Meet the Team

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What makes the North Laine Hair Company unique to others is the balance of quality, friendliness and value in a welcoming salon with a really talented team that cares and have a real passion for their work. We work hard to be the best hairdressers in Brighton & Hove


North Laine Hair Company strives to offer the best to its customers with a team of some of the most skilled stylists in the industry. Our team of stylists have over 150 years combined experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of cutting and colouring. As a leading independent Brighton salon all our stylists operate at the highest level and are part of a continual professional development (CPD) programme. The aim is to ensure the team is up to date with the latest techniques and skills so you are guaranteed an excellent result each visit.


April DeAustin Beauty Therapist

April DeAustin

Beauty Therapist & Beauty Salon Manager

April has over 10 years of experience and is one of Brighton’s leading beauty therapists. Having worked in other great beauty salons in Brighton and more recently, in her TV career as the beauty Therapist on E4’s BodyFixers: April has the experience and skills to take the best care of you so that you will leave feeling & looking fabulous.

Following two seasons working on the popular TV programme April is back in Brighton and here to provide the best beauty services in Brighton.

As Beauty Salon Manager April has launched our exciting new selection of beauty services including manicures, pedicures, gel nail extensions, threading, eyelash & eyebrow tinting, lash extensions, make-up and her beautiful nail art.

Down to earth, relaxed, fun, very skilled & completely dedicated to enabling her clients to achieve their beauty wishes we know you will absolutely love being pampered by April!


Kate Winder

Kate Winder

Owner & Salon Director

Kate and her husband Nick setup North Laine Hair Company in 2007 with the goal of creating a hair salon that was really focussed on excellent quality and customer service as well as being a great place to work.

Previously working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Kate enjoyed travelling the Caribbean and Americas which was excellent preparation for her joining Crystal Cruises in 2003, a company that has been recognised as the world’s best in luxury experience for an unprecedented 15 consecutive years. As assistant salon manager on the Serenity, the world’s finest cruise ship, Kate was responsible for a team that worked to the highest standards of hairdressing and customer service. That gave her the experience and inspiration to set up her own salon.

After five very successful years the salon moved to larger premises to meet the demand and offer a more luxurious environment.  Kate has been in the industry for over 20 years, gaining huge experience with all hair types, except Afro Caribbean.  As well as being one of our expert wedding hair & hair up stylists, Kate now dedicates her time to cutting and styling:

“I see one of my strengths is putting a nervous client at ease by really taking my time and giving a thorough consultation to make sure I am talking the ‘same language’ with my client”.

Knowing how difficult it can be to look after your hair, Kate is always ready for her and the team to share ‘salon secrets’, insider knowledge and tips so you can recreate the ‘salon look’ in between visits.

James Atkinson Creative Director

James Atkinson

Art Director

James is our Art Director and a Redken Artist and has been a stylist and colourist for over 12 years. James joined North Laine Hair Company in 2011 from Eleven Hair in Mayfair after having worked at several of London’s leading salons throughout his early career.

James’ passion for cutting and styling really shows in his work with a particular talent for curly hair. He has a great interest in design and furniture, using this influence to incorporate current trends with old classics to create fresh, new hairstyles. His inspiration is derived from Photography, music, art, history, buildings and the catwalks.  Highly in demand, both in salon and for shows, James works at London Fashion Week and Colour World as well as being a pioneer for the exciting Hair Club Live Open Chair Nights.

James is a Redken Certified Colourist (the most advanced Redken colour qualification) and his love of passing on his knowledge was a major influence in James being selected to become a Redken Artist.  This has given James the opportunity to create courses as well as being an educator at the Redken HQ in London.  Through his strong desire to learn and his passion for education James brings great inspiration and creativity to the team in our regular in-salon education sessions.

