The Colour Palette Salon encompasses Hardia’s love for fashion and beauty and is her stunning vision brought to life. A graduate of the prestigious Sassoon Academy, she has many wonderful years styling men and women in creating their perfect style.
The salon is her tribute to all of the beautiful things she’s experienced and is a true gem in the heart of Crowthorne, Berkshire.
Every piece of furniture is hand-picked by Hardia herself and is strategically placed and incorporates everything she stands for. Inspired by years of travel, breathing in and seeing countless cultures, the unique space is designed, styled and curated with her life influences.
As well as her many talents in the hairdressing world, Hardia is also an accomplished make-up artist, stylist and interior designer.
She recognises talent after her extensive work in the industry and has developed a team of extensively trained, hair stylists, technicians and beauticians to give anybody walking through the doors a high-end, luxury London experience without the lengthy travel or the hefty price tag that usually comes with it.
Add to this, the unique lounge areas which are perfect for those waiting companions or even those that just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all.
Prepare to experience the new hub on the high street, the community in place - once you experience The Colour Palette Salon's services, you’ll just keep coming back.
Creative Director / Stylist / Colour Technician / Make-up Artist
Creative Director / Stylist / Colour Technician / Make-up Artist
Alessio fell in love with hairdressing at the early age of fifteen and completed a one-year Diploma in Hair at his hometown, Turin in Italy. After working for eight years as a Top Stylist, Colour Instructor and Make-up Consultant in a well renowned salon in Turin, he decided to move to London in 2001 to expand and improve his career. For the next four years he worked for a salon in central London as a Top Stylist whilst learning English.
In 2005, Alessio set his sights on working for Vidal Sassoon after watching videos and reading various books. He soon began his formal training at Sassoon’s salon in Covent Garden, London.
Once qualified, he worked as a teaching assistant whilst attracting new clients through daily interactions on the floor. He gained even more experience working with celebrity guests starring in Chicago, the musical.
In 2010, Alessio was transferred to the London Academy as a cutting instructor. His flair, passion and drive resulted in him being awarded the position of Creative Director in 2016. He grew his following which included various international guests and key looks that contributed to the world-renowned Sassoon collection.
His role has taken him worldwide for industry shows and seminars in areas such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and various European countries to promote the Sassoon collection. He participated in live demonstrations at high profile shows such as Salon International and events including London Fashion Week.
Alessio worked on numerous editorials for publications such as: The Daily Telegraph, I-D, GQ China, Elle Norway, 1883 Magazine, Dash Magazine, Hunter Magazine and music videos for LAMB, Lily Allen and many more celebrity clients.
He also styled (hair and make-up) for stylist/judge, Grace Woodward for the press launch of Britain's Next Top Model, styling Bifa-film winner actress, Chloe Pirrie for 1883 magazine. He also styled the amazing Anna Murphy – Fashion Director at The Time Magazine when she was working on an episode of The Posh Frock Shop on Channel 4.
Alessio joined The Colour Palette Salon as Creative Director in 2019 and brings his wealth of talent and experience as a Stylist, Colour Technician and Make-up Artist to continue performing his art whilst training and teaching his team to the highest standards. He educates to follow his philosophy that was imbedded in his style for the last 9 years whilst working for the world-famous Vidal Sassoon Salon.
Associate Creative Director / Stylist / Colour Technician
Associate Creative Director / Stylist / Colour Technician
Alex has always had a passion for fashion & hair. He still remembers how he used to scroll through pages of Vogue Italia with his mum. He also recalls a time where he coloured his hair a few different colours - in his own words: “I guess hairdressing was meant for me“.
Alex started his career as a hairstylist in Italy, where he worked for a year before moving to London in 2012 where he attended the very prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy course with salon owner Hardia. Alex was rewarded with the Best Cut & Colour Award. In Alex’s own words: “My Sassoon training just took my cutting & colouring skills to a whole next level. I am so ready to go back and share my knowledge with colleagues and make clients feel unique and beautiful.”
After he finished the Sassoon Diploma course, Alex worked in a London based salon for a few years. He wanted more... so, he started to work and assist all the big names in the hair & fashion industry working backstage for Fashion Week with Guido Palau, Eugene Souleiman, Duffy Paul Hanlon and creating looks for the runway brands in the industry such as Dior, Valentino, Gucci, Maison Margiela, Paco Rabanne, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani. Not only did Alex work backstage but he worked for renowned fashion magazines such as Vogue, The Impression, L’officiel, Wonderland, Collective Dry to name a few.
Alex joins The Colour Palette Team as Associate Creative Director.
Catalina started hairdressing at the young age of sixteen. She knew it was her passion from the get go! She believes being able to transform an individual’s look from the outside can change how they feel on the inside, which is always something special.
After ten years of salon experience, she still loves to push herself creatively and is always looking at future hair trends.
She spent a year in Sydney, Australia working with magazines such as Marie Claire on different shoots to create fabulous blowers to cool beachy textures.
Catalina’s previous role where she worked for five years was where her career took her to the next level. She became an in-salon educator, training and sharing knowledge with up-and-coming stylists. Through this experience, she found her real passion for colour and went forward to obtain her L’Oreal Master, one of the highest qualifications you can achieve in the colouring world.
Catalina carefully studied the science of hair and skin to help achieve the perfect hair colour on all hair types.
Getting creative with colour is something she loves to do, she challenges herself by entering competitions such as the L’Oreal Colour Trophy, where she made it to the semi-finals in 2019 - an incredible achievement and a deserved personal highlight!
Catalina has always coloured and cut as she likes to visualise and transform an individual’s look. She believes in being part of an individual’s journey and making someone feel their absolute best.
