Lara has been hairdressing for 16 years, ever since she was little hairdressing was the only thing she really wanted to do. Before owning Arena she managed the salon for 2 years and then had the opportunity to buy the salon with her husband, Richard. She did not hesitate, and the salon has gone from strength to strength. Over the past 16 years Lara has completed extensive courses including management, customer care, creative cutting, hair up, make up and many more which have helped her to create the perfect environment for the staff and customers at Arena. Her passions are wedding hair & make up from the most natural looks to intricate hair up. She also has a passion for creative and classic cutting, her favourite being the bob.
Creative Tip - Always protect your hair from the sun! One week of sun exposure is the same as a years worth of straightening. Ensure you use a uv protector for the hair and spray generously before going out in the sun, and try to wear a hat as much as you can.
Favourite Product - Kevin Murphy Un.tangle, a detangling leave in conditioner, a must have for every lady.
Outside Arena - In her spare time Lara enjoys photography, walking, gym classes and spending time with friends and family. Lara has also found a new hobby in gardening!. Her favourite programme on TV is Game of Thrones.
Arena Superhero Alias The Hairy Godmother
Bee has been part of the Arena team for 11 years, she started as a Saturday girl and has developed her skills to become Assistant Manager/Senior stylist. Bee has a huge passion in making clients feel a million dollars, she loves to give clients a complete restyle and colour change. She specialises in bobs and short hairstyles. Bee has been on many courses over the years from keratin complex, specialist colouring and cutting courses. She loves to learn and develop her skills, she's recently enrolled in college to do her assessors award. Bee also holds weekly night schools to train our apprentices to help them become arena salon floor ready.
Creative Tip - Bee's top styling tip is to never put your hair up wet as the hair bands prevent the hair from expanding when drying and this can cause damage/breakage to the hair.
Favourite Product- Bee believes products are a huge part of achieving your desired style, her favourite product is Doo.over by Kevin Murphy. Lovely for hold and movement without the wet sticky feel and smells amazing.
Outside Arena - In Bee's spare time, she has a massive passion for cooking, spending time with her family, socialising with friends and watching films with her partner. Bee has also recently spent lots of time skiing!
Arena Superhero Alias Dr Bob
Carly has been a member of Arena for 6 years, during this time she has developed her skills to become a creative stylist..
Carly specialises in gent’s cuts, short hair and creative cutting. Her passion is make up which she gets to fulfill when doing Arena weddings, proms and special occasions. She enjoys nothing more than making the client feel wonderful about themselves on a special occasion, using the best products on the market to make you look a million dollars.
Creative Tip - Rough drying the roots in the opposite way to get maximum volume and lift.
Favourite Product - Anti Gravity Lotion. This oil free volumnizer amazing hold without the greasy look.
Outside Arena - In her spare time she likes to do work out videos and baby-sit her little sister. Her favorite programs are First Dates and David Attenborough documentaries. Bee loves music and going to festivals.
Arena Superhero Alias The Perfectionista - You can't rush perfection.
Kirsty has been part of the Arena team for 8 years. She is an advanced stylist with an extensive clientele and has a passion for colour correction. She believes in making every client feel special and at ease when having their treatment in the salon. Kirsty has an eye for details and likes to give her clients nothing but perfection!
She has been on several courses, a favourite being Lee Stafford. She found his techniques inspiring and uses them frequently.
Favourite Product - Shimmer Shine. A light revive and repair finishing spray with gold shimmer particles which leaves your hair smelling and looking stunning.
Creative Tip - Why spend all that money on a cut and colour and not buy the shampoo and conditioner to keep it looking fabulous. Maximise your colour with the best products. In the long run they’re more cost effective and better for your hair than supermarket brands.
Outside Arena - In her spare time she likes to eat out, shop and spend time with her family. Her favorite drink is Gin and Tonic. Kirsty has just taken the plunge and moved in with her partner. They love exploring the sites of Devon and Cornwall together.
Arena Superhero Alias Fantastic Foiler
Chelsea has worked at Arena for 8 years. Along with her skills at creative cutting and colouring she is an expert in Keratin complex smoothing treatments and has a real passion for hair up. Chelsea is also involved in the weekly training evening, where she enjoys teaching the junior members of staff new skills. Chelsea is your go-to sytlist for Balayage - we call her the Balayage queen!
Favourite Product - Powder Puff is great for hair up and lasting volume on the roots.
Creative Tip – Give your hair a treatment once a week, it will keep your hair feeling and looking great.
Outside Arena - In her spare time she likes to shop, go to the gym, socialise and walk her dog Georgie. Chelsea also enjoys watching Hair tutorials on YouTube and going on holiday. Chelsea has just passed her driving test.
Arena Superhero Alias Balayage Queen
Leigh-Anne has been working with Arena for 5 years and particularly enjoys creating bespoke colours to show off her client’s own individual style. She also enjoys doing make-up for weddings, special occasions and photo shoots. Leigh-Anne has completed her training with Arena as well as extensive cutting and colouring courses in London and make up courses with top make up artists. Leigh-Anne has a passion for the science of hair and learning about
Creative Tip - PRODUCTS PRODUCTS PRODUCTS, there is no way you can achieve that salon look without the right products. Listen to your stylist’s advice on what they prescribe you.
