Talented Team, Excellent Service & Extensive Product Ranges
Senior Educator & Creative Director
Charlie started at Cocoon in June 2011 as a Senior Stylist and quickly worked her way up to Creative Director and L’Oreal Colour Expert. She has always had a real passion for new trends and styles. Charlie has worked in salons from a very young age and has been qualified since 2006. She thrives on competition work and is proud of her achievements. Charlie loves creative work including re-styles, colour changes and barbering, creating the easily maintainable look with a personalised individual edge. Charlie especially enjoys wedding hair and loves feeling that she made an impact on Cocoon’s wedding clients’ ‘Big Day’. Charlie has a diploma in L’Oreal Colour, colour change and contemporary barbering.
Drawing on over 13 years experience in hairdressing, Katie started her apprenticeship in her hometown in Germany and quickly progressed into the talent she is today. Katie joined Cocoon as a Style Director in early 2015 after living in England for 4 years. Katie was quickly promoted to Creative Director in early 2016. Katie’s thrives on building strong relationships with her clients, offering a tailor made service each visit and seeing them leave happy. Katie loves all aspects of hairdressing but has a real love for colouring hair and highlighting. Pop in to see Katie as she looks forward to welcoming you.
Gaynor has over 20 years experience in the Hair industry and is level 4 qualified, pair that with also having numerous years’ experience working as a ‘Hairdressing Lecturer’ in her previous hometown. Gaynor enjoys all aspects of Hairdressing and especially making her clients enjoy their time with her in the Salon. Gaynor looks forward to welcoming you to Cocoon.
Pedja has over 15 years experience in the Hair industry and started his career in Hair after learning the basics in his Grandfather’s Barber shop in 1996. Over the course of his career he has been lucky enough to work in some great locations and salons along the way, including the P&O Steiner Ferries and even opening his own salon in his hometown of Serbia. Pedja’s experience and talents range from advanced Gent’s cutting, Keratin Treatments, Women’s Styling/Colouring and even Management, then add working with a few of Cocoon’s brands such as Tigi, Paul Mitchell and Redken to add another string to his bow. Pedja started at Cocoon in the Summer of 2016 after making the leap from Serbia to England to continue his career.
Yazmin recently re-joined the team after 18 months break. In her 10 years in Hairdressing she has worked in New Zealand, Australia and all around the UK in a variety of salons learning a whole host of techniques as well as meeting all types of people. Yazmin specialises in Gents styling and loves all aspects of cutting and colouring.
Sammie was approached by Cocoon in June of 2014 to work as a Senior Stylist. Sammie has over 9 years experience in Hairdressing and loves creating new cuts and colours for her clients. Sammie feels colour is her specialty and can really change someones appearance. Sammie is L’Oreal Colour Keys trained as well as being level 1,2 and 3 NVQ qualified. She loves all aspects of Hairdressing and looks forward to welcoming you to Cocoon.
Jade has 7 years hairdressing experience. After a short break away from salon work Jade is excited to be back in salon as a senior stylist creating bespoke cuts and colours to fit her clients wants and needs. Jades strives for everyone of her clients to leave the salon looking and feeling beautiful. She enjoys both cutting and colouring hair.
After Vicky completed her NVQ Level 2 in a year and the Cocoon Training Scheme she was promoted to Stylist and then on to Senior Stylist in 2016. Vicky has completed a L’Oreal Colour Keys course and is already looking to expand on her knowledge through additional training. She also enjoyed taking part in the Reading College Hair Show. Vicky enjoys working at Cocoon and has already built up a loyal client base.
Ellen started with Cocoon in the summer of 2016 working hard to progress in her career and enhance her skill-set. She has a number of years experience in the industry and loves hair up, in particular Wedding up-do’s. Ellen’s main goal is to offer her clients the best possible service and advice; right from the initial consultation through to the aftercare package, and lastly, always look to be creative with whoever is in her chair.
Karl has been Hairdressing for over 4 years now and in that short period of time has already started to build a solid foundation in the industry; starting his career in his home town of Farnborough and completing an ‘Intensive course’ initially and then several L’oreal and Wella courses to help build his knowledge and gain his ‘Colour keys’ qualification. Karl loves colour changes and creating that something a little bit different for his clients, as well as this Karl is qualified at ‘Belle Extensions’ and is fantastic at putting hair up and is passionate about his hairdressing and clients. Karl looks forward to welcoming you to Cocoon.
Alison began working for Cocoon from the very first day the salon opened in November 2009. Since then Alison has enjoyed building a loyal client base. With over 13 years experience in the beauty industry, Alison loves working in a busy salon environment. Since starting at Cocoon, Alison’s furthered her knowledge in Dermalogica skin care, working her way through the advanced training courses at “The International Dermal Intuite” in Surrey. And in 2013 becoming one of the first in the country to achieve her expert status, Dermalogica’s highest therapist acknowledgement. Other than skin care Alison loves doing nails and is a grade “A” qualified Bio Sculpture nail technician. Bridal make up is also something Alison specialises in, she loves creating a look and working with the bride to make them feel amazing for their big day.
