Shelley started her hairdressing career aged 14 with “Hair by Java”. After a successful apprenticeship with College qualifications, Hair by Java was to be sold.  Shelley raised funds and bought the salon changing the name to Shelley Knowles Hairdressing. Shelley became one of the youngest salon owners in the country, aged just 19.

Shelley recognises the value in having a well trained, happy, motivated team and believes client care has to be top priority.  Her salon uses Wella for colours and excellent Shampoos and Conditioners, GHD’s fabulous Irons and Tools and their Heat Protection products and for treatments and styling, the wonderful Morroccan Oil range.

Shelley continued her personal professional development and now holds the acclaimed Master Colour Award, one of only a handful of MCA Graduates in Cumbria. An ‘MCA’ is like a Degree in Colour and as such Shelley specialises in Colour Correction.

In addition Shelley’s impressive list of professional training includes Best of British Colour, Best of British Cutting, Long Hair with Patrick Cameron, GHD Wave and Curl and Indian Head Massage. Also NVQ levels 1, 2 and 3, and D32-D33 Assessors.

Shelley loves all things ‘Wedding’ taking inspiration from the master of long hair Patrick Cameron, using classical looks to create the perfect Wedding and Prom Styles. Her salon creates the Wedding Hair for models on seminars held by local photographers.

Fascinating fact – Shelley apprenticed for world famous Lee Stafford when he spent a day in the Kendal salon ‘under cover’.