Manesh Solanki Creative Director

Manesh Solanki

Creative Director

Manesh joined our team in March 2009 when he moved to Brighton. He quickly established many loyal clients. His technical ability in colouring, cutting, styling and hair up is second to none, having won prestigious hairdressing awards and worked on numerous major fashion shows and photo shoots with some of the best in hairdressing. Manesh is also one of our wedding hair and hair up specialists working both in salon and on location at events. To reflect client demand and his ability & experience Manesh was promoted to Style Director in March 2011 & then Creative Director in Sept 2015.

Manesh has over 20 years of experience since qualifying and has previously worked in top salons both in London (Bond St, Covent Garden and Sloane Square) and Bermuda. Manesh has many years of experience working with Afro hair and performs all Afro hair services including relaxing.

Manesh is well known for being one of the liveliest members of the team and is certainly young at heart! His popularity is reflected by how far in advanced he gets booked so make sure you book with plenty of time to ensure you can get an appointment.

Unfortunately Manesh is currently off sick due to a broken leg but we hope to see him back soon once he has fully recovered.

Amy Phillpot Stylist

Amy Phillpot

Creative Director

Amy knew she wanted to be a hairstylist from a very young age. “At 14 I got my first salon assisting job on a Saturday and from there it progressed into school holidays and then onto any other time I could find! I would always practice different styling techniques on friends and family. This confirmed my passion for hairdressing and I continued to pursue it, enjoying every step of the way!”

Amy joined the team in summer 2016 and has gone from strength to strength and is now part of the education team and is integral to the mentoring and training for the younger members of the team. Amy specialising in Balayage, offering the very best seamless blend there is!

As well as being an excellent stylist and colourist, Amy is very easy to talk to, offering great ideas & giving easy to follow advice to all clients. What does Amy enjoy most about her job? “I’m extremely passionate about cutting, however, I love all aspects of hairdressing and I’m always wanting to learn something new. Its so nice making clients happy, when they can come in to escape from the outside world and then leave the salon feeling amazing!”

“I enjoy taking good care of myself and love to get to the gym as often as I can, sometimes everyday! I enjoy pushing myself to the limit and seeing what I can achieve!”

Mike Johnny Style Director

Mike Johnny

Style Director and Assistant Manager

Mike joined North Laine Company in October 2016 with over 20 years of the highest level of salon experience. Mike has a wealth of knowledge with all things hair related, is an expert with curly hair and is very keen to share his knowledge.

A visit to Mike you will leave knowing more about your hair and its full potential than you ever thought possible. Mike is genial and very enthusiastic to provide advice on what to do, what to use, what not to do and why! Mike’s passion is giving the client the gift of knowledge! ‘I get a feel for my client and match their hair to who they are and what they’re about!’

Mike doesn’t have a favourite style – he loves short, long, bobs, lobs, barbering… everything! He loves variety & change and will ensure you have variety too!

Mike grew up in Wimbledon, and found his passion for hair styling and qualified at the young age of 17. Mike also studied fashion design and this led him to see every hair cut as a piece of art, focusing on all the finer details, taking time to perfect each masterpiece.  He progressed through the ranks at Headmasters rising to the top as a Manager and Consultant at their flagship Wimbledon Village salon (the busiest salon per square foot in Europe!).

Mike has many hobbies and along with his hairstyling career he is a web designer, but says hair will always be his main passion.  In his spare time, Mike builds, from scratch, custom made motorbikes! He is also a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and is a specialist in Belgian beer, so if you need any advice on wine or Belgian beer, he’s your man!

Sarah Williams Style Director

Sarah Williams

Style Director and Assistant Manager

Sarah joined North Laine Hair Company in February 2012 as Style Director and Assistant Manager. Sarah qualified as a stylist with Toni and Guy in 2000 and continued to train at Trevor Sorbie with his artistic team within their Brighton salon. After working for 8 years in some of Brighton’s busiest salons Sarah worked within a newly established salon in Hove where she grew a strong loyal following across 4 and a half years.

Sarah is very focussed and passionate about her profession and the service she gives. With Sarah you are guaranteed excellent attention to detail and enjoy the most calming salon experience.

