Our Story So Far…..
Covid 19 Update June 2020
The salon is now open again, but things are a little different due to Covid 19. But be rest assured that guidelines have been put in place to keep staff and clients safe.
Kala has undertaken courses in relation to Covid 19 PPE and salon cleanliness and she is happy to announce that the salon has been awarded the status of being ‘Covid Aware’ by the Good Salon Guide. This based on our Risk Assessment and protocols put in place to keep everyone safe.
The salon protocol has been created and implemented by observing what fellow stylists in other countries who have already opened. This may change when the Government provides our industry with guidelines, but she thinks she has covered all the basis.
Salon Covid 19 Protocol:
- If you experience any of the COVID 19 Symptoms: Temperature, Cough, Loss of Taste DO NOT COME TO THE SALON
- Clients must arrive on time for appointments, please do not be late or early
- Do not bring anyone else to the appointment with you
- Clients will be asked to wear a mask to the salon and for the period of their service
- No Cash payments only Card or BACS
- No under 16 to the salon, this is because they have to be accompanied by an adult or a gaurdian
- We ask that you wait by the main door, until invited in. This is to make sure the salon has been sanitized
- Clients will be asked to sanitize with the automatic dispenser found in the main entrance before entering the salon and when leaving
- There will be no dry cuts, every client must have there hair washed
- Staff will wear a face mask and visor
- Freshly Clean and disposable gowns ect will be used for each client
- A 15 minute clean down time between each clients will be used to ensure the salon is sanitized between clients
- No food or drink to be consumed on the premises
- A plastic screen has been implemented at the reception desk
- We ask that you refrain from using your phone while having a cut, phones may be used while a colour is processing
- Paper towel dispenser in the toilet and hand wash
- Kala will not be answering the phone while working on a client, so we ask that you leave a message and she will get back to you, during the clean down period if time permits
The added protocols will mean that the salon will be functioning differently and the capacity will be down by 50%. There will no longer be late nights on a Thursday and Friday, but there will still be Saturday for clients working Monday to Friday. But all this considered it does mean it is going to be a mammoth task of getting every one in so please be patient, we will get there.
The salon will still need to survive financially. Kala has always tried to keep her prices down and since opening 5 years ago, only a number of services have had an increase. Kala has had to review a number of these due to the current climate. In addition, services have been added, inorder to enable clients to add a little sparkle, but at a cost that suits you. Please check out the services page you may discover a new service.
Lets stay safe and sensible and fight this terrible virus.
Welsh Hair and Beauty Award Winner 2019
Kala was thrilled to voted ‘Welsh Colour Technician of the Year’ at the 2019 Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards.
Kala McCreadie Stylist and Salon Owner
Voted Welsh Colour Technician for 2019 Kala is a Level 3 Qualified Hairdresser with experience of teaching hairdressing levels 1 to 3, including barbering. Kala loves to learn and attends many courses in order to keep up to date with trends and fashion techniques in an ever evolving industry. Courses include Paul Mitchell Colour Courses, Balayage and Freehand Painting, Fashion Colours, Vintage Hair Up Courses, Wedding Hair, Wahl Clipper Fade Courses and many more. Kala specialises in all hair freehand and is a huge lover of balayage in all its variations.
Kala worked as an trainee in Ealing and then Covent Garden where she is very proud to say she worked under and was trained by Paul Matthew of Paul Matthew Hairdressing Garrick Street.
Kala gained her Level 2 at Pembrokeshire College over a number of years attending evening school, when Kala trained she did not receive a qualification and decided when working in marketing to go back to night school and she then became hooked again. She also has her Level 3 Advanced which she studied at HB Training.
Kala is also fully qualified in the application of Hair Extensions. She can apply 7 different methods.
Kala’s passion is for colour and spends her days creating bespoke colours for clients. Clients travel from around the country for Kala’s colour services. Kala loves creating bespoke Balayage, Ecaille and Ombre and prides herself on her freehand colour techniques.
The salon opened its doors on the 29th April 2016, with literally the paint wet.
There was an amazing opening party with Honey Fungus playing acoustic in the outdoor area, lots of bubbles, Cup Cakes and plenty of friends and clients.
The renovation work within the salon was done on a budget, with the help of friends and family only and in a big big rush as clients were knocking at the door.
Kala offers a bespoke private experience within her french styled boutique salon. Its the VIP experience.
The salon is very proud to display their 5 Star Rating Awarded by the Good Salon Guide.
Kala chose to use Paul Mitchell Styling and Colouring Products as she loves the predictability and flexibility of the colours and the luxury of the styling products. She also loves the fact that none of the products are tested on animals.
We also retail and use Celeb Luxury Fashion Colour Range, which are also cruelty free and the Goldwell Revive Colour Conditioners which help to keep your colours fresh.
In addition Guy Tangs My Identity range and a bespoke mix of Goldwell.
We try to be kind to the environment using disposable towels, emphasis on recycling and our electricity is produced on the premises with by the use of a bio mass boiler.
You can relax enjoy unlimited tea, coffee, bubbles, wine, herbal tea, a homemade cake from the Country Kitchen while browsing the internet using our free WiFi.
The atmosphere is relaxed with clients working, online shopping or just enjoying the purpose made play lists.
Over the next 12 months emphasis will be placed on attending more education. Education is key.
“Beautiful studio. Excellent , none of the products are animal tested! Very pleased , I love my hair!!!” Irena Smith
“Treated myself to a fabulous haircut today for a very reasonable price. Such a great, relaxed atmosphere, professional salon, superb advice on cut and styling & it’s only in Solva. Highly recommended. I’ll be a new regular!” Sarah Beynon
Macmillan Charity Event
Back in 2016 Kala coloured Abbeys hair inorder to raise money for Macmillan. Abbey raised around £300 for this charity. Kala donated her time and colours to this worthy cause.
Patch Christmas Hamper Run
In 2018 Kala asked clients to put food boxes together which would include a Christmas Dinner and treats for the Christmas Period. Kala delivered 38 Christmas Food Boxes to local charity Patch. Patch deliver food parcels to families during hardship in Pembrokeshire. We were blown away by the kind response from clients. Thankyou so much everyone who took part.
Stand up to Cancer ‘Paint your Hair PINK’
In 2018 Kala raised money for Stand up to Cancer. If a client wanted to add a little pink to their hair at the end of the service, they would pay £8 into a just giving page. The salon and its clients managed to raise £218 for Cancer Reasearch.