Emma

Emma

Salon Director

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
It was actually a career that I fell into! I started as a Saturday assistant at a salon and absolutely loved it so I stayed. Before that it was never a career that I had even considered!

Years of experience?
My career started way back in 1989!

Career highlights so far?
There’s been so many. I’ve been lucky and had some amazing opportunities along the way but the thing I’m probably proudest of is opening my own salon and being part of a successful team.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Definitely cutting! I love any length hair from short pixie cuts to longer length hair.

The salon product I couldn’t be without?
I love working with all the Tigi Copyright range but my absolute favourite for my hair would have to be the Smooth Booster. It really helps to smooth my naturally frizzy, fluffy hair.

Hair Idol?
There are so many that not just one stands out. I love the precision of Sassoon, I love the creativity of Tigi. I can take something from watching everyone.

Favourite food?
It’s not a meal as such but I absolutely love crisps! All types and all flavours!

Favourite holiday destination?
I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to some beautiful countries but I think my favourite has to be Thailand. It was the 1st time that I’d ever been on a long haul flight and I was blown away with how beautiful the beaches were and how kind the Thai people were.

Any hobbies outside work?
This year I’d signed up to run a marathon so I’ve taken up running, not quite sure if I enjoy it enough to call it a hobby though!

Harriet

Harriet

Salon Manager

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
When I was at school I learnt quickly that I was a very hands on person - so decided on being a hairdresser.

Years of experience at Harpers?
10 years - I came from school, worked some Saturdays whilst doing my exams before I started my apprenticeship!

Career highlights so far?
The opportunities we have with TIGI - whether it be the TIGI team coming to the salon and doing sessions with us, or us as a team venturing down to London to do day sessions / courses with them. I also really enjoyed the week I had down in London on a Vidal Sassoon cutting course.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
A bit of everything (apart from hair up) I think it’s nice that our columns are varied and we aren’t just doing one thing, each day is different.

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Tigi copyright volume lift styling spray - it must be the salons most loved product - I love how it suits almost everybody’s hair.

Hair Idol?
I don’t particularly have one specific idol - I get inspiration from watching videos online, one of my favourites that I follow is Sophia Hilton she is very inspiring and honest within the hair industry.

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
I don’t think I have any secret talents!

Favourite food?
Wagamamas - my favourite dish is katsu curry - I also love to replicate this dish at home!

Favourite holiday destination?
Javea - I have lots of fond childhood memories there, also Barbados - although I have only been once to a family wedding. I will be back!

Any hobbies outside of work?
>Walking the dog - he’s a big black labradoodle and his name is Keogh, he loves nothing more than playing with his ball! I also love to cook in my spare time - I love trying new things from my Wagamama cook book.

Chloe

Chloe

Creative Director

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
When I was at school I really liked the idea of doing hair or beauty. My mum used to be a hairdresser years ago and I'm just a sociable person so like getting to know different people especially when your paths wouldn't normally cross.

Years of experience at Harpers?
14 years. I started in 2006. I came straight from school although I did have nearly 2 years off in between for maternity leaves.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Bobs and short hair. I like the texture and creating sharp shapes. I also love to do balayages as they always look different and there are so many different techniques to use to create what look that you want. I love how colour is much more bespoke now.

Hair Idol?
I always like to follow Carl bembridge as he does celebs hair - mostly reality stars but he has some really good tips of how to make hair look effortless. I’m always a big fan of lived-in hair rather than big catwalk hair that looks amazing but you would never recreate in the salon.

Secret talents?
I love to do karaoke - mainly power ballards... now I’m not saying I’m that good but I’d give Celine a good run! 🙈

Favourite food?
Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Favourite holiday?
Nerja in Spain. I have really fond memories of a family holiday there and I would love to take my little family there too!

Any hobbies outside of work?
I like to read but only really psychological thrillers. I also like to binge watch everything on netflix... my netflix recommendations are normally psycho killer documentaries or the other end of the scale with easy watch funny sitcoms.

Cat

Cat

Creative Director

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
I’ve always wanted to be one since I was a little girl! Either that or a baker (so I could eat all the cakes) not that I even bake that much now, ever haha.

Years of experience at Harpers?
I’ve been working at Harpers for 12 years now! I started in 2007.

Career highlights so far?
I have lots of career highlights! Every time I finish a brides hair on her wedding day with her bridesmaids exactly how she imagined it! Training sessions down in London with Tigi and the photo shoot opportunities we have with them!

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Well I would imagine a lot of people would say talk! Ha. I think I enjoy working with longer hair creating beautiful updos and meeting so many different types of people!

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Tricky one... I think I would have to say two, not one! The volume lift spray and the colour lustre oil!

Hair Idol?
I would probably say that I take inspiration from lots of different people, I thinks it’s good to keep an open mind! Everybody has such different individual style!

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
Oh no, ermmmm.... I don’t think so! Unless you count being the one who’s always right out of me and my partner, of course! Haha.

Favourite food?
Anything rich and creamy! Love pasta dishes and absolutely love my puddings too! Mmmm.

