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 50 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.

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.

Kate has been in the industry for over 25 years and has trained at leading institutions including Sassoon and Kevin Fortune.  As well as being one of our expert wedding hair & hair up stylists, Kate now dedicates her time to cutting and styling and has huge experience with all hair types and is our curly hair expert who specialises in coily type 4 afro hair:

“It is very important that, as a salon, we are able to look after everyone, no matter their hair type, age, background or gender. 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. I really enjoy working with curls and coily hair especially when I can educate and help a client love and embrace their volume and have confidence to style themselves”.

Specialist in: Curls, coils, hair up, wedding hair, pixie cuts, clipper cuts, graduated bobs and restyles

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.

Mike Johnny Style Director

Mike Johnny

Style Director

Mike joined North Laine Company in October 2016 with over 20 years of the highest level of salon experience. Mike has a huge wealth of knowledge in how to create perfect styles, from the finer details of layering choice for your faceshape to his expertise with curly hair.

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 has vast experience with thick and frizzy hair and 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!).

Specialist in: Curls, graduated bobs, thick, frizzy or difficult to style hair, disconnected styles, barbering, skin fades, restyles

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

Sarah joined North Laine Hair Company in 2012 and 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.

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.

Specialist in: Blonding services particularly highlights, glamorous bouncy blow dries, beachy waves, graduated bobs, restyles

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 Tuesday & Wednesday mornings & Fridays.

Tamara Gandey Senior Stylist

Tamara Gandey

Style Director

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 a 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”.

Specialist in: Colour changes, root melt, root shadow, disconnected styles, shag/wolf and mullet cuts, barbering, clipper cuts, skin fades, restyles

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”.

Hannah Bailey creative stylist at North Laine Hair Company

Hannah Bailey

Senior Stylist

Hannah loves to create short, precision cuts and is a wonder with a pair of clippers, excelling at creating those perfect skin fades! Hannah’s passion for her work is clear and you can see how she really enjoys every haircut and colour that she does, particularly her beautifully blended balayage.

Having spent 3 years as an Educator training new talent in the industry, Hannah has now returned to being a full time stylist so you can benefit from all of that knowledge with her expert guidance on how to care for your hair in between visits.

Hannah joined North Laine Hair Company in summer 2021 having moved to Brighton from London. Previously working at Headmasters in Clapham Junction, she has been honing her styling skills since 2013. Beginning her career as a photographer and having achieved a degree in digital photography, Hannah enjoyed photographing models with dramatic tattoo art work and also live music events. Having always enjoyed doing her own hair and her friends hair, she then took the step to train as a stylist a decision for which we are very grateful!

Specialist in: Vivid colour, balayage, shag/wolf and mullet cuts, restyles, clipper cuts, skin fades

Hannah’s three favourite things that do not involve hair are horror films, heavy metal music and true crime documentaries…. oh and unicorns and rainbows!

Albert Pascall Senior Stylist

Albert Pascall

Senior Stylist

Albert is incredible with vivid colours & great with transformations! A really fun, kind & helpful member of the team Albert listens so well & takes time to consider options, then give advice & ideas for your best look.

A fantastic colourist with a great eye for detail Albert loves creative colour and balayage. He also excels at skin fades and short hair cutting and styling! A qualified stylist since 2012 Albert joined the team in 2021 when he moved to Brighton after having been a stylist in Chichester for many years. Albert also loves a big glamourous blow dry!

‘One of the best things about my role as a stylist is the impact a great colour & styling can have on someone’s confidence. I love to make someone feel a million dollars, and the bigger the hair, the better!’

Specialist in: Highlights, balayage, colour correction, hair up, wedding hair, graduated bobs, glamorous bouncy blow dries, restyles, clipper cuts, skin fades

Albert enjoys working with his hands when not in the salon where he has a passion for wig making & is also a really talented make-up artist which he uses to incredible effect as a drag queen.

