“Not only do we offer our clients top quality hairdressing, and a fabulous salon experience, but most importantly we provide them with an escape from the every day. They can focus on themselves and enjoy our undivided attention. When they walk back out the door feeling fabulous, we know we’ve done our job.”
Established in 1980, Wispers offers a wealth and experience in the hair profession. Our modern Hair and Nail salon, based in the historic Wickham Square, has a fantastic reputation for providing an exceptionally high level of service by some of the most talented Hair Professionals in Hampshire.
Our mission to constantly improve what we do and exceed our clients’ expectation, has never changed. The team undergo extensive and regular training and self development programs with leading professional brands such as L’Oreal among others. This enables us to produce results that are always of the highest standards.
We feel passionately about keeping up with all of the latest trends and developments in Hair and Nail Technology. This allows our clients to benefit from new techniques, products and styles that we tailor to suit each client and their individual needs. We offer new formulations such as L’Oreal SmartBond and Kerastase FusioDose which allow you to keep your hair looking just like you’ve left the salon for longer, so please ask your stylist for more details.
The salon is equipped with the latest equipment such as Ceramic Rollerballs which ensure the best possible colour treatment as well as optimising the moisture in your scalp during the treatment to ensure the best possible outcome and appearance.
About The Owner – Tina O’Nion
“I love this profession – every day and every client is different, trends change and it is never boring. I am lucky to work with such a great team who feel as passionately as I do about offering the very best experience and the client leaving the salon feeling ecstatic about their hair!”
Tina began her career working as a Saturday Girl at a Hair Salon in central Windsor and commenced her training at another salon in Windsor on leaving school. Following the acquisition of the salon by Neil Scott, (Award Winning Hair Up Artist and protégé of Teasy Weasy and Vidal Sassoon) Tina worked under his tutelage at his salons in Ascot, Windsor and Virginia Water.
As part of her career progression and to further her education, particularly in Technical, Tina moved to a progressive salon in Ascot called The Hair Advice Centre where for the second time in her career she spent time working for the owner David Drew.
David inspired and motivated Tina to pursue the highest possible levels of achievement and it was at The Hair Advice Salon that Tina completed her training and education with leading global brands such as Vidal Sassoon, L’Oreal, Nicky Clarke and Trevor Sorbie. Tina graduated with the L’Oreal Colour Expert degree in 1999 and was one of the first and youngest in the country to obtain this prestigious award.
Tina has an extensive experience of both cutting and colouring and has worked with some of the best names in the industry. Tina was a Technical Ambassador for L’Oreal before joining the Wispers Team in 2001 where she has worked ever since.
Tina has continued her training throughout this period and has lead many training and education sessions to impart her knowledge and techniques on some of her younger colleagues as they embark on their careers.
Tina is as passionate as ever about the high standards of the salon appearance, the client experience and the work that the salon produces. In 2016, the owner and founder of Wispers, Chris Gowing, offered Tina the opportunity to buy the salon and the rest is history, as they say!
Meet The Team
We are proud of our team at Wispers and believe that we have some of the best talent in the industry. Their experience and training is extensive to ensure your expectations are exceeded and they undergo constant training and developments to ensure we stay ahead of all of the latest trends. The team are friendly, motivated and inspirational – come and meet them!
Abi Kearns – General Manager & Senior Stylist
Abi has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Wispers team for over 6 years. Her charming, professional and polite manner makes her a firm favourite amongst our clientele. Abi’s unwavering enthusiasm and understanding approach reflects itself in her ever increasing client list. Abi has been Hairdressing for 10 years after training at the L’Oreal Academy in London achieving colour keys, colour change and advanced cutting skills. Abi is also our hair extension expert within the salon.
Alex Cook – Creative Director
As Education Director, Alex oversees all the development and ongoing training for all members of the team. With her Expertise in cutting, Alex was head hunted early on in her career to work for a top salon, and trained extensively in London. Her passion and talent lies with her creative cutting and restyling.
L’Oreal I-D Artist 2018-19. We are pleased to announce that Alex has been selected as one of the L’Oreal ID Artists for 2018/19. This is a significant recognition of her talent and skills and well deserved!