She joins The Colour Palette Salon as a Senior Stylist and Technician and looks forward to welcoming you.
Ilir had his first experience with hairdressing at a small barbershop in Turin, Italy with clientele such as the Lavazza and the world renowned Molinari Golfing Family at the young age of sixteen.
After five years’ experience working in the barber shop, Ilir decided to expand his knowledge in hairdressing and attended the Hairdressing Academy in Turin for three years where he received theoretical and practical experience.
Once qualified, he worked in various renowned salons across Turin where he continued to train, keeping up with new techniques and modern trends. He was fortunate enough to work for the International Ernesto Giampino Hair Salon for two years and gained valuable experience to help propel his skills.
Ilir joins The Colour Palette Salon as a Hairstylist, Colour Technician and Barber.
Growing up, Nicole knew exactly which path she was going to take. After leaving college, she secured a job at the renowned 5-star Spa Pennyhill Park where she spent many years massaging and treating the rich and famous.
With over sixteen years’ experience in Beauty, Make-up & Holistic Therapy, Nicole also found a real passion for nails and spent time training and learning new and advanced nail techniques.
Nicole’s love for art and creativity is what drew her to the beauty industry. She loves meeting new people and helping them achieve their beauty goals and providing them with personalised treatments. As Nicola says, “…let the beauty of what you love be what you do”. Nicole has proved with dedication, determination and the right attitude, you can achieve anything no matter how many hurdles get in your way.
Nicole is The Colour Palette Salon’s Eyelash Extension Specialist. She is incredibly passionate about lashes and that shows with all her treatments. She offers different lash techniques to give clients the desired look, from a natural Classic set, a soft fluffy Hybrid or a glam Russian Volume. Nicole has dedicated lots of hours applying hundreds of lashes over the years and has always been in love with what she does.
Come and see Nicole and book your personalised lash consultation with her - you’ll have the time to discuss which specialised technique will suit you and your lashes. We think you’ll not only be amazed with your new eyelashes but you’ll leave the salon feeling extra confident.
We’ve also put together a special selection of aftercare bags should you wish to purchase after your lash treatment. We think a must-have to keep your lashes clean, healthy and to ensure the best long-lasting results.
Nicole is ready to unleash her creative flair on every client that sees her.
Kelly joined The Colour Palette team in September 2019 with thirteen years’ of experience within the beauty industry.
She studied NVQ level 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy at Reading College. Upon gaining her qualifications, she completed further training in many different brands and treatments - expanding her knowledge and passion for beauty.
Kelly loves many aspects of the beauty industry but has always had a love for nails. Kelly says, “being creative with colours and designs, having an idea and seeing it come to light just how you imagined it, and seeing the happiness it brings every client is something I really love. Having your nails done is more than a treatment, it’s an experience.”
She has also completed training courses in skincare after previously working in Ascot for a Medi-spa. She has since built extensive knowledge and understands the skincare and advanced beauty treatment market well. She believes having a facial is not only beneficial to your skin but also your well-being.
Kelly is looking forward to growing with the salon and meeting new clients whilst making them all feel beautiful inside and out.
Era has many years of experience in the Beauty Industry. Since she was a child, she remembers painting her and her mothers’ nails and experimenting with different colours.
She moved from Albania to Italy where she completed her college years and started her career as a beauty therapist. Era developed her skills whilst working in different beauty salons in Turin, Italy.
Era enjoys a variety of treatments such as facials, waxing and eyebrows, but especially loves nails and pedicures. She was encouraged to develop her knowledge further by training with the famous Onyx Academy in Milan, Italy.
She loves meeting new people, learning new cultures and exploring new places and says this life experience influences her work and drive more.
Era joined The Colour Palette Salon in December 2019 after moving from Italy to England. She is very considerate about her clients and their experience, ensuring they feel pampered and relaxed whilst carrying out their luxurious treatments.
Era is very hardworking and thinks that nothing is impossible if you have the courage to follow your dreams. Her dream of being a beauty therapist is now her reality and she loves every minute of it.
She is dedicated in giving the best experience and nothing but the best here at The Colour Palette Salon. See for yourself, she’s a true gem.
Dr. Sofia is a medical and cosmetic doctor with a strong interest in aesthetics and facial rejuvenation. She is a UK trained, fully licensed and a GMC registered medical doctor with a background in both surgery and dermatology. She is currently training as a GP and working towards a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine.
Dr. Sofia has been taught by the very best Harley Street doctors and has undergone extensive aesthetic training with a range of esteemed and internationally recognised trainers.
She is committed to providing her patients with the cosmetic enhancements and improvements they seek in the most natural and safest way, with the utmost care & precision. She seeks to combine her passion for art with her medical knowledge to deliver meticulous aesthetic outcomes for each and every patient.
Dr. Sofia joins The Colour Palette Salon offering all the Advanced Beauty treatments such as Botox & Derma fillers.
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Charlotte’s previous role was in a sales team in Wokingham where she was tasked with selling made to order furniture. This helped her a lot in discovering how much of a people person she really is. Charlotte believes you can brighten up someone’s day just by a friendly smile and hello. We stand by her and agree.
Charlotte feels she is lucky enough to be able to use what she has learnt and incorporates all her experience into life at the salon.
She has joined The Colour Palette team working as Front of House. Charlotte deals with all the bookings, enquiries and payments on a day to day basis. She is always on hand for a chat and to take any enquiries you may have!
Caitlyn has joined The Colour Palette Salon working Saturdays while she is at sixth form studying Graphics, Photography and Textiles.
She has a passion for fashion as well as art & design so fits into the salon perfectly with her creative flair. Caitlyn is looking forward to working with the full team to provide support as well as building her experience in a salon environment.