Here’s what the team have to say about being part of the Vanadium tribe.

Ali is more than a boss, she is a leader who welcomes and encourages all members of staff to contribute to operations within their own realms of creativity and passion. Ali cares about our personal and professional goals and works to weave those into our employment. Much of the decision making of the growth of The Vanadium Lounge is a collaborative effort, allowing us all to share the pride of what our salon represents to the public. Her leadership style fosters openness, continued growth, compassion to our individual circumstances, family friendly policy and procedures and ongoing professional support and training.

Ali Goss

The Creator

With a global career spanning over 2 decades, Ali is completely addicted to empowering others. Whether it be from behind the chair, in a classroom or in front of an audience this go girl is all about pushing boundaries & getting the most out of life while encouraging others to do the same.

Began career

1991

Career highlight

Wow, way too many to even list. I’ve been exceptionally blessed.

Seeing my salon babies grown and develop, achieving goals & living a lifestyle they didn’t even realise was achievable. 

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

Writing, keeping fit, meditation, amazing food, beach, sunshine, travelling & personal development.

Fave drink

Quality vodka, fresh lime on ice in a tall glass with soda. Also partial to a good espresso martini

Fave book

Yikes……

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Jessica & April Fool’s Day by Brice Courtney

Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins

 

Fave T.V Show

Not a TV fan

Fave movie

Lion

Who would you like to be

The very best human I can be

Biggest idol

This world is full of exceptional & inspiring humans.

Cat King

Salon Manager

Don’t be fooled by this pretty bike riding, beer drinking chic, she runs a tight ship and keeps everyone in line. If it’s vibrant, illuminating, vivid or pastel colour you’re after Cat Is your girl. Also, specialising in glamorous blondes, Ladies Cutting & gentleman’s grooming.

Began career

2007

Career highlights

Hobart Exceptional Customer Service Award – Finalist

Telstra Business Awards – Finalist

Progressing to Salon Manager

Completing diploma of Management & Leadership

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

Anything that involves Dozer (Her Blue English Staffy) sleeping, motorbike riding & camping

Fave drink

Beer, Back handed panther & COFFEE

Fave book

Not much of a reader

Fave T.V Show

Vikings

Fave movie

Too many to list

Who would you like to be

The best possible version of myself

Biggest idol

Ali Goss

Bridie Young

Creative Director – Assistant Manager

Our salon baby has blossomed not only into a stunning grownup, but possesses ability in her chosen craft that is well beyond her years. With an eye for detail and incredible concept of colour, the life & earth loving Bridie specialises in long hair, blondes and styling.

Began career

2014

Career highlight

Telstra Business Awards – Finalist

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

Yoga, beach, Gym, Travelling, Live Music

Fave drink

Almond milk coffee, fresh ginger & lemon tea & Vodka

Fave book

The Hunger Games

Fave T.V Show

Game of Thrones & The Block

Fave movie

Hunger Games

Who would you like to be

The best version on me or Mitch Gobel’s girlfriend

Biggest idol

My Mum

Mel Lord

Senior Stylist

A people loving spirited soul, Mel loves being part of the Vanadium family, which also extends to all our clients. From behind the chair Mel’s passionate about offering a little bit of herself, always ensuring her fans feel good from the inside out, knowing that a visit to the salon isn’t always about the hair, but the experience and the feelings that go with it.
Specialising in Gentleman’s grooming and the basic elements of ladies styling.

Began career

2008

Career highlight

Winning Hobarts Exceptional Customer Service Award 2010 and finalist in 2011

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

Anything creative, upcycling, making gifts, decorating, writing, challenging my body on the yoga mat, personal development.

Fave drink

Soy latte & scotch with soda & lime

Fave book

Everything  by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fave T.V Show

Friends

Fave movie

He’s just not that into you

Who would you like to be

Simply a loving person, mostly to myself but always to others

Biggest Idol

In the words of Matthew McConaughey

“Myself in 10 years”

Suez Reid

Executive Stylist

A hair obsessed pocket rocket who lives life to the ultimate, our Suez doesn’t muck around. Mesmerised by the diversity of the industry Suez loves nothing more than to dive into her creative toolbox to deliver individualised styles for each & every one of her clients, ensuring the wow factor is executed. Addicted to seeing her clients make eyes at themselves in the mirror, this stylist believes everyone has the right have fantastic hair.

Began career

1998

Career highlight

Travelling through the USA with some of my idols in the industry. Spending 9 wonderful years growing my business and knowing that the best is still yet to come.

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

All things hair, gym, running, meditation, fur babies, real baby, socialising, wining & dining.

Fave drink

Soy latte, Vodka lime & espresso martini

Fave book

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Burnstein

Fave T.V Show

suits

Fave movie

Grease or Dirty Dancing

Who would you like to be

Audrey Hepburn

Biggest idol

In Hair = Shaun McGrath

In Business = Sir Richard Branson

Gerard Yaxley

Executive Stylist

This exceptionally distinguished gentleman sports one of the finest moustaches known around town. With precision & expertise, this experienced & extremely talented stylist is able to carve out creations taking years off. Specialised in Gentleman’s grooming, the baby boomers and Gen X ladies of this world, Gerard, or as we like to call him, G Man, can turn back time while he creates master pieces that are able to be worn every day.

Began career

1980

Career highlights

Training at London most prestigious academies.

Nominated for the inaugural Schwarzkopf/Instyle Hairdresser of the year 1987

Watching the growth and success of stylists who I have mentored over the years

 

When not beautifying others, I enjoy

Cooking, paining, creating & cruising museums and galleries

Fave drink

Whisky Sour

Fave book

The Road, by Cormack McCarthy

Fave T.V Show

Shaun McMalif – Mas as Hell

Fave movie

Sunset Boulevard

Who would you like to be

The person destined to right all the wrongs in this world