Chumba Concept Salon is Melbourne's iconic destination hair salon located at the busy Windsor end of Melbourne's street fashion capital at 109 Chapel St, Windsor.
Leaders in hair fashion, the salon is famous for it's cutting edge work with signature hair colouring, haircuts and styling.
Chumba's Chapel St hair salon has earned itself the reputation of being one of Melbourne's best salons for more than a decade.
Exceptional creative vision and outstanding execution of hairdressing skills have been recognised in winning over 200 Hair Industry Awards both in Australia and internationally in the salon's exciting 11 year history.
The Chumba hairdressing team comprises a creative melting pot of highly skilled and passionate stylists with a strong vision for the latest trends that has set them apart from the pack.
Founded by owners Carl & Belinda Keeley and led by them together with industry leaders such as Colleen Stanford - who is regarded as one of Melbourne’s best hair colourists.
By choosing Chumba’s Chapel St salon you can be assured that you are choosing the absolute best hairstylists to care for your hair and to create your own unique hair colour, cut or style.
Creative Director and leader of the hair freaks
Master of Much this is Chumba's Grand Poobah of Hair Stuff. Literally thinks he has a little Wizard on his shoulder whispering hair wisdom to him - no seriously he does, and he always has the answers to obscure hair crap questions somehow.
For fun Carl's won a couple of things. Normally he teams up with his Freak Creative Team to which he owes all of his good work to.
He spends a strange amount of time teaching and behind a Hasselblad and is responsible for the Creative work that Chumba puts out there.
Politely considered ' High Functioning', which is nice-speak for A.D.D or bipolar depending on the moon cycle.
Still has both ears intact and keeps Queen B happy most of the time, which is the important bit that makes it all work.
Creative Director and Colour Royalty
Colour Diva Belinda Keeley is regarded by her peers, media & fans as one of the very best Hair Colourists in Melbourne & Australia. Year after year our industry ranks her 'the Colour-Queen'.
Belle regularly hits the road to lead her top Colourist Team around every Australian and NZ. Creator of the Colour Queens Show, Cutting Kings, Belinda Keeley Colour Education programs. Belinda is considered one of the best Balayage, Foil and Scalp Blonde colourist in the country. A underlined by O&M Hair Products as they have chosen her as their Hair Paint Ambassador and co-created the Belinda Keeley Hair Paint and Balayage Kit of tools and educational videos.
Somewhere this 'Wonder Woman' manages to be the World's best Mum to a brood of three kids plus one dependant adult (see above), play business mentor to a lucky few and play International Sport. Whoa - that was exhausting just writing that!
Wanna be coloured, mentored or taught by the best? She'll will blow your mind technically and creatively. All hail the Queen of Colour - 'nuf said.
For more Colour Queen content check out www.belindakeeley.com
The Princess of Glam Blow Drys
She walks in every other day with cookies and cakes. At Christmas time she turns into a freaky fairy decorating the salon with seasonal kitsch from top to bottom. This girl loves a bit of glitz, glam, freeze and has a pair of furless hand bag dogs. Let's just say she's a bit OTT on that stuff but it kinda works for her (no one else though... please God, one is enough).
Many years ago little Tiarne crossed our path and we didn't have a spot for her. Pretty much from then on she swore that she would get on to this Team. Fast forward seven years and now here she is on the Team and kickin' it on Chapel St. That's a young lady with a plan and the grit to get there - very impressed we are by that.
'T' is considered by us as our #1 Blow Dry and Wedding Hair option - she's quick, very very quick - like really quick and really good. So... if you fancy a bit of a quick swish on your lunch break with maybe a cookie or scone on the side we've got you covered people.
Meet Jessica, she is what we refer to as a ‘True Blood’. Born into the Chumba Hair family from her very beginning of her career she has lived a closeted life with the walls of our Hair Asylum. All that has resulted in a freak hairstylist full of Chumba magic hair tricks and is crazy good in her skill sets.
Blessed with a calm that anchors the entire team she is a foundation stone of the Windsor Salon.
When you mix the styling skills and the technical prowess of Colleen Stanford and the magical energy of Chris Gratton you get this - you get Jess the culmination of all of her mentors all wrapped up into one Super Star person.
