Meet the Glasshouse team

Whether you’re wondering which stylist to book your hair appointment in with, who does the best balayage or which Glasshouse girl is behind our Instagram account, we’re here to formally introduce you! You might be familiar with our team already, but the chance’s are you probably aren’t - so hopefully this meet-and-greet will give you a better idea. You might even pick up a new makeup tip or favourite East London spot on the way….

Ashleigh Hornell

A New Zealand native, Ashleigh came to us from Stephen Marr after honing her hair skills in Auckland’s top salon for a year and a half. Looking for something different and to get more creative, Ashleigh is now a Senior Stylist at Glasshouse, specialising in soft blondes, natural-looking balayages and cute, swoosh-y bobs!

What do you like best about working with organic products?

I notice the difference in hair condition after a client has used the products even only once. I began using organic products back in Auckland but have now made the transition to an even more natural approach at Glasshouse. Blondes come out better, colour lasts longer and it’s healthier to work with because of the lack of chemicals. It’s completely different to anything I’ve worked with and I wouldn’t go back!

Favourite East London hangout?

I love the People’s Park Tavern for a Sunday night hang out after a nice day in the park and have recently discovered amazing fresh Hawaiian bowls by Poke in Dalston.

Dream holiday destination?

I’m dying to travel for a few months around southern America - heading to New Orleans, Mexico and Texas.

What’s in your beauty bag?

My hair can get super fluffy, so a generous amount of Organic Colour Systems’ Keep Curl Memory Gel gives a nice defined wave, helps with humidity and saves me from reaching for the hair dryer. Sans (ceuticals) pH Perfect Body Wash is a gentle alternative to shower gel without all the soapy sulphate chemicals. Smells incredible too! Finally for a not too heavy makeup base I like Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser, it gives even skin coverage which is light and dewy.

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Matt Benns

Matt is our newest addition to the team, joining us from Auckland as a Senior Stylist and our first non-female member of staff at Glasshouse! Fresh from New Zealand, Matt was previously the Creative Director for top salon Stephen Marr, where he spent his time educating and influencing the busy, fashion-forward team. With a passion for self-expression and collaboration, Matt has also created hair looks for the likes of Australian Vogue and led hair teams during New Zealand, Sydney and New York Fashion Weeks. Phew! As you can imagine, we’re super excited to have him here. He likes to work with the individual’s natural hair texture; enhancing and embracing what you’ve got. Oh, and did we mention he’s a pro with curly hair?

What do you like best about working with organic products?

We absorb so many pollutants each day, and limiting the amount of chemicals we are exposed to is only a positive. It enhances your own health and also allows us to limit the damage we cause to the planet.

Favourite East London hangout?

I love to eat out and live for good food and friends. Any of Ottolenghi’s three restaurants in London are a must.

Dream holiday destination?

Anywhere I have access to great local food, sand and ocean. I’d love to go to Palawan Island in the Philippines.

What’s in your beauty bag?

Keep it simple. I use the Sans (Ceuticals) pH Perfect Body Wash and the Original Detox Shampoo from Original Mineral, packed full of deeply cleansing Australian River Mint.

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Mia Waldern

Making the move this year from sunny San Francisco, Mia is our stylist and cutting specialist. After training at the Aveda Institute and being exposed to using cleaner products, Mia completed her hair qualification at Vidal Sassoon before coming to London. With a Cosmetology license under her belt too (that’s a makeup and skincare certificate to us), she loves working with with all colours, from coppers to creamy blondes, and is our resident cutting whizz with a knack for curly textures and short bob shapes.

What do you like best about working with organic products?

A lot of the hair industry is centred around using chemical-based products and I personally prefer working for independent companies who make it a priority to minimise the harmful stuff. I lived in San Francisco which is a really environmentally-conscious city so I’ve always been aware of my eco output. At Glasshouse I love that I can be completely open with my clients about the products and what’s in them, promoting a more conscientious way of living at the same time.

Favourite East London hangout?

Victoria Park for a jog and Broadway Market on a Saturday are permanent fixtures. I also love everything in the De Beaviour Deli and Brilliant Corners in Dalston for dinner and a bit of grooving after…

Dream holiday destination?

Now I’m in based in Europe, Iceland is firmly on my hit list and I’m desperate to go there for the amazing thermonuclear baths.

What’s in your beauty bag?

For hair I’ve started using the Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Hair Hydratant for a really luxurious conditioning experience and great smell to boot. I’ve also just made the switch to natural deodorant and the Lemon and Geranium balm which works better than any deodorant I’ve tried. To top it off makeup-wise I’m a bit obsessed with RMS’ metallic-y Eye Polishes, particularly in the shades Lucky (a rosey-gold tone) and Lunar (perfect for extra highlighting and dewiness).

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Melissa Bresnahan

Melissa is our Stylist anresident Aussie, having moved to Hackney from down under this year. With a love of long hair, soft highlights and balayage colour, Melissa is bringing a good dose of sunshine to Glasshouse!

What do you like best about working with organic products?

I’ve only ever worked in more chemical colour based salons previous to Glasshouse, so it’s been a real eye opener working with Organic Colour Systems. I’m a total convert! The end result is just generally a much cleaner, more beautiful colour that we create without blasting the hair with chemicals.

Favourite East London hangouts?

I haven’t been in London that long so am enjoying exploring Shoreditch and Brick Lane on a sunny weekend. The Queen of Hoxton rooftop is a must in good weather too.

Dream holiday destination?

I spent some time travelling around Mexico this year - all around the country, from Mexico City to Wahaca. It was incredible. However the dream would have to be jetting off to the Bahamas…

What’s in your beauty bag?

