"After finishing boarding school abroad, Andy joined his first hair salon at the age of 16 in Chelsea. He instantly fell in love with the skill and transformation his colleagues were creating on clients and how impactful hair was on their lives. He joined the in-house training program to learn how to cut and style, however was told he would never make it as a stylist. This gave him the drive and determination to make it to the top. Within 10 years of joining he became the Director Stylist and 5 years ago, Andy opened his first hair and beauty salon under his own name in his dream location, Wimbledon Village. The salon is family run as Andy works alongside his brother and fiancé and all the stylists are trained in-house by Andy. Opening up an independent business was going to be a struggle as clients felt safer going to brand names they know and trust, however Andy's unique and personal touch which resonates throughout his team, in creating a luxurious, family friendly salon in the heart of the village soon helped build the businesses repertoire.
Owning an independent salon during a global pandemic was never going to be easy but Andy continued to support his team and customers. Andy had online chats with clients guiding them through hair-care and at home styling, checking in on how they’re doing, and continuing to build the relationships with clients that they’ve had for 10-15 years. To keep the team motivated, Andy hosted training and socials via zoom. It was imperative that he continued his in-house training so that his new team of stylists would be ready in time for a new location opening (watch this space). In Andy’s words they ‘had each others backs’ and he felt very connected to the team noticing that even being out of the salon nothing could stop their passion for hairdressing. Now that we’ve returned to salons Andy is committed to keeping his customers safe and comfortable so they’re able to relax. For example, he has three pandemic dedicated staff- one to wash, one to clean stations and one to greet everyone at the door, so no-one has to touch the door handle and rush to get their sanitiser out. The pandemic has been difficult for Andy personally as business was booming and he was just about to start the process of opening a second location. Despite the challenges we've all faced over the past year, Andy is extremely proud of what he has built. Due to the support he gave to clients and his team during the pandemic his business has now continued to grow from strength to strength.
The next step will still be a second salon in Notting Hill where many clients who visit his Wimbledon salon currently live, following him from his original position as Director Stylist in Chelsea. Andy has already been training the Notting Hill team in-house to ensure they meet the salon standard and philosophy. The Wimbledon salon services are also growing with a new outdoor manicure/pedicure garden and early morning express 15 minute blow drys for just £30.”