Our Team



Salon Owner

Hi there. I’m Leanne. Welcome to Silk.

I’ve been working in the hairdressing industry for over 30 years now and am just as passionate about it today as I was when I first started as a teenager back in the 80s. While I’ve seen many trends come and go over the years, for me, the ongoing joy of hairdressing is the ability to transform a person’s look, creating a new hairstyle that leaves a customer feeling confident, comfortable and ready to take on the world.

I have lived on the Mornington Peninsula for over 25 years. I designed and built Silk in 2012 with careful planning to create an open warm space offering different services of hair skin and beauty. Having owned two other hair salons in Mount Martha, the idea for Silk came about because I recognised a need in our community offering the whole family our services. This why I also created Men’s Den, a separate dedicated area for Barbering.

I really wanted a salon that was welcoming to everyone; a warm, open, lived-in space that feels like a home away from home.

I’ve since cultivated a team of 15 talented, enthusiastic and caring individuals who are just as passionate about customers’ wellbeing as I am. I am exceptionally proud of my team’s talents and individuality, enthusiasm and team spirit. This is something we are told by our beautiful clients all the time—it makes my day whenever a client says this.

Thanks to my team’s exceptional finesse and dedication to clients, Silk has been awarded Gold Accreditation with AHC Salon Select. We also care deeply about reducing the salon’s carbon footprint, which is why we go above and beyond to introduce sustainable practices into our everyday routine. For instance, we only use products that are natural and environmentally friendly, but which also deliver optimum results.

I look forward to meeting you at Silk and would really appreciate your comments on your Silk experience as our guest.

Allow me to introduce our Team .



Salon Manager

Ash, our salon manager, has been hairdressing for eleven years and has been with Silk for almost six years. Over this time, she has earnt her title with her peers through loyalty and her calm giving ways.

She’s an amazing team leader, keeping us all balanced. Ash and Leanne (salon owner), go way back to the first day of her hairdressing apprenticeship and have formed a wonderful working relationship over the years.

Ash is one talented individual with a Session Salon Stylist title and numerous courses under her belt. Ash is, and has always been, passionate to learn new ideas and techniques in our ever-changing industry.

Ash is our Bridal specialist delivering the most outstanding creative do’s. If you’re looking for something unique or simply classic she won’t disappoint. Ash can organise your bridal party with our team to give you beautiful hair and make-up, as well as all the lead up beauty preps we offer at Silk.

Ash is our go to for correctional colouring as challenges are her thing. She is a great all-rounder hair stylist, from style cuts to creative colours, adding hair extensions for volume, length and colour enhancement. She has a great eye for balance in styles, so she can tailor the perfect style to suit you as an individual. Long term planning for perfecting lived in natural blondes, whilst maintaining the health of hair is her number one priority. She can also help you with a retail home care programme to maintain your hair health all year round.



Senior Hair Stylist

Angela has been part of Silk Team from the very beginning.

Angela is our gem. She is a caring attentive individual with a loyal following that simply love her.
She has the zest for life, and is always out and about on adventures, trying something new in her personal life and her professional life.

Her hunger to learn is inspiring. If there is a course or seminar in our industry on offer, you can be assured Ange has participated.
Angela is a perfectionist at style cutting, especially with short edgy styles. Curly hair is her favourite type of hair—she loves to create styles for easy wash n wear. With a love of all reds, she produces beautiful vibrant colours, from coppers to rich reds.

Creative, edgy Men’s cutting is also her thing. She offers wetshaves, keeping her loyal following coming back for a bit of male style pampering.

Book Ange and you won’t be disappointed with her cutting skills.



Hair Stylist

Everyone loves Kaitie. She has been with Silk for over six years, starting her hair career as an apprentice at Silk, and has grown into an amazing hair stylist.

Kaitie is all about natural, creating soft moody colours and easy maintenance styles that can be maintained at home. Hair health is her main priority. She often adds hair extensions to gain length and added colour.

Specialising in keratin smoothing systems for frizzy, lifeless hair is part of her program of bringing your hair back to health—after all, who doesn’t want healthy shiny hair?!




Mia is our bubbly creative girl. She has been on team for five years and started her career in hair with Silk.

Mia is all about glam, creating beautiful blondes, favouring root shadows with soft Balayage toned to perfection. Mia loves the picture perfect look, and can create a Hollywood hair and make-up effect, just for you. Mia will help plan your desired look from colour to cut design, enhanced with carefully placed hair extensions. Whether you want a smooth clean finish, beautiful bouncy curls, or soft flowy up style, she’s your girl. Not forgetting men’s styling, Mia is a wiz with men’s on-trend, fashion styles.




Christine has been at Silk coming up to two years.

Christine has gained a valuable three years experience working abroad in exclusive London salons and then took her hairstyling talents to Perth for two years. Returning back to her roots on the Mornington Peninsula with her family, she has settled in back where she belongs.

Christine has a warm, friendly, caring approach with our guests, offering bespoke women’s and men’s cutting. This is her favourite work, with colour work being a close second. 

She has a great eye for identifying what suits you most. Her approach to matching the perfect shade you desire will leave you feeling satisfied.