For my hair, I’ve recently tried Original Mineral’s Project Sukori Smoothing Balm - a smooth luxurious balm for intense moisture and repair, especially for my fine, coloured hair. I love a bath and Guy Morgan’s Himalayan Pink Salts make it extra relaxing - and extra pinky-hued too. Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB Cream is a great, versatile foundation that I find gives me all the dewiness I want, without compromising coverage.

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Lucy Rickard

Lucy is our full time assistant, stylist-in-training and a proper East London girl, having grown up in Hackney. With a qualification in hair and beauty and a penchant for blondes (everything from warm honey colours to icy whites), Lucy is also a whizz with a hair dryer - she’s your go-to for last minute blow dries and, frankly, we couldn’t survive without her.

What do you like best about working with organic products?

Previous salons I’ve worked at have always talked about prioritising condition, but they never actually see it through. They’d rather spend time making money with complex colour services rather than factoring in treatments and getting condition up to scratch. This is why I love Glasshouse and Organic Colour Systems - it’s the first place I’ve been that actually practices what it preaches when it comes to condition.

Favourite East London hangouts?

Crate in Hackney Wick is a weekly fixture for me when it comes to dinner and drinks, I love their house-brewed cider. A little further afield, but Leyton Technical is always worth a visit. It’s a pub in Leyton’s old Town Hall and has a great atmosphere, plus delicious drinks.

Dream holiday destination?

The dream would be to travel around Australia and America in a winnebago.

What’s in your beauty bag?

A generous amount of Aqua Boost Leave-in Conditioner on my hair every time I wash it, otherwise it’s impossible to brush through. I’ve been using Honest’s Rosehip + Eucalyptus Soap all over my body, not only is the scent amazing but it’s got little gritty bits in that exfoliate my skin. For makeup, I keep things subtle but always go for a strong lip. Bellapierre’s Ruby shade lipstick paired with Jane Iredale’s Lip Pencil in Crimson is my daily go-to.

Lucy Vincent

Lucy is Business and Communications Manager at Glasshouse, heading up the creative (and not-so-creative) sides of the business, as well as editing the journal, managing all things digital and taking care of the team. With a journalism degree from London College of Fashion, she’s been in the city for six years, during which she’s done all sorts - from working at fashion magazines and assisting designers to flipping burgers in Soho (don’t ask). With a love of writing and styling, you’ll mostly find her in the office adding to her to-do list.

What do you like best about working with organic products?

It’s a no brainer for me and I’m thankful everyday to be in a job that allows me to work with and discover such an inspiring range of brands, products and individuals who are quietly revolutionising the way we look after our skin and hair. I’m a bit of a foodie and have always cared about what I eat, so extending this ethos to other parts of my life seems natural. Did I mention my hair is in better condition than ever?

Favourite East London hangout?

My ideal East London evening goes a bit like this: a quick beer at The Gun on Well Street, followed by grilled oysters at Pamela in Dalston, swing next-door to The Haggerston for a dance and top it all off by pestering the bar staff at The Alibi for free Jagerbombs till the early hours. They hate me.

Dream holiday destination?

Italy - preferably Florence, sitting at a red and white chequered table eating pasta.

What’s in your beauty bag?

I’m overly attached to Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Hair Hydratant, i.e. the conditioner of my dreams and the only product to hydrate my thick, often dry hair. Morning and evening I apply a generous amount of Honest’s Balancing Face Cream, it’s soft, absorbs instantly and looks pretty on my bedside table. And finally, Jane Iredale’s Longest Lash Mascara lasts forever thanks to the squeezy tube, letting me use every last bit and transforming my short lashes.

Rosie Herdman

Rosie is our full-time Front of House Manager but also helps run the shop, journal, as well as being our resident Instagram queen. Born in Oxford and raised in New Zealand, she came back to London to take advantage of her UK passport (it would be rude not to) and hang out with her extended family here. After previously working FOH at Stephen Marr salon in Auckland, Rosie’s combining her love of photography and writing here at Glasshouse, whilst making sure the salon runs smoothly…

What do you like best about working with organic products?

I think it used to be cool to act like you didn’t care about the environment - circa Kate Moss living on ciggies and champagne in the 90’s. Now everyone’s realising it’s cooler to care about not using masses of petroleum, sulphates and ocean-destroying packaging. Organic products go hand in hand with eating well and living consciously. It also helps that the products are really good and you don’t have to worry about all the chemicals your body is absorbing.

Favourite East London hangouts?

Netil House! Ha ha just kidding, although it is a pretty cool place to work. I’m all about the pubs, they’re still a bit of a novelty coming over from NZ. The Royal Oak on Columbia Road and the Rochester in Stoke Newington are good ones. Dandy, a restaurant near London Fields, is a recent favourite with an emphasis on natural wines and lovely staff.

Dream holiday destination?

Anywhere with a beach! I need to go and roll around in some sea water, maybe Greece? I went to Scotland the other weekend and it was a balmy 9 degrees featuring hailstones, which wasn’t exactly tanning weather.

What’s in your beauty bag?

For hair I love the Atonic Thickening Spray by O&M used with a Tangle Teezer brush (I’ve only recently started brushing my hair after a 10 year hiatus). I slather a good dollop of Sans (ceuticals) Activator 7 Oil all over my body but not before going out in the sun as the high vitamin A content means I would be sizzled! For my face it’s Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Powder in Satin, with a spritz of the Pommisst Hydration spray over the top.

Photography: Rosie Herdman for Glasshouse Journal

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