Stylists

Alessandro Conforti, Director, Salon Manager-Owner, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Alessandro Conforti , Director, Salon Manager-Owner, Shine Newington Green

Sandro’s training started in Rome in 1996 and continued in Milan where he had the opportunity to work within the fashion industry. He moved on to ‘gothic’ Barcelona where he found a completely different expression of fashion, and then finally to London, the city of every imaginable style, and found his home!

After five years in London Sandro came across a business that reflected his views on how a work environment should be. That was Shine holistic. Now, three years down the line, he has realised his dream and co-owns Shine on the Green. ‘For me, it’s not just a business to run, it’s the place I always dreamed of working in’.

He has the fortune to work with a great team and to focus on training a very talented group of people.

In his spare time – well, he looks for the next challenge!

Alex Scarsella, Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Alex Scarsella , Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green

Alex trained in his home town of Rome, where he worked for 10 years before moving to London. He then worked for Toni & Guy for 6 years, where he developed a passion for training, working with both the artistic and junior training teams.

The first thing Alex noticed on joining the Shine team, was the hour appointment system allowing him time with each client. A luxury which allows stylists to offer a high standard of service and the time to care about the detail. Alex enjoys working in a creative field and loves to see clients happy at the end of his service. “Creating a shape and colour that suits the individual is an hourly goal.”

Outside of the salon Alex has interests in spirituality, martial arts, reading and the cinema but mostly enjoys his time with friends from all over the world.

Carla Octigan, Director, Owner, Shine Church Street & Newington Green
Shine - Carla Octigan , Director, Owner, Shine Church Street & Newington Green

With over twenty years experience Carla’s real passion for hairdressing returned to her when she opened Shine Holistic. With her team of motivated professionals, she soon fell back in love with all that is creative hairdressing.

Her strength is reading between the lines, to find out what her clients really want.  Her skills in communication mean that she is often accused of being a mind reader.

Carla loves to create natural shapes and textures using scissors, but her 20+ years of experience really shine through in her colouring skills. This love of natural looking healthy hair means your colour will have durability and be as low maintenance as possible. She understands that today’s busy women are too cool to be tied to the bottle.

The proof that all this works superbly well for her clients is that many will now travel in from their new homes across the world for appointments with her.

Cinnamen Johnson, Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street
Shine - Cinnamen Johnson , Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street

Cinnamen trained as a hairdresser in Melbourne, Australia and after 9 years of working in a salon decided to follow her dream of living in Europe. She packed her bags and moved to the hairdressing capital of the world – London – in 2002.

With two years managing a salon in Covent Garden under her belt she was drawn to working in a holistic environment. Joining Shine in 2005 she found her ideal space and has happily built a very loyal following in Stoke Newington.

Cinnamen has a great passion for colour and loves using Aveda & OCS organic colours, which give the hair a great sheen, making her job a pleasure. She also loves the health component of Shine.

‘Being at Shine helped me to decide that I wanted to further my learning and last year I trained to become a Reflexologist.’

Ten years of living in London has allowed her to travel, see the world and meet some wonderful people who have broadened her horizons and shaped her life.

Clair Montgomery-Jones, Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Clair Montgomery-Jones , Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green

A Scottish lass from Glasgow, Clair moved to London 14 years ago. Hairdressing was a family profession and Clair brings her natural flair and eye for detail to a diverse range of clients.  

Not solely salon based, she has worked with a celebrity client list from Director Guy Ritchie and actor Billy Bob Thornton, personal colourist for actor Sharon Small in her television Dramas and has brought hair/makeup skills to many photographic shoots, videos and brides-to-be.

‘I came across Shine as I was looking to be part of a salon team, it’s enjoyable to keep up to date with the latest salon trends.  I would say Shine ticks all the boxes for me.  High-end service, a relaxed environment and a supportive, friendly team.  Using organic products promotes a positive image in a very competitive market.  All these factors make Shine a winner in my eyes.’

