Ryan Fortey

Head Stylist

Hi, my name is Ryan and I am the head stylist.

I’ve been a hairdresser since the age of 18! I worked at MP’s as a junior under John Phelps and Paul McCullough until the age of 25.

I then went on to Cream hairdressing with Scott Smurthwaite where i was a stylist for 3 years. i then ventured out to open my own salon Fortey’s which was open for 8 years in Eastgate Street Gloucester.

When I saw the opportunity of the regeneration of the Gloucester dock, I relocated and created a new salon called Head Kandy.

Age: 42

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Education: GLOSCAT levels 1-3

Alison Mellor

Art Director

Hi my name is Alison; I am 32 and an artistic director at Head Kandy.

I love working here with such a crazy, friendly and talented bunch. I had my first Saturday job in a hair salon at 15 and have been in hairdressing ever since.

I love the salon environment and meeting new people, making people feel good about themselves. I am also a mum to my 11 year old son Isaiah. In my spare time I enjoy the company of my friends and family.


  • Socializing with friends
  • Spending time with my son and meeting new people.


Doesn’t Love: –

  • Roast chicken crisps.
  • Has a fear of birds and feather. (excuse for not using a feather duster….!!)
  • Negativity



Art Director

My name is Kirsty I am 28 years old and have been working in Head Kandy since April 2014 for which i am an Art Director.

I have worked in two other Hair salons prior to Head Kandy. I enjoy all aspects of hairdressing and have experience in weddings and fashion shows which I really love to do. I am in the salon three days a week: Thursday Friday and Saturday.

I have a three year old son who I love to spend time with; we enjoy days out together which keeps us both active,. I also love spending quality time with my friends and family. I love fashion, travel and meeting new people.

Head Kandy has been very welcoming to me and my clients and I’m looking forward to many years ahead at the salon.

Loves: –

  • Clothes and fashion
  • Spending time with my lovely boy
  • Cooking and eating and partying with my friends.

Doesn’t love: –

  • Small animals (rats)
  • Seeing people unhappy


Art Director

Hi, my names is Louisa,

I am artistic director at Head Kandy. I joined the team in June 2014 –  it’s such an amazing place to work! I love it!

I love the fact I get to do the thing I love for a living, I love the environment that we work in it just gets better and better! The docks is buzzing there is never a dull moment! I love hearing our customer’s stories and tales of their amazing livelihood’s.

I am a mummy of three beautiful boys who keep me very busy at home; they keep me stocked up with crazy tales to tell my fab clients. So a bit about my history in hairdressing: I began hairdressing in 1997, half of my lifetime ago!

I trained as an apprentice at Peter Hickman’s, and then I worked at Maine hair salon for nearly 4 years. I then moved on to Toni and Guy where I worked for 2 and a half years until I fell pregnant with my first baby. Shortly after returning to work I started at KCK’s now known as Be Hair, where I worked for just shy of 10 year. I loved my times there and really grew in my profession; in that time I had two beautiful boys, got married and bought a house, completed a sky dive and did lots of travelling.

After returning to Be Hair and having my youngest son, I felt it was time for a new challenge, so here I am refreshed and renewed and so full of creativity with a new zest of life for hairdressing, looking forward to meeting new and existing clients!

• Culture – fashion and music.
• Her children
• The next big thing socializing.

Doesn’t love
• Lack of time
• Noisy eaters
• People who are closed to new experiences and narrow mindedness

Lubna Ibraihim


Lubna originates from India but has been living in the UK for 6 years, she is an Aquarius.

Lubna has worked at Head Kandy for 2 years doing Threading (the ancient way of removing unwanted facial hair), she studdied hairdressing and beauty for 2 years at college and qualified in these areas. She worked at Debenhams for 9 months.

Lubna’s favourite food is the food her mum cooks. She loves nothing more than to go shopping, have her hair done and spend time with her best friends. She likes listening to Rihanna and Beyonce.

Loves: –

  • Being a new mum
  • Shopping shopping and shopping 🙂
  • Make-up

Doesn’t love: –

  • People with bad attitude.
  • Snakes

Lucy Buckley

Art Drector

I have been working at head Kandy for 5 years; I started here when I was 15 years old as a trainee.

I did my training in both Gloucestershire College and Head Kandy. I love the salon environment, being a team member and meeting new people which Head Kandy gave me that opportunity to do.

I am now a Graduate stylist within the salon and I am really enjoying building up a loyal clientele as well as still learning new things. I’m always looking for the latest hairstyles, different techniques and love a challenge!.




Junior Apprentice
My name is Saffron and I’m 17 years old.  I’m the Junior apprentice here at Head Kandy
I like to socialise with my friends & family.
I’m doing hairdressing because I like to be creative with styling and hair can be a great way of showing off that.
After my apprenticeship is over I’d like to stay here as I really enjoy being part of this team.