Karine Jackson was born to be a star hairdresser. From starting her career in her parents’ salon in the small Australian town of Wollongong, to excelling at Charles Worthington, to setting up her own Covent Garden salon, to winning London Hairdresser of the Year in the 2007 British Hairdressing Awards and becoming a finalist for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year in 2009, to winning the Fellowship Consumer Image of the year Award in 2011, Karine’s huge talent and enthusiasm has always shone through. As well as her cutting skills, Karine is a brilliant colourist and holds the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree, putting her in the top 1% of L’Oreal colourists in the UK. She introduced an organic colour range, Organic Colour Systems, to the salon in summer 2007 to give clients a more eco-friendly alternative to the usual big brands and the range has been enthusiastically received with over 95% of clients switching over. Karine is also a bridal hair specialist, with her salon offering bespoke wedding packages, and has appeared on stage at the National Wedding Show alongside Caryn Franklin. Along with Karine’s fantastic work, she has also appeared on The One Show and in publications such as Marie Claire and The Observer Magazine. Her clients include Hollywood actress Neve Campbell and British actress Shelley Conn. She has won the Fellowship Consumer image of the Year award and has been shortlisted for Most Wanted Colour Expert three times. “I always had a passion for hairdressing and couldn’t wait to leave school to start!” says Karine. “I started my basic training at 15 and received the best knowledge in those skills which has carried me to where I am today. As soon as I finished my training (4 years standard in Australia) and got my licence, the big city was calling. At 20 I jumped on a plane and travelled a bit before coming to London to see where all the major fashion action happened - hair and clothes fashion is intrinsic with London to any young Aussie... I worked for a London salon from 1991-1995 before returning to Australia briefly...” Karine then spent two years working for one of Australia’s top stylists, Fiona Heslop, managing her team and learning the art of hair up. Within 18 months she had won the New South Wales State Championships for total look gaining a place in the Australian Championships. Heading back to London in 1997, Karine started an Art Team at her former salon and won the Wella Creative Team award. The following year, she joined Charles Worthington: “I worked really hard with the industry leaders and moved up the ranks quickly, learning so much as I went along. I was on the international Art team and travelled to Greece, Ireland and many other countries teaching Advance cutting and colouring, and working on stage at the likes of Salon International. I was Deputy Manager at the flagship Percy Street salon, then went on to manage their Covent Garden salon. I won many awards at Charles Worthington but my proudest and favourite was a little red car for being their Performer of the Year in 2001!” In 2003 Karine decided it was time to take the plunge on her own, “which had always been a big dream. I had never really planned to open in the West End, thinking I’d return to Sydney. I went home for a few months but very quickly realised that London was where it’s at; to me it’s the setting for fashion. I had worked here for 10 years and couldn’t leave.” So, Karine Jackson opened in Litchfield St, a fabulous airy salon in a stunning listed building 2 doors away from the Ivy restaurant, “and the adventure began!” Anyone who visits Karine’s salon raves about the fantastic service and gorgeous colour and cuts, and particularly Karine’s incredible skills and personable nature. “Training is one of our top priorities in the salon and the team rises to this and loves the high standards. It keeps us all fresh and up to date with world trends and fashion,” says Karine.
I've had a passion for the beauty industry from a very young age, painting my mum and aunts’ nails. By the age of fifteen I’d decided that this would be my chosen profession and started researching the best "schools" in town. Teachers and careers guidance councillors at school were hell bent on me going down the chartered accounting route as my grades and subjects at school determined that. My stubborn streak came out and this made me more determined to follow my dream and luckily I have parents who encouraged me to follow my heart. I studied at a technical university in Cape Town for 3 years which gave me an international qualification and in salon experience. I then worked on cruise ships, sailing the eastern and western Caribbean from the U.S for 3 years. I joined Karine Jackson in 2004 as a therapist, but worked hard to get promoted to Senior therapist, assistant manager and now salon manager. I've achieved so much in these years; I not only pride myself on my in salon treatments and ongoing training, but also my mentoring to my junior staff as they are the future. Couldn’t live without product? Has to be Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing eye serum. It smoothes fine lines and keeps the puffiness at bay. Best Celebrity skin? Charlize Theron is ageing gracefully. Her skin always looks radiant(apart from when she starred in "Monster"!) Top beauty ? Don't question it: don't go to bed unless you've cleansed and moisturised!
Simon trained at Toni & Guy over 17 years ago whilst also working as a make up artist, and has been at Karine Jackson for 10 years. Now a style director at the salon, he’s a colour specialist and stylist who’s passionate about his clients’ hair looks. Simon has undertaken a year-long course for advanced colourists on the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Colour Project. Something you don’t know about me: I was a dancer, hairdressing was my back-up plan, then I started cutting hair and I loved it so it became my career! Must-have product: Unite Argan Oil - it keeps the hair and colour looking fresh and healthy. Top tip: Always use professional products: good quality shampoo and styling products makes all the difference...
Style director Anna started her hairdressing career at Selfridges where she worked for 17 years before joining Karine for the salon’s launch. Now a 12-year veteran, she’s seen the salon grow into a busy destination full of wonderful loyal clients. If it’s curls or colour you’re after, Anna’s your expert. A specialist in perms and volume treatments, she also holds advanced colour and colour correction degrees. Hair icon: Vidal Sassoon, of course 3 words to describe me: fun, creative, caring Something you don't know about me: I met Kevin Bacon in Central Park where he was on a photoshoot. How’s that for six degrees of separation!
After undergoing extensive training in colouring and styling in New Zealand, Style Director Alasdair made the jump to London. His passion for making current fashion trends work for his clients have earned Alasdair a loyal following at the salon. 3 Words to describe me: Outgoing, Personable, Cheeky Product I couldn’t live without – 7 seconds leave in conditioner Best Hair tip – set time aside to focus on styling your hair for new looks. Don’t leave it to the last minute and don’t over complicate things.
Sophia found his passion for hair at a young age, starting as a Saturday boy at just 14; three years later he qualified and made the big decision to move and work in London! “I’ve always had a strong passion for editorial hair and very expensive looking colouring, I always strive for the perfect look and everything to be done to the highest of my ability. I love working with my clients, doing shows, stage work and going to seminars to keep me on trend and up to date with new techniques.” Three words to describe you: Charismatic, energetic, passionate Something you don't know about me: I was a national trampolinist Top hair tip: blow dry hair upside down to encourage root lift, then blow in the direction of the face to create slight natural movement when dressed out.
Salon co-ordinator Sam ensures the smooth running of the salon – after training as a hairdresser she realised she loved being front of house. Her main focus is customer care, making sure every client is looked after from booking their appointment to arriving and departure. Says Sam, “We have such a loyal client base and I love interacting and getting to know everybody. It’s very rewarding making their experience more personal. It’s also a bonus being kept up to date with the latest season trends and supporting Karine and the team on shows and upcoming competitions.” 3 words to describe me: I would say girly, friendly and efficient. Favourite celebrity hair – Jennifer Aniston
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