Meet The Dream Team

Michael kelly
Director
@Michaelkellycolourist
Considered one of Australia’s most talented colourists, Michael Kelly has spent close to two decades creating luxe hair for his loyal clientele while inspiring and elevating the industry through his globally renowned education platform. Growing up as a coastal kid in a small surf town, 16-year-old Michael hit up the local mall’s flashiest salon for his first job in the industry before moving to Sydney and stepping up and into what was Australia’s most exclusive salon: VALONZ Haircutters. Here he worked and trained under the country’s biggest names in hair and editorial styling, developing his skill set and a standout service ethic. Then came a national role with Oscar Oscar salons leading their education team before wanderlust and an opportunity to relocate to London in 2015 presented the chance to grow and connect with like-minded industry leaders across Europe, America and the Middle East.

Returning to Australia a few years later with an impressive, global social media following, Michael took on his biggest role to date, heading up both the colour and education teams for Australia's most influential salon group at a time of massive expansion. Juggling a demanding client roster with regular travel, he was instrumental in building and scaling what quickly became an internationally revered education offering.

After the privilege of working for Australia’s best and brightest salon groups, it was time for Michael to take the leap towards creating his own. While continuing to grow his Michael Kelly Education platform globally, he began to build his vision for the home of transformative hair. Salon HER opened in January, 2023 on Victoria Street in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Very much the reflection of his passion for his craft and genuine dedication to his clients, Michael has created a salon experience like no other.
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Jake Lightfoot
Expert
@jakelightfoothair
Jake Lightfoot
Expert

Home town:

The shire, Sydney. It is nice to cross the bridge

Star Sign:

VIRGO, like queen Beyoncé

Hair Signature:

The brightest blondes and dimensional effortless hair. I don’t have long beautiful hair myself, so I love transforming hair wishing it was my very own!


Biggest flex:

Making my own clothes! From thrift, nothing more flattering when someone compliments my fit, and it costs $10 from Vinnies.  

Something you do everyday:

Quote on Quote housewives lines daily and wear sunscreen… we don’t want to age.


Favourite hairstyle:

A BIG JUICY bouncy blowout. “The bigger the hair , the closer to god” -Thanks Dolly.


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Clodagh Egan
Expert
@clodagheganhair
Clodagh Egan
Expert

Hometown :

Boyle….  aka Galway


Hair signature :

It’s endless … Anything warm glossy and textured !


Coolest career moment :

getting to meet Gigi Hadid at a hair event !!


The quirk that comes out at dinner parties :

the twerk


Your best skincare hack :

Using my Le-labo body cream as my perfume, it literally lasts all day especially on hot days ! OBSESSED


If you could only eat one thing again, without consequence, what would it be:

If I could eat anything all day everyday it would be oysters without getting sick

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Tracy Williams
Michaels first assistant
@tracy_salonher
Tracy Williams
Michaels first assistant
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Zara Larkin
Head of Operations and Business Development
Zara Larkin
Head of Operations and Business Development

Hometown?

Linlithgow in Scotland


Career highlight?

Becoming GM at Salon HER of course!


If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Beige ... boring I know. I'm all about earthy tones.


Your Hero?

My Mum - she did EVERYTHING for our family and still does.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Selling Sunset, could not stop watching. THE DRAMA!!

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Isabelle Chezzi
Front of House Concierge
Isabelle Chezzi
Front of House Concierge
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Morgan Mcnamara
1st year apprentice
@morgan_salonher
Morgan Mcnamara
1st year apprentice

Hometown?  

Sydney!

What's your go to guilty pleasure?

I love coming from work and putting on some trash tv! My favourites are The Kardashians and anything from the Real Housewives.

Where's the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

New York is definitely up there.  I love the fashion and I've always been obsessed with Gossip Girl.

What is your favourite way to spend a day off?

I've just moved closer to the beach so I love taking advantage of that. I also try to go out for dinner and relax.

How old were you when you had your first celebrity crush and who?

My first celeb crush was Joe Jonas, I was 12, it was intense!

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Clea Reece
1st year apprentice
@clea_salonher
Clea Reece
1st year apprentice

Hometown?

Nowra What do you love about salon HER?: I love the all over vibe of salon, the way that everyone is so welcoming & loving, and I love being able to learn from & work with so many talented people.

Fun fact?

I can do 10 backhand springs in a row!

Biggest Hero?

My aunt

If you could eat one thing again without consequence what would it be?

This was a tough one but I’d probably go with a kebab

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Kirstie Duggan
Front of House Concierge
Kirstie Duggan
Front of House Concierge

Hometown?

Kildare, Ireland. I made the move 3 years ago to Dubai and then on to Bali, where I've just recently moved from to Sydney!

What is the one thing that instantly makes your day better?

When I arrive at work, walk round the corner & see Dylan and Freddie are in the salon, my little nephews.

What is your guilty pleasure?

It's a strong tie breaker between Home & away and almond croissants.

What is your favourite quote?

'It could always be worse'.

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Britt Fordham
Expert
@brittfordhamhair
Britt Fordham
Expert

Home town
The Central Coast

Epic Travel Fail:
Getting my leg stuck in the drain of a Paris hostel shower; having to call for help, very naked and very embarrassed.

Great hair hack:
Always make sure your ends and face frame are bright and popping and keep those roots soft and blended. 

Sweet or Savoury ?
Both, life’s too short!

Tell us a joke: 
A hairdresser goes on a lunch break…

Biggest hero?
My dad!
He’s taught me to always work hard and to always keep going. 

Why Salon HER ?
Michael interviewed me for a job six years ago and I told him that if he opened a salon I would love to work there. I got the job, we worked together for years — and didn’t want to kill each other! — and that’s pretty damn special.

Hair signature:
Hair extensions. I love giving women their dream hair, even if it isn’t their own. As a fine-hair gal myself I know how limiting it can feel so being able to offer endless options of length, density and colour just gets me excited.

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James Plain
Master
@jamesplainhair
James Plain
Master

Hometown:
Oman. My dad was based there as a pilot so I grew up with fond memories of adventuring with my family through the arid mountains and along the coastline, the intense aromas and the sweltering heat.

In a former life…
…I did a commerce degree majoring in finance and accounting before pursuing my true passion for hair. I’ve always been logical and creative so a career in hair has been the most rewarding as it allows me to combine the two.  

Why Salon HER?
For starters the space is absolutely stunning! To me, it takes the best parts from some of the world’s best salons, and marries them into a space that’s unlike anything I’ve seen in Australia. A space that nurtures and supports its people, enabling them to create their most elevated work. 

Signature skill:
Taking brunettes lighter. It’s a broad spectrum but I always suggest to take it slowly and to embrace the different stages of the process.

Star sign?
Pisces

Biggest hero?
My mum and my beautiful partner Riley; two people I know will always be there for me.

Wildest travel story?
Being stuck on a 24-hour train ride from Hong Kong to Shanghai with no food or water. 

Pineapple on Pizza?
Definitely! Love sweet and salty.

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