Meet The Team

/Meet The Team
Meet The Team 2018-09-27T21:18:50+00:00
Beth Somerset
Beth SomersetLevel 2 Stylist & Colourist
My adventure in hairdressing started when I joined the team at Material at the sweet age of 16 and have been here ever since. I have had quite a journey, training with Paul from the start and qualifying as Material’s first home-grown stylist. During my apprenticeship I entered 2 competitions with the National Hairdressers Federation, reaching the finals both times. I got to train with the HOB Academy in London for a few days which was another great starting point for me. My passion for cutting inspired me to work in London again on a training course at Sassoon – I loved every minute of it! Creating classic cuts with seamless soft colours is my favourite, I also enjoy looking for ways I can use colour to enhance the creative styles I enjoy cutting so much. I enjoy freehand, creative balayage’s too. Besides my love of hair, I am a massive people person and just love having fun inside the salon and out!
Abi Bateman
Abi BatemanLevel 3 Stylist & Colourist. Assistant Manager
I’ve always been enthusiastic, creative and willing to learn so hairdressing suits me down to the ground. I’ve worked in salons since the age of 14, steadily improving and developing my skills at Reflections Training Academy for 3 years while working my way up to Stylist. I joined Material in July 2016 and during my first few months as part of the team Paul took time out to pass on some of his Sassoon knowledge, showing me sharp precision cutting skills. In 2017 I’m following my passion for colour by enrolling on the Wella Master Colour Programme. 
I offer all aspects of cutting, colouring and styling hair-up, though if I had to choose I’d say that creative colouring and braiding are my favourite things to do: I feel you can be really expressive though fashion colours and, being a festival goer, I’ve had loads of practise creating fun, unique braiding styles which I’m now offering as a service at Material. I’m currently working towards my colour degree with Wella. I’m loving spending time at the Wella Studios in London and looking forward to becoming a Wella Master Colourist and sharing my knowledge with team!
Paul Harewood
Paul HarewoodHair Stylist & Salon Director
I practice world-leading techniques of precision hairdressing. My haircuts are structured, often with strong lines, to create technically sound, classic shapes which I soften and loosen to be wearable in day to day life. I left a solid clientele in Bath behind when I was selected to train at Vidal Sassoon in my 20s. After passing the exacting final presentation, I went on to work in Sassoon salons and academies in London. As Creative Director of Mahogany Academy I travelled the world teaching, presented at ‘Salon International’ and ‘Cosmoprof’ and had my work published in industry magazines. More recently, I trained in hair loss at the Philip Kingsley Trichology Clinic to help our clients maintain a healthy scalp for healthy hair. In 2016 I completed the 365 business management programme. In 2017 I’m sitting on a ‘Trailblazers’ Committee – a group of employers responsible for setting apprenticeship standards in England. Material’s team is fully employed.