Brandon May Hair Didsbury


Brandon May was founded in 2013 by two best friends, Sonya & Natalie, with a dream of bringing their own personal style to the hairdressing world, and to the people of Didsbury. The name Brandon May was in homage to Sonya’s Great Grandmother and Brandon is Natalie’s son. Our own little family – with all our fabulous guests included, too!

Never ones to shy away from doing something new, they wanted to pass their knowledge onto the next generation, while getting results for their guests at Brandon May. Continually training and updating their skills, wanting to lead from the front, Brandon May managed to establish itself as one of Didsbury’s top salons.

With Natalie going on to expand her family, she left the business to move to Spain and Sonya is now taking the reins. 2019 is the start of the ‘new’ Brandon May Hair.

Always striving to do better, creativity and education is such a huge part of our ethos.


To create a chic salon environment as part of a supportive team who inspire each other to express their true selves

‘To create a chic salon environment as part of a supportive team who inspire each other to express their true selves”


Sonya – Owner

Sonya, has over 15 years experience within the industry and started out her career as a hairdresser while training with Toni & Guy. A few years after qualifying, she decided to go back to college. This was to complete some training she needed in order to do a teaching qualification and that’s where her and previous co-owner Natalie met. This was the start of Brandon May…

She completed that teaching qualification in 2013, as we feel training is an important part of the Brandon May philosophy. Sonya is constantly reading articles, books, websites and attending training as part of her CPD.

She’s friendly and passionate about every client; she wants to make you feel special.

Sonya covers all aspects of hairdressing…

but loves bridal hair, blondes and men’s hair. After doing some destination weddings the last couple of years, this is something that Sonya wishes to pursue further. Combining two of her loves: hairdressing and travel. She feels that by brides having the advantage of getting to know their stylist at home, before flying out to do their wedding this offers a truly personal and unique service. Get in touch here if you think this is you!

Around hectic salon life, she busies herself with renovating her house (interior design novice alert!), taking pictures of her two cats, Prince and Pablo, as well as enjoying travelling, watching stupid animal videos and buying ankle boots.


Amy – Front of House,  Kerastraight Ambassador and Salon Co-ordinator

Amy joined us in March 2018 and we’re wondering what we did before she came. An integral part of the team, the glue holding us all together; the friendly face to greet you when you walk through the door.

She came to us with 16 years experience in the hairdressing industry. Although her career path evolved from stylist to our fabulous salon coordinator and front of house, her passion for our art is still as strong as when she first started in the industry. She’s Sassoon trained and loves technical cuts. She’s Brandon May Hair’s Kerastraight expert and ambassador. If you’d like to book this service then she’s your girl!

Loving every aspect of a salon day, Amy always strives to go the extra mile to meet everyone’s needs. You can be sure you’ll be getting a five star service, with the help of Amy.

Rachel – Executive Stylist & Senior Technician

Rachel joined the Brandon May team in February 2019 and has been a hit with guests from day one.

At 23, she’s had a brilliant career already and chose to take it to the next level to become part of our fabulous team. She has taken part in hair styling for London Fashion Week and had been a session stylist. She also became one of the GHD Style Squad members after completing her presentation and photo shoot entry and then rigorous auditions.

She’d love to do a collection one day, which is something we’d love to nurture and loves styling hair. She’s great with guests and really gets to the heart of what you’re about during her amazing consultations.

Rachel’s a Gemini and loves to spend time in her beloved Ibiza for every birthday and also loves the rugby (of course, she’s Welsh!).



Hannah started her hairdressing journey 7 years ago at the age of 17. Our stylist and technician, she’s one of the newest members of the gang and loves colouring hair, because she feels this pushes her to learn new techniques and she loves keeping up with current trends.

You’ll see Hannah always changing her hair: whether it’s wearing extensions, her colour or donning a wig!

Little facts about Hannah: She’s dog and wrestling obsessed. Not dog wrestling, though!


Nikita – Apprentice

Nikita: She’s our right hand (wo)man, all round good-egg and, most definitely, our trusty assistant . Without her amazing ability to always second guess what’s needed, we don’t know where we’d be; she definitely makes our day run more smoothly. She also makes a great cuppa.

In Nikita’s Training Sessions

She has been getting stuck in with such enthusiasm, we know she’s going to be an amazing hairdresser. We’re always on the look out for hair models, so get in touch here if you’d like to join in the fun. She’s been enjoying colour work the most. We’ve been ensuring she knows it from the ground up with her theory sessions, also.

As well as all that, her giving great head massages and taking bookings for you all, she’s learning the ropes.

For those of you that don’t know Nikita yet, here’s some fun facts: she’s named after the Elton John song Nikita, her favourite food is ‘anything with chicken’ and Frank Ocean Pink + White is her favourite song.


Beth – Apprentice

Beth started at Brandon May in September 2018 and we’re loving watching her natural talent grow every day. She’s been making great progress with her models and already has some assessments under her belt. Her hard work and passion for the industry will take her far so watch this space!

Beth, like all of us at Brandon May, has a huge love for dogs and her make up bag is insane! Her Halloween 2018 make up set the bar for us all. She’s on the look out for models so please get in touch if you’d like to come to one of our Tuesday model sessions.