront of new trends and that they are working to a technically high standard. Many of our stylists have won awards, are part of external art teams, worked at London fashion week or have traveled the world to present on stage for famous brands such as L'Oreal.
SENIOR CREATIVE & SALON MANAGER
Loves: Advising on a new look
Loves: New wave perms
Alastair set up VAE Hair in 2012 and says "Watching my team develop into amazing and creative individuals is the most rewarding part of my job". Alastair has a few awards under his belt including Project X student of the year, Eastern Hairdresser of the year finalist and winner of the Colour Trophy Eastern Region. If that wasn't enough he is also an educator for GHD and most recently named a member of the Fellowship F.A.M.E team. Alastair's career has taken him to some amazing places including Australia, Milan and Barcelona. He now works part time in the salon and spends the rest of his time focusing on his passion for session styling. Alastair's work can be seen in the likes of Vogue, HUNGER and other high end publications.
Vicki has been with us for many years and in her time has been recognised as one of the brightest hairdressing talents in the industry when she was awarded the accolade of Eastern Winner of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy. Vicki joined us from a busy London salon and now uses all of her experience to help her manage the team. She is a regular at London Fashion week and loves to bring back the latest trends with her to the salon.
SENIOR CREATIVE & EDUCATOR
Loves: Undertaking transformations
After taking some time out to have a family Lauryn will be back with us from May (date TBC). Before going on maternity leave Lauryn’s column was hot property and we know a few people (including ourselves) who will be super excited to have her back in the salon!!! Lauryn’s work is bold and creative which earned her one of the biggest awards in the industry, Eastern Hairdresser of the Year Finalist 2019. Lauren's proactive and innovative approach to her work has gained her a loyal following.
COLOUR SPECIALIST & EDUCATOR
Loves: Creating bespoke blondes
Sophie joined us in from a prestigious salon where she worked as a Senior Colour Technician. She is an expert in all things colour and brings with her 7 years of experience. Sophie is super passionate about colour and says "I love being a hair colourist as it allows me to be creative and keeps me inspired. Hairdressing is always changing and it is our job is to keep up to date with trends and techniques. As well as training in salon I have invested in my own training”.
Loves: Precision hair cutting
Sassoon trained Francesca is our go to girl for precision and creative cutting, however she is also just as handy with a tint brush. In fact Fran was one half of the salon team awarded the L’Oreal Star Colourist Award for the Eastern Region in 2018. Not to mention she is also an Eastern Hairdresser of the year finalist! When she is not polishing her trophies Fran is in the salon creating gorgeous natural colours and amazing cuts.
Loves: Glossy, multi tonal colours
Meet Kelsey - the calm hair master. Her relaxed and thought out approach to her work has lead her to become a favourite amongst our clients. Kelsey is the queen of long hair and says "Long hair is typically more susceptible to breakage, split ends, and to appearing thinner." She recommends visiting the salon every eight weeks to keep your long locks looking beautiful. But don’t be fooled by her collected nature, when she’s not creating beautiful hair, she’s a speed junkie and competes nationally in racing competitions.
Loves: Creating iconic hair transformations
Ami says she loves to make people feel good about themselves. Something we think she excels at! Ami's team would describe her as outgoing and bubbly. Ami is no stranger to a transformation and her clients are often spotted leaving the salon with completely new looks! Whether your dream look can be achieved in 1 session or maybe it needs 2-3, Ami has the ability to see into your hair's future. She will be sure to talk you through everything in detail and will be able to give you a custom plan to ensure you have the perfect colour each time!
Loves: Getting to know his clients
Meet our salon sasspot! Josh’s team mates would describe him as energetic, passionate and super fun! He certainly puts all of his energy into every client. If you want to feel confident, and enjoy a giggle a minute Josh is the perfect stylist for you! He also takes the role of salon fashionista very seriously and if he is not swishing around the salon in a super cool outfit he is planning his next! Josh loves to meet new people and hear all about their hair goals. He says "There are so many things to consider when deciding on a new look. I love to get to know my clients, this way I am able to give them advise based on their like/dislikes, lifestyle, style and skin tone."
Loves: Beautiful trend lead styling
Want that Instagramable finish? Ella is the stylist for you! Ella is our go to girl for session hair, there is nothing this girl cannot do with a pair of straighteners. Ella LOVES a wedding and is regularly seen shooting to different venues across the county, to be a part of our client's special days. She says "being part of a bride’s special day and making them look and feel amazing is a real privilege". Whilst in the salon Ella is a keen short hair specialist and is a master at all styles from fades to crops.
Loves: Short crops and fades
Maddy is our Barbering star of the future. She says "The thing I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is learning new things and different techniques, it’s a really creative job and I like that because I can put my own twist on current hairstyles and I love keeping up with the latest hair trends." Maddy is a super creative and outgoing stylist, she is also a complete perfectionist, so you will always be in safe hands! In her spare time you will find her scouring the coolest vintage shops for unique items to add to her amazing collection of patterns and prints. You will also never meet a bigger Tina Tuner fan! Maddy thinks she is simply the best (see what we did there).
Loves: Researching the latest trends online
Annie says she is "totally into hair". Well Annie, we think your in the perfect place! Annie has big ambitions and loves learning about all of the aspects that the hair industry has to offer. We can wait to see Annie's journey. Maybe she will be a session stylist? Or maybe she will specialise in colour? All we know is, she is definitely one to watch, whatever direction she takes her career in. Annie is a great photographer and her work (hair and photographic) can often be seen on our Instagram page.
FRONT OF HOUSE
Loves: Getting to know all of our clients
Sarah is one half of our front of house team. Sarah loves getting to know all of our regular clients and welcoming new faces to the salon. Sarah has lots of experience working in salons. She is an organisation whizz, ensuring the salon runs smoothly and our clients leave happy. Sarah brings a warm, friendly energy to the salon and her caring, kind nature makes you feel right at home.
BEAUTY BY LUCY
Loves: Eve Taylor
Lucy's services are the perfect complement to ours. Her team mates would describe her a patient and kind; nothing is ever too much trouble. Lucy takes residence in one of our private upstairs rooms every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Saturday. Her charming, bubbly nature and hardworking ethic makes her a real asset to our team and the salon would be incomplete without her. Lucy loves animals and out of the salon she spends her time training her 2 gorgeous pups.
FRONT OF HOUSE
Loves: Keeping the team organised