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.
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.
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. Alex is one of the L’Oreal ID Artists intake for 2018/19 and is about to commence her second year in this exclusive and 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!
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 – Senior Stylist and Education 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.
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.
Natasha Freeman – 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
Ellen Kirk – Senior Stylist
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.
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.
Fae Gemma Miles – Senior Stylist and Colour Specialist
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.
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.
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.
Abbie Astley – Reception
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.