Sarah is a master of highlights achieving beautiful bright bold blondes and enjoys working with long hair and using our GHD Platinum stylers and Curve range, she can create elegant curls or softer beachy waves. Sarah also loves creating all over colours such as mahogany and auburn, using the revolutionary Redken Chromatics.

Sarah’s love of fashion, forward thinking personality and ambitious nature are all reflected in her work.

We are delighted to say Sarah is now back from maternity leave after the birth of her daughter, Layla and is in salon on Tuesdays & Fridays.

Tamara Gandey Senior Stylist

Tamara Gandey

Senior Stylist

Tam has been a stylist in Brighton since 2011, most recently in Worthing as a Director at Rush. As a L’Oreal colour expert, Tam has the expertise to create the beautiful colours that are a trademark of North Laine Hair Company.

Tam also specialises in barbering and precision cutting having worked at [email protected] barbers in Lewes, “Barbering for me is one of the things I enjoy most about cutting. It brings precision and creativity every time”.

Born & raised in Brighton it all started when she became at age 15, a Saturday girl in a small salon in Brighton. This is where she found her love for hair.

“After qualifying I then went on to learn new skills in barbering, creative colour and colour correction”. Tam learned all aspects in colour and how it works under the legendary tuition of Chris Williams in the Covent Garden Academy “I now feel privileged to be able to pass my knowledge and skills on to other stylists”.

Tam is really excited to be back in Brighton with the diverse range of clients Brighton offers, “Doing the thing I love to do most as my job is a dream come true”.

Tom Gear Graduate Stylist

Tom Gear

Creative Stylist

Tom is lively, chatty and offers incredible value cutting and styling services! Having joined the team as a Graduate Stylist, Tom has continued to learn and develop at a fantastic rate and has now been promoted to Creative Stylist.

Tom loves to meet new clients: “I love to chat to to get to know all of my clients on a personal level and to really listen to not only meet their expectations but to help guide them to something even better then they expected!”

“Beyond hair how I look is very important to me; I’m always changing how I look, I love tattoos and how clothes can change how I feel, I’ve also got a qualification (level 3 diploma in art and design (fashion)”

Outside of work I’m very sociable and feel very much at home on the beach with a beer!

Mary Carr Graduate Stylist

Mary Carr


Mary qualified as a hairstylist in early 2018 and then went on to complete her advanced apprenticeship at the end of 2018. Having joined us in 2015 on our apprenticeship programme we are delighted to see Mary develop into an exciting future talent.

Mary has excellent skills in both cutting and colouring & loves to work with bright colours and create graphic sharp shapes in cutting.

“I like to approach my clients with a friendly and professional attitude, I really like to make them feel comfortable and at home while also getting a good understanding of what they think of their hair and how I can help them and make them look and feel their best”

A Ladies Cut & Finish with Mary is great value at £41. Mary is also one of our braiding team: Braids start at £5 per braid

Front of House Team

Natalie Sargeant Front of House Manager

Natalie Sargeant

Front of House

Natalie Sargeant is our Front of House Manager on Mondays & Wednesdays & Thursday evenings and is always happy to help with any clients enquiries.

Natalie started her career working in a salon before working in property for several years. Since having her son Natalie has returned to her favourite environment in a hair salon managing the busy schedule for the team and looking after our clients.

Natalie has been extensively trained in our product range and so can offer great advice on picking the correct hair products to suit your hair from our extensive range of some of finest products available.

Nick Winder

Business Manager

Nick is the Business Administration Manager who’s role is to ensure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Nick co-owns the salon and is also Kate’s husband!

Nick is a Chartered Engineer having previously had technical roles in passenger car powertrain development as well as managing a large engineering department in a local engineering consultancy.

Nick’s likes eating out, cinema, racing karts and mountain biking. With a young growing family most of his free time is spent playing with his two son’s Max and little baby Dylan.

We will leave the last word to Kate:

It’s such a lovely atmosphere with all the team really enjoying their profession & working brilliantly together to achieve excellent results.

The team have a great rapport with their clients and each other which makes North Laine Hair Company one of the most welcoming and friendly salons in Sussex.

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