• Salon

    At A Step Ahead 2 we try to offer you that little bit extra. If you like a bit of luxury to make you feel special, then come and visit us at A Step Ahead 2.

    Be pampered from the word go as you are treated to an Indian head massage in our stress free environment and then relax in the safe hands of our experienced stylists. All our stylists are up to date with all the latest techniques and trends, catering for all ages and needs.

    The salon promotes ecologically friendly practices with an emphasis on organic cruelty-free products and recycling.

    The History... A Step Ahead 2 was opened in August 1999 by Art Director, and owner, Georgia. Prior to this Georgia had been based in Bridport in Dorset, where along with a fellow stylist she opened a salon, A Step Ahead. The salon soon became a huge success and was very busy. 1998 found Georgia leaving the salon and relocating to Wallingford. After a short time working for a salon in Henley, Georgia was ready to open her own salon again and A Step Ahead 2 was born.

  • The Team

    Hannah •  Chloe •  Katie •  Jo •  Natalie •  Georgia •  Kate •  Daisy •  Carlie

    The salon would be nothing without the team and we are lucky at A Step Ahead to have a team of enthusiastic and able girls. Some have been at A Step Ahead for a long time and the slow turnover of staff is a testament to the happy environment we have. Training is key to our regime and in our midst we have three NVQ assessors. We believe in apprenticeships, in the old fashioned sense, and over the years we have trained stylists from leaving school and in turn those stylists have stayed at the salon for several years beyond qualification.

    The team are keen to give something back to the community supporting national campaigns like Red Nose Day and Children In Need as well as organising their own events. In recent years we have completed the Henley to Marlow Stride many times (10km!) in support of Cancer Research, supported Letitia running the London Marathon and taken part in Febru-Hairy in aid of Sue Ryder. You can see some pictures of our events here.

  • Hannah

    Hannah started with us as a Saturday Girl and after eighteen months joined us full time, as a trainee. She is now a fully trained stylist having completed her level 3 NVQ. Hannah loves all things hair and will give everything her best shot. She is now a trained manicurist too, so come in and see her and have your hair and nails done...

    (updated May 2012)

  • Chloe

    Chloe has been with us 2 years, she started out as a junior and is now training to be a stylist. She has completed NVQ Level 1 and is now doing her NVQ Level 2. She is almost there...

    Chloe is an enthusiastic member of the team, always smiling and polite to clients. A real asset.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Katie

    Katie came and did work experience with us in 2007 and enjoyed it so much and was such a great junior that we offered her an apprenticeship. Katie started with us full time in September 2008 and has now just completed her NVQ Level 2. She is now gaining experience on the shop floor and is working on her NVQ Level 3. With this she is now doing lots of great things. She's great with the younger generation; they all seem to love her.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Jo

    Jo trained locally in Wallingford and has been hairdressing for twenty one years. Jo's career has included home hairdressing and even a stint in the NHS.

    Prior to joining A Step Ahead Jo spent some time with L'Oreal keeping her skills up to date and has continued this since.

    Jo is now an A1 assessor after completing an NVQ.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Natalie

    Natalie has been with us for twelve years. She formally trained at South Oxfordshire District Council.

    When she wanted a change she was looking for a friendly environment and being able to meet people. She likes a challenge. With all us lot to look after that's what she's got. She has a great rapport with people and always has a smile waiting for you.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Georgia

    Georgia started in full time hairdressing twenty six years ago although her love of hairdressing started in her mother's salon at a very young age.

    She attained the basic and advanced City & Guilds at the London College of Fashion whilst training at her mother's salon. Since finishing her apprenticeship she has kept up her training, working with L'Oreal, Alan International, Lamaur, Aveda, Merlin, Tony & Guy and Herb UK.

    In 1987 she moved to Dorset where she worked for a local salon for two years before starting A Step Ahead. The salon took off quickly and she was there for nine years before her husband's job meant relocation to the Thames Valley area.

    Georgia worked in Henley-on-Thames for a short while until her second son was born. It was then that she decided Wallingford needed a new Hairdresser and A Step Ahead 2 was born. It continues to go from strength to strength.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Kate

    Kate has been with A Step Ahead 2 since we opened in 1999.

