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 development to ensure that we stay ahead of all of the latest trends. We train and work with leading training providers and industry icons such as L’Oreal Professionnel, Kerastase, Redken, Sophia Hilton, Jason Hall and Darren Fowler. Alex is a current L’Oreal Professionnel ID Artist and we have two members of the team about to embark on the prestigious Colour Specialist Degree with L’Oreal Professionnel. On graduation this will give us three colour degree graduates which is an amazing achievement and testimony to the team. The team are friendly, motivated and inspirational – come and meet them and let them help you with your hair goals!
Tina O’Nion – Salon Owner
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 is as passionate as ever about the high standards of the salon appearance, the client experience and the work that the salon produces.
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 2018-21. Alex is one of the L’Oreal ID Artists intake for 2018/21 and has just completed her final year of this advanced programme. This is a significant recognition of her talent and skills and well deserved and has so far taken her to Barcelona and London to support fashion shows with leading designers as well as a fabulous experience at Paris Haute Couture in Summer 2019 with Darren Fowler and Jason Hall.
In December 2021, Alex culminated all of the above by being selected after an extensive audition process by some of the industry’s leading names and was announced as one of the four team members for F.A.M.E. 2022. This is a national scheme run by the British Fellowship of Hairdressers and these places are highly coveted. Alex will now be mentored by some of the leading icons of the industry such as Errol Douglas MBE and Hooker and Young and she is in for an amazing and exciting year ahead. Alex is one of the UK’s leading talents and we are proud to have her on the Wispers team.
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 and Salon Manager
Joe has an extensive career in local salons and more recently as Lecturer in Hairdressing at a local college. Joe brings his vast skills and creativity to the salon and his skill, expertise and personality has earnt him the trust and respect of a loyal and devoted client base. Joe regularly attends advanced cutting and colouring courses run by L’Oreal with the most recent being an advanced cutting course with Darren Fowler of Fowler 35 in London.
Hayley Williams – Creative Director
Hayley has been with Wispers since she was 14, starting as a salon assistant over 10 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.
In August 2021, Hayley completed the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Course which is an intensive six month course and graduates her to an exclusive club of some of the leading and most skilled colourists in the country. Hayley is now the second team member to have earnt this coveted qualification and it is testimony to her skill, hard work and motivation. We are very proud to have her on the team.
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. Becca is also experienced and fully trained in Zen extensions and would be happy to help you with a free consultation.
Sam Pacey – Senior Stylist
Sam is a very experienced cutter and colourist with 10 years of salon experience and trained to NVQ Level 3. She is a Teacher Trainer as well as being a qualified assessor. She has previously worked alongside Hayley and Alex and it is great to bring them back together again. She is trained in Balayage and other advanced colour techniques. She has established herself very quickly as a firm favourite with our clients and we are so glad that she joined us.
Millie Kidd – Apprentice
Miliie has been with Wispers for almost a year and is trading to complete her NVQ Level 2 with Wispers as well as at the local college. She will help the busy stylist team and be trained in our high standards as she progresses. Millie will be a great support and asset to the team.
Pippa Bazeley – Senior Stylist
Pippa has worked with Wispers for many years and is one of our colour specialists having completed many advanced courses with L’Oreal and other training providers. Pippa has established a loyal customer base and has a very easy going manner and style.
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.
Abbie Astley – Team Support
Abbie is a fully qualified and experienced hairdresser who has recently joined the Wispers team as a part time receptionist. She will use this experience to ensure the reception runs smoothly and to ensure that client requirements are catered for.
Poppy has been with Wispers for almost a year and is trading to complete her NVQ Level 2 with Wispers as well as at the local college. She will help the busy stylist team and be trained in our high standards as she progresses. Poppy will be a great support and asset to the team.
Caitlin Brown – Senior Stylist
Caitlin is highly qualified to NVQ3 level and recently joined us from a prestigious salon in Winchester. She specialises in Cutting, Balayage and other advanced colour techniques and her enthusiasm, can do approach and pleasant personality is already building a loyal following. Caitlin has recently trained with Sophia Hilton in London and has an exciting time ahead with her eye on several industry competitions and awards.
Katrina – Receptionist
Katrina is our receptionist and works alternate days to Mel. She complements a great front of house team to ensure our clients feel welcome, are always looked after and that their appointments are well managed and run on time.
Maisy – Stylist
Maisy re-joined the salon as a Stylist and we are delighted to have her back. She has now completed her qualifications and she is building her client base quickly and receiving amazing reviews from her customers. She has a lovely bubbly personality and her skill and talent is winning new customers by the week.
Zara Ward – Senior Stylist
Zara joined us from a local salon and has become a popular addition to the team. She specialises in cutting, Balayage and advanced colour techniques and complements our talented team perfectly as well as adding new services to our portfolio.