About the Team

Sam Bright - Salon Owner

I have been in the hairdressing and beauty industry for over 25 years. I am passionate about my work and feel extremely thankful that I have a career that I love and look forward to going to every day. My staff and I always continue to re- train and go on many courses enabling us stay up to date and focused on latest trends and fashion.

I am now an ambassador for Goldwell and a member of their fantastic artistic team. I regularly teach courses and take parts in shows and seminars with them all over the country.

My experiences include working in top salons and traveling the world. I have also worked with some top names such as Vivenne Westwood and Matthew Williamson.
I was fortunate to work on a five star cruise line which enabled me to be able to handle many different cultures and hair types. I also worked in a salon in Israel before coming home to England enabling me to bring my huge knowledge and expertise to my clients.

Change is a very important factor in anyone’s life and we like to encourage this with our customer’s styles. I specialise in all fields of hairdressing including wedding hair up and colour techniques and I am also qualified in all aspects of beauty therapy. I have recently expanded my skills by completeing and graduating from a fantastic specialised makeup course with the freelance academy of makeup, I am now available for specialised makeup for evenings or weddings and amazing mastercalsses.

I am a strong minded business woman and have successfully built a strong business ethos and have won many acolades both local and within the hairdressing industry.

Shai - Director

As much as the hair and beauty is excellent at WOO nothing can beat the fabulous BLT sandwich that I make along with the fabulous cappuccinos and latte’s.
I am a partner/director with Sam and enjoy being involved in everything at Woo.
I enjoy having my dogs Bertie and Olive at work with me they are loved by all the clients here at Woo.

Jazmin - Creative Director

I started my career in the West end of London at Burlingtons as an assistant and quickly got recognised as ‘one to watch’. After only a few months I was on the Junior Artistic Team travelling all over England styling hair on stage at different events to hundreds of people. Styling hair quickly became something I was passionate about and was on the floor of the salon by the time I was 16 creating hair up’s, styling blow dry’s and assisting with all photo shoots.

I then became NVQ qualified at 18 and wanted to further my career by changing salons and gaining more experience, this is when I found Woo Hair and Beauty. Since being at Woo I have been on the Schwarzkopf Artistic team in my first year, again traveling all over England on shoots, seminars and stages! We quickly went on to win Salon Team of the Year 2005 which I was a part of on stage. Over the years I have never stopped wanting to do more and have assisted with Ascot fashion show, British Hairdresser of the Year awards, London Fashion week, salon international stage work and much more, the list goes on!

Over the 8 Years of being at Woo I have loved every minute of making my clients look fabulous, working with the best team of people I have ever met and getting to do so much in the hair dressing industry, couldn’t ask for a better salon to be in!

Look forward to seeing you in my chair so I can make you look and feel great like I have for so many others!

Samantha - Seniour Stylist

I have been hairdressing since the age of 16, I’m fast approaching my 20 year anniversary in this fantastic industry which is like no other .
I’ve been part of the team here at Woo since our first Christmas back in 2005!
My career has been filled with amazing in-salon and out of salon experiences.
I’ve been honoured to train some of the most creative assistants that have gone on to be stylists while teaching here at the salon. I feel like training feeds the mind and keeps a fresh outlook on current and upcoming trends.
I’ve loved every minute of Fashion shows and Magazine work, they tend to be an opportunity to let you think “out of the box” . I’ve participated as part of our Creative team working on events such asLondon fashion week.
As a Senior Stylist I’m always looking for ways to keep me enthusiastic so colour, cutting and styling seminars become a welcomed way of life .L’oreal, Schwarzkopf and Goldwell are to name but a few over the years.
Out of salon work is also something we do regularly here at Woo. Wedding hair for both the Bridal and Grooms party have played a part in my career . And it’s always a pleasure to be part of such a big day .
I trained as a Great Lengths hair extension specialist as I feel the quality of hair is second to none . So much can be achieved with the correct application methods , from length to colour or volume. I love the immediate transformation process .
During my time here at Woo I’ve had many opportunities and experiences given to me by Sam.
To teach a great team of trainees, to manage an amazing team of staff , to attend seminars held by some of the best in our industry . But most of all to take time to start a family.
I have over 8 years taken time to start a family, get married and build a home.
So now I work at the salon as a Senior stylist on a part time basis, but I’m still very much involved as we are like family here.
You can find me in the shop a few days a week , doing what I do best making people feel and look their best from the moment they walk in til the moment they come back again !
I look forward to seeing you guys very soon

Tash - Seniour Stylist

I have been working at Woo since Woo opened its doors in 2005.I started as a trainee assistant, and I had intense training with Sam Bright. I am now a Senior Stylist and Assistants Manager.Throughout the week and specifically on a Wednesday morning I train our assistants. I love this side of my job as it constantly keeps me refreshed and I get to infuse my passion for hair onto my trainees. We have a very strong concept of training here at Woo.

I aspire to Vivenne Westwood as she has constantly created amazing fashion pieces since the 70’s. I hope I can continue my creative career for aslong as she has and continue to help people feel and look great with their style.

