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New Hairstylist Maria

When did you first realise you wanted to be a hairdresser? "I realised I wanted to be a hairdresser at 15 after work experience so I began working on Saturdays while at school."

Who is your ultimate hair icon? "Australian stylist Renya Xydis constantly inspires me creatively with 'hair-up' which is one of my favourite things to do with hair!"

Who is the coolest person you have ever met? "At charity events cutting hair for the homeless I met many cool beautiful and kind hearted people although they had nothing, it made me appreciate what I have!"

If you could be featured in any magazine what would it be and why? "Any magazine that involves fashion."

Sum up your personality in the length of a tweet... "Shy until I know you!"

How would you describe your personal style? "I'm a casual jeans and sneakers kind of girl. But I love getting dressed up in heels for a special occasion."

What inspires your creativity? "The people I work with inspire me to be a better hairdresser and strive for leading stylist status in the industry."

What is the best thing about working in Soho? "I'm new to London but Soho has a cool vibe and the salon gets a real mixed type of clientele."

If you could change any celebs hair who would it be and why? "Rhianna always changes her look so she would be fun to experiment on."

What is your most treasured item of clothing? "My Black Acne shorts... When the sun is shining they will be on!"

What type of styling product is indispensable? "Definitely Hair Spray - I'm not a massive fan of heavy products but you can't go wrong with a good spray to achieve different looks."

What is your favourite professional tool and why? "My Cloud 9 flat iron. I can't live without them! They're great for all hair types and give you so many styling options!"

Best tip you would give someone in looking after their hair... "Use a professional shampoo and conditioner as it makes a huge difference to how your hair looks and feels."