About Us

About Lisa

Lisa has been in industry over  22 years after starting as a hairdressing apprentice with Saks Hairdressing working along side Gary Hooker and Michael Young who at the time where managers, later leaving themselves to become Hooker & Young Hairdressing. Once qualified i left to work in Ibizato gain experience of hairdressing and insight into other communities and countries styles.

When I returned i worked for Regis in Newcastle City Centre of which at the time was one of Newcastle’s biggest hairdressing companies. Years later along with another trip to live abroad, i decided to return and open my own salon. I choose a local area having local insight knowing all other big hairdressers where in Newcastle city centre, however nothing local. I decided to take a massive chance on a very quiet run down salon which I revamped totally myself, hired professional stylists, and opened doors to The Shelf.

Which is it stands 14 years later with its ups and downs, what is left is a thriving salon today with 5 fantastic stylists with the plan to expand.

Our Team

Here’s a bit more on our professional team.

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    Andrew Clark

    Worked at The Shelf for over 6 month aged 25. Worked in a salon in Newcastle and Gosforth, as a junior he came 4th in a regional photographic comp. He is our young up and coming stylist great at extensions good at barbering.

  • Kerry McGonagleOpen or Close
    Kerry McGonagle

    Worked at The Shelf for over 6 years trained in a Gosforth salon. Has experience as a stylist and colour technician. Great at colour changes, amazing at pin ups, wedding hair and anything creative.

  • Emma OliverOpen or Close
    Emma Oliver

    Worked at The Shelf for over 13 yearsexperience gained from a salon in Jesmond, cuts hair, she’s the best at bobs and gradation bobs also the salon manager.

  • Donna GarrettOpen or Close
    Donna Garrett

    Worked at The Shelf for over 6 and a half years, loves to keep up with the forever changing hair trends to give our all to who ever sits in our chair!

  • Nicole ForrestOpen or Close
    Nicole Forrest

    Worked at The Shelf just under 2 years and is currently a junior.




Oh My God Lisa I love you!!! Top head of highlights with the ash colour is amazing and I can’t wait for my next appointment to get my full head done!!! I’m so happy!!!

I’m so so happy with The Shelf! I was let down by another salon the night before a ball, The Shelf squeezed me in after a cancellation they’d had and to be honest I had no idea what I even wanted, all I said was I wanted an updo of some sort. Kerry had a play about and what she done was beautiful, thank you so much! It stayed in all night as did the curls around my updo. I think this’ll become my usual hairdressers!

They slotted me in the same day I rang! Fabulous service, lovely staff and a friendly atmosphere. Hair looks and feels so much healthier just from a quick cut and style! 10/10 would go again!