    Kate has been hairdressing twenty four years and trained in Darlington in a 365 salon, until she headed down south. She worked in Henley-on-Thames until coming to us. Kate loves all aspects of hairdressing and loves the fact you never stop learning. Kate takes an active part in the salon, including providing training using her vast knowledge and artistic skills.

    Kate is now an A1 assessor after completing an NVQ.

    Kate is second in command and gets on fabulously with everyone.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Daisy

    Daisy has been with the team now for a while and is working on her NVQ Level 2. She has very nearly finished and has become a great part of the team. She will be one to watch out for when she's finished.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Carlie

    Carlie has been with A Step Ahead for ten years and was one of the easiest people to train. Carlie completed her training with flying colours and is loving being a stylist. she has been off starting her family, so only works on a Saturday to keep her hand in while the children grow.

    (updated May 2012)

  • Charity

    We like to support charity in the shop, especially cancer charities as so many of our lives have been touched by cancer. Its good to be able to give some support and its normally great fun too...

    In 2014 we supported / took part in MoonWalk London.

    We raised £ 3,455.98 in the shop but as a group there were 15 of us altogether and we raised a massive total of £ 11,331.99.

    It was a unique experience for Kate, Natalie and Georgia.

    We supported Febru-Hairy 2012 raising £ 465 for Sue Ryder
    (this was great fun!)

    2011 Letitia ran the London Marathon and with the help of the girl and support of our clients raised £ 2,500 for The Prostate Cancer Charity. Well done Letitia!

    We supported Breast Cancer Month as well in 2009 raising £ 400

    We walked the Henley to Marlow Stride again in 2009 raising £ 1,000

    The Henley to Marlow Stride again in 2008 raising £ 1,000

    Once more the Henley to Marlow Stride 2007 and raised £ 1,100

    We did the Henley to Marlow Stride again in 2006 and raised £ 1,000

    We walked 10K in the Henley to Marlow Stride 2005 and raised £ 1,000

  • Products

    We use a wide range of products in the salon and where possible we choose organic products and products that are kind to the environment. The products we use in the salon to care for your hair are the same products that we sell in the salon so that you can continue to care for your hair in the same way at home.

    The MERLIN Professional range is scientifically researched to be at the forefront of hair technology. If you have a problem head of hair this is the range for you. Not tested on animals and using only the top ingredients this range will offer you the results you want. Its where Art & Science work together.

    Kebelo The new smoothing system to put an end to frizz and add shine to hair, creating the foundation of beautiful hair. Not only is the Kebelo range fantastic for your hair the products are available in really nice presentation boxes which make ideal gifts... Click here to read more about the Kebelo system.

    The original Moroccanoil treatment has revolutionized the hair care industry. Moroccanoil instantly transforms your hair from damaged, dull hair to shiny, smooth and manageable hair. The formulas not only leave hair naturally smooth and shiny, but also improve its actual condition to make it stronger with each use.

    Paul Mitchell products combine quality ingredients and the latest technology to ensure top performance and flawless results every time with every style.Almost all of their styling and hair care products (with a few very humane exceptions) are 100% vegan!

    For colouring in the salon we use L'Oréal Professionnel System. L'Oréal Professionnel delivers us the colouring tool we need to fully unleash our creativity.

    Joico The art of healthy hair, top performing hair products for healthy hair. Whether hair is dry, damaged, colour-treated, fine and lifeless, coarse and unmanageable, or just needs a little something extra to make it really healthy and beautiful, Joico's salon hair products offer targeted solutions to meet every hair type's specific needs.

    Have a 'good hair day' with GHD styling irons. We stock the irons and the hairdryers.

    What did we do before hair irons?

    Tangle Teezer Original professional detangling hairbrush is loved by hairdressers and used in professional hair salons. It's a super smooth operator that works the minute hair is lathered and rinsed. Glides through wet, vulnerable and colour treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. Hair peace at last! Perfect to pick-up-your-preening pace!

    Cloud Nine Cloud Nine has been revolutionizing the face of modern hair since 2009 when they launched the original cloud nine temperature control iron. Since then their new product launches have been fantastic.
    The O in 2010 introduced a fantastic new volumising solution. This year they launched the Wand, which gives unprecedented control and freedom when creating curls. Putting you back in control. This is life on Cloud Nine.

