Meet the Rocka Team

Gemma Strudwick

Owner and Educator

Gemma is a mother of two and the owner and founder of Rocka Salon, Rocka Boutique, Rocka Academy, Rocka Media, Rocka Healing and a Brillbird Nail Educator, Gemma opened Rocka Salon with Samantha Sayer on 1st November 2014.

As a thriving business women Gemma has built her company from dedication and hard work. Gemma focuses constantly on quality of service and constant training.

Gemmas started her journey with a Btech in art and design from Reigate School of Art and Design then going on in 2002 to complete her Honours Degree in Photography from Plymouth University boasting a recommendation in her dissertation. She then found her passion for nails. Gemma Started her training as a Nail Technician from West Kent College and progressed quickly to train with Denise Wright at her academy Perfect 10. Gemma qualified as an OPI technician at Nailistics in 2006 and finalised her Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 in the same year. After developing her passion she trained with the renowned Gemma Lambert, to then find Brillbird in 2013. Gemma has since has become a key figure in Brillbird distributing and educating for the South East of England, completing courses with Michelle Brooks, Hazel Dixon, FEREIDA LYDIATEZsuzsanna Lakatos, Dega Mosane, Luz King, Anita Podoba, and Julijana Ruzic also completing her Brillbird international Educators training in Budapest and obtaining ongoing training certificates.

Gemma’s Passion for Nails is constant and she will keep pushing herself to be the best.

    Samantha Sayer


    Samantha Sayer is the Owner/Salon Manager of Rocka. Sami boasts 12 years of experience in the hairdressing industry, working in salons in and around Kent and East Sussex.
    Starting her hairdressing career at West Kent College in 2004, Sami trained whilst being an assistant at the Scott&Co salon in Tunbridge Wells; completing her L’Oreal Creative Colouring Course. After working at Scott&Co for 3 years she went on to SW1 Hair and Beauty in the high street t’wells, in her 6 years at the salon at SW1 she completed:
    *365 Business Building Course
    *Tigi Product Knowledge
    *Nioxin Product knowledge
    *Wella colour trend
    *Wella advanced barbering
    *Wella ‘Pure Blondes’ Practical
    *Wella Color correction
    *Tigi Creative cutting
    *Aveda Creative colouring
    *Keratin Complex intensive training
    *Kerastraight intensive training
    Sami continued her career at Alex Thomas in Forest Row where she was further trained in the Aveda Colour system. Sami’s talents in colouring have been showcased many times with consistent training. Sami loves to incorporate the latest trends in everyday hairdressing.

    Sian Anderson

    Hair Stylist

    Hi, I’m Sian, Mother of four and Head Designer at Rocka.

    I started my journey in Hairdressing from school at age 15. I then decided to have a career change whilst having my first two children. In June 2004 I decided to complete my NVQ level two in hairdressing and worked from home.

    After having my last two children I then went back to college and completed my VTCT level two in Barbering in July 2016. I have always been passionate about Hairdressing and am glad to have started my new journey with Rocka in February 2017.

    At Rocka I have learned may new techniques bringing a renewed confidence to my Hairdressing. Always looking to keep up with hair trends I constantly push myself to be the best I can be.

    Emma Rudman

    Nail Technician

    Emma-Jane joined Rocka in October 2016 as a full time nail technician. Emma-Jane originally completed a beauty therapy diploma at college and then went onto do a full nail technician course with BCBeauty Training in 2016.

    Since then Emma has completed a range of training with Gemma Strudwick and has also had training with Jade Barber from Gemma Lambert’s Nail Team. Emma-Jane has also guaranteed herself a place on the Change The Game training program with Kim Tu from That Nail Girl in March 2018 and plans to complete further training throughout her career in the nail industry.

    Emma-Jane has a very well known obsession with glitter, and loves to create amazing designs within her nail work. Her passion and enthusiasm for the nail industry continues to grow along with her love for sparkles.

    Emma Bygrave

    Hair Stylist

    Emma started her hairdressing career at West Kent College in 2011 where she found her passion for creating hair up styles. She competed in several competitions throughout college, including the “total look” competition with a team of other student hairdressers. After winning the regional competition, they went on to compete in the nationals against 13 other colleges from across the UK, finally being placed 2nd and returning to WKC to meet and perform in front of the iconic Patrick Cameron.

    While raising 4 children, Emma has kept up to date with the latest trends in styling, regularly practicing her techniques and specialising in wedding hair.

    Emma loves all aspects of hairdressing and continues develop her skills through hard work and dedication.

      Nicola Summer


      I have worked as a reflexologist and reiki master for 14 years now. I love to support people with their physical and emotional wellbeing and these two therapies complement each other beautifully.

      Reflexology is a lovely non invasive soothing therapy , it dates back 5000 years! It works with the bodies’ nervous system supporting healing through relaxations. All conditions benefit from this treatment. An interesting fact to consider is that you have 7000 nerve endings in your feet.

      Reiki is another traditional eastern healing technique that works with your emotions in a gentle and loving way. These two therapies can be given together or separately depending on what you as a person would like.

      With a passion for spiritual development I also enjoy helping people connect with their own abilities. We all have unique gifts and I also run small workshops where i facilitate people accessing their own abilities. As a reiki master and with a teaching qualification at adult education level , I love running course in the following areas: reiki levels 1, 2 and masters. Working with Angels. Understanding your gifts – are you clairsentient, Clair audient, clairvoyant or claircognisant.

      I look forward to meeting you

        Lisa Hickmott

        Nail Technician

        Lisa is a mother of three who has been in the beauty industry for 14 years primarily working mobile around her young family but now the children are growing she joined our team in September 2015.

        Lisa started her training as a nail technician at west Kent college with denise Wright in 2003 then continued training at Denise’s academy, perfect 10. Once lisa started training she decided to start full time college and study beauty therapy which she qualified level 3 I. 2007. As lisa found a new passion for beauty she continued her training in:-
        Hopi ear candles
        Indian head massage
        Ear piercing
        Both tanning systems (lotion & spray)
        Advanced waxing
        Eye lash peeking

        Since joining our team lisa has now qualified in eye lash extensions and she is always looking for more training to further her career.

        Elise Anderson

        Hair Stylist

        Elise is a full time junior stylist at Rocka salon. She has a level 2 and level 3 woman’s hairdressing NVQ qualification and was at college studying hairdressing for 2 years.

        Elise qualified as a hairdresser in 2017. She has always had a passion for hairdressing since a young age and is always training and learning each day she is at the salon. Elise hopes to become the best she can be and achieve high.