Our Team

THE SJ ESTABLISHMENT SALON TEAM

SAM -- SALON DIRECTOR

After 17 years in the Hair Industry, 6 of those in business, Sam is now solo Director of Award Winning salon SJ Establishment created in 2019.

It has very quickly become the new go to Salon for the thriving local community of Adelaide’s Award Winning strip Prospect Road, and is now recognised Nationally as – 2020 Australian Best Newcomer Salon Business of the Year. Sam’s high standards have seen her develop a leading reputation as one of the most innovative, Award-Winning hair stylists and businesswomen in Adelaide.

As a result, she is also the “go-to” stylist for visiting celebrities including Bambi Northwood Blyth, Samara Weaving, and Ruby Rose (to name a few). Sam has spent over a decade touring Australia and overseas, educating and inspiring many hairdressers as a Creative Artist– one of her key passions and driving forces behind her success. Over the years Sam has been rewarded by winning numerous awards.

The biggest to her name in hair, the current 2020 & 2019 Hair Expo SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year award – now making her 4 X SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR as well as 2019 Australian Editors Choice Award. In business, Sam made it successfully to the top 3 finalist for the 2016 Telstra Young Business Women of the Year award. After 5 vigorous rounds of judging and interviews, She is now a part of the Telstra Alumni community.

Sam’s Editorial work has been published in many, national and international magazines, including InStyle and HairBiz as well as Mexican, American, British and South African publications. With so many strings to her bow, Sam’s true passion still lies with her Team and clients in salon. She’s Created the perfect space for clients to come and be nurtured, feel relaxed and leave feeling like they can take on the world.

She’ll tell you that successfully Growing a talented, diverse team at SJ Establishment that feels like a family, is her biggest achievement to date.

Fun Fact – Sam loves to Reno and build decks in her (not so) spare time.

What Sam's Clients Say:

“Sam and her team were just wonderful. Welcoming, friendly, and professional. I could not be happier with the fantastic results of my cut, it is a total transformation. Sam is an amazing stylist and her approach to understanding what I wanted balanced by what would work for my hair and face was just awesome. Thanks Sam!” – Paula

“Thanks so much Sam and colleagues. I love the relaxed welcome and caring service I receive when I come in and see you guys. And the hair gets treated real nice too.” – Laura

MEL -- SALON CO-ORDINATOR, MAKE-UP ARTIST

As Sam’s right hand women, Mel has the incredible job of organising the Team, Clients and salon needs and there is no better women for the job. She’s first to be noticed if she’s away by clients that love seeing her, and usually the first person you’ll meet when you Call, Email DM or pop in to see us. Don’t be shocked if you meet her at the basin or the colour Bar, as she has incredible skills thanks to her previous successful career in Beauty. With the client’s best interest at heart, she ensures our clients get consistency, beautiful hair and of course the full SJ Experience. 

Fun Fact – Gets too emotionally invested to characters in TV series.

TINA -- SENIOR STYLIST, MASTER COLOURIST

The talented Tina is getting back hands on at SJ’s after having her last baby. Tina is well established in the hair industry running her own salon for many years, but now wants to be back part a fun team environment and enjoy being a passionate Hairstylist again.

With experience in all aspects of hair, but a particular strength with her Transformation clients and blondes, We are very lucky to have her skills and knowledge.

Fun Fact — A true hostess with the mostess when she gets the chance, and loves to jet ski on the river.

What Tina's Clients Say:

“It was my first time visiting the store. Had a walkin for a wash and curls- such an amazing and warm environment with extremely friendly staff. Tina did majority of my hair and did a wonderful job doing it! Left the salon feelin’ myself.” – Cass

“So so happy with my colour and cut. Tina is an amazing talented stylists, beautiful salon, fantastic vibe. Loved everything!” – Toni

DANI -- SENIOR STYLIST, MASTER COLOURIST

Dani is our stylist to the stars, working full time at channel 9, but reserving a few days a month for SJ’s. Dani loves the diversity and client interactions – a true creative, so keeping her hand in the salon with clients means she is always up to date and learning new things.

As a truly dedicated team player, it’s how it works so well for us. You’ll need to book regular to keep her.

Fun Fact — A true Gypsy at heart – find her at any music festival, beach or travelling the globe.

What Dani's Clients Say:

“I am extremely happy with my blowdry. Dani was amazing and did a great job. Very grateful!” – Poonam

“The girls are so great!! It was my first time at the salon but it felt as if I knew them forever! Big thanks to Dani for my fab hair.” – Maria

MARIO -- SENIOR STYLIST, MASTER COLOURIST

Quite our Entrepreneur, after starting in salon then owning his own barbershop, Mario realised his true passion is being in salon and we couldn’t agree more. His flare with colour and finishing hair is second to none, as well as his short hair ladies creations growing ever popular.

Mario’s clients love leaving the decisions in his capable hands and his reviews speak for themselves. A gentle soul who thinks of everyone else first and loves to spoil our team.

Fun Fact — He spent his youth travelling with State Gymnastics and Fringe specialising in Aerial – there’s an ice-breaker.

What Mario's Clients Say:

“Mario rescued my curly hair with a fun new style cut! He took time to explain and plan it ahead with me. I’m looking forward to my next visit already!” – Joanne

“Very friendly staff, Mario his a very lovely guy very helpful, help me deciding for a new haircut and explain how the sustainable salon works, I’ll be back there again.” – Ernesto

MELISSA -- STYLIST, MASTER COLOURIST

Growing up with hairdressers through her Italian family, Melissa has been been a master with a hairdryer since the age of 16. With a drive to be an expert in her field, Melissa is quickly becoming sought after for her Balayage and long hair styling.

Her vibrant personality and attention to detail is a stand out and our clients love her for her nurturing nature whilst in her care.

Fun Fact — A master in the kitchen and has a voice like an Angel – truly!

What Melissa's Clients Say:

“From the beginning to the end my experience was wonderful. Thank you Melissa.” – Gelenis

“Loved how Melissa did my hair, was done in a good amount of time without feeling rushed!” – Anastasia

DAVINIA -- JUNIOR STYLIST, COLOURIST

After a hugely successful career in the makeup industry, being a mum to 5 and dabbling with hair for years, Davinia made the change to dedicate herself to the hair world. Her passion is inspiring, and her dedication to our Team and clients makes her our Hero.

You’ll find Davinia mostly with colour in her hands specialising in grey coverage and balayage. Also our guru for the E-Smooth treatment services and yes she still loves to paint faces sometimes.

Fun Fact — Most weekends are spent camping and 4 wheel driving with the Fam.

What Davinia's Clients Say:

“Loved my new colour. Davinia did an amazing job. Will definitely be back.” – Trish

“Great vibe, great service, love my colour Davinia! Will definately return.” – Patricia

JOE -- JUNIOR STYLIST, JUNIOR COLOURIST

As a budding creative and nurturing soul, Joe is a real asset to the Team. You’ll find him shampooing, rinsing colours, assisting the stylists and giving the best head massage of all time – we’re told numerous times by you!
Returning from Sydney, another Pom with a special accent and the hard working ethic to match. We love Joe’s passion to learn and try new things, as well as the relationships he has quickly built with so many of our regular guests

Fun Fact — Joe spent a few years travelling Australia heading up a Band performing in many locations. Maybe he’ll sing to you too…

What Joe's Clients Say:

“Thank you so much to Mario and Joe and all the lovely people at SJ Establishment! I love my haircut and you were all SO nice and welcoming and it really put me at ease.” – Kimberly