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Stā Studios

Stā Studios is a first of its kind, innovative co-working studio for freelance creatives in the hair and beauty industry, emphasising collaboration that marries functionality with luxury style.

Located in East London within a five-minute walk from key transportation, a 3500 sq ft brand-neutral environment offers 20 workstations, flexible meeting areas, a community lounge, content creation suites, and podcast booths. Membership provides numerous benefits, including chair rental, private salon suite rental, industry-specific software, and educational spaces, and the opportunity to be part of a community where creativity and client satisfaction are paramount.

And inspiring hub for professionals seeking a collaborative and supportive environment to grow and thrive, Stā Studios is a space to grow, to belong, to create, to connect. 


Why is it so important to Stā Studios to sponsor the Independent Stylist category? 

We are beyond thrilled to be sponsoring the Independent Stylist category at the Creative HEAD Most Wanted awards because it aligns perfectly with our mission to empower and support the creativity and independence of professionals in the hair and beauty industry. As a co-working space designed specifically for freelance creatives, Stā Studios is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures growth, innovation, and collaboration among its members. We are passionate about supporting the freelance movement in our industry and sponsoring this award is another way we can contribute to it.  

Tell us about Stā Studios and how it supports creatives in the hair and beauty industry… 

At Stā Studios, we’re deeply invested in supporting the creative journeys of those in the hair and beauty industry. Our co-working space has been meticulously designed for innovation and collaboration, equipped with everything an independent creative could need – from luxury workstations to spaces designed for creating content. It’s not just about providing a space; it’s about building a community where learning and growing together is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to empower every member to reach their full potential, making their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. 

What are your top three tips for hair professionals branching out on their own freelance journey?  

Build a strong brand identity, define what sets you apart, focusing on your signature styles or techniques, and use social media to bring awareness to your brand. Use platforms like Instagram to showcase your work, connect with clients, and network with industry peers. 

Set clear business goals – make sure you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve. Set goals for your finances, professional achievements and personal milestones. Also make sure you keep a strict record of income and expenses, and consider consulting a financial advisor for tax and budgeting advice to keep you on track to reach your goals. 

Invest in professional development, never stop learning. Stay updated with the latest trends, techniques, and products through workshops and courses, choosing a workspace like Stā Studios, one that supports your personal development, is key. Networking will also help your personal development, attend industry events, join professional groups, and collaborate with other freelancers to expand your reach.



Stā Residency is a new incentive offered by Stā Studios, providing artists and creatives with long-term rental opportunities of both styling stations and private studios. This initiative allows members to secure a dedicated workspace for extended periods. 


Following the success of our Stā Connected: Future Gazing event at the start of the year, we will be continuing the Stā Connected event series and launching our Stā Educated event series throughout 2024. These industry exclusive events provided a fresh take on hairdressing events and provide an opportunity for networking and community building.



We’ll be handing Stā over to its members to host a freelance exclusive education day, full of first hand insights into freelance life, professional tips and community building.   



The beauty of freelance is in the freedom to create without bounds. Embrace this opportunity to challenge and elevate the standards of our industry. Best of luck to all of you entering this incredible category, we can’t wait to celebrate YOU! 


Samantha Cusick

Founder, Stā Studios