The Team

Kurt Kay-Denten

Creative Director/Co-Owner

Kurt is a classically trained hairdresser with over 30 years’ experience in the hair and beauty industry. His love of hair began at the age of 6, when he decided with certainty that he was going to be a hairdresser. Having honed his craft over many years, Kurt managed a number of salons where he was head of staff training.

Kurt opened his first salon at Castle Cove in 2001, which was a finalist for Most Outstanding Hairdresser in the Local Business Awards. His second salon was located at Seaforth, before he took time out to be a stay-at-home dad. When it was time to change gears, he opened a highly successful award-winning men’s grooming studio, before his love of hair design lead him back to Seaforth, where he was again a finalist for Most Outstanding Hairdresser in the Local Business Awards for two successive years. He now brings his years of experience to Whitehouse Hair & Beauty, which he owns and manages with his wife Melanie.

Kurt prides himself on his ability to truly understand a client's wants and needs: designing each hairstyle to suit their hair type, facial features, personality and lifestyle. His exceptional customer service and eye for detail have ensured a loyal following of clients for nearly two decades.

Melanie Kay-Denten

Business Director/Co-Owner

Melanie is a media professional, with an extensive, award-winning career spanning over 30 years. Her drive to succeed in the cut-throat world of advertising saw her become one of Australia’s youngest Media Agency owners at the age of 29. Her clients included some of the biggest brands in the global arena, including the Pepsico Group and Mel Gibson’s Icon Films. She is widely regarded for her professionalism and high levels of customer service, going above and beyond to deliver the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Now a mother to two young children, Melanie brings her exceptional business, advertising and client service skills to Whitehouse Hair & Beauty. She strongly believes in the wide ranging benefits of true quality hair and beauty services, and takes great pride in managing the salon to ensure a seamless, relaxing and holistic result for clients.

Charlotte Riverain

Senior Hair Stylist

Charlotte is a classically trained hairdresser who completed her training within the Paris Education Academy. She has spent the last 9 years working in award winning salons in both France and London; most recently she was the Salon Manager and led the Creative Team in O’Sullivan’s The Shard in London.

She has a professional and confident approach to her work, with what can only be described as a natural instinct for aesthetics. With a focused and diligent approach to hairdressing, you will feel safe in her hands and assured that she will deliver exactly what she discusses with you. Her client service skills are excellent, and Charlotte provides quality time in all hair consultations with her clients. She is competent and innovative in all areas of hairdressing, from cutting & styling to all colour techniques.

Not only is Charlotte fluent in French and English, she has a good knowledge of Spanish! When she is not busy creating beautiful hair, she loves to travel, learn new cultures, hike and (believe it or not) Motor Sports.

Sarah Knox

Senior Beauty Therapist

Sarah is a diploma-qualified Beauty Therapist who has worked in the beauty industry for 13 years. A bad skin condition as a teenager made Sarah passionate about skin health. She wanted to understand more about skin, and how she could work with professionals to improve her own skin condition. This strong interest in skin health lead Sarah to study both Naturopathy and Beauty Therapy, as she learnt that most skin conditions need to be treated internally as well as externally.  

Sarah developed a strong interest in understanding the impact different ingredients had on skin. She studied and researched the vital difference “active” skincare makes on the skin, and how it leads to a physical change.  Sarah then became a skincare educator and trainer, teaching other beauty therapists how certain ingredients and treatments could benefit the skin. 

From a young age Sarah was connected to her spiritual side, so it was no surprise to her family and friends that she started to follow that path and complete her studies to become a Reiki Master. Reiki is a form of energetic hands-on healing; an amazing force that has the ability to help people physically, emotionally and spiritually. It gives the recipient a wonderful feeling of inner calm and clarity on where they need to be in life.  With this amazing gift, Sarah ensures her clients receive deeply relaxing, nurturing and caring treatments.