A SALON in north Leeds has proved it’s a cut above the rest by being named Yorkshire Evening Post’s first ever Salon of the Year.
Headfirst in Alwoodley scooped the prestigious title in the inaugural YEP contest after netting the majority of votes from readers and clients.
The win was closely fought after 75 salons from across the city entered the two-month Salon of the Year 2014 competition and thousands voted for their favourites.
Headfirst’s co-owner Jeremy Farber said he was thrilled to win the accolade.
“It felt amazing. It’s fantastic because we’ve all worked really hard. All our clients have really embraced the competition. We knew it would be a close run thing so it felt amazing to win.
“It’s just a great testament to what a fantastic thing we have got going on at Headfirst - fantastic clients and a fantastic team,” he said.
Headfirst - which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary - spans three floors at its Harrogate Road salon, with a 13-strong team of nail technicians, beauticians and hairdressers.
As well as its providing a personal service to its clients - some of who have been coming since they were children - the salon also fundraises for charity.
Each year a different cause is chosen and this year the team have so far raised thousands for Children with Diabetes.
Jeremy said: “We’ve a really dedicated team, who have been together for many years. The team is totally committed and passionate about the people really - and we’re creative.
“I think why we have won is we are so passionate about what we do.”
He added: “Our clients come from all over the place. One lady, who married a Muscovite and comes back from Russia to Headfirst.
“Hairdressing is a strange phenomenon. It’s a very personal kind of business. There aren’t many businesses left that are as personal as hairdressing. It’s unique.”
He added: “It’s about people leaving problems at home and coming here and forget everything and we pamper them. They feel better about themselves.
“We’re in the business of caring for people and making them feel better; as well as being very good at our craft.”
Runners up in the Salon of the Year contest was Bellisima Exclusive, on Otley Road, Guiseley.
Owner Sara Wellman said: “I’m delighted and very proud of my team for this recognition. It’s down to their dedication and the public for voting for us. “