Coco's foundation trip to Africa Oct 2018

After a year of fundraising, in October 2018 Gary Young traveled out to Zulu Natal with the Coco’s Foundation to help build a couple of houses for orphaned children living in the area many of whom have HIV and have little or no support network.

As well as building the two houses. 

the group helped out at breakfast club and after school activities for the orphans in the area and took a group of the orphans on a shopping trip to buy them school uniforms.

The whole trip was an amazing success and great experience.

In 2019 Kiki Cavie and Emma Hobden will be making the trip out to Africa to do another set of houses with the Coco’s Foundation if you would like to help with their fund raising please go to their just giving pages on the links below;




  Kiki Cavie :



  Emma Hobden : 



Ciao Tutti,

Yes, I originate from Italy, having moved to the UK at five years old.
I consider England my home, though love visiting my family and village in Puligia.
Now I live in Eastbourne with my husband/work partner Gary, son Daniel and small dog Daisey.
My creative ability lead me to hairdressing. This journey started at Chichester College.
On completion of my two years, I was fortunate to join Crowns in Worthing.
Crowns gave me the key foundations to deliver the skills l have continued to learn in my thirty years plus in this industry.
I’ve worked in two other salons within Sussex.
Ian and Martin in East Grinstead and Topknots based in Heathfield. All three salons have changed names since my time with them though are still business.
In between my last two employers I took on new challenges.
I landed a job to train as a window dresser. I found this great fun though missed being part of a team as well as meeting people.
So back into hairdressing. Within this period I was in partnership with a small successful salon in Forest Row.
My early thirties lead me to three years in Bahrain due to family commitments. This brief time allowed me a great insight into hairdressing with different cultures due to the expat community.
At present I share daily magic with my husband/partner Gary and the incredible team at The Grove Experience. The dream that became a reality in 2009.

We opened our doors with a team of four in total, Presently we have 15 in our team with in-house training for our young designers as well as external students.

Personally I will do my best to make you feel special and always give you the best advise and direction in creating the style you wish to achieve.

I believe in working in harmony with your lifestyle and hair.

I would love to meet you and help create a touch of magic…



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I have been using this salon for ever and still as happy as the first day I found Gary, Giovanna and their team. I have been long, med short. Browns, blondes and now succumbed with great advice to my natural grey tones. And after my last visit Gio my hair is working very well, with lots of compliments on the style, thank you. One very happy customer.
Kimberly Coppard

Kimberly Coppard

Kimberly is currently on Maternity leave, check with the salon reception team for her return...

I’m Kimberly and I started at the grove experience in spring 2016. I originally began as a receptionist whilst completing my training, picking up from where I left off 8 years prior as an apprentice for a salon in Heathfield.

I live in Hailsham with my husband, two children and dog, Rosie.

When I first came to the salon I was a freelance occasional hair stylist, doing weddings, party and prom hair from home. I contacted the salon to further my skills and then continue to work from home, however when I started I very quickly realised the salon was very different to others I had been in and that this was somewhere I wanted to be part of.  So here I still am, having finished my training and hit the salon floor in autumn 2017.

My favourite aspects of hair are bridal and cutting. I am part of the bridal team here at the grove and feel very privileged to be part of someone’s special day, creating something unique and beautiful that completes their bridal look.

I love the feeling a new cut/style can give someone. To be able to give someone confidence in themselves and their appearance is why I started hairdressing.
I believe finding a stylist that listens and cares about your hair is so important and is something I strive to be.


Kimberly FollowKimberly On Pinterest.

My second visit today with Kimberly. Up till now a perfectly competent person has come to my house to cut me hair, but OH things had got rather stale. I chose Grove cos it's so near me and I'm very glad I did. Friendly intelligent staff who do all they can for you from the moment you walk in until you leave. Your hair is not just washed.... you get to recline in a amazing MASSAGE chair while its done and a head massage is part of it. My stylist is a lovely lady who does what all ladies want - makes the most of what I have growing on my head! Everyone there clearly works as a team and the atmosphere is relaxed , happy and professional. I'm so impressed. Thank you.