The Salon

Here at The Ruby Hair room we pride ourselves in our welcoming yet high end atmosphere. We have every hair care specialism covered, from colour expertise and cutting skills to blow drying brilliance and hair extensions. We are fast becoming a renowned and highly respected salon for GREAT LENGTHS hair extensions, having been awarded the 'Gold Salon' status award two years running. Our friendly salon spans two floors of beautiful historic listed building. On the ground floor there is a modern, sleek yet bussling atmosphere. However the ambience on the first floor is shabby chique antique with a tranquil feel, iPads to peruse and a sumptuous massage backwash chair.

Whether you are male or female, looking for classic or cutting edge styles, our modern and relaxed approach to unisex hair will ensure you feel part of Essex's elite. We only use top quality products to deliver a first class service at a price you can afford.

"We're constantly learning new and innovative techniques and applications to give you the platinum service you deserve. Your image is our image"


Meet the Team




Hannah Gordon


Executive Stylist/Colourist/Hair Extensionist


Hannah has a unique ability to translate her knowledge and experience into creating a hairstyle or hair colour which is tailored for you. She has a strong understanding for sophisticated and contemporary styles which enables her to transform the way her client's look and feel. Her expertise and amazing application techniques with hair extensions has attracted clientele from all over Essex and further afield. Hannah's commitment and devotion to a high end service has gained The Ruby Hair Room Great Lengths Gold Salon for the first two years of opening. She specialises in the creation of perfect colour and styling and is highly acclaimed for colour correction work. Hannah has an eye for selecting haircut shapes that compliment her client's facial features and lifestyles.

“Thorough consultations and really getting to know clients allows me to deliver new looks and give advice and tips on how to maintain hair at home to suit their everyday lifestyle. When you look good .. we look good!”

Ellen Lawson


Executive Stylist/Colourist/Hair Extensionist


Ellen is a passionate stylist and colourist and also offers expertise in all hair extension services. Her experience and creative ability enables her to transform hair into outstanding, effortless styles.

She has a natural flair for classic and technical styles and has developed an extremely loyal client following.

“A hair style is very personal and can only be created by taking the time to listen to my client.”

Karen Freshwater


Senior Stylist/Colourist/Male Grooming


Karen trained and worked in Gants Hill, Essex for 10 years before joining our Team at The Ruby Hair Room.† Karenís skill ranges from advanced consultation techniques, ensuring her clients receive 100% satisfaction, not only whilst in the salon with cutting, colouring and restyles but also giving tips on how to manage and style hair at home.† Karenís flair for understanding and providing a bespoke service always leaves her clients feeling like theyíve had a first class service!

“You can tell so much about a person by their hair.† I love the transformations of hairstyles and colours and realise how it can to have a positive effect on your life, after all hair is every womanís crowning glory.”










































Mimi Dawkins


Junior Stylist


Welcome to the team Mimi, The Ruby Hair Room’s home grown hairdressing talent having been fully trained by Ruby herself!  Hannah and the Ruby team are proud in successfully training our apprentices to a very high standard.  As an apprentice Mimi received our in-house training, learning all aspects of hairdressing from our experienced Stylists and attending college. 
“Training with Hannah and The Ruby Team has inspired me and made me realise my flair for hair.  I love to be surrounded by fashion, art and the latest trends. My philosophy is never to stop learning new things.”




Claire Thomas


Executive Stylist/Colour Technician/Barber


With a career spanning over three decades, Claire is a committed and devoted Stylist gaining knowledge from both home and abroad.  From the age of five years Claire's dream was to become a hairdresser, and now it's her passion.  During her career Claire has showcased her work in competitions and has completed several colouring and cutting courses in London’s West End.  Clair is also skilled and qualified in male grooming/barbering.  Claire joins The Ruby Hair Room with a loyal client following, testament to her vast experience. 

"I love creating; offering my ideas on styles and colours which are tailored perfectly to my client’s needs and then seeing the transformations.  It's my aim to ensure my clients have an enjoyable visit and leave the salon feeling a million dollars."  



































Career Opportunities

Interested in becoming part of our team,
Check out our facebook page for any vacancies within The Ruby Hair Room.

For apprenticeships in hairdressing, full in house training is provided send CV's to -

The Manager, 42b High Street, Rayleigh, Essex



Before 42b High Street Rayleigh became 'The Ruby Hair Room' this listed building was home to clothing store, a Singer Sewing machine shop and even a grocers. The building itself has been a feature of Rayleigh High street for nearly 150 years. The wooden beams holding the building together originally came from a retired ship and evidence of the unique origins and age of the building are featured  into the  character of the ‘The Ruby Hair Room’. 42b High Street Rayleigh is a part of Rayleigh’s historical conservation program.



In the firs image the building can just be seen at the centre of the image. This is oldest recorded photograph of the building.
But it wasn’t always seen as a historical landmark. In the latter part of the 1970’s it was the centre of much controversy when an application was made to demolish it. The Council of the day voted 20 to 1 to allow the application but the County Council and various amenity organisations including the Civic Society wanted to see it restored. Luckily with the aid of a grant it was restored in 1971/72. It had a rather unusual roof truss but its main attraction was its appearance and prominent position in the Town Centre.

The photo below was taken in the late 1950’s shows the building as ‘Manns Grocers’. Notice the minor structural differences to today.








The decision to restore this building was probably the turning point in the fight to retain old buildings in the High Street. Up to this time the policy had been to demolish the old and develop the sites with box-like buildings which were the vogue in the 1960's and 70's. To actually set about restoring an old building was a long overdue change in policy and a very welcome one.
A Town Map is on the wall of Mann’s facing the Millennium Clock (which was erected in 1999 and has a time capsule beneath it scheduled to be opened in the year 2050).


42b High Street Rayleigh features in most of the towns historical photos from the past 100 years.






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    42B High St,Town Centre, Rayleigh SS6 7EF

    01268 775858

    Mon: CLOSED
    Tue-Wed 9.00am → 5.00pm
    Thur: 9.00am → 8.00pm Late Night

    Fri: 9.00am → 6.00pm

    Sat: 8.30am → 5.30pm

    Open some Bank Holidays (call Salon for opening hours


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