In the profession for over 20 years, Clair still loves everything about her job. She particularly enjoys meeting clients from all walks of life and the challenge of creating results that really fit – not only the shape of the face or hair texture but their lifestyle as well. She likes keeping up to date with trends and has a keen interest in Art, music and fashion.  

Dovile Caplikaite, Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Dovile Caplikaite , Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green

Dovile came from Lithuania in 1998 but over a decade later, she very much calls herself a Londoner. It was as a junior at Toni and Guy’s Academy that she was inspired away from her initial training in social work. Training first at Walthamstow College before coming under Sandro’s expert tutelage she fully qualified as a stylist with us in 2010.

Her passion for hairdressing has continued and she very much values being part of the talented and inspiring team that is Shine. Working with both Aveda and the Organic Colour Systems has introduced a knowledge of natural products and a belief in using products that are not only kind to us but also the environment.

In her spare time she loves yoga, art and healthy living though succumbs to the occasional fish and chip bender. In her words “I love my job it gives me freedom in every way!!!”

Eva Pesenti, Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Eva Pesenti , Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green

Milan’s big music and fashion scene hailed the start of Eva’s hairdressing career. Drawn to cosmopolitan London she moved here six years ago for a new and exciting start to her career.

Eva values the hair/health/beauty concept alongside customer service and a relaxed environment.

She adores creativity and is really passionate about her art. She wants her work to stand out but more importantly to help you leave the salon feeling great.

Music and fashion are key interests but London offers constant new inspirations.

Kate Neubecker, Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street
Shine - Kate Neubecker , Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street

Originally from Australia, Kate started her training in Perth in 1989. Once qualified, she gained valuable experience in a Melbourne salon for over 5 years before venturing to London in 1999.

She first worked in a salon in the heart of Camden Town where she experimented with creative cutting & colouring, extensions and all aspects of the weird and wonderful. After many years there, she took a break from city life and headed off to India where she opened her own hairdressing business working in both Goa and the foothills of the Himalayas.

Kate returned to London in Summer 2010 and joined the Shine family where she rediscovered her love of hairdressing and being part of a busy team. ‘I primarily enjoy cutting but find the combination of cutting and colouring to suit the individual the most satisfying’.


London life in the summer and swing dancing are her passions outside of work. Oh, and a cocktail or two after a hectic day in the salon never goes astray.

Lara Proni, Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Lara Proni , Principal Stylist, Shine Newington Green

Alberta (known to us by her nick name Lara) hails from Rome, Italy. Passionate about hair since childhood she started her career at the age of 16 at a beautiful Aveda spa in Rome. She then ventured to Milan and Barcelona to develop and expand her hairdressing repertoire.

Looking for further creative inspiration she moved to London in 2002 where she fine-tuned her colour repertoire at the Tony and Guy academy. Known for her excellent colour and strong, yet understated styling skills she has a large and loyal following. Many curly haired clients have been especially relieved and delighted to find her.

Besides the joy of working creatively with hair, she also loves travelling, music, fashion, shoe shopping and most of all her baby girl!  

Lisa di Gennaro, Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Lisa di Gennaro , Senior Stylist, Shine Newington Green

Lisa is really excited about being part of a growing company like Shine.

Lisa hails from Milan but moved to London in 1998, and has been in the hairdressing industry ever since.  She is inspired by working in a creative role, but more importantly, is delighted by seeing clients happy with the results!

She loves the easygoing atmosphere in the salon and enjoys working in a bright, beautiful environment with excellent music.

Working at Shine makes her incredibly motivated and she draws  inspiration from the work and talent of the other stylists . Also, she loves working with Aveda products, they reflect the philosophy of Shine: smooth, natural and pure.

She is also inspired by interests in: film, fashion, art, music and –being Italian, of course cooking!

Lori Zorzut , Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street
Shine - Lori Zorzut  , Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street

Of mixed Italian/Slovenian descent Lori grew up in Trieste, near Venice. Her training spanned both Italy and the UK before finally settling in London in 2004.

Her inspiration towards a hairdressing career grew from too many terrible childhood haircuts at her local hairdresser in Trieste. ‘I wanted to save people from so many bad hair days!’

