Mandy Masters

Usually, when I tell people about my holiday they say “how lovely”. Recently I was lucky enough to go to Antigua, however, it’s gone down like a brick, with responses like, “good for you” or “it’s alright for some!”.

A holiday gives time for quiet reflection. I’d like to share the progress of our four new stylists who joined us for training six months ago. They arrived looking like someone who’d just got off a long-haul flight – a little pale, nervous and not saying much.

But now they say;  “I learn so easily by watching”, “I feel so comfortable, part of the team straightaway”, “there are so many different kinds of haircuts”, “ there is much more to learn than expected”, “I enjoy getting along with people so quickly”.

What had they learnt about themselves? “I’m motivated”, “I like to look dramatic”, “I’ve more confidence than I thought”, “I definitely want to continue” and when asked what excited them for the future: “learning new things”, “going on new and different courses”, and, “having my own clients”.

So here we are, the gorgeous new starters are now relaxed, glowing (like a tan) and confident in their career choice!

Me, I’m delighted and proud of a team who train and welcome new starters so generously and allow me to sit on a beach and think.

If a career in hairdressing could be for you, apply now by visiting or call the salon on 01403 255555.

Let’s talk about the best present you ever had…pearl earrings, diamond necklace, the Maserati – LOL!!!

Let me tell you about the best present I ever had, it was of course my children (both blonde) and then my first set of highlights aged 15 – my stepmother gave them to me and I was introduced to the concept of make up for hair – and I’ve never looked back!

You see blonde is my favourite colour and covers such a broad spectrum…


…are all words which cover it, there are many more, and although the balayage freehand techniques have become the little black dress, blonde can add a blush, sheer, shimmer, soft, beautiful, dramatic, sunkissed, pretty, natural or halo touch to the strongest reds and the darkest brunettes. Nature dictates a mix of shades to create the most eye pleasing colour. I’m thinking oceans, beaches, autumn leaves, snow, animal coats here.

According to London, Paris and Milan, the trends for 2018 include buzzcuts in any colour except platinum. Lots of plaids, double denim and fringes and deep partings; dressing hair with lots of half-up do’s. So whether you want your colour to whisper, talk or shout go crazy with blonde; be brave, be bold, be beautiful and buy the love of your life the best present ever.

At Studio2, 70% of all our colouring is blonde, so for expert advice contact us for appointments, consultations or gift vouchers.

Mandy Masters

Interesting question isn’t it?

My happiness is quite basic – for example, the joy of a clean bed, hot shower, beans on toast. Next comes family, friends, health, education, freedom and leisure. I know how lucky I am to have all of these and not everyone gets to make their own luck even if they have my offspring’s own version of Princess LaLa or Mr Positive thinking.

At Studio2 we recognise how important giving back can bring much happiness so we like to support as many local charities, schools, hospitals and sports clubs as we can and every year dedicate October and November to fund raise for a charity. Over the years we’ve supported a number of charities including St Catherine’s Hospice (Naked Calendar!), NSPCC, Childline and Marie Curie. In 2012 our Della even jumped out of a plane to raise money for Sussex Air Ambulance, this despite the fact she’s never even been in a plane before!

This year it’s the turn of Parkinson’s UK, a charity dedicated to finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. We are planning raffles, cake stalls, 80’s fancy dress night disco and a recipe book. We would love to invite everyone to get involved with raising money and sharing some happiness.

Call us to find out more details or visit the website:

Mandy Masters

Mandy MastersYou see, I’ve got some bad habits that bother my husband.

  1. In any town or country we visit I’m prone to pressing my nose against the glass of hair salons looking for new ideas (which he calls “nosey”).
  2. People watching (which he calls “staring”).
  3. Listening to other people’s conversations in restaurants (which he calls “rude”).

The problem is that…I just love people.

When I look at someone I’m assessing whether their hair shape is right for them and if the colour enhances the overall look. I know you can walk into a pharmacy or supermarket and purchase “ash blonde” or “rich brown” but colour is really about;

  1. Tone = cool or warm.
  2. Placement = walls, blocks or diffusion.
  3. Techniques = weaving, slicing, freehand, contouring, balayage, framing etc.

Each, when used correctly, help to correct any issues with the fabric of hair e.g. fineness, thickness, curly, straight (we are never happy with what we’ve got) and can draw the eye to a best feature or away from a less desirable family inheritance.

Lastly, when you have purchased this beautiful colour which really suits you we know how to care for it. You see if one buys an expensive cashmere or a to “dye” for silk one needs the cleaning instructions to extend its life.

If you would love to discuss this kind of detail please book a consultation and quote: art of colour application

Much love, “The Nosey One”

Mandy Masters

No really, it’s true – and it’s not just me that says so. In a survey in carried out in The Telegraph (2008) hairdressing was found to be in the top three happiest professions. I think it’s because we are able to be creative and receive words of affirmation at least once an hour.

The other “love languages” are met too:

  • Quality time = one to ones with guests.
  • Physical touch = creating a connection.
  • Gifts = rewards for services and salary progression.
  • Acts of service = Great team work and education.

An apprenticeship with us means you can earn while you learn gradually absorbing your skills by osmosis. We consider candidates from age 16 or later if you fancy a change of career.

I asked some of the team why they worked with us, they said:

  • “It’s busy, happy, fun and friendly.”
  • “Good learning environment.”
  • “Superb standards.”
  • “Great people (guests / team).”
  • “Relaxed, efficient and creative.”
  • “Great support, honesty.”
  • “Appreciation of diversity.”
  • “I love working with hair, no two days are the same.”

An apprenticeship with us can extend into a long and successful career. Our longest team member has been with us for over 27 years!

If you too would like to have fun, make money and be number one in a room where the sun is always shining apply today at

Mandy Masters

The new guest shook my hand and asked have you got some pictures I could choose from. She then asked what was I doing for my holidays, how long have you been here then, without pausing for breath, asked what makes a great haircut and what do you think would suit me? She was nervous.

Mandy Masters

It’s not unusual for us to get a call that goes along the lines, “I’ve coloured my hair, can you help?”

Mandy Masters

What does love even mean? I’ve looked it up and the Oxford definition says…

Mandy Masters

Mandy MastersI am very lucky – I have a wonderful husband who tells me I look great regularly.

Unfortunately for him I will only ask his opinion on what I should wear if I want to feel really confident, i.e. before I’m presenting to a class or going on stage, worse still if there’s no one else to ask. He would only then give me “what are you trying to say?” in an attempt to help.

My best friend (she knows who she is) can pick things out for me from rails in shops, tell me if something is “not your best”, “I think it’s too big” or “GET IT!”. She knows all about my clothing personality and the colours that will suite my skin tone, she would never suggest a fur collar (ugh!!!), a favourite of my love interest!

Here at Studio 2, we want to help our guest look their most confident 365 days a year. We have education from the House of Colour to help us understand if you need cool or warm, rich or bright colour, and which personality:

  • Romantic (bold and curvy)
  • Natural (relaxed, casual)
  • Classic (tailored, unfussy)
  • Gamine (elfin, pixie)
  • Ingénue (pretty, delicate)
  • Dramatic (strong, angular)

Most of us will cross more than one style, our hair will need to be part of that image for us to
feel comfortable and since we wear it every day, a consultation must help us really understand just like a best friend.

For more details about the House of Colour click here