HAC Team Members

A note on Job Titles

There’s no unified system of Job titles in Hairdressing.  A hairdresser in a small quiet Salon may title themselves as a “Creative Artistic Director” but may be less skilled or experienced than a “Stylist” in a Salon where the culture of training and expectations of the required standard of hairdressing are at a much higher level.


Our Assistants are normally (though not always) Apprentices undergoing training to become Qualified Hairdressers.  They’re learning their trade in the Salon and at College.  From the very start under supervision, they will be learning and practising the skills they’ll need, be it colouring or blow drying and later on, cutting.

When ready, they’ll be working at a standard that allows them to provide support (especially colouring and blow drying) to other Stylists. By the time they qualify, they’ll already have an established Client base and their own Column.

Graduate Stylists

Graduate Stylists are recently fully qualified Hairdressers (at NVQ Level 2 or above). Based on ability and hard work, we would normally expect Graduate Stylists who have undergone apprenticeships with us to be promoted to Stylists within a couple of years.


Stylists are fully qualified Hairdressers (at NVQ Level 2 or above) and have the experience and expertise to consistently deliver great cutting, finishing, styling and colour work. Stylists at this level will have an established Client base and will normally have a minimum of around a couple of years post qualification experience.  

Senior Stylists

Stylists are fully qualified Hairdressers (at NVQ Level 2 or above) and have extensive experience and expertise to consistently deliver great cutting, finishing, styling and colour work.  Stylists at this level will have an established repeat Client base and will have a waiting list.

Salon Director

Salon Directors have considerable experience and will have been Hairdressing for many years at an advanced level. They will have had extensive additional training and may have specialised in areas such as cutting, colouring or extensions on top of their day to day all round skills. Stylists at this level will have an established repeat Client base and will have a waiting list .

Elise McMenamin


Elise Joined HAC in June 2021.

Abbie Butt


Abbie joined HAC in July 2021.

Emily Tolchard

Emily Tolchard

Salon Director

Emily is an experienced hairdresser also specialising in creative colour, balayage, ombre and extensions as well as being a classic AND creative cutter. In the Salon Emily runs a super busy column and is very much in demand.

She is passionate about her career in hairdressing, is efficient, enthusiastic, full of knowledge and a positive influence to her team members, she has that ‘can do’ attitude that her loyal clientele love.

Emily lives locally with her Partner. She is health conscious and likes nothing more than being outside capturing sunsets, enjoying coastal walks, growing plants and vegetables and being an Auntie. She is inspired by travel and learning new things.

See Emily for longer thicker locks, balayage, glamorous do’s, yoga chat and smiley happy vibes.


Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen

Salon Director

Steph has been with HAC since 2004, she’s a hugely experienced all round hairdresser with an emphasis on creative cutting. She is calm, measured and we are proud to have her on our team. Steph is also an Balmain extension specialist and men’s hair cutting genius and has risen to Salon Director through her hard work, technical ability and experience with many competitions, shoots and shows under her belt.

If it’s a confident, experienced hairdresser you need, look no further. There’s nothing Steph hasn’t seen before so if you’re worried about your “difficult hair”, you’re in good hands.

Steph lives locally with her partner and three children and their dog Charlie, Steph adores animals and would have her own Ark if she could. She loves cooking, going to restaurants and is a real foodie.

See Steph for precision do’s, men’s sharp haircuts, big restyles, hair extensions and all things edible.

Simon Finch

Simon Finch

Salon Manager

Simon joined HAC in December 2010 as Salon Manager and works closely with acclaimed Salon business coaches and industry HR experts to hone our internal systems, policies and procedures. That aside, you’re most likely to see him sweeping the Salon floor or making coffees front of house as he loves interacting with our Clients.

He previously worked in London for a brand leader in the Running industry, managing Retail Stores and working from Head Office undertaking eCommerce website development and email Campaigns. Prior to this he worked with SMEs developing bespoke information management IT solutions.

When not at the Salon, Simon will be running on the Coastal path, taking Landscape Photos or researching tools for his next DIY project. He loves eating nice food and shares cooking space with his Partner Sara.

Sara Antoniades

Sara Antoniades

Salon Owner

Having worked globally as Education Director for many well known London hairdressing training schools, Sara opened HAC in 1995. She has vast experience in all facets of the industry from session work, salon work, shows, seminars and fashion events.

With this wealth of knowledge and a passion for high standards, Sara constantly and consistently strives to develop her own and her Team’s hairdressing knowledge and skills (every day’s a school day in her eyes). On top of her hairdressing qualifications and accolades, she also has a BEd (teaching degree). Sara is fashion focused, industry led and client centric.

Sara has two grown up children that have been her motivation in everything she does. She shares her home with her Partner Simon and his running shoes. She loves art, books, fashion, cooking and music.

See Sara for sharp haircuts and a little touch of London on your doorstep.

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Hair Advice Centre,
2 South Place,
01548 853073


Monday – 9am to 6pm
Tuesday – 10am to 6pm
Wednesday – 9am to 8pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 9am to 6pm
Saturday – 9am to 3pm
Sunday - Closed
Holiday Opening
Late Arrival

Prices From

Cut And Finish - £35
Blow Dry - £20
Semi Perm - £29
Tint Full Head - £57
Half Head Highlights - £48
Full Head Highlights - £58
Men's Cut And Finish - £21
Girls's (10-15) - £24
Boy's (10-15) - £12
Full Price List Here


  • Salon Spy - 5 Star Rated Salon by Clients 19/20 & 20/21
  • Good Salon Guide - 5 Star Salon (left scheme December 2020)
  • British Hairdressing Awards - Regional Finalist
  • British Hairdressing Business Awards - Finalist
  • South Hams Radio - Best Hairdressing Salon in the South Hams
  • South Devon College - Official Apprenticeship Partner
  • South Devon College - Apprenticeship Awards - Best Small Business 2014. Highly Commended 2015
  • Venus Awards Nominee (2015) - Sara Antoniades
  • Youth And Business Achievement Awards - Best Employer 2015 (Runner Up 2016)
  • Youth And Business Achievement Awards - Best Apprentice Employer 2015 (Runner Up 2016)


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  • SMS and Email Appointment reminders
  • Complimentary Fringe Trim between appointments
  • Complimentary Fairtrade and/or Rainforest Alliance Tea & Coffee
  • Complimentary Cold Drinks
  • Free Wifi for Clients
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  • Want a sandwich? We'll get you one
  • Run out of parking time? We'll put money on for you
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  • TheMusicLicence Licensed music playback (formerly PPL & PRS)