Maria Vaughan – Co-Owner/Director of Education

Maria is driven by her love of education, passing on her flawless skills, experience and wealth of knowledge to both Jarah’s team members and individuals who share a passion for hair. Maria is known for creating beautiful fashion-forward hair and her eagerness to never stop learning is inspiring to her peers.  This year will see Maria focusing on developing the partnership between Jarahs Hair and TafeSA and building the salon into a highly recognised training academy.  Her vision and commitment is reflected on the Jarahs brand and the steady growth of this award-winning salon.

Maria was named Riverland Business Women of the year 2012 which is a true testimonial for her dedication to our industry and the salon!

Maria traveled to Santa Monica and Las Vegas in Jan 2013 to attend Redken Symposium and a 5 day precision cutting training with Vidal Sassoon.

Maria is excited and honoured to represent South Australia on the Education and Training Committe for the Australian Hairdressing Council and Vice President of the employers board of SA Hair and Beauty!

Maria was recently named CHI Up and Coming Talent, with 30yrs experience it just shows Marias dedication to always pushing herself into new areas of the industry!

kristyprofileKristy Hodgson – Co-Owner/Creative Director

Home grown at Jarahs, Kristy returned as a Co-Owner in 2011.  After gaining 5 years of experience nationally and internationally it was time for a new adventure.  Kristy’s dedication and passion has led to her recognition within the industry, winning awards and representing South Australia nationally on numerous occasions.  Being invited as a session stylist for Melbourne Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and Sydney Fashion Festival has allowed Kristy to bring exciting new skills back to the salon each year.  Kristy has a huge appreciation for the hair industry and her dedication and attention to detail shows in her work.

In 2012 Kristy created a masterpiece to present at Hair Expo Gala night (being selected as a part of the GenNext team) and competed Nationally representing SA at Wella Trend Vision Australia.  Click here to view Kristy’s winning video entry.

2013 was another big year, taking Kristy to Santa Monica for precision cutting training at the Vidal Sasson Academy and Las Vegas for the Redken Symposium Conference!  Kristy was also named CHI AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR for her editorial image that is now published in hair magazines all over the world even snagging a FRONT COVER!

Kristy is proud to be in the Australian Redken Artistic Team again this year which allows her to travel educating and sharing her passion, knowledge and skills with other hungry hairdressers around Australia, working along side industry legends

Kristy has been named AUSTRALIAN Hair Fashion Awards SA HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2014!! Her biggest achievement yet take a look at the winning Faux Rebellion collection in our gallery!

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Lauren Traeger - Principal Stylist

Lauren’s attention to detail is second-to-none. Her calming presence guarantees you the ultimate experience, delivering glamorous, fashion forward results and blondes to Dye for.

Early this year Lauren joined Maria and Kristy on stage at Salon Melbourne where together they showcase 6 trends to industry peers.

In 2013 Lauren was awarded Bronze for International Hair Competition Wella Trend Vision AUSTRALIAN yes AUSTRALIAN (not South Australian) Apprentice of the year.  What a way to finish your apprenticeship!

In 2012 Lauren competed in the South Australian Hair and Beauty Competitions, receiving second place for her Ladie’s Hair Cut and runner up for High Fashion Colour.

Lauren is looking foward to furthering her education through out this year one of her highlights so far has been spending 2 days with industry legend Sharon Blain specialising on Waves and styling and Iconic Session Stylist Richard Kavanagh.

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Jesse Simons – Principal Stylist

Hungry for our industry, Jesse’s love for fashion teamed with her eagerness to learn will take her to the top.

In August 2014 Jesse attended the Hair & Beauty SA Live competitions where she was awarded first place in Ladies Hair Cutting, but Jesse is not new to winning awards and taking home 1st place!

Late 2013 Jesse was Awarded with GOLD AUSTRALIAN APPRENTCE OF THE YEAR for Wella Trend Vision 2013!! I don’t think we can stress enough how huge this award is, her competition was strong!!Jesse was named as one in 10 to compete at Nationals in Melbourne against some of her industry idols, Jesses profile is starting to spread!


In 2012 Jesse competed in South Australian Hair & Beauty competitions, receiving first place for her Freestlye Street Finish.

Becoming a sought after stylist in her fourth year, Jesse has a unique understanding of hair and what it takes to create amazing results in all areas!  The combination of science and technique is what Jesse truly enjoys and sets her apart from the norm!

Georgette Berry - Principal Stylist

Creativity and passion is in Georgette’s blood if she is not creating beautiful styles for her guests you will find her singing up a storm on stage all over the country!

Georgette competed in her first ever Hair competitions in August 2014 where she cut and styled live on stage and made an impression on the judges.  Taking home 1st place in Men’s Hair Cutting and Runner up in Bridal we are sure this is not the last time you will see Georgettes work on stage.

Georgette enjoys the whole process of being a Hair Artist from restyling your look with a stunning fashion forward cut and colour or a gorgeous style for your special night, this girl ensures you leave the salon looking and feeling your absolute best!



Soph profile picSophie Butson – Stylist

Sophie is on her way up and moving very very quickly, her eagerness to learn and dedication to extended training is leaving an impression on everyone she touches.

In August 2014 Sophie was named 1 of 12 Australian Hairdressers who will compete in Melbourne in Oct for the Wella Trend Vision Young Talent National Title, she is up against some of the best under 30yr old talent in our industry at just the young age of 19 this is a huge achievement!

Sophie recently won a “Star spot” opportunity which opened the door for her to spend 10 days in Brisbane back stage hands on creating beautiful hair at the Iconic Natural Fibres Fashion Parades, this gave Sophie a taste of what her future in the the industry has in store for her.

Sophie’s love for her career is visible to everyone, from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave Sophie will make sure your experience is nothing but the ultimate.

Her friendly, bubbly and caring personality leaves you feeling beautiful and well cared for on the inside while her talented hands take amazing care of the outside.  We can’t wait to watch our eager girl grow!



Billie Chamberlain – Principal Stylist

We are lucky to have Billie all the way from Orange County, California join our jarahs hair family.  Billie has 5 years experience in the industry, and is just like us LOVES HAIR… back stage styling for iconic hair shows in Las Vegas is just one of the highlights in her growing career which we are sure to add to soon!

Billie specialises in Cutting and Styling, particularly well known for her flawless bobs and Hollywood Blow Outs not that you expect anything less from the girl from the OC!