The Team

Laura Leigh : Artistic Director

Laura Leigh

Artistic Director

Laura Leigh is the Artistic Director and Head of the Artistic Team at Laura Leigh Hairdressing. Laura has achieved many accolades throughout her career with 18 years of experience within the industry.

Laura opened her business in 2005. A boutique salon situated on Cheltenham’s fashionable promenade. Offering an extensive range of luxury, professional hair and beauty treatments for both men and women.

Nominated as ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year’ by The Princes trust in 2006. Laura is renowned for her energy, passion and enthusiasm along with her warmth and approachable demeanour. Her professionalism, expertise and dedication to hairdressing has ensured an unrivalled reputation within her region.

Laura is a successful, award winning hairdresser, Specialising in advanced cutting techniques and hair extensions.

Laura is highly recommended throughout the Cotswolds as a bridal hairdressing expert.

Laura is passionate about inspiring young hairdressers and is committed to providing a continuous education and development programme within the salon. Laura was nominated for the female apprenticeship development award in 2013 for sharing her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for hairdressing.

Laura is ‘The Hair Doctor’ for Cotswold Style magazine and writes a monthly column, advising readers on the latest news from within the industry.

The Laura Leigh philosophy is to provide the best salon experience imaginable for each client. Offering the latest hair and beauty treatments within an inspiring environment. Exceeding the clients expectations, by combining a unique personalised customer care with expert technical skills.

Jay Manton : Assistant Manager

Jay Manton

Assistant Manager

Jay started at Laura Leigh Hairdressing in 2011 with over 12 years salon experience. Originally starting her training as an apprentice at the age of 17. Since working at Laura Leigh Hairdressing Jay has progressed to her current position as salon supervisor and style director.

Jay Specialises in advance cutting and colouring techniques, and is frequently asked to attend fashion events and to work on photo-shoots. As the salon supervisor, Jay works closely with Laura and the team to ensure that the customer service and technical standards remain at the highest possible standard.

Favourite Style: “I love working with long hair, creating texture and movement. Taking my inspiration from current catwalk and celebrity trends”

Favourite product: The Kerastase Mousse Bouffant is a great product for creating volume and big bouncy waves. If you are looking for some inspiration and a stylist with lots of experience this is who you need to see. Book in with Jay by calling Laura Leigh Hairdressing on 01242 530598.

Nadine Nolan : Colour Specialist

Nadine Nolan

Colour Specialist

Nadine started her training at Laura Leigh Hairdressing at the age of 16, after qualifying as a hairdresser Nadine chose to specialise as a colouring technician. Throughout the years she has attended many L'Oreal expert courses and advanced training seminars. Nadine has progressed to her current position as Senior Colour specialist, Hair Extension Technician and Technical Trainer within the salon.

Favourite Colour Technique: "As a lover of long hair and natural Balayage techniques, my favourite celebrity hair crush is Lily Aldridge. The colours compliment her skin tone perfectly and the soft subtle change in tones, create the perfect balayage look for a brunette."

Favourite product: "As a colour technician we offer some beautiful shampoos within the Kerastase reflection range. This range can add shine and softness to your hair, as well as treating the hair fibre intensively to prolong your colour, which is what any colour technician would love for your hair"

Book in with Nadine for your complimentary Colour or Hair Extension consultation, Call Laura Leigh Hairdressing on 01242 530598

Samantha Gardner : Front of House Manager

Samantha Gardner

Front of House Manager

Samantha has several years experience working within the hair and beauty industry and has joined Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty as the Front of House Manager.

Samantha plays an integral part in the smooth running of the salon ensuring that the customer care is at a high standard at all times.

Samantha is also an experienced make-up artist and can offer her make-up services including in salon makeovers and bridal makeup.

For all salon enquiries Samantha will be able to help.
Call Laura Leigh Hair and beauty on 01242 530598

Sophie Myatt : Style Director

Sophie Myatt

Style Director

Sophie started her career working at Laura Leigh Hairdressing as an apprentice in 2005.

After completing her NVQ and advanced diploma in hairdressing Sophie enjoyed several years as a popular, busy stylist in the boutique salon on the promenade.

During her 5 years at Laura Leigh, Sophie developed her creative cutting skills and was successful in several industry competitions such as the Wella Trend Vision Awards and the Loreal colour trophy.

Sophie assisted Laura on several photographic shoots and helped to design the original trademark loose hairstyles for the SUPERDRY fashion campaigns.

Sophie's passion for long hair took her skills further and Sophie worked as a freelance hairstylist, specialising in bridal hair and working on private projects around Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Sophie later joined a popular Cotswolds salon and enjoyed working with the company for several years before leaving in 2016 to have her beautiful daughter, Laura's niece, Mila.

Sophie has returned to Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty where she began her hairdressing career over 10 years ago.

Sophie specialises in advanced cutting techniques, cutting and styling curly hair is one of Sophie's strongest skills, in addition to long hair styling, up-styling and bridal hairdressing.

Favourite Style: “I love working with curly hair, using various cutting techniques to create a new dimension, volume and texture in the hair.

Favourite product: The Label M Curl cream  is the perfect product for creating volume and definition in curls.

If you are looking for some inspiration and need a stylist with lots of experience this is who you need to see. Book an appointment with Sophie by calling Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty on 01242 530598.

Luke Davis : Style Director

Luke Davis

Style Director

Having worked in Berlin, Australia and London for the last 8 years Luke has returned to his home town where he began his hairdressing career.

A regular at London fashion week shows such as, Christopher Kane, j w Anderson, felder felder and house of Holland. His passion for hair and travel took him to Australia and most recently Berlin.

