Meet The Team

Our team have worked on many events and TV shows including: Dublin Fashion Week, Xpose, Off The Rails, Miss Ireland Beauty Pagent, The Late Late Show, Fashion Rocks London, The Model Agent, Fee G, The IFTA’s, The Ryder Cup, The Style Squad and many more.

Whetstone’s celebrity clients include: Hilary Clinton, Charles Dance, John Hurt, Sophie Dahl, Samantha Morton, Andie Mac Dowell, Olivia Williams, Kevin Klien, Chris Evens, Simon Pegg, Jean Butler, Gabrial Byrne, Owen Grufford, Alice Evens, Tony Cascarino, Tom Sturridge, Rupert Friend, Chris O’Dowd, Richard Curtis, John C Reilly, Tara Reid, Kristen Wiig, Domhnall Gleeson, Jo Malone, Erin O’Connor, Fiona Ellis, John Lasseter, Joseph Kosinski, Bethaney Hamilton, Jack Husten, Michael Sheen, Enda Kenny, Des Bishop, Neil Hannon, Cathy Davy, Lorraine Keane, Pamila Flood, Leigh Arnold, Deidre O’Kane, Caroline Morahan, Nicky Byrne, and Bill Nighy.


Joy Hawkridge
The Director – Owner

Originally from South Africa, Joy has over 25 years of experience in the industry , having worked with supermodels and celebrities alike. Her work appears in fashion editorials, at film premiers, on TV shows and at high profile events, Joy splits her time between London and Dublin.

Catherine Downey 
Senior Creative Stylist  

Catherine was one of Whetstones first staff members (1998), she recently rejoined the creative team and we are delighted to have her back. With over 25yrs experience in the industry and a wealth of knowledge and Aveda education behind her, Catherine is an expert in all aspects of ladies and gents hairdressing and she also specialises in wedding and occasion hair styling, for which she has featured in numerous magazines over the years.

Nadia Richardson
Creative Director in Colour

Nadia has been with Whetstone since 2004, she is an expert in colour corrections, highlights and fashion styles. Her love for fashion is reflected in her work, she will advise you on the latest looks and trends and work with you to create a fantastic style. Nadia is fully qualified in all Aveda Colour and Cutting trends and Great Lengths Hair Extensions.

Leah Reilly
Creative Stylist & Manager

Leah is from Dublin and joined Whetstone in 2007, Leah specialises in colour and cutting and is fully trained in all the Aveda colour techniques. She is fully qualified in Great Lengths Hair Extensions and her passion for beautiful hair shines through in all her work.

Fiona Power
Creative Stylist 

Fiona is a very talented stylist in all aspects of hair colour, cutting, styling and gents. Before joining Whetstone Fiona worked and travelled in many parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand and London. She has a great passion for creating natural, healthy looking hair that compliments the clients features and colouring.

Whetstone Salon is a bit blink-and-you’ll-miss-it – but keep those peepers peeled because behind the glossy black exterior is a good old-fashioned beauty salon.

Naoimh Wilkins, The Irish Times

Whetstone are specialists at keeping your crowning glory’s length intact while layering hair to reduce weight, resulting in beautiful full bodied, versatile and easier hair to manage

Glamour Magazine