People of Stones corner and beyond, brace yourself, for really, really good hair. There’s a couple of nerds in town. Power duo, Shantelle and Samie, have opened an intimate, bespoke salon in your neighbourhood called HAIR NERD.


What started out as an impressive collection of butterfly clips has turned into a full-blown addiction to cutting, colouring and styling hair. Shantelle Neate is well and truly across all of the technical stuff when it comes to giving you a bangin' doo. But the real clincher when it comes to hairdressers, is the ability to decipher who you are, and find a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle, and Shantelle is a pro. Whether you are chasing long layers with precision micro foils, or seamless balayage, a wild mullet with bright colours, or something that you can style on the run with easy maintenance, this hair nerd will have you leaving with the hairstyle you never knew you needed. She has been a professional hairdresser across Australia for the last 14 years. She's educated the younger generation, and also been educated herself, by Australia and Europe's industry leaders.

•She has been doing this professionally for over 14 years across Australia.

•She was one of 4 hairdressers in the country to earn a spot in the AHFA (Australian Hair Fashion Awards) prestigious FAME Team in 2018.

•She has received mentorship from industry leaders across Australia and Europe.

•She was invited to present at Salon International, on the main stage in London, as well as across Australia for the Australian Hair Expo.

•She is experienced at working backstage for high profile fashion events including Mercedes Benz Fashion week and the Myer Autumn/Winter
fashion launch.

•She was a finalist for the AHFA Men’s hairdresser of the year awards in 2016.

•She has extensive experience educating other hairdressers. Shantelle is
currently an Eleven Australia Educator, and has previously worked as a
colour educator for Wella.

•Winner AHFA Artistic Team of the Year 2018.

•Finalist AHFA Artistic Team of the Year 2019 with FAME Team.

•Finalist AHFA Artistic Team of the Year 2020 with Eleven Australia.

•2014 IHS (International Hairstylists Society) Victorian Salon Client Champion

of the year.

•Guest Artist for GHD, Redken and Shu Uemura.


Samie Bufalino is the newest nerd to join the salon. After perfecting his skills for the past 3 years, Samie has aced all his tests and is loving getting his hands dirty! With Shantelle as his mentor, he's learnt from the best, and to say he's taken on a few of her qualities (perfectionism, attention to detail and good looks) is to say the least. His hairdressing style is still evolving, but his ability to pick up on your style is top notch. 
Before picking up the scissors, Samie was either found wearing a chef's hat in Melbourne kitchens, or behind the drum kit, touring with Australian metal and hardcore bands such as A Secret Death.
He's usually got some good stories to tell, and plenty of recipes and music recommendations to share.

•Cutting training with Sassons Academy in Los Angeles.

•Colour training with Kevin Murphy Color.Me.

•Cutting and styling training with Eleven Australia.

•Cutting training with Tognini's 'Lil off the Top' educators.

•Hair science training with Kerastase.

•Worked as an assistant on various award winning photoshoots.

•Gives a mean head massage.

•Separates all of his recyclables.


Hair Nerd is committed to sustainability. All of the products we use come from brands which align with our Hair Nerd values. 

The salon is fitted out with vintage furniture and lots of greenery, with a nod to the 70’s, because that is what Shantelle is into. 

Hair Nerd is committed to finding out what you are into, and making sure your new

doo reflects that.

Hair Nerd offers a bespoke experience for every guest. You will receive a consultation where you will be listened to. Everything will be considered. Your sense of style, time, lifestyle, personality, face shape, hair type, hair colour, skin tone… all play an important part in determining the best look for you; something both aesthetically perfect and also practical.

 This is an intimate space where you will have Shantelle’s undivided attention. One hairdresser, one guest. This means the space is yours whilst you’re in it. Pick up the iPad and choose a playlist, or Netflix and chill whilst Shantelle attends to your hair.


Hair Nerd works only with high performance companies and brands with aligning values.

Hair Nerd choose to work with:

Eleven Australia 

Their products perform highly, they have no marketing BS and they come at an affordable price. Everything is owned and made in Australia and is PETA approved, cruelty and paraben free. They also offer a range of vegan and gluten free products. The packaging is 100% recyclable and, where possible, they have made steps to reduce their carbon footprint.


Kevin Murphy COLOR.ME

Is a high performing luxury colour. Their colour is a hybrid range, meaning less colour needs to be made and transported in the first place. The packaging is made from recycled material and the colour is cruelty free and PETA approved. It’s ammonia and PPD free, and contains naturally derived ingredients, such as Shea butter, aloe vera and pomegranate, which cause no stress on the environment or your hair.


Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatments

Cezanne is cruelty free, and free from all toxins and harmful ingredients (such as formaldehyde). What sets Cezanne apart from other brands is the ability to colour your hair on the same day and wash and/or style your hair immediately.


BLONDPRO Treatments

Australian owned and made, cruelty free treatments with 100% recyclable packaging. Performance is key. Out of all the bonding and plex treatments available, Blondpro bakcs up what it claims to do. When hair is bleached or coloured internal bonds can break during the process. With the use of Blondpro, hair is structurally up to 7 tines stronger than before.


Brews Brothers

Chemical free craft beers, in recycled bottles, made just around the corner.



Delicious 100% certified, ethically sourced tea. All of T2’s consumables and packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2020.


Kombucha & Cookies

Are home made by Shantelle and Samie; the flavours reflect the seasons.



Shantelle is obsessed with cold brewed coffee. She likes to make it herself and she will always have some in the fridge for you too. We’re always changing the beans we’re using, because variety is the spice of life.