Team

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Director

Clare Irvine

Clare Irvine, at just 13 years old began an apprenticeship at Structures hair design Henley in Arden in 1990.

Clare shares a love of many activities other than hairdressing, Clare’s passion for dance kept her on “her toes” right up until their first child. She has performed in many shows from a small child. And also enjoys pilates, music and various other sports.

Clare’s 26-year career has seen her move only within a small radius due to demand from her extremely loyal client base.

From Henley to Solihull and then to Stratford, many of Clare’s clients have been with her from the start. Some of you may recognise her from her many years as a team member at Stratford’s ‘VIP’ Salon.

Clare is fully qualified as a hairdressing teacher, an assessor and an external verifier which will be facilitated in Oakley and Irvine’s in house training centre/program.

Alongside her expansive hairdressing career Clare enjoys family life with her partner Ross and their two beautiful young daughters (who conveniently also happen to be our models!).

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Nail Technician

Marie-Hélène Sims

Marie-Hélène Sims is Oakley and Irvine's resident Nail Technician. With qualifications in CND Shellac, Manicures and Pedicures, she provides her clients with a high quality service that's built around her warm and friendly personality. Both passionate about beauty and fashion, Marie-Hélène loves nothing more than transforming her clients nails using her extensive range of polishes;

CND® SHELLAC® Brand is the original system that delivers 14+ days of flawless wear, superior colour and mirror shine with zero dry-time and no nail damage. On like polish, wears like gel and off in minutes.

Semilac® is a fantastic new hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties. This combination creates a high performance, long lasting product which rivals the top gel nail polish brands currently on the market. Available in over 130 colours ranging from bright and vibrant to subtle and demure, the highly pigmented nature of the range means that it lasts up to 3 weeks.
To compliment a manicure or pedicure, there are many colours available from essie® and Kiko Milano®, experts in high quality nail polishes with a flawless finish.

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Master Stylist

Karen Kelly

Our longest serving member of the team, Karen has been creating inspiring hair in this salon for an impressive 16 years!
Together with her NVQ 2 and 3 she also is a qualified assessor.

Very knowledgeable about her craft Karen has been on a great many additional courses on both colouring and cutting from the likes of Wella and TIGI.

In her spare time she is somewhat of a social butterfly, managing to combine family life with various short breaks, and seeing her friends and going given the opportunity!

Hugely passionate about her job she finds pleasure in making people happy, she enjoys conversation and has a wide range of pastimes including, Shopping and fashion, reading and music.

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Senior Stylist

Zarah Snelling

Zarah has been hairdressing for 10 years and has been qualified for 7 years.

She was in house trained with Lawrence Anthony and his team and got her NVQ level 2 & 3 qualification.

Zarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, she is interested in keeping up to date with fashion.
She also enjoys keeping fit.

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Top Stylist

Ellie O’Rourke

Ellie has been part of the salon team for 9 years.

She has a very and Funny charming demeanour which immediately makes you feel at ease and comfortable.

She is qualified in levels 2 and 3 NVQ under Lawrence Anthony’s prestigious training program, and has expanded her knowledge of the industry by attending various additional hair courses over the years.

She particularly enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.

Ellie works in the salon every Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Colour Specialist

Michelle Leigh

Michelle has worked in the industry for over 20 years across Stratford and Henley working for some of the best names in the area.
She gained her qualifications aged 18 then decided to specialise as a colour technician and has become very well regarded in her field. She is very passionate about all aspects of colour and likes nothing more than transforming someone's hair, she has attended many L'Oréal and Tigi courses over the years and has taken part in the L'Oréal Colour Trophy many times reaching the regional finals.