Outside Arena - In her spare time she likes to cook, work out at the gym and watch endless box sets. Leigh-Annes Instagram is all about Winston, her gorgeous English Bulldog.
Arena Superhero Alias Geek
Layla has been hairdressing 14 years, specialising in occasion hair. Layla is blonde at heart with a passion for blonde hair and cutting and loves making people look and feel amazing and fixing their hair problems. Layla has completed the 5 day course for Kevin Murphy session styling, and has been selected by Kevin Murphy to be a Product & Styling educator. Layla lives, breathes, eat, sweats hairdressing, that's what we call passion!
Favourite Product - Resort Beach Spray, for texture for gents and beach waves for girls.
Outside Arena – In Layla's spare time she loves being at the coast or travelling to new places. Layla enjoys collaborating with photographers/models in her spare time to create amazing images. Layla loves trying new food and drinks and cannot get enough of avocado and Vegemite on toast!
Ellie has been a hairdresser for over 15 years and loves all aspects of hair, particularly getting creative with colour. Hair up is Ellie's passion and she brings so much laughter and fun to the salon.
Favourite Product - Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity, versatile on wet and dry hair and leaves your hair smelling amazing and gives UV protection.
Top Tip - Keep your hair healthy with regular treatments and having a good hairdresser is a must!! Colour maintenance is essential with the right after care products.
Outside Arena – Ellie loves eating, (don't we all) travelling the world and socialising. Ellie's favourite tipple is the bubble stuff!
Kerry has been in the business of hair for 21 years and above all loves making people feel and look fabulous. Kerry specialises in Balmain hair extensions, cutting and colouring, being the expert of blondes, but her true passion is cutting.
Favourite Product - Kevin Murphy Young Aging Masque, a restorative softening masque, great to use once a week at home and leaves your hair feeling amazing.
Top Tip - When you are in the sun, try to protect your hair by wearing a hat or use products with UV protection. Kerry loves Restore Lotion, it has a very high UV protection for the hair and gives you amazing beach waves.
Outside Arena – Kerry loves working (lol), has 2 beautiful little girls which take up a lot of her time but enjoys going running 4 nights a week and the odd bit of socialising when she gets a baby sitter. Favorite food is definately seafood, favorite tipple is Prosecco with a splash of amaretto! Kerry has recently become engaged and busy planning their wedding which will be in Ibiza!
Arena Superhero Alias Thunder Blonde
Sophie has been in the industry for 7 years. Loves being creative with colour and drying the hair to see what the final result is. Sophie specialises in hair up, freehand colouring and curly blowdrys but can of course do all aspects of hairdressing. Sophie does not stop smiling and is a joy to be around.
Favourite Product - Shimmer Shine, because it gives a stunning finish to everyone hair and doesnt leave your hair feeling heavy.
Top Tip - Never use shop bought colours or hair products, let your hairdresser prescribe you with every thing you need.
Outside Arena – Spending time with her daughter. Country walks. Favourite food is Dominoes Pizza (everyone's guilty pleasure?) and favourite tipple is a fruit cider.
Arena Superhero Alias Super Smiler
Lee has been a stylist for 15 years and the newest member to the Arena team. Loves the diversity that hairdressing offers and making people feel great about themselves and creating beautiful and contemporary styles. Lee specialises in cut and colouring and gents styling.
Favourite Product - Kevin Murphy Hair Resort, UV protection and a great prep product for the for texture on long and short hair.
Top Tip - Be honest with your stylist, it's all about your hair goals and where you want to take your hair, think of it as a journey that you take together.
Outside Arena – Lee enjoys kayaking, outdoor pursuits and festivals. Favourite food is Italian and favourite tipple has to be Morgan's Spice Rum!
Arena Superhero Alias King of Cuts
Debbie has over 30 years in the industry, wowzers! She says she loves every aspect of the job and that’s why she is still doing it after all this time. Debbie specialises in classic hair ups, gents cuts and loves making a difference to the way people look.
Outside Arena – Debbie loves spending time with her horses.
Lara Rose has been with Arena for 5 years, working her way up as a fully qualified stylist. Lara Rose has been on several courses including, hair up, gents cutting and Kevin Murphy colour expert course. Winning 2 hair shows during her time at college. She has a passion for hair photography and absolutely loves hairdressing and making someone feel great about themselves. Lara Rose cannot wait to start her next journey with Arena.
Outside Arena – – Lara Rose loves driving around in her Mini. Her favourite colour is black and loves listening to Lana Del Ray.
We welcome Alex as our lastest addition to Team Arena. Alex has a huge wealth of experience with having been in the industry for 22 years, working in London for 6 years, 3 years at Toni & Guy as a colour technician and Style Director, 3 years as a Style Director at Hobs salon. Alex has also assisted in hair and make up for film. Alex moved from London to Plymouth to be closer to her family and loves how loves living so close to the coast! Alex loves cats and adores her cat 'Franky'.