Nic Watkins – Artistic Director
Nic is a passionate and creative stylist with a real flare for precision cutting with an amazing attention to detail. With over 26 years experience she has completed many courses with L’Oreal and Toni&Guy and most recently Trevor Sorbie specialising in wigs and hair loss. Her enthusiasm coupled with her friendly approach; make her an incredibly popular stylist which is reflected in her clientele.
Ian Edwards – Creative Director
With exceptional knowledge and ability earned over an illustrious career, Ian is one of our most sought after stylists and his incredibly loyal clientele speak for itself.
With over 40 years experience, Ian specialises in traditional and classic styling with a modern twist.
Joe Reade – Creative Director
Joe has an extensive career in local salons and more recently as Lecturer in Hairdressing at a local college. Joe will bring his vast skills and creativity to the salon and we are delighted to have him as part of the team.
Hayley Williams – Senior Stylist and Education Director
Hayley has been with Wispers since she was 14, starting as a salon assistant over 7 years ago. Since then Hayley has trained at the London L’Oreal academy and completed many specialist courses particularly in colour. Hayley has qualified to Level 3 in Barbering and is continuing her training. Her ability combined with her thirst for knowledge, has made Hayley an extremely valuable educator to our younger team.
Ellen Kirk – Senior Stylist (currently on Maternity leave)
Having been in the industry for eight years Ellen’s expertise lies in her technical work, such as Balayage and latest trends. Her fresh approach to all aspects of hairdressing have gained her a devoted client list of both men and women. Ellen’s passion for new skills means that she regularly attends inspirational courses, which inspires our in house training.
Zoe Winzar – Senior Stylist (currently on Maternity leave)
Zoe has a down to earth, honest approach whether she is working with her clients or developing the skills of the younger team members. Having worked on cruise liners specialising in dressing long hair, she then went on to achieve her assessor’s award, enabling her to pass her skills on to our younger team.
Zoe also specialises in wig consultancy. Zoe has her Level 5 Diploma in Training.
Becca Andrews – Stylist
Becca has been with Wispers for over 5 years and completed her apprenticeship within the salon. Having recently achieved her colour keys and colour change at the L’Oreal academy, Becca is excelling within the team, especially with hair up skills.
Fae Gemma Miles – Senior Stylist
Fae has recently joined us and is an experienced Senior Stylist who specialises in cutting, colouring and is a hair up expert. Fae is also an approved extensions artist for Racoon Extensiosn. Fae brings her skills to Wispers and will complement our talented team as well as adding new services to our portfolio.
Kaitlyn Williams – Graduate Stylist
Kaitlyn is our Graduate Stylist and has already built a growing client base. She is building her experience and is already developing a strong specialty in colouring.
Jenny Philp – Salon Assistant
Jenny’s role is vital within the salon; she ensures that all clients are looked after and that they have a relaxing experience. She prides herself in making sure that the salon looks immaculate at all times and supports the team with every detail to make sure that everyone’s visit is exceptional.
Natasha Freeman – Apprentice Stylist
Natasha joined the team a few months ago and is already making a great impact and bringing some of her IT and Retail skills to the salon. She is undertaking training through the in house development team as well as with external training partners. She is enthusiastic and eager to help and learn, and is a great asset to the salon
Issy Sibbit – Salon Assistant
Issy is our Girl Saturday and she helps the busy day run smoothly, ensuring that our customers get the extra attention that they deserve and that the salon is left ready for the week ahead.
Maisy Farminer – Apprentice Stylist
Maisy has recently joined us as our new Apprentice and has already made a huge impression on our customers. Nothing is too much trouble and everyone loves her happy outlook.
Tammy Sibbit – Nail Technician
Tammy has recently re-joined the salon to take on the role of Nail Technician. Tammy is fully trained and qualified in all aspects of Pedicure and Manicure and has specifically trained with our partner Gelish in Gel application and design. The customers are pleased to see Tammy back and is running extra days due to the great work that she does
Mel Belton – Front Of House Manager
Having always been a people person, Mel is an extremely crucial member of the team, making sure all services run smoothly and efficiently throughout the day. She goes out of her way to accommodate every clients needs, ensuring they received the best possible service with the warmest of welcome. Her charm and professional approach makes her a firm favourite with clients and the Wispers team alike.