Over the past seven years I have taken part in -10 years yonger stage makeover

Creative head awards

Vitality show-makeover bars

Fellowship stage-salon international

Assisted for hairdresser of the year

Worked with Hair magazine (makeover)

Creative schwarzkopf team of the year

Worked back stage at London Fashion Week assisting James Pecis and for Bora Aksu.

I have two sons, Fonzerilli and Houdini, my Devon Rex cats who I love dearly. They are my babies at the moment…………

I am always reading something and I love to cook and then exercise to burn it all off!! In April 2013 myself and Shai ran the Virgin London Marathon and raised £4000 for children with cancer trust with the help of all out Woo customers!

Denise - Senior stylist

I am so happy that I decided to join the WOO Hairdressing team this year. Working at WOO, meeting new people and learning even more skills has been fabulous.

I worked at  Hair, Leigh-on-Sea for the last 12 years. I trained there and have enjoyed working in its busy environment and meeting many different types of people each day. I specialise in  Great Lengths hair extensions; these are always fun to do as they completely change my clients look whether I’m adding length, thickness or some crazy colour for fun.

I am amazing in all aspects of hairdressing, I love to make everyone feel and look fabulous.

I have taken part in many photo shoots including a glamour calendar shoot for charity at the Sugar Hut, Brentwood.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising, most of my weekends are spent in bars, clubs, going to gigs and festivals. I have 2 bearded dragons called Mogwai and Gizmo and a milk snake called Alan.  I find reptiles fascinating!

Kerry - Colour Technician

Woo is the first salon I’ve worked in and I love it. I started here in 2005 as an assistant working my way through my NVQ’s, however in 2008 I decided that colour was my passion. I have been trained to the highest level with goldwelI, I am a colour master and there is not anything that I do not know.

Here at Woo I am the head colour technician. All technical colour work is carried out by me and my team of exceptionally educated technicians. My knowledge, expertise and love of colour will assist you in looking and feeling fantastic. I will work together with your stylist during your consultation, enabling you to have a perfect colour to show off your fabulous haircut. Professional home care is essential to help maintain your colour. I will prescribe the correct home care treatments for you to use once you leave the salon.

Every day is different for me at Woo and that’s what I love, I have been here 8 years and I love it we are like a big family. I enjoy working with different clients and creating new ideas and completely changing someone’s hair.
Outside of work I love spending time with my fiancé we got engaged last year on the stroke of midnight. We are getting married next winter so really excited. I love to spend time with my family and spoil my two gorgeous nieces.
I am close to everyone at work so try and arrange lots of days/nights out with my colleagues.
Look forward to seeing and meeting you and making u feel relaxed and fabulous for when you leave.

Cat -Senior Stylist / Colour Technician

I have been in the hair industry for 8 years now and I really do enjoy every aspect of hairdressing.
I first started out training in London where I worked for 18 months and finished my NVQ, and worked with a lot of stylists that really opened my eyes to what I feel passionate about, I worked on many photo shoots, shows and even got the chance to work for Britain’s next top model, and for a number of brands within the hairdressing industry.

I then joined Woo as an assistant where I had intense training with Sam the director who taught me practically everything I now no and sent me on a number of courses to further my training.

After 6 months I was ready for the salon floor and became a Graduate in 2010 then moved up to a stylist level at the start of 2012.

I love everything I do here at Woo and am looking forward to my future eventually as a Senior Stylist and passing on my knowledge that I have learnt.
I have assisted on photo shoots and helped at seminar. I have worked at the Vitality show in London, one of hairdressings biggest events of the year. i have a masters in Goldwell colour which was a 6 week intense course achieving a diploma in Goldwell colour and I am now a certified colour expert, and wish to give my clients the colour they desire, in which compliments them and makes them feel 10 years younger, and fantastic inside and out. My main passion is the complete transformation in which I offer to my clients and this is why I love my job making people feel better about them.

I colour, cut, blow-dry and love hair ups for that special occasion weddings, proms or even a night out on the town. I enjoy everything I do and I hope to show that through all of my work and the standard of work I achieve. In the future I wish to carry on excelling to achieve the most in my career and experimenting with colours, new techniques and photo shoots to show my creative side through my work and carry on working with the amazing Woo team!!
I love to spend time with my family especially my nephew who’s the twinkle of my eye, and going to exotic places on holiday, I’ve recently taken up Yoga which is amazing and recommend it to anyone.

Rachael - Senior Stylist/Colour Technician

I have been at Woo since 2009, where I have completed my NVQ 2 and NVQ 3 in hairdressing. I became a Stylist in April 2012, since then I have progressed a lot and become more confident in my profession. I cut, colour and put hair up for all occasions and have been complimented numerous times for my artistic creations. I really enjoy the bigger challenges such as ‘Colour changes and Redesigns.’

Whilst being at Woo I have been very fortunate to be part of ‘London Fashion Week 2012’ creating catwalk hair & design. Also I was chosen to do the hair for an elite couture show at Claridges of London for the designer ‘Nicholas Oak well.’ I love being involved in this side of the hair industry as the atmosphere backstage is buzzing and the results of the show are amazing when put together with the clothes.

