MEET THE TEAM
MICHELLE LORIGA - salon owner
Divas owner and Manager Michelle Loriga has been working as a hairdresser since 1995, and founded Divas Salon in 2003. ‘I opened Divas because I was passionate about hairdressing, styling, fashion, and most importantly the salon experience I wanted to create,’ says Michelle. ‘over ten years on and I still feel the same; I’m really proud of what we offer here. Divas is often the first salon in the area to introduce new products and services and our stylists are exceptionally well qualified, talented and friendly.
As a stylist, Michelle has completed advanced training courses with some of the top names in the hairdressing industry, these include Toni & Guy cutting, TIGI cutting and Vidal Sassoon creative cutting and has also been involved in colour training with L’Oreal and Goldwell colour products. Michelle has also been lucky enough to receive training from the famous ‘fantastic’ Alan Austin-Smith, a credible figure in the hairdressing industry.
RACHEL- salon manager
Rachel started her career in hairdressing in 1995, quickly becoming a salon manager and then by the age of 21 a salon owner, driven by a desire to succeed both as a stylist and as a business owner.
Rachel spent nearly 15 years living in the mediterranean ,working as a colour specialist for most of this time. Rachel returned to Colchester in 2015,working with successful salon groups across Essex . Rachel is highly skilled stylist, who enjoys the trend of freehand and balayage colouring techniques.
DAVE - art designer
Dave has been styling hair for the last 15 years and has won numerous awards in editorial and creative hairdressing whilst maintaining a full client list at TONI&GUY. He has a flair for understanding new techniques and methods to bring a fresh feel and cleative individual look to all of his clients.
STEVE - art designer
A hairdresser for over 30 years, Steve has completed advanced training with TIGI, L’Oreal and the famous London-based Jingles Hair Academy. Steve has been at Divas for more than seven years and says he has seen almost every hair trend during the last three decades.
‘Everything is continually updated,’ says Steve. ‘Fashion goes in full circles but there are variations every time round and it is great fun working with changing trends. Working with so many new products there is a lot of technical knowledge with the job but it’s so rewarding to see the end results and that “wow” mirror moment.'
KAYLEE - style designer
Kaylee has been working with divas for over 10 years, with regular High-End training on every aspect of the ever developing Cutting & Colouring techniques in the industry also working with new and progressive products, that Kaylee believes is a must for achieving the perfect hair working now only two days a week Kaylee becomes very busy.
GEMMA - style designer
Gemma has been working in hairdressing for ten years and says she has wanted to be a hairdresser since she was five years old. Gemma built up her work experience by working in a salon on Saturdays whilst still at school, then went full time after leaving school and started to study hairdressing.
Gemma enjoys cutting short hair, men’s hair and colouring hair and has completed training for cut throat shaving along with extensive product training, and has a diploma in creative cutting and colouring.
Megan - stylist
Megan loves the creative and social side to hairdressing, and whilst enjoying building relationships with clients Megan also likes to learn new skills, she says ‘The industry is forever expanding, learning new skills helps me to improve and to become not just a good hairdresser but a great hairdresser.’
Izzy - stylist
Izzy started her hairdressing career as an apprentice at Divas and qualified NVQ level 2 in September.
Divas sent Izzy to London to the Goldwell Academy for a four day intensive cutting course. During the time at Divas she has worked with the team to gain
execellent color knowledge and become passionate stylist.
CAITLYN & BROOKE - salon assistants
You'll be in the capable hands of our trainees Caitlyn & Brooke when you come in to the salon