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.

Maria Patakioutis - Salon Manager / Senior Technician / Creative Director

Maria Patakioutis

Salon Manager / Senior Technician / Creative Director

  • Pixie Cuts (short hair)
  • Gents
  • Curly Hair
  • Restyles
  • Bridal Hair
  • Hair-up

We are thrilled to have the wonderful Maria back with the work family; she has been the manager of another salon in Ascot for the past couple of years. With her experience of management she was the perfect candidate to head up the ever growing HBBAR team. She is alo doing her L'Oreal Colour Degree which is the highest technical qualifications you can gain. Maria ia a truly brilliant hair stylist and trainer also the best 'hair-up' stylist we have ever known.  

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Becky Mathew -  Assistant Manager / Colour Specialist / Creative Director

Becky Mathew

Assistant Manager / Colour Specialist / Creative Director

  • Babylights/highlights
  • Blonde specialist
  • Tape Hair 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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Daisy Bunce-Page - Colour Specialist and Senior Stylist

Daisy Bunce-Page

Colour Specialist and Senior Stylist

  • Tape Hair Extentions
  • Hair-up
  • Bridal Hair
  • The runway blowdry
  • Cacao Brazilian Blowdry
  • French Balayage
  • Freehand Colour Techniques

Daisy has just been promoted to a 'Colour Specialist' a well deserved achievement, her artistic flare hands its self to creating the most beautiful balayage's. She is a perfectionist and ensures every client leaves feeling like a million dollars. If you want to update your hair colour using the latest techniques Daisy is the hairdresser for you. She has been a staple member of the team for 7 years now.

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Nicola Wyeth - Creative Director & Senior Technician

Nicola Wyeth

Creative Director & Senior Technician

  • Highlights
  • Tints
  • Semi-permanent colour
  • Thick unruly hair
  • Long hair cuts

We are very fortunate to have the lovely Nicola joining us from December 2021. Nicola is an experienced hairdresser who has got a huge client following. She has been self-employed at another salon but has decided she wants to change her career to be part of a team - she had the choice of any salon in the area but lucky for us thought we were the best!!

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Zilma Baldon - Holistic therapist & Beautician

Zilma Baldon

Holistic therapist & 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 (Currently on maternity leave)

Ausra Kmieliauskaite

Permanent Makeup Technician (Currently on maternity leave)

  • Eyebrow design and reconstruction
  • 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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Macey - Lash Technician & Make-up Artist


Lash Technician & Make-up Artist

  • Bridal make-up
  • Any occasion make-up
  • Classic eyelash extensions
  • Hybrid eyelash extensions
  • Russian volume lashes

We would like to introduce Macey to the team. She is a very exciting addition to the team as she is offering make-up and lash extension services which we did not offer before! She has competed The HBBAR package, we can now honesty say we offer everything hair and beauty under one roof.

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Samantha Jones - Stylist & Technician

Samantha Jones

Stylist & Technician

  • Bobs
  • Bouncy Blow-dry
  • Blondes
  • Tints
  • Cacao Keratin Blow-dry

Samantha is a great asset to our family, she is fun and energetic. She takes pride in her work, you will leave the salon feeling a million dollars. Your always get that photo finish with any service your have with Samantha.

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Carianne Brennen - Stylist & Technician

Carianne Brennen

Stylist & Technician

  • Hair-up
  • Gents
  • Highlights
  • Tints
  • Cacao Keratin Blow-dry

Carianne has just completed her three years training in cut & colour and is the newest stylist/technician on our shop floor. She qualified with the Vidal Sassoon Academy and has hit the shop floor running with a very busy column. She is calm and very well mannered, her consultations are very thorough and her finish is always done to perfection. 

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Tasmin Hill - Junior Stylist & Junior Technician

Tasmin Hill

Junior Stylist & Junior Technician

  • Beautiful blowdrys
  • Cacao Keratin blowdrys
  • Long hair cuts
  • Tints
  • Natural Glossings
  • Model Balayage
  • Model Gents

Tasmin is storming ahead with her training and will be hitting our shop floor very soon. She has a very bubbly outgoing personality with exceptional customer service skills. She runs a blowdry and brazilian Keratin treatment Monday to Saturday along side her model training. She is defiantly one to watch!

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Miya - 2nd Year Assistant


2nd Year Assistant

Miya is in her second year of training, she is incredibly talented in all areas of her job role. Her customer service skill are exceptional we hope to have her qualified very soon! She does models on a Tuesday for her technical training and Wednesdays for her cutting training. 

Skye - 1st Year Assistant


1st Year Assistant

Skye has recently started with us full-time after working as a Saturday assistant for the past year. Her bright fun personality make her the perfect candidate to join The HBBAR team. She is currently doing cutting models on a Tuesday and technical training on a Wednesday. 

Pablo - Salon Doggie


Salon Doggie