Director Stylist and Colour Expert
Maternity Leave until 2017
Senior stylist and colour expert
Next Generation Therapist
Receptionist / Salon Manager
Next Generation Designer
Next Generation Designer
Julia Gaudio began her hairdressing career at the age of 14 as a Saturday assistant in a Cambridge salon where she worked her way up the career ladder.
At the age of 20, Julia moved to Hair Ott salon group and training academy in Portsmouth where she gained a wealth of experience, soon becoming a senior member of staff. By 22, Julia was managing her own salon in Cambridge where she realised that her dream was to run her own business. Julia made the move to set up her own salon in 2008 and found the wonderful site in Cambridge’s Hills Road – and so Elajé was born.
Success has followed and now Julia employs a team of highly skilled stylists and therapists.
The ethos Julia has provided at Elajé encourages creativity and growth among the staff which gives the salon a great buzz and an environment where the clients can guarantee they will receive the best.
Natalie trained at Cambridge Regional College where she gained NVQ level 2 and 3 in both Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. She has additional qualifications in Racoon Hair Extensions, Barbering, Creative Cutting, Classic Cutting and Motivation and Leadership.
Natalie worked in various salons in Cambridge before becoming part of the launch team at Elajé in 2008. Her career highlight to date was when she spent some time working behind the scenes at a fashion show plus her studying for Trichology of which she has completed one year with a further two years to go.
She loves challenging herself to achieve new looks and styles and make people look amazing. Studying to be a Trichologist is part of her ethos in helping people to feel better about themselves and to be the best she can in her role.
Andréa has been with Elajé since the start, in March 2008. She trained at Cambridge Regional College where she qualified in Media and Photographic Make-up, NVQ Level 2 and 3; Hairdressing NVQ Level 2 and 3 and has since gained a host of other qualifications in wig making, ear piercing, wet shave, hair art, hair extensions and most recently has qualified as a Master Colour Expert with Wella.
Andrea has an interesting family background with both her grandfathers in the profession, being hairdressers to Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin.
Andrea would love to become a trainer herself and combine travel with teaching. Her top hair tip is to “tone, tone and more tone!” She says: “It is the perfect way to refresh your hair colour. Book in or take one home.”
Samantha joined Elajé in 2011 and has an impressive portfolio of advanced qualifications including NVQ levels 1-3, Advanced Creative Colouring, Cutting and Barbering. With a natural flair for hair and fashion, Samantha loves nothing more than making someone look and feel amazing. With her barbering skills, Samantha enjoys creative wonderful funky styles for men. Her motto? “Love your hair. Don’t spend too much time fighting what you have…. Get the best out of it with products and just go with it.”
Fiona joined the Elajé team in 2012 as a qualified stylist. She began her hairdressing career as an apprentice at Directors Hair in Cambridge and trained at Cambridge Regional College, gaining an NVQ Level 2.
Highly creative, Fiona loves nothing more than to help clients revamp their look and loves to take inspiration from style icons such as Rihanna and Katy Perry.
Gemma joined the team in 2011 and is currently undergoing an apprenticeship at Elajé with additional training at West Suffolk College. She loves the creativity within the salon and the fact that no two days are the same. She is looking forward to qualifying and would love to have the experience of working on a cruise ship.
Michelle began her training at Cambridge Regional College but has continued her training throughout her career. Highly qualified, Michelle has NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy and qualifications covering OPI, Caci, Bio, St Tropez Tanning and AH Francis Lash Extensions. Michelle is also qualified as a Dermalogica Specialist and is working towards her Dermalogica Expert certificate.
Her career has included working for London’s Selfridges, where she was a nail technician for OPI as well as working for several Cambridge-based salons. Michelle’s experience has also taken her all over the world when worked in the luxury spa on board Steiner’s Disney Cruise ship.
Michelle joined the Elajé team in December 2010. She loves travel, dancing and shopping and has been told she resembles Jessie J!
Having trained at Cambridge Regional College, Samantha gained NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy and has since gained an impressive portfolio of qualifications in Caci Face & Body; Massage; Eyelash extensions, Thai Foot Massage; Reiki, Bio Nails; Dermalogica Skincare; Gatineau Skincare, St Tropez Tanning and Men’s wet shave.
Samantha previously worked as a therapist at Cambridge’s Time Room before joining Elaje at its launch. She takes great satisfaction in making others feel and look good.
Her top tip? “Chipped nail polish has never, and never will be in fashion – so there’s no excuse!”
In her spare time, Samantha enjoys martial arts, socialising and shopping.
Alice has a range of beauty skills and holds an NVQ 2 in waxing, tanning, manicure & pedicure, bio gel nails, massage, tinting and make up. She joined Elajé in 2013 having retrained to pursue her dream job in beauty after a career within the criminal justice system.
Alice’s interest in beauty is a heartfelt career choice as she loves nothing better than to help someone feel good about themselves. “I love knowing that I have made a genuine positive impact on someone’s day,” she says. In the future Alice would like to specialise in skincare and is working towards training in semi-permanent makeup. Looking great, says Alice, starts with the basics. “Moisturise, primer and a good foundation, get that right and the rest comes easily.”
Jolie, very much a people person, has undertaken motivational and mentoring training from Wella Client Delight and is also Caici trained. Her motto is to “be the best that I can” and this permeates her work and attitude at Elajé with a very positive effect on staff and clients alike.
Jolie has been with the team for five years. In her spare time, she takes part in half marathons and three-peak events. To relax she loves walking her dog, Bertie.