Leonie Abbott - owner of The Maxx Hair Studio

Leonie Abbott

Director / Owner
Continuing her successful career as a fashion stylist and business woman, Leonie established the Maxx Hair Studio in St Ives in 2000.

Her passion for hair and makeup is complimented by her desire to ensure customers enjoy exceptional service and value.

St Ives presented an ideal location for a boutique styled hair salon and the Maxx Hair Studio has established a reputation revered by many competitors within the industry.

Level: Style Director

Fun fact: Avid photographer who shot and produced a cookbook consisting of recipes from our local community. All proceeds from “Food, Family and Friends” go directly to Barnardos Australia.


Style Director

Carl is truly a passionate hairdresser with a real love and understanding of how to make colour work for you!

Giving clients hair that they love… is his goal.

He has a great talent for drawing often sketching new hair ideas, an experienced stylist eager to listen and share ideas.

Carl is always up for a bit of fun and a good laugh (and how could you not enjoy that infectious giggle).

Level : Style Director

Specialises in: Colour and precision haircuts.

Fun fact: Carl has recently returned from Japan where he represented Australia through Intercoiffure.


Executive Stylist

Sophie is our latest hairdresser to come through her training under the maXx banner.

She is at every training session and course available inside the salon and in the city to make sure she is always up to date.

An artistic, kind and caring soul, Sophie excels in her consultation and communication skills and uses hair as her canvas.

Level: Executive Stylist

Specialises in: Creative styling, foiling, classic cutting and freehand colour.

Fun fact: Truly an outstanding artist. Sneak a peak at her sketch book, always amazing work.


Senior Stylist
Karah has worked in the hairdressing industry for 10 years and joins the Maxx after spending several years in London.

She is a certified colourist and Kerastase Ambassador who understands the needs of your scalp and hair.

She will be delighted to help you select the right products.

Level: Senior Stylist

Works: Every second Saturday

Fun fact: Hanging by the beach and exercise.


Qualified Makeup Artist / Apprentice Stylist

Ashleigh is an integral part of our team. She is qualified in colour application and personalised treatment services.

After being with us for many years as a salon assistant and then front of house she’s a very familiar face. She is now formalising her passion for hair and furthering her career with an apprenticeship.

Ashleigh is a qualified makeup artist and up to date with all the latest fashions and trends. We anticipate her already highly talented skills to transfer to a high quality hairdresser.

Level: Apprentice Stylist

Fun Fact: Ashleigh loves to bake - macarons are a specialty!

Loves: Horse riding