Joanna joined Cocoon in 2010, and has over 8 years of experience working in Beauty Salons. Joanna studied in Poland Public Health and Cosmetology (Beauty Therapy) thanks to this she can help to care for your skincare, nails and better well-being. Her favourite treatments are New CID make up, Decleor Facials, Bio Sculpture and Jessica Nails. Joanna finished Dermalogica Expert level after many courses, this has given her the opportunity to give professional advice about skincare and professional Dermalogica treatments. Furthermore, she enjoys attending new classes to build on her experience, and is looking forward to new challenges this year.
Gosia has over 17 years experience in the Beauty Therapy Industry. She graduated from medical school and further education as a Beautician and Spa Therapist. To keep herself up to date she has attended a number of training courses and continues to develop her skill set. Gosia enjoys working with clients and carrying out a wide range of treatments. Her primary aims are high standards of service and complete client satisfaction.
Ashliegh has been working for Cocoon since November 2012, originally from Zimbabwe she has over 11 years of experience in the industry. She has spent many years working on cruise ships and a busy salon in London perfecting her trade. Ashliegh enjoys a wide range of treatments particularly Aroma Hot Stone Massage and Elemis Facials. She enjoys learning new treatments and since joining Cocoon has achieved an Expert status in Dermalogica.
Magda joined Cocoon in October 2012 and has enjoyed building a regular client base in this time. She has been a qualified Beauty Therapist for over 12 and a half years and has extensive knowledge in skin care. Magda enjoys doing facials in particular. She prides herself on giving honest, professional advice to her clients and making them feel comfortable. Another treatment Magda enjoys are Eyelash Extensions, especially for brides. She regularly attends training courses and hopes to reach Dermalogica Expert in the near future.
Karlton joined the Cocoon team in September 2015. Karlton passed his Level 2 NVQ in December 2014 and has joined the team to gain knowledge and experience, he is currently learning new techniques in colouring and cutting Ladies’ hair and is hoping to move on to gents cuts soon. Karlton’s love of hairdressing comes from a family background where his father has been in the industry for 20 plus years.
Lorlee is currently 16 years old and an apprentice at Cocoon. She has been here since February 2016 and absolutely loves being part of the team; she is hard working and will always aim for perfection in whatever she does. Lorlee loves meeting new people and clients and has always had a passion for Hairdressing and hopes to qualify in the next 24 months – She looks forward to meeting you and showing her passion and personality through her work.
Maddie joined Cocoon in July 2016 as an apprentice. She has always been interested in hairdressing and trying out new styles on her dolls and friends.
She is creative and has a love for fashion and this has inspired her to follow a career in hairdressing by learning with us. Maddie’s favourite part of working for Cocoon is the large and friendly team of people that she is able to learn new skills from daily, Maddie and our other trainees offer complimentary cutting and blow drying on Wednesday mornings and colours from a small charge.
Tonisha joined Cocoon in May 2017 as a hair apprentice. After studying Hair and Media Make up at Reading College she decided to follow a career in hairdressing. Tonisha is very creative and her passion for hairdressing is why she aims to be one of the best stylists. She has chosen Cocoon as her place of study to learn a variety of skills to help her achieve her end goal.
Tamara joined Cocoon in 2015 as Cocoon’s manager and is responsible for the overall running of the salon reporting directly to the owners. Tamara has worked for over 10 years in customer service and has 8 years in retail management so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cocoon team. When Tamara is not crunching figures in the office or motivating her team in meetings you will find her assisting our Front of House team at Cocoon’s reception.
Assistant Salon Manager
Chris has been working for Cocoon Hair and Beauty since 2009, and has the same passion for delivering fantastic customer service as he does for the hair & beauty industry. Chris will always extend you a warm welcome and is dedicated to ensuring your Cocoon experience is everything it can be. Chris’ knowledge and experience is drawn from a background of exceptional customer service, hairdressing, art, fashion and business. Chris is a fully qualified hairdresser and has a wealth of knowledge on Cocoon salon products and services.
Front of House
Nicola has worked at Cocoon since September 2014 on a part time basis as Front of House. With experience in the Health & Beauty and Fitness industry she is happy to help find you an appointment or help with any query that you may have. Nicola is a people person and will always be on hand to greet you at the desk with a smile. Nicola really enjoys working at Cocoon as part of the team and loves working alongside really talented Stylists and Beauty Therapists.
How to Find Us
Cocoon Hair & Beauty is located on Cross Street which runs between Broad Street and Friar Street, we are right opposite the side entrance to Marks & Spencer.
Sunday opening applies to first and last Sunday of the month only
Monday9am – 6pm
Tuesday9am – 6pm
Wednesday9am – 8pm
Thursday9am – 9pm
Friday9am – 8pm
Saturday8:30am – 5pm
Sunday11am – 5pm
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