Ian Habben

Salon Director and Cutting Specialist He/him



Ian is originally from North London, and set up The Point in 1998. He has been in the  hairdressing industry for over forty years

Initially working his way up in London salons, from apprentice to Art Director, working in theatre, fashion shows, doing hair backstage at gigs, as well as styling for music videos and a variety of photo shoots. It was one of his proudest moment in 1992, when he was featured in Vogue, for his freelance work in, and around London and Brighton.

He also worked extensively in Denmark as part of an international education team, creating and teaching  techniques on stage, in books, and on DVD’s.

He moved to Brighton in the early 80’s, setting up his first salon  in 1985, Power Cuts. An amazing success and adventure, that lasted three years, and a huge learning curve for what would eventually help shape the ethos of The Point

Ian’s craft is precision cutting and styling. Preferring to work with the natural fall and texture of  hair. Always focusing on creating shapes that flatter the face shape, ensuring  that the final look, is one that his clients can recreate themselves at home.

The continued learning ethos at The Point is driven and encouraged by him, and after many years in the industry, he still looks for experiences and opportunities in all areas to ensure he continues to develop his craft.

Outside of work, Ian’s other passion, has always been music, and especially live gigs. He also enjoys the arts, especially photography, cycling , hill walking, good food and drink, and sharing time with friends and family.

He is a family man, domestically and professionally, and very proud of the team at The Point.

Sam Forrest

Master Colour Expert and Senior Stylist She/her

Sam has been part of The Point since  2008, starting as a trainee and working her way up to Senior Stylist and Master Colour Expert

Although her specialist skills are in colour and technical work, she is also amazing at cutting and styling. Her loyal clientele testament to that. She has great technique in all areas of her work. Hair ups  for special occasions including weddings, are another skill that she has mastered.

Above all. Sam is a great role model and educator for the rest of the team , and continues to inspire on her training nights

She loves the broad diversity of her work at The Point and really enjoys making people feel and look great.

She has attended numerous training courses in London with HOB, Wella  and Patrick Cameron. Maintaining her focus on constant learning keeps Sam up to date with latest trends and techniques in hair.

Sam loves the fact that The Point has specialists in all areas, to suit the varied and diverse client base. Enabling us to offer a truly bespoke service to each and every client. 

In her time away from the salon, Sam enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and shopping , plus she has a passion for classic cars!

Holly Mcdonald

Senior Stylist and Colourist She/her

Holly is passionate about her hairdressing, and ever hungry to gain more knowledge and become more expert in all areas of her craft.

Highly experienced, and excellent in all colour work, and meticulous in her cutting. Holly loves dressing and styling  hair, and the opportunity of creating up do’s for special occasions, or festivals.

Creating hair for photo shoots, and editorial/fashion work is something she would love to get more involved in.

In her down time, Holly is very sociable, loves to draw and paint, and is generally an all round creative soul, inspired by travel, people and fashion.

Martina Petrova

Stylist and Colourist She/her

Martina joined us in 2018, completed her training, and has gone on to become a fantastic stylist and colourist

She is hugely popular, with her welcoming personality and smile. Such a huge asset to The Point team, a great role model, and her clients love her!

Apart from being extremely talented in cutting and colouring, she also excels in hair ups and braiding,.

Her consultations and customer care are the best!  She is a perfectionist in her craft, and passionate about all aspects of the hairdressing industry,

Always hungry to learn any new creative cutting or colour techniques, she has attended many training courses.

She is  also very talented in languages , speaking her native Bulgarian and Spanish. In her spare time she loves socialising with friends, good food, and dancing

In 2019 she  reached the final of The Fantastic Hairdresser Awards in the Future Star category.

She has now become that star!




Natalya Blomberg

Stylist/Colourist She/Her

Natalya has over sixteen years of experience in the hair industry

Her career began in Sussex. She then moved to London, where she worked in salons in the Kensington area, before returning to The Point in 2023

Natalya loves the vibrant creative environment that the salon floor provides, and is ever hungry for new ideas, challenges and her continued development in working with hair

Maddie Tapp

Stylist/ Colourist She/her

Maddie joined us in July 2020, becoming an award winning apprentice, completed her training, and has now developed a strong clientele as an amazing Stylist and Colourist.

Always enthusiastic, and hungry to learn new techniques, and gain knowledge in all areas of the hair industry. Maddie is a model professional, with a great sense of style, whats ‘on trend’, and is an inspiration to the rest of the team with her infectious energy and dedication to her craft

In her free time she loves going to see live music, theatre and socialising with her friends and family

Maddie has immense musical talent, playing saxophone, the piano and she can also sing!


Ellie Story

Graduate Cutting and Styling Stylist She/Her

Keely Cottrell

Apprentice Hairdresser She/her

Kirstie Ashton

Apprentice Hairdresser She/her

Amber Labanya

Apprentice Hairdresser She/her

Harriet George

Apprentice Hairdresser She/her