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
  • 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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Daniel Lopez - Artistic Director, Colour Specialist, Assistant Manager

Daniel Lopez

Artistic Director, Colour Specialist, Assistant Manager

  • 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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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.

Holly is currently unavailable for bookings due to being on maternity leave

Daisy Bunce-Page - Senior Stylist  and Senior Technician

Daisy Bunce-Page

Senior Stylist and Senior Technician

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

Daisy started with us at fourteen as an assistant, and what was very apparent was that she loved hair. She has built up a strong clientele in a very short space of time and we call her our 'balayage queen' as that's the majority of what she does. She continues to amaze us with her artistic flare and understanding of all things about 'hair'.

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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
  • 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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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 - 1st Year Assistant


1st Year Assistant

Miya has just joined us from another salon. She is starting her HBBAR training with us. She is already proving to be a asset to the salon - very confident and outgoing. She also loves everything about hair and beauty, defiantly  one to watch!

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Poppy Sykes - 1st Year Assistant

Poppy Sykes

1st Year Assistant

Poppy has been with us for two years now starting out assisting on weekends when she was fourteen! She has a brilliant work ethic and has become a firm favourite of the qualified team members.

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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.

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