In London, fashion initially motivated her towards hair styling for photo shoots but she moved away from the competitive catwalk world towards Shine’s relaxed, community focused salon. Lori enjoys the psychological challenge of hairdressing in which really listening and understanding clients wishes are key. She has a loyal following at the Stoke Newington branch.

Mark Radcliffe, Principal Stylist, Salon Manager, Shine Church Street
Shine - Mark Radcliffe , Principal Stylist, Salon Manager, Shine Church Street

Growing up in the UK, Mark always knew he wanted to be a ‘hands on’ creative type and completed his training at Toni and Guy’s Academy in London in 1993. After three years in the Caribbean Cayman Islands working, surfing and enjoying an overseas experience he returned to London and has been with Shine since 2004.

As the salon manager, Mark likes keeping clients happy and giving them the look they want. His vision is to create a salon where consistency from the stylists, attention to detail and customer service are the ongoing hallmarks.

Away from work he keeps busy with an Environmental Science degree via Open University and raising a young family.

Naoki Komiya, Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street
Shine - Naoki Komiya , Principal Stylist, Shine Church Street

Naoki moved from Japan to London in 2002, bringing extensive experience from many years in a top Tokyo salon. He joined the Shine team in 2003 and his quietly contained manner belies a wealth of experience. His loyal following love his signature soft, textured and natural shapes.

His years of session work gained him an agent and international travel to fashion weeks in New York, Milan, London and Paris on behalf of Shine where his creative flair is fully indulged and expressed up on the fashion worlds catwalks.

Naoki’s hair styling can also be spied in uber cool fashion magazines including i-D, Dazed and Confused, AnOther, POP, Ponystep, Arena, Vogue, 10 magazine – the list goes on….

Paola Grasso, Director, Trainer, Shine Newington Green
Shine - Paola Grasso , Director, Trainer, Shine Newington Green

Originally from Italy, Paola studied full time at the Artigian form academy in 2001 and has developed her skills in various locations around the world for the past 11 years. She has been with Shine since 2008 and quickly built a loyal, dedicated following. Paola has a passion for precision, she enjoys working on all hair textures and is a master of straight, strong shapes.

Paola brings her international experience, her vivacity, her creative focus and immense professionalism to the team and to her clients.   

Shine’s unique environment gives her the possibility to express herself, have fun and meet the exciting challenge of every client in her chair.

‘I love the hair world, I love my clients and chatting with them…’

When not at work she spends her free time updating herself with new techniques and trends, she loves shoe shopping, checking out London’s markets, and the best for last... If she’s not at work it's probably because she’s on an amazing vacation!

Rita Petini, Stylist, Newington Green
Shine - Rita Petini , Stylist, Newington Green

Rita came to London with the ambition to learn English but soon found herself working at Shine as an assistant and has now completed her training. 3 years of hard work, effort and perseverance paid off and Rita is now one of our bright young things, displaying everything we are looking for in the next generation of Shine stylists.

2013 has been a huge year for her, completing her training within Shine and spending two weeks at the Sassoon Academy, providing an opportunity to see one of the greatest training systems still around today.

She enjoys the professional environment shine sets but most of all loves being a part of a team. “It is the people, each one with their own story. It is warmth, comfort, fun and friendships, it means a lot to me”

Well done Rita, the shine management are very proud of you.

Sonia Ugobuono, Senior Stylist, Shine Church Street
Shine - Sonia Ugobuono , Senior Stylist, Shine Church Street

Sonia came to London ten years ago with the goal of developing her hairdressing career and learning English. She loves the international influences in London and enjoys sharing her passion for hairdressing with people from all over the world.

Sonia has been working at Shine holistic since 2008 and appreciates working with the largely organic Aveda products as well as the friendly, relaxed salon environment. For creative input and stimulation she assists in session styling for photoshoots and magazines which allows her to bring fresh ideas to her clients. In her spare time she loves dancing, yoga, exhibitions, cinema and theatre.