Favourite holiday destination?
I’d like to think I’ve not found it yet! So many more places still to see. Although I do love the Dorset coast, Poole and sandbanks, lots of memories!

Any hobbies outside of work?
I’m not too sure it counts as a hobbie but it has got to be my dog! He’s a miniature schnauzer but he’s definitely not miniature in his personality! He’s the best thing ever and just being out walking him s always one of my favourite things to do out of work!

Zoe

Zoe

Creative Director

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
Because I’ve always had an interest in fashion and was attracted by the creativity and the ability to give people confidence and make them feel good about themselves.

Years of experience at Harpers?
I’ve been working at Harpers since it was established in 2011 however I’ve been working with Emma since 2002!

Career highlights so far?
Working backstage with Tigi at the Download Festival.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
I love all aspects but particularly enjoying doing short textured haircuts.

The salon product you couldn’t be without?
This would have to be TIGi Copyright Volume Lift spray.

Hair Idol?
Vidal Sassoon for inspiration or for someone’s hair I love it would have to be Sienna Miller.

Favourite food?
Definitely chocolate!

Favourite holiday destination?
Thailand, I thought it was absolutely beautiful.

Any hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy working out, obviously for the physical benefits and also to release those natural endorphins! Especially at the moment!

Emmy

Emmy

Creative Stylist

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
Ever since I was young I’ve always loved the thought of being a hairdresser, something I’ve always wanted to do! I loved playing with doll’s hair and pretending that I use to work in a salon by creating my own at home, ha ha! I was lucky to fall into my dream job!

Years of experience at Harpers?
I started in June 2014 so 6 years at Harpers! I completed my level 2 & 3 and have been on the salon floor for 2 and a half years!

Career highlights so far?
I’d say that my career highlight was doing the photo shoot in London at the Tigi studio. We got to choose our own models and the styles that we wanted to do! It was a fun experience! I’ve enjoyed the many trips to London with work but that was my favourite!

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
My favourite things to do in the salon are hair extensions, I’ve trained with beautyworks 2 and a half years ago and I offer multiple methods! I also love colouring and especially love creating my “blonde root shadows” one of my most popular techniques for my clients!

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without Tigi’s copyright oil, it’s smells amazing, and feels amazing in the hair! And suits any hair texture!

Hair Idol?
I wouldn’t say I have an exact idol but I follow many accounts on Instagram that give me a huge amount of inspiration!

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
I’d like to say I’m a keen baker! Always had a sweet tooth so making puddings is my favourite!

Favourite food?
My favourite food is pasta and steak! Can’t beat a good carbonara or a juicy steak! It’s has to be rare or medium/rare 🙊.

Favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday destination is Santorini, it’s beyond beautiful, such a happy and relaxing place! Highly recommend to anyone! Especially if they’re a foodie!

Any hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies outside of work are going to the gym, making memories with Will and spending time with my nephew & niece every Monday, I love watching them grow up!

Kimberley

Kimberley

Senior Colour Technician

I am working through my apprenticeship to gain my NVQ level 3, I train in the salon every Monday where I work hard on strengthening my skills within hairdressing’s. I am always looking for models so if you’re interested please get in touch.

I really enjoy my work and have a keen interest in fashion. I use fashion magazines and social media to gain my inspiration.

Last year I won our in-house salon competition and was lucky enough to attend @Notanothersalon in London on their freehand balayage course.

My main role within the salon is to look after our lovely clients colours , keeping those roots at bay.

Louise

Louise

Senior Stylist

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
Since I was a little girl I’ve always played with my mums hair and tried some crazy styles on her. It’s always been what I wanted to do.

Years of experience at Harpers?
4 1/2 years, I started in Dec 2015.

Career highlights so far?
Going down to London for all Tigi courses!

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
ALL THINGS COLOUR. Colour has always been my passion from when I was training and I’ve grown so far in my colour knowledge and techniques!

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Cloud nine potion and Tigi copyright oil! By far my favourite products!

Hair Idol?
I follow a lot of local salons on social media and get inspiration from a lot of them!

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
Playing pool - I used to play for Nottinghamshire county before having Oliver. I don’t have much time for it now but I still love it.

Favourite food?
Mc Donald’s (3-4 times a week 🙈).

Favourite holiday destination?
If I was going abroad it would have to be Turkey! If it was in England definitely Whitby! By far my favourite place!

Any hobbies outside of work?
I absolutely love baking! Mary Berry better watch her back!

Morgan

Morgan

Stylist

What made you choose hairdressing as your career?
I wanted to become a hairdresser because I like to be creative and make people feel special.

Years of experience at Harpers?
I started here in summer of 2016 and I’ve been in the industry for 3 1/2 years.

Career highlights to date?
My career highlight would be going down to London on a TIGI course - I learned a lot from the salon and felt good to represent the salon.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
I have a large gents client base. Although I love all aspects of hair, cutting is probably my favourite thing to do.

Go to to hair product?
The product I couldn’t live without would be TIGI matte separation wax, I use it every day to style my hair!

Hair Idol?
I have many idols in the industry that I follow on social media it’s just so hard to say one person!

