our people


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Dani Blakeley - Creative Director / Salon Director

Dani has a passion and energy for hairdressing matched by few others. During her 28 year career, Dani has gathered an impressive and diverse collection of cutting and colouring awards. As Creative and Salon Director at Yoshiko hair, Dani has also worked as an ambassador and educator for several high profile international hair colour companies. Yoshiko’s collections feature in hair and fashion magazines across the globe including New York, Tokyo, London, Paris and Milan. Dani is constantly in demand to showcase her collections and to educate fellow hairdressers in new colour and cutting techniques. Fortunately for Yoshiko hair and Dani’s devoted clients, her first love is working on the salon floor, where her creativity, experience, expertise and innovation in cutting and colouring, see her create exceptionally beautiful hair. Dani is  L"Oreal Professional Colour-ist Ambassador  and certified Blonde expert. She was a finalist in the Australian Hair Fashion Awards - Victoria twice. Dani was finalist for Hair Expo Australian/ New Zealand Colour Technician of the Year 2016


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David Blakeley - Business Partner / Operations Manager

As Dani’s business partner at Yoshiko hair, David has been involved in the hair industry for 18 years. He has a unique sense of style and oversees the design of Yoshiko’s creative space. David and Creative Director Dani Blakeley work together to evolve the salon look, to ensure it remains creative and showcases the latest work of the Yoshiko team. It keeps the salon current and ensures everyone remains inspired and upbeat! In addition, David plays an integral role in photographic shoots for each collection and in the coordination of show work. Behind the scenes he works to support Dani and the team, so they can get on with what they do best - creating great hair and ensuring clients leave wonderfully transformed and happy!


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Kazuo - senior stylist

Originating from Japan, Kazuo is an exceptional hairdresser with more than 22 years experience. During his 10 years at Yoshiko hair he has developed a devoted, dedicated and diverse clientele! Kazuo is a true perfectionist who takes the time to listen to his client’s ideas, individuality and style, before embarking on the creative process. He is a master of special occasion and bridal hair and an accomplished make-up artist. His work spans fashion shows and photo shoots in Australia and overseas. Kazuo also speaks fluent Japanese.


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kelly - principle colourist

Originating from the UK Kelly followed her heart to settle in Melbourne. For the last ten years she has worked as a head colourist in one of the worlds best salons, Trevor Sorbie. Equally impressive with the colour brush or a blow dryer; Kelly regularly worked on London shows and Uk A - listers. Kelly is an expert in all aspects of colour. From creative colour to a classic head of foils, as well as outstanding balyage. She has educated around the globe and was a member of the highly prestigious UK fame team. Kelly having completed her Colour Degree, is an L'Oreal  Colour expert She is also an Olaplaex  and Smartbond expert.. Kelly is a certified L'Oreal Professional Blonde expert, Smartbond Expert and  member of the L'Oreal ID Artist Colour-ist team.


chris - senior stylist

Chris comes to us after a long career working in some of the best salons on the East Coast. Chris's universal talent is equally strong with both mens and womens cutting. Chris's styling skills have made him a "muse" of Shu Uemura Australia. Much of Chris's hair Imagrey has been featured by Shu Uemura and magazines when he worked as a Session Stylist. With a eye for detail and a great feel for hair Chris is a very impressive hairdresser by any measure.