Meet the talent

The salon has been a staple of Guildford’s North Street for a number of years, led by Gemma Raif.

Gemma Raif - Salon Owner

Gemma Raif

Salon Owner

Gemma has been behind the success of Guildford’s favourite salon for over 20 years. Although not a stylist herself, she’s spearheaded a team of the area’s top talent offering clients creative, quality results. With a wealth of experience in running all aspects of a salon, Gemma’s work focuses on ensuring a happy team and happy clients while making sure to offer the latest in hair trends and products. Having welcomed over 10,000 clients through the doors during her time on Guildford’s North Street, she certainly knows what makes the perfect salon experience and looks forward to welcoming you into the Hair and Beauty Bar.

Becky Mathew -  Assistant Manager  / Colour Specialist  / Creative Director

Becky Mathew

Assistant Manager / Colour Specialist / Creative Director

  • Babylights/highlights
  • Blonde specialist
  • Extentions
  • Beach waves
  • Balayage specialist
  • Bobs

Becky started her career as an in-salon assistant over 15 years ago. Her drive and ambition to continually self-improve, combined with the knowledge gained from her years of experience lead her naturally into a management role. Her love of colour saw her invest heavily in furthering her career and achieving her 'Loreal Colour Specialist Degree'.

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Daniel Lopez - Artistic Director and Senior Technician

Daniel Lopez

Artistic Director and Senior Technician

  • Gents cuts
  • Balayage specialist
  • Free hand colour
  • Precision haircuts
  • Long hair
  • Tape hair extentions

Daniel,  our resident artistic director and technical director, is a true perfectionist. Daniel has a loyal client base who trust his guidance and counsel. Nothing is too much bother for Daniel who takes the time to understand what clients want and applies his expert skills to make it a reality. He’s a true master of his art and enjoys seeing happy clients walk out the door with a smile on their face. A trusted hand with all the 'standard' colour and cuts, he’s also not afraid to try something new and different. And more recently he has eared himself the reputation of being able to 'fix' hair disasters with people travelling hours to see him.

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Kim Bah - Colour Specialist / Creative Director

Kim Bah

Colour Specialist / Creative Director

  • Balayage
  • Colour change
  • Short precision cuts
  • Gents
  • Curly hair

Kim has been with the team for 20 years!! Working her way up from a Saturday assistant to assistant manager, she now has a young family but has rejoined us on a Wednesday. She continues to inspire the team and clients with her vast knowledge and experience of cut and styling. She is a certified colour specialist gaining a L'Oréal degree diploma.

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Holly Brown - Premier Stylist and Senior Technician

Holly Brown

Premier Stylist and Senior Technician

  • Runway blowdry
  • Platinum blondes
  • Brazilian blow out
  • Colour change
  • Balayage

Holly's a self confessed hair lover. With her unbound confidence she likes to tackle challenging colours and entertains her clients with her humorous charm. Her passion for colour makes her the perfect candidate to head up the assistants technical training, which is a demanding yet rewarding role.

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Zilma Baldon - Holistic therapist and Beautician

Zilma Baldon

Holistic therapist and Beautician

  • Holistic therapies
  • Oncology and sports massage
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Skin care

Zilma is our holistic and beauty guru. She is a true master of in her profession and excels in everything when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. Zilma is trained to the highest level and when her clients walk through the door, they are able to totally escape and immerse themselves in whatever treatment Zilma is providing. Her loyal client base demonstrates this.

Whether it’s a quick eyebrow wax or a luxury holistic massage, Zilma has you covered and you can be sure you are in the best hands.

Outside of The Hair and Beauty Bar, Zilma dedicates her time to helping others. She’s a qualified oncologist masseur and volunteers at the RSCH at St Luke’s.

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Ausra Kmieliauskaite - Permanent Makeup Technician

Ausra Kmieliauskaite

Permanent Makeup Technician

  • Eyebrow design and reconstruction
  • Eyelash enhancement
  • Cosmetic lip tattoo

Ausra believes that permanent makeup should enhance your natural beauty, everyone has a stand out feature that deserves a complement. She creates the very best version of you.

Ausra is well known for her natural looking, realistic, individualised work, she takes great pride in working with you as a person, understanding your life style and look to create the perfect eyebrow reconstruction, lash line enhancement or lip enhancement just for you. She sees potential in each individual client and then sets about to bringing it to life.

Fully qualified, licensed and insured she has superior skills and equipment, combined with a technique that is flawless and relatively pain free.

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Daisy Bunce-Page - Stylist / Technician

Daisy Bunce-Page

Stylist / Technician

  • Hair-up
  • Bridal Hair
  • The runway blowdry
  • Brazilan blowout
  • French Balayage
  • Freehand Colour Techniques

Daisy started with us at fourteen as an assistant and what was very apparent was that she loved hair and enjoyed her training. Now a Stylist / Technician on the shop floor she continues to amaze us with her artistic flare and understanding of all thing about 'hair'. 

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Samantha Jones - Stylist / Technician

Samantha Jones

Stylist / Technician

Samatha has a boundless confidence and loves a challenge, she is the newest member on our shop floor. She is building up a clientele with ease as everyone that has her books back in with her - need we say anymore!

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Katie-Lilly Bryant - Junior Stylist / Technician

Katie-Lilly Bryant

Junior Stylist / Technician

  • Model Balayage
  • The runway blowdry
  • Brazilian blowdry
  • Model highlights
  • Model gents
  • Model womens cut and blowdry

Katie has recently joined us from another salon. Her sparkly bright personality made her the perfect candidate to join The HBBAR family! We are spending the first few months getting her HBBAR ready so she is doing some services at model prices. Take advantage of the reduced rate while it lasts as she will be fully qualified very soon!

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Tasmin Hill - 1st Year Assistant

Tasmin Hill

1st Year Assistant

Tasmin has just joined us full-time after being a Saturday assistant for the past year. She is storming ahead with her training having passed all her blow drys in record time. She has a very bubbly outgoing personality, so she is perfectly suited to the hair and beauty world.

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Missy Jones - 1st Year Assistant

Missy Jones

1st Year Assistant

Missy has been with us since she was 14 as a Saturday assistant. She is now a full-time member of our team, in her first year of training. She has settled in perfectly and has a natural understanding of hair - watch this space!

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