Here at Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair, we pride ourselves on having an experienced and diverse team that is trained to the highest levels and is committed to keeping those standards up as well as providing an outstanding customer experience. When clients visit the salon, they can rest assured that they will receive the best treatment possible, whether that is a simple haircut, colour, perm, restyle or wedding hair. Allow me to introduce my colleagues…
Karine is obviously the eponymous owner of Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair which she opened in 2003, following an outstanding career to date that started at her parents’ salon in Wollongong, Australia through to being an award-winning manager at Charles Worthington’s Covent Garden Salon.
Owning her own business, however, has given Karine the opportunity to run a salon according to her own ethos and values of which sustainability and caring about climate change is a large part. It was a client query about ammonia-free colour that prompted Karine to research alternative options to the usual big brand products, which led to the introduction of the Organic Colour Systems range in the salon in summer 2007; and this has extended to other environmentally conscious practices including her campaign against single-use plastic (which sometimes feels like an uphill battle); using perming methods with more natural ingredients; using the Vish Salons system to weigh any colour used to ensure no wastage, and joining the Green Salon Collective which aims to recycle all hair and any other waste generated by the business. This focus and effort earned her the title of London’s first certified sustainable eco-salon, in addition to being shortlisted in the Colour Salon and Green Salon categories in the Salon Business Awards.
She is also passionate about equality and diversity, pays her team the London Living Wage and is not afraid to speak out or lead by example on opportunities for women, LGBTQ+ issues and racial justice, issues that she was able to bring to a wider audience when she was elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing in 2017.
Whilst running an award-winning business doesn’t leave much spare time, when the opportunity occurs, Karine loves entertaining and can be found in the kitchen experimenting with complicated dishes by the likes of Ottolenghi, whilst enjoying a good champagne as an accompaniment!
Simon trained at Toni & Guy over 20 years ago whilst also working as a make-up artist for Bobbi Brown in Harrods, which is where his love of colour developed.
He has been at Karine Jackson since 2007 and is now a Style Director and Colour Specialist at the salon, where he is particularly passionate about colour corrections. Simon says, “Because I’m a makeup artist I can show people that their skin tone will change when they change hair colour, so I enjoy talking about different ways of doing their make up.”
Simon’s skill with colour has been enhanced through a year-long course for advanced colourists on the Fellowship for British Hairdressing's Colour Project; and he has continued to develop his styling skills with the Trevor Sorbie course - My New Hair which supports people dealing with medical hair loss. He also continues to promote and train other stylists on the sustainability and benefits of using Organic Colour Systems across the UK and Europe, and volunteered for the Look Good, Feel Better cancer charity at UCL. He has showcased his talents live on stage at Salon International London and Pro Hair Live in Manchester.
When he’s not in the salon, Simon can be found indulging his love of fashion – especially any items created by his fashion idol Vivienne Westwood; or occasionally strutting his stuff in Soho, as his drag queen alter ego, as she allows him to go wild with his hair and make-up!
Last but by no means least, we must mention Bruno – Simon’s Chihuahua/Jack Russell dog who goes (nearly) everywhere with him and is the light of his life!
Anna has been working with Karine since the salon opened in 2003 following 17 years at Selfridges, and has been carrying out perms for nearly all that time, so it’s safe to say that her combination of experience and continuing professional development means there is nothing she doesn’t know about perming techniques! Anna channels the creativity of Vidal Sassoon, her hair icon and says, ‘I love to change the texture of hair to suit the desired result for the client, and think out of the box to create new ideas.’. As a KJSH veteran, she’s also seen the salon grow into a busy destination full of wonderful and loyal clients.
When she’s not busy working, Anna enjoys taking time out to visit the V&A Museum and is a particular fan of their exhibitions – there are not many she hasn’t seen. Naturally, the best way to finish a trip is to have lunch in their Members’ Room!
Other favourite haunts for Anna include the Food Hall at Selfridges and the theatre – with such a variety of shows in the West End she is spoilt for choice!
Prior to a career in hairstyling, Sophia competed in national dance and trampolining competitions up until the age of 14 when a job as a Saturday assistant at a local Northampton salon ignited the flame of interest in all things hair! She has now got 10 years-experience under her belt, moving to London at 17 to follow her dreams!
Sophia is our Curl Specialist, and her confident personality coupled with a real interest in her clients’ story helps our curly-haired customers feel happy and positive about their hair, rather than reaching for the straighteners! She loves to ‘think outside the box’ and try new ways of styling and make up – an obsession that developed from a young age, practicing make overs on family members and watching ’10 Years Younger’ on television with her Mum!
As an ambassador for Curlformers® from HairFlair, Sophia has made several appearances on stage including Pro Hair Live in Manchester and Salon International London. Particularly memorable experiences include assisting Errol Douglas MBE with a live show in Australia in 2018 and working for Julien Macdonald’s London Fashion Week SS20 show held at Southwark Cathedral.
Although lockdown has proved difficult for many stylists as they were unable to work, Sophia used the time to rediscover her love of cooking and baking which was instilled in her at a young age by her grandma. She has also recently taken up jogging and says, ‘it has been great for my mental health; I haven’t really been physically active since I stopped dance and trampolining at 14’. We’ll keep our eye on you for an eventual London Marathon entry, Sophia!
Josh is in his early 20s and has joined us from his native Italy where he has been a hair stylist since 2016, completing 6 months training at the Sassoon Academy, where he won an award for the best cut and colour. Not surprising then that since joining Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair, he has produced some wonderful balayage colouring on his clients. Indeed, colour is one of Joshua’s favourite aspects of hair styling – he says, ‘I like to play with colour – balayage, bleach and toner, panels underneath, crazy colour’ and he continued to practice on his (fortunately) willing flatmate throughout the COVID lockdown! It doesn’t stop there though, as Josh is very focused on personal and professional development, wanting to improve both his communication skills and be able to converse in numerous languages as well as continue to improve his styling repertoire, especially with hair extensions. We think he couldn’t have chosen a better place to achieve this!
Jacqueline has always had an interest in Art, Textiles and other creative subjects and she started her hairdressing NVQ in 2018 after completing her A-levels. She is currently our Apprentice Stylist but has almost completed her Level 3 and after reaching the final for the Concept Learner of the Year 2021 Awards for Avant Garde, then going on to win the Colouring category and most recently the Spotlight Award; we know she is destined for greater things, so we’re thrilled to have her as part of the team!
She has assisted Karine at ProHair Live 2020 and her love of designing and the creative eye she brings to hairdressing are plain to see in the styles she produces. With a talent not only for hair but also painting, drawing, sewing, knitting and crochet – keep an eye out for this star of the future…