Hope to see you in Woo

Boy Sam - Stylist/Colour Technician

I joined the Woo Team in June 2014 and what a year it has been. Since then I have progressed a lot and become more confident in my profession.  I really enjoy the bigger challenges such as ‘Colour changes and Redesigns. I have gained so much knowledge from attending courses, seminars and watching how other stylists work. I am looking forward to the year ahead, sharing my knowledge and experience with the young trainees coming through. Out of work I enjoy running (I am hoping to run the London marathon) going to the gym, socialising with friends and family, and spending time with my two beautiful Godchildren. I am fortunate to have travelled to many places and look forward to seeing more in the years to come! I am also looking forward to the birth of my first niece or nephew in the new year!”

Willis - Stylist/Colour Technician

I started working at Woo in 2012, where I completed my NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Hairdressing. I was lucky enough to assist at The London Fashion Week for KMS & Bora Aksu In 2012, I have also attended courses at The Goldwell Academy in London such as KMS – The IQ Cutting Method & Goldwell – Master Colorist Seminar – Lightening Mastery.
I won my first competition in October 2015 which invited me to be apart of the Goldwell Colour Creatives 2015 team, which I was extremely happy about! I will continue to compete furture competitions.
I graduated from being an assistant in 2014 I then became Stylist in November 2015. I enjoy every aspect of hairdressing including Cuts, Blow-drys, Hair-Up’s & Colouring!
I love everything about working at Woo & my team are like my second family!
If you want an amazing hair cut.. Book in with me!

Chloe - Stylist

I joined WOO in January 2014 as an assistant.  I am consistently  learning more skills, I love tinting, highlighting, layered haircuts, bobs and big glamorous blow drys.  I enjoy doing everything that I have learnt, I can’t wait to gain more experience in every aspect of hairdressing at Woo, I am really looking forward to pursuing my career here. I eventually want to train in hair extensions to expand my knowledge and skills furthermore. As a Graduate I can off fabulous discounts to students, so call in to see me so that I can make you look amazing and save you money at the same time.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends, boyfriend and my family. I recently went abroad for the first time and loved it, and cannot wait to go again.

Frances - Graduate

My name is Frances better known as Fran. I joined the team at WOO in October 2015 where I trained in house and completed my level 2 and 3 in hairdressing. I am a very passionate, driven, hard working, happy individual that will strive to give you the best hair in Essex! I enjoy doing hair up, creative colour and glamours bouncy blowdrys. Outside of work I enjoy horse riding, going on holiday around the world and drawing.
For a great selfie with great hair i look forward to seeing you in the salon soon xx

Natalie - Reception Manager

I joined Woo Hair & beauty in June 2012 and have a very keen interest in this industry! I was a beauty therapist for many years working in salons in the Southend area. I also used to be in the hospitality industry working in elite hotels as a receptionist. Previously I was an Air Stewardess for Gulf Air living in Bahrain and then for Air Europe in the UK. I have been in the Customer service industry frequently and feel this is where I excel! Running reception is a very busy and interesting time, never a quiet or dull moment, I love to welcome new customers to our professional and friendly experience here at Woo, as well as looking after our regular & loyal clients! I am amazed every day at the creative and artistic styles, designs, colours and creations the stylists achieve. My favourite time is getting my hair coloured and cut every month! The girls are very good at making me feel younger, which is very much appreciated!

My aim is to make sure the Salon runs smoothly throughout the day! I love working with all the staff as we work really well as a great team and we all try to socialise together as much as possible throughout the year! I also love my holidays, I have just returned from Paris for a week with my daughter and had a great time! Earlier this year we went to Morocco. One of my hobbies is cycling and when the weather is good I like to cycle to work (via the train)!

I look forward to seeing you here at Woo!

Jackie - Beauty Therapist

I am a fully qualified  beauty therapist  with over 20 years in the beauty industry.  I am a friendly, outgoing individual who is very passionate about beauty. I love to make everyone feel and look fabulous. I specialise in LVL Lashes,  Skin Care and intimate waxing, however I excel in all  beauty treatments I am trained in. Why not pop down and have a chat with me about all the new exciting treatments I will be offering within the salon. Woo Hair & Beauty can offer the complete package and working with the multi skilled highly trained team enables our clients to have a ‘one stop shop.’ So all your hair and beauty needs can be catered for, this is why I am so excited to be here at Woo. I look forward to helping you not only to look fabulous but to feel it too.

Assistants

We have fantastic assistants here at Woo. They are all fully trained in head massage, whether it be during your regular shampoo or if you decide to treat yourself in our luxurious calm room. They are very knowledgable, advising the best and most suited shampoos, conditioners and treatments for your hair and scalp needs.

They are at different stages of their NVQ level 2 training, whilst receiving extra training all the time for colour enableing them to be part of the colour team.

Here at Woo we take training our younger staff members very seriously. Wednesday mornings we have training where the trainees are assisted through colours, cuts and blowdrys. During this time they pass different levels and qualifications which then allows them to work on the salon floor.

For more information please phone the salon on 01702 337272 or come in to book an appointment.