  • Kebelo

    The new smoothing system to put an end to frizz and add shine to hair, creating the foundation of beautiful hair.

    3 Simple steps:

    Step 1: CLEANSE
    Prepares hair by removing build-up and opening the cuticles, allowing Kebelo Treatment to penetrate deep into the core of the hair.

    Step 2: TREAT
    Kebelo System has developed a revolutionary formaldehyde-free formula that's rich in botanical proteins and amino acids. Unlike some treatments that can take up to three days to take effect, Kebelo Treatment is complete in one session, giving you gloriously shiny, frizz-free hair that is easy to manage from the moment you leave the salon.

    Step 3: AFTERCARE
    One of two specially formulated aftercare ranges that will be personally selected by your Kebelo technician to suit your hair type. This is included in the price of the treatment for you to take away. Both ranges consist of Shampoo, Conditioner and weekly Masque that are 100% free from parabens and SLS, ensuring that your hair stays smooth, glossy and frizz-free for even longer.

    With Kebelo system you can always expect your hair to be frizz free, easy to manage, shiny and conditioned whilst giving you styling versatility.

  • Weddings

    If you are planning your wedding, why not let the team at A Step Ahead take away some of the stress.

    Before the day of the wedding we will need to do a trial run for the bride. We will also do a trial for the bridesmaids where necessary. At the trial we suggest that you have all the things you are going to have in your hair, for example, veil, headdress, flowers etc. as this makes a big difference to the over all look and the end result. We can only get the right look with the right components.

    We can come out to your home, availability permitting, provided we receive adequate notice. If your wedding is on a Sunday we will be happy to cater for this, availability permitting.

    We have packages starting from £ 145 but we don't list them here as we find that every brides requirements are unique. We can include Brides Trial, wash, treatment and blow-dry the day before, the hair on the day, bridesmaids...

    Please feel free to come in to the salon and chat to us about anything or give us a call on 01491 83 23 23

  • Prices

    Prices are dependent on the specific work or treatment carried out and upon the level of stylist.

    Indicative prices from our price list are shown here.

    updated 1st May 2016


    Restyle from £ 45.70
    Cut & Blow Dry from £ 42.00
    Blow Dry from £ 21.60
    Ladies Wash & Cut from £ 29.20
    Gents Wash & Cut from £ 18.40
    Children's Cut from £ 7.90


    Short to shoulder length from £ 55.50
    Shoulder to long length from £ 73.00
    (both including cut and blow dry)


    Dia Colour from £ 34.00
    Root Tint from £ 35.00
    Easi Meche:
    Parting from £ 30.45
    Half head from £ 51.20
    Whole head from £ 76.60
    Whole head on long hair from £ 84.60

    Hair Up...

    Hair Up from £ 43.20

  • Find Us

    A Step Ahead 2 is located in the pedestrianised part of St Mary's Street, in Wallingford. Once you are in the middle of the shopping area of Wallingford you should find yourself in Market Place. If you stand with the Town Hall to your right and Lloyds TSB in front of you, the pedestrian part of St Mary's Street leads off to your left.

    Tuesday9:00 - 5:30
    Wednesday9:00 - 5:30
    Thursday9:30 - 8:00
    Friday9:00 - 5:30
    Saturday8:30 - 4:00

    56 St Mary's Street
    OX10 0EL

    Telephone: 01491­ 83 23 23

    E-mail: info@astepahead.co.uk
  • Jobs at A Step Ahead

    We have three positions available at A Step Ahead at the moment. Please apply at the salon or call Georgia or Kate on 01491 83 23 23


    posted 7th June 2016

    We are looking for a hair stylist for a part time position


    posted 7th June 2016

    We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team. If you like being with people then this could be the job for you.


    posted 7th June 2016

    We are looking for an Apprentice Hair Stylist to join our team. Are you the next generation of creative stylist? We have a vacancy NOW for a full time Apprentice Hair Stylist. You'll receive on the job training as well as day/block release at college. You will be guided by our professional assessors every step of the way who provide one-to-one support and guidance throughout your programme.

    What skills will you learn? Shampooing, conditioning, treating the hair and scalp, styling and finishing hair, assisting with colouring, reception duties, selling hair care products.

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