Luke has worked with loreal colour for many years and enjoys creating classic, chic subtle  seasonal colour changes.

Having worked at a top west end celebrity salon in London for 4 years he became a fan of classic cuts and colours, but in contrast his experience working in east London and Berlin was able to see a more creative, bespoke side to hairdressing.

"One of the biggest joys to my job is making my client feel good, this in turn makes me feel good." Luke

To book an appointment with our new Style Director call 01242 530598

Ben Colabella : Style Director

Ben Colabella

Style Director

Ben's love for hairdressing started at the age of 14 when he began work in a Gloucestershire salon on Saturdays. He quickly realised the fast paced and fashion forward life was for him. He continued working through his teens where he trained in the trade. By the age of 17 he was qualified and working in a busy local salon, where he in worked on building a loyal and committed clientele that made him into an in-demand stylist.

Ben's attended some of the country's best courses, which include L'Oréal, Vidal Sassoon and Aveda. Ben believes that a hairdressers knowledge can always be improved, that's why he commits himself in learning up to date trends and techniques. He's also passed on his skills to other staff members and has taught apprentices in their training with their journey on becoming a hairdresser.

Having worked on various shows and photoshoots, Ben usually takes the lead on salon campaigns, magazine work and competitions. Becoming a L'Oréal colour trophy finalist was one of Ben's favourite accomplishments, due to the high standard of entries.

The only haircare Ben recommends is Kerastase. This ensures your hair is looked after both inside and out. Making sure your investment in the salon is prolonged at home is very important.

Ben's impeccable eye for detail and ability to create looks to suit his client always means Ben is a stylist in demand. This knowledge and experience is something not to miss out on. Above all, his passion for hair and his exceptional service will always mean your salon experience is a memorable one.

If you would like to book a consultation or appointment with Ben please call the Front of House team or Book online
01242 530598

Liz Mahy : Style Director

Liz Mahy

Style Director

Liz has recently relocated to Cheltenham from Winchester where she was an incredibly popular and very in demand stylist.

Beginning her hairdressing career with Saks at 16 having known from a young age that it would be a passion in life.
Liz has trained with Sassoon’s and Saks artistic team and in 2017, Andrew Mulvena’s ‘Advanced Cutting Techniques’.
Excelling in all aspects of cutting and styling

Liz’s other passion is travelling which led to her spending four years in Australia working with an Aveda concept Salon. This gave Liz lots of experience in all textures of hair and styling.

In 2017 Liz was a L’Oreal Regional finalist in the colour trophy competition which is definitely one of her proudest moments.

Liz loves getting to know her clients intimately so she can create bespoke styles and colours to suit their personality and lifestyle.

Liz’s favourite product to recommend, especially coming in to the spring/summer, has to be Kerastase Soleil sun protection range - an essential to keep hair beautifully protected when in search of sunshine.

Book now: 01242 530598

Natalie Ursell : Senior Stylist

Natalie Ursell

Senior Stylist

Natalie started at Laura Leigh hairdressing as an apprentice at 16. Natalie has successfully completed her advanced training and NVQ levels 1 & 2 in hairdressing. Natalie has achieved several Loreal diplomas during her time at Laura Leigh in classic & creative colouring.

As a stylist, Natalie's role within the salon involves providing exceptional standards in both hairdressing and client care.

Natalie assists Laura and the other members of the artistic team on location photographic shoots and seminars.

Natalie says: "I really enjoy working at Laura Leigh hair and beauty and I have amazing support from the artistic team. I enjoy continuously learning and developing my skills alongside them. I particularly enjoy styling long hair as I feel I am creative with length and I like to try new catwalk trends inspired by London Fashion Week.

Natalie is a naturally talented hairdresser and specialises in long hair dressing and is particularly skilled with the art of hair up. One of our busiest stylists in the Blow-dry bar and is the queen of the Cheltenham Blow-dry. Natalie assists Laura when working on celebrity clients and exclusive Cotswold weddings.

For bookings and enquiries or for a complimentary consultation please call the reception team on 01242 530598

Abbie Eyre : Stylist

Abbie Eyre


Experience: Abbie started her career as a beautician and worked as a brow technician until finally beginning her hairdressing career an apprentice at 19. Abbie has successfully completed her advanced training and NVQ levels 2 and 3 in hairdressing.

Abbie has trained with leading product houses Loreal, Kerastase and SHU UMERA

As a stylist, Abbie's role within the salon involves providing exceptional standards in both hairdressing and client care.

Abbie says: "I really enjoy being creative with colour, helping clients to achieve their perfect look. I hope that all of my clients leave the salon looking and feeling amazing!

Abbie is a talented colourists and specialises in balayage and freehand colouring techniques. Abbie is a perfectionist and is especially skilled with precision highlighting.

Her trademark is long balayage colours finished off with a big bouncy blowdry.

For bookings and enquiries or for complimentary consultation with Abbie please call the reception team on 01242 530598

Laura Hawes : Beauty Specialist

Laura Hawes

Beauty Specialist

Laura is a professional beauty specialist with over 9 years salon experience.

Laura can offer a wide range of beauty treatments including CACI facial treatments, ST Tropez spray tanning, Lycon intimate waxing, facial waxing, gel manicures and lash & brow treatments.

Laura specialises in brow treatments, due to her experience working within the Benefit Brow Bar. Laura can offer her expertise and experience to create the perfect brow shape for you.

Laura is a fully qualified waxing specialist, and has taken further training in intimate waxing services with Lycon such as brazillian and Hollywood wax.

To book an appointment or consultation with Laura call the reception team.

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