Colour Guru - Think Plastic Surgeon for your Hair.
Way back when Chumba Windsor was born in 2008 there was a moment... these moments makes or breaks an entire company.That moment was when a skater looking girl blew in our door looking a bit lost in Melb's.
We job reference people of course - her reference said "Colleen will be the best thing that has ever happened to your salon" - and so she is... for ten years & counting❤︎
She is the best and the actual Rock that Chumba Windsor is built upon.
By way of Byron Bay home town of all Guru types, this cutting edge stylist can Colour your World and then some. 'Co(o)l' is a Creative Team member that leads the Chumba to push to the bleeding edge of hair in Chapel St. So by definition she is the coolest chick on the strip.
Have you got a tough Colour 'fix up' , 'save it', 'funk it' or 'change it' job? This is Your girl - just smile, nod and say 'go for it'.
If there's a better Correction Goddess out there somewhere it'd be news to us.
Just to add to her fully booked existence Co(o)l hits the road non stop around Australia with Queen B to educate and inspire other Hairdresser with her supernatural Colouring Powers.
See her ColouristEducation Program here
You know those sliding doors moments that happen on Instagram... we threw up a quick little video for a job vacancy and there was Elly. A hairdresser that was studying Interior Design and was working part time as a barber... "what the?". That's a strange mix - we like that around here.
Now we call Elly the 'Hair Paynter'. As in when we think of hair painting or French style balayage we point at the 'Paynter'. How, in the crowded talent house of Chumba can this? Simple really - it's because she's our best freehand painter (aka classical French Balayage) colouring expert.
How did a barber become a Balayage expert? Well - that's just Elly Paynter. A surprise package of brains, talent, skill and work ethic all underpinned with a formal education in Design. She's certainly a special quirky mix this one that's for sure - she fits right into Chumba.
We'd recommend Elly for any colouring work but her superpower is as described above. Whether you're going for blonde balayage, sombre, ombre, highlights or any other colour work you can imagine the Paynter is your 'It Girl'.
Take special note if you have have really dark hair (Indian, Asian etc) Elly's other superpower is transforming this challenging base colour into sun kissed lightness.
Meet JessIE the 'Champ'
So we found her at the Cheese Cake Shop... yup we did... all we heard for the first six months was "at the Cheese Cake Shop we..." That was driving Queen Bee nuts because she hates Cheese cake lol! But we all love 'lil-Jess' so we hung in there.
Besides the endless cake stories there was a little something that made this young lady stand out very early on - those hands OMG - those hands can 'do hair'.
'Old' hairdressers know talented digits when they see them and all of the 'mature' brains-trust in the House of Chumba could see the talent just oozing from those little fingers. IF only we could just shut her up about baking cakes we'd all be just fine!
Well the little baker did snap out of desert land and has now stormed onto the Big Hair stage by:
a) ruling the roost on the Chapel St salon floor and organising the Genius Colleen
b) winning the title of the AHFA Australia Best Apprentice Hairdresser 2019
No one's mentioned Cheese Cake since btw - good riddens to that.
We sometimes use the label 'true blood' - this refers to staff that are have trained from a first year apprentice to fully qualified with us all the way. Jessica is a 'true blood - and doesn't it show!
We can't wait to see her develop even further in her career.
Chumba's Heart and Karma
Mr Amazing, Chris Gratton is a living legend in Melbourne Hairdressing and former Colour Trophy winner.
Simply Incredible in all skill sets, our 'Soulman' has zero weaknesses and unmatched strengths.
Really is absolutely our Best of the Best of the Best - he's ranked #1 Stylist in our company.
If you want the all-in-one Freaky Great Stylist just choose Chris.
Has a particular knack for keeping the 'King' sane (and alive too) by talking hyper surrealist concepts with him - so Guardian Angel duties are his for life.
We all love him without reservation and you will too if he gets his magic hands on you.
He shares his Powers a wee bit these days as he hits the road educating and inspiring our Industry with QueenB for BK Education.
He can also be found Earthing himself in his country retreat of Warragul.