Russell Eaton salons celebrate 40 years in business
The sign of a great salon is one that has stood the test of time, and Russell Eaton salons have done just that. Steeped in history and with a strong family heritage at it’s core, the Russell Eaton brand has truly made its mark on British hairdressing over the last four decades. This year will arguably be one the most memorable as the brand celebrates 40 years in business.
The Russell Eaton brand began from humble beginnings and the first Russell Eaton salon opened its door in 1978 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Over the next 30 years the salon transitioned through several moves and expanded into bigger premises. Eventually in 2009 the Russell Eaton brand had become such a success with both customers and within the industry, the decision was made to open a new flagship salon in Leeds city centre.
The Russell Eaton team members have remained loyal to the salons, with many team members having grown up alongside the business, sharing and expanding its ever-growing success. At least two of the Barnsley salon team members have worked within the salon for over 30 years, while another four members have worked in the salon for a decade. However perhaps its greatest asset is the fact that their clients have remained loyal too. Many clients have been visiting the salon for decades and in some cases, families spanning three generations visit the salon. The Russell Eaton brand truly has family and tradition at its heart.
However, its not just in Yorkshire that Russell Eaton is a renowned name, the salons have become recognised globally for their creativity and ground-breaking hairdressing. Awards include:
Fellowship For British Hairdressing Salon Group of the Year 2017 winner
English Hair And Beauty Awards –Team of the Year 2017 winner
Salon Business Colour Salon Awards 2017 Finalist
Hair Awards Best Regional Salon North 2016 winner
Salon Business Creative Salon of the Year 2016 winner
Founder Russell Eaton says, “I am so proud of how far the Russell Eaton salons have come. Seeing my salons go from strength to strength has literally been a dream come true. To have my family working alongside me all the way has made the experience even better, more than I could ever hope for.”
To celebrate their 4oth year in business and share their gratitude to loyal clients, the salons will be spreading the cheer with a year full of fantastic make overs and pampering giveaways that will be announced periodically on the brands social media platforms.
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Russell Eaton’s been a cut above for 40 years
Russell Eaton is celebrating four decades as one of Barnsley’s best known hairdressing salons.
Owner Russell started out above fashion guru Rita Britton’s Pollyanna shop, on Burlington Arcade.
He then moved to Wellington Street, and in 1996 relocated to what was once Benjamin Howard’s pawn shop, on Shambles Street overlooking the town hall.
Russell now has a second salon in Leeds and alongside his children Isobel and Robert, who have taken up the family trade, he has trained plenty of Barnsley’s top hairdressing talent.
Russell, 65, said it is loyalty to the town and his clients which has kept him trading in Barnsley.
He said: “I have clients who still come from the time I first opened and I have had a lot of support from Barnsley people, for which I am very grateful. While there have been many changes to the town centre I am still proud of it.
“I think I have always been pretty focussed on the business. We always work very hard at promoting the hairdressing industry within Barnsley, which has seen us achieve lots of awards.
“I am also fortunate that my son Robert and daughter Isobel are both in the business so I would like to think the salon will still be around for another 40 years yet.”
Russell has seen plenty of apprentices come and go through his salon, but some, like two members of his current staff, have stuck around for more than ten years.
“I have got a good team around me of very loyal people,” Russell added.
“I’m not as hands on anymore except for when I’m working on my own clients. And by this point, most of my clients are friends too.”
Hair care company Wella took Russell and his family to London for a meal at The Shard to celebrate his 40 years in business.
“I’m taking the stylists to the Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries Ball at The Civic as a treat.
“The exhibition is something we have contributed quite a bit of imagery too as well as styled some of the wigs and a few photos from how the salon looked 40 years ago. I even let them borrow a hairdryer which I have had since I was 14 – I don’t use it any more.”
Russell said celebrity stylist Andrew Barton, who was born in Royston and has helped curate the exhibition, jokingly cites him as an inspiration after having his hair cut by him when he was younger.
*Taken from the Barnsley Chronicle February 2018