Charlie Greene Senior Stylist

Charlie Greene

Senior Stylist

Charlie specialises in balayage and foilyage blonding techniques, creating striking natural blonde results and will look after you with the best care. A fantastic all round stylist who also excels at cutting and styling all hair lengths Charlie is also an Olaplex certified stylist.

Charlie joined the team in summer of 2021 and is friendly, calm, professional and very knowledgeable – he also has the moves having studied Dance and Performing Arts before he began his hairdressing career!

Charlie is an expert in one of our favourite Brands Eleven Australia and was selected out of 200 candidates to be part of the Eleven Australia Collective team. This team represents the Eleven brand across the UK.

Specialist in: Blonde lightening services particularly balayage/foilyage, glamorous bouncy blow dries, restyles, barbering, clipper cuts, skin fades

When not in the Salon Charlie likes to do yoga & general keep fit and calm with some meditation.

Mary Carr Graduate Stylist

Mary Carr

Creative Stylist

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 talent.

Mary has excellent skills in both cutting and colouring & loves to work with bright colours and create graphic sharp shapes in cutting. Balayage is one of Mary’s specialities which can be seen from strikingly beautiful natural colours that she creates.

Specialist in: Vivid creative colours, balayage/foilyage, highlights, shag/wolf and mullet cuts, braiding, beachy waves

“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”


Becky Botha Hairstylist in Brighton hair salon North Laine Hair Company

Becky Botha

Creative Stylist

Becky loves lightening hair, particularly with the amazing balayage and highlighting techniques she has developed since joining us in 2020. We were delighted she joined the team because she combines her technical talent with a really calm and friendly personality.

Becky qualified in 2016 and first starting working in a salon at the weekends when she was 14. The passion she has for hairdressing is what shines through. Working with long hair is a real joy for Becky and she loves the huge diversity of clients that we have.

‘At 14, I fell in love with the creativity of my profession and giving my clients the best experience possible. I love getting to know my clients and finding out more about them so we can find what really works for them, making them feel at ease and leaving feeling the best version of themselves. I ensure I always give tips on how to keep their hair in the best condition.’

Specialist in: Icy cool/platinum blondes, highlights, balayage, beachy waves, bobs, pixie cuts, clipper cuts

Becky loves to travel, going to music festivals and hanging out with her young nephew.

Lucy Abrahams Graduate Stylist

Lucy Abrahams

Graduate Stylist

Lucy is calm, friendly and an exciting new talent who joined the team in 2021. Lucy has excelled during her early career and has developed excellent skills in cutting, highlighting and balayage that are the trademark of North Laine Hair Company. Our graduate stylist prices offer exceptional value for money with a medium length cut & blow-dry priced at £36.

Lucy begin her hairdressing career in Bournemouth, where she grew up, before she made the move to Brighton to join our team and continue her training. Having qualified in 2020 Lucy has shown great drive and dedication to achieve the very high standards that we work to whilst completing her advanced level 3 qualification. Her natural flair for hairdressing has resulted in her completing her training in record time!

A word from Lucy “My favourite thing to do is any and all kinds of cutting, especially precise bobs”.

Specialist In: Cutting, styling and colouring longer hair with and without layers including Highlights and Toning along with creating beautiful smooth or beachy blow dries.

In her spare time Lucy enjoys heading back to Bournemouth to see her family and enjoy time with her families pets, cat, Simon and dog Bumble.

Front of House Team

Alice our front of house manager at North Laine Hair Company

Alice Stride

Front of House Manager

Alice is our fantastic Front of House Manager who is ready to meet you with a warm welcome and to help with any questions you may have.

Providing the highest standard of service and care is paramount and our Front of House team are here to guide you and help from choosing the best stylist for your needs to advising on our extensive range of hair care products.

Alice has a lot of energy and is involved in lots of fun stuff outside of the salon, from fitness instruction & playing sport to singing and acting in theatre productions!

Natalie Sargeant Front of House Manager

Natalie Sargeant

Front of House

Natalie Sargeant is our Front of House Manager on Mondays & Wednesdays 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 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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