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
I’d say I don’t really have a secret talent but I enjoy playing sports, mainly football and badminton.

Favourite food?
My favourite would definitely be pizza, I mean who doesn’t like pizza?

Favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday would be Florida and doing all the Disney parks. I’ve only been the once but it’s one of those places that you don’t forget.

Hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies would be all aspects of football whether it’s watching or playing. I also like to binge watch series on Netflix and sometimes play video games.

Shannon

Shannon

Colour Technician

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
Growing up I always played hair dresser and snipping my barbie dolls hair - giving them that glam no hair look by the end of finishing! Nowadays, I just love the affect a finish colour / cut gives a client on how good they feel.

Years of experience at Harpers?
I started in Dec 2018 and I came from another salon so I transferred my apprenticeship over.

Career highlights so far?
Going down to London in January 2019 and getting to do some different kind of funky and creative work and then afterwards learning more on getting the right photos.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Cutting 100% I love to learn about the different cuts and how much a different angle can change the whole shape and look of a cut. We’re lucky to be able to do this every week on our training days.

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Dry shampoo! Gives the body movement and texture specially for my soft silky hair.

Hair Idol?
Brad mondo.

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
Sleeping if that counts 😅.

Favourite food?
Sunday dinner!

Favourite holiday destination?
Florida.

Any hobbies outside of work?
Reading, baking, spending time with family and friends.

Izzy

Izzy

1st Year Apprentice

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
From a young age I’ve always been interested in hair, I enjoy plaiting the most as I’ve been able to do it for a while now. I’ve always wanted to be able to colour hair and experiment new things with colour and create different styles.

Years of experience at Harpers?
6 months. I started my apprenticeship in Sept 2019.

Career highlights so far?
Going to Manchester for a day with some of the team members and training days on a Monday.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Highlights on our weekly training days or plaiting and practising my up do's.

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Tigi oil.

Hair Idol?
Tia Lambourn.

Any secret talents outside of the salon?
I don’t think I have any talents 😂.

Favourite food?
Pizza every time!

Favourite holiday destination?
Spain.

Any hobbies outside of work?
Does going out for food with friends count? 😂

Macy

Macy

1st Year Apprentice

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
I've always wanted to be a hairdresser! I was one of those girls that always got told off for playing with other people’s hair in school!

Years of experience at Harpers?
Only been working at Harpers for 7 months, I started my apprenticeship in Sept 2019. It feels like longer because I was made to feel like part of the team straight away!

Career highlights so far?
This has got to be when I did my first set of highlights on our weekly training days. I was so happy with how they turned out, proud of myself!

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
This is training day on a Monday where I can do a wide range of hair, my favourite colour service is highlights! And I love helping the stylists in the week, and I love making teas and coffee.

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
The cloud nine magic potion, it’s magic! It drys your hair 50% quicker!

Favourite food?
My favourite food is lasagna with cheesy garlic bread and peas! But I also love Chinese (especially the chicken balls!) and Nando’s!

Favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday destination so far is definitely France, we visited Monaco and it was amazing! I also love going to Newquay in Cornwall because we can take the dogs with us!

Hobbies outside of work?
I play football for belper sports U18’s, and I can’t miss a week of going out to eat with my friends.

Maria

Maria

Hair Extensionist / Senior colour technician

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
School told me it would be an ideal job for me because I talk a lot (apparently we’re renowned for that).

Years of experience at Harpers?
I started in July 2015.

Career highlights so far?
There have been a fair few with all the opportunities we are given but my personal highlights so far have been my days in Manchester completing the Beautyworks extension courses.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Definitely extensions! I enjoy doing all methods, Nano bonds, stick tips, tapes!

The salon product you couldn’t be without?
This has to be the Tigi Copyright Lustre Oil.

Hair Idol?
Sophia Hilton, for her passion, drive and enthusiasm. Hugely inspirational to watch and listen to.

Any secret talents outside the salon?
I’m a master of the Rubik’s cube.

Favourite food?
It’s no secret I’m addicted to McDonalds!

Favourite holiday destination?
Goa - India! By far the most amazing experience to date.

Any hobbies outside work?
Anybody who knows me knows I have a love for horses and riding which has currently taken a back seat so I can pursue my latest hobby of being a dance mum!

Georgia

Georgia

1st Year Apprentice

Why did you want to be a hairdresser?
My mum started off as a hairdresser so I’ve always been around the hairdressing environment and it’s always intrigued me. I’ve always experimented with my own hair, so I’m excited to build skills and learn all things hair.

Years of experience at Harpers?
I started my apprenticeship at the beginning of 2020.

Favourite thing to do in the salon?
Love to do the training on Mondays, I also like passing foils to a stylist as I get to visually learn.

The salon product you couldn’t live without?
Tigi colour lustre oil.

Hair Idol?
I follow many on social media so I couldn’t pick just one!

Favourite food?
I love all food.

Favourite holiday destination?
I’ve loved going to Corfu in Greece but in the future I’d like to go to the Maldives and Thailand.

Any hobbies outside of work?
I like practising makeup and experimenting with beauty, but I also practise on dolls heads too.