Hair Stylist

With over 15 years’ experience as a hairdresser, Ashlee owned her own boutique salon in Cowes, Phillip Island for over five years. Keen for a change of pace and wanting to balance life with her young family and her career, Ashlee has made her move to the Mornington Peninsula, fitting in with team Silk like a glove.

Ashlee is dedicated from start to finish with design cutting and colour, always aiming to please. She loves creating new looks that deliver that ever-elusive wow-factor. Committed to ensuring that your locks are as luscious, silky and smooth as possible, she loves to demonstrate hair product use and is more than happy to prescribe a customised home hair care routine—just for you.

Ashlee also specialises in men’s styling and grooming, achieving the look that makes you look and feel like a new man.




Melanie fulfils life with her young family. She is our part time hair stylist and books up quickly with her loyal following.

Melanie has been with Silk for four years and has worked on the Mornington Peninsula for 15 years. She spent six of those years working alongside salon owner Leanne in other salons, forming a great bond and team values.

She is keen to take on new guests as she loves new challenges. With her love to please, Melanie has mastered and perfected clean smooth bobs, finished with gorgeous glossy colours. When it comes to colour, foiling is her art, and keeps her guests coming back time and again.

Melanie is wonderful with precision cutting in ladies and men’s and will not disappoint if you choose her as your hair stylist




Mimi is a passionate as you can get. In the final year of her apprenticeship, she has a hunger to learn on every level in hair. She already has a huge following of creative colouring from soft balayage, and root stretches to beautiful foils.

Mimi has truly creative style, enjoying her title of the HBIA apprentice festival braiding of the year 2019.

She can create wild inventive hair and make-up looks for your big weekend. If you’re looking for big bouncy glam or a weekly blow wave, Mimi is your girl.




Tayah is our funky wild child apprentice. If there is a new hair colour on-trend she will be wearing it. She loves perfecting flawless blow waves, bouncy curls and boho waves.

Tayah is dedicated to becoming an accomplished hairdresser, respected for her unique work and attention to detail. She loves making sure you’ll leave the salon feeling special with her attentive ways. 




Tiahn is our dynamic apprentice at Silk who has an infectiously happy disposition—you can’t help but smile when she’s on the floor. She loves creating textured beachy waves and glam curls, and is our upcoming braid queen.

Always excited to discover new skills and techniques, Tiahn is dedicated to learning as much as she possibly can from Silk’s senior stylists. 



Facial Specialist

Elise is passionate and nurturing. You cannot help but relax and unwind in the hands of our expert beauty therapist. She loves to give and is truly dedicated to pleasing. She is our calm at Silk.

With over 25 years of experience, Elise is a certified Dermalogica Expert and has extensive product knowledge for your home care ritual. Elise customises our Dermalogica facials for individual concerns, always finishing with the best decolarge massage you can imagine. She also specialises in Aveda skin therapy—an organic natural plant derived range. Elise will perform an unforgettable nurturing Aveda facial or body treatment that will leave you wanting more.

Elise specialises in Jane Iredale make-up application and demonstrations. She is well known for being the wax Queen on the Mornington Peninsula. She loves to give pamper pedicures and manicures finishing with Bio sculpture gel. Brow shaping, brow and lash tints, and eyelash lifts are another area she loves to focus on and, of course, we can’t forget spray tanning.

Basically, Elise can look after you from top to toe. Book an appointment with her—we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Beauty Therapist

Kristyn is our incredible beauty therapist who specialises in nails brows and lashes as well as being a Jane Iredale makeup artist. Attentive and caring, Kristyn loves to enhance people’s natural beauty so that they can radiate confidence and happiness.

Having been a beauty therapist for six years, Kristyn’s extensive knowledge of everything nails, brows, lashes and makeup means that she can help you achieve any look you dream of. Kristyn’s talents are endless: as an expert nail tech, she can give you a flawless manicure using acrylic or shellac; if you’re looking for voluminous and lengthened lashes, Kristyn will not disappoint; and when it comes to brows she can help you achieve a shape and style that perfectly frames your face.

To feel radiant and beautiful from the inside out, book an appointment with Kristyn today.




Betty takes a dedicated, caring, creative approach to all things massage.

She boasts over 25 years’ industry experience across all forms of massage, including remedial, deep tissue and relaxation techniques.

Whether you need deep tissue relief or a stress management massage, Betty is here to help. Why not indulge in a session in our infrared sauna before visiting Betty?

With this tried and true combination, you’re sure to get the best results possible with her healing hands leaving you feeling rested, rejuvenated and nurtured.



Salon Co-Ordinator

With over 30 years in the hairdressing and management industry, Val loves to meet new and existing guests. Her warm, caring, friendly nature will leave you feeling at home and at ease.

She delights in getting to understand your wants and needs, and strives to help you find that picture perfect new image—it’s her speciality. Val prides herself on keeping up-to-date with all the latest trends, products and styles. She delivers that oh-so-special salon experience that spoils you from head to toe.

Val can’t wait to spoil you at Silk.

We Are Open

After much thought and consideration, as of Monday 27th April 2020, Silk will be re-opening, with strict guidelines in place.