Robert Eaton is a multi-award-winning stylist and the Creative Director at Russell Eaton salons in Leeds and Barnsley. Robert is widely known within the industry as a true colour expert and has extensive knowledge in a wide area of hair and styling, as well as being a fully qualified trichologist – making him one of the most in-demand hairdressers in the region.
Robert’s career started in 1996 when he joined his father, Russell Eaton, in the family’s Barnsley salon as an apprentice when he was 16. He’d been working in the salon on Saturdays since he was 11, and after completing an NVQ whilst still at school, he started full time in the salon already a step ahead of others starting out in the industry.
Robert gradually began to enter industry competitions and attend as many events and seminars as possible, and this dedication and skills amassed saw him rapidly rise to become an up and coming star, securing national accolades such as a place on the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s F.A.M.E Team, and wins in renowned competitions such as the L’Oréal Colour Trophy. After three wins as North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year in Hairdressers Journal’s British Hairdressing Awards, Robert become one of the most respected names in the hairdressing industry.
Robert opened the family’s second salon in Leeds in 2012 which has become a destination salon and spa offering the ultimate hair and beauty experience.
Recently Robert completed a two-year course at the Institute of Trichology followed by two more years of mentoring by the institute, and now works extensively with wig personalisation helping clients with hair replacement due to cancer and alopecia.
Robert has been officially recognised within the industry scooping numerous awards including, ‘Most Promising Newcomer of the Year’ by The Fellowship for British Hairdressing. He is a British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame member (for winning the title of Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year three times) and he is the UK and Ireland Technical Director for leading global colour house, Wella Professionals, for whom he frequently travels the globe educating in all things colour. He’s also a member of the elite Wella Professionals Colour Creatives, which means he’s often called upon to develop new ranges and techniques. In addition, Robert is the European Brand Ambassador for electrical hair styling brand, Hot Tools. This role sees him leading the brand creatively whilst working on new product concepts – a position he is immensely proud of.
Numerous industry awards during Robert’s career include:
Winner: British Hairdressing Awards British Hairdresser of the Year 2019
Winner: British Hairdressing Awards 2018 Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year
Winner: British Hairdressing Awards 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year
Most Wanted Creative Talent finalist 2017
‘I want that Hair’ finalist Hair Awards 2017
English Hair & Beauty Awards finalist for Stylist of the Year 2017
Colour Salon finalist Salon Business Awards 2017
Winner: English Hair & Beauty Awards Winner Team of the Year 2017
Three times North Eastern Hairdresser of the year
Winner: Two times L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy winner
Four times finalist for the British Hairdressing Awards Colour Technician of the Year award
Former F.A.M.E. (Fellowship Academy of Merit and Excellence) Team member
Holder of two Master Colour programmes
Winner: 2016 Most Wanted Colour Expert
Winner: 2016 British Hairdressing Awards Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Winner 2016 British Hairdressing Awards Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year
Winner: 2016 Hair Awards Best Regional Salon North
Winner: 2016 Salon Business Creative Salon of the Year
Ashleigh is one of Russell Eatons most experienced and talented stylists having worked in the industry for 14 years. Ashleigh has been a member of the Russell Eaton team for 7 years. Her attention to detail, precision hair cutting and in-depth consultations has seen her become one of the most successful members of our team and is well known for her highly personalised service. Ashleigh won the North Western British Hairdressing Award 2017 alongside Daniel our Head of Colour.
Offering the very highest quality of hairdressing and cutting skills, Ashleigh also looks after the Russell Eaton Education Academy as our educational director. She heads up the creative workshops to inspire and educate all members of our apprenticeship team instilling the very highest standards from the outset of their careers in hairdressing.
Lee is a highly skilled and experienced hairdresser having worked in the hairdressing industry for over 12 years. He prides himself on having an exceptional eye for detail and is a perfectionist who will work with you to create a bespoke and original look.
Lee is a creative and dynamic individual with a natural flare for artistic direction and design and has a great passion for education.
Daniel is one of the most respected colourists in the UK today. He is our head of colour department within the salon and when he’s not attending to his clients in the Leeds salon, Daniel can be found educating others on all things colour. Daniel won the North Western British Hairdressing Award 2017 alongside our Creative Cutter Ashleigh.
Originally from the outskirts of Liverpool, Daniel’s career surprisingly started at the University of Huddersfield where he undertook a degree in Fashion Design with Marketing, Manufacture and Production. “It was great and I learnt a lot, but this was not the career path for me, it just wasn’t creative enough,” says Daniel.
Having watched some of his friends enter the world of hairdressing, Daniel quickly realised this was most definitely the vocation for him. “I would watch my friends hairdressing and it just resonated with me so much. I knew I could do it and that it would allow me to be completely creative and fulfil my dreams.”
Daniel qualified quickly – after one year of working in a salon and studying his craft he had achieved his NVQ. He spent more than three years perfecting his skills and gaining respect as a colourist. During that time Daniel won the Trend Vision Award in 2012.
Then in 2012, having closely watched the Russell Eaton brand evolve, he moved to the newly opened Leeds salon to fill the role of Technical Director.
The rest, as they say, is history. With an outstanding reputation within the business, Daniel is a renowned educator for Wella and teaches its Master Colour Programme modules. As a regular educator and judge for Wella, Daniel is often called upon to be part of the mentoring teams for their Colour Projects or Trend Vision. When Daniel’s not hairdressing he can be found spending time with his nephews, or exploring his other interior design. He also has a passion for cooking.
A natural performer and stage presenter, it’s not unheard of to see Daniel compering on stage at shows like Professional Hairdresser or for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
“What do I love? Having the ability to totally change someone’s hair colour and making a major difference to their appearance. I love my job, I never feel like I am working. This is the most wonderful career. ”
Stacey is a colour specialist and has built up her expertise over 20 years within the industry and has gained experience and worked in some of the leading hairdressing names across the country.
Hair colour is her passion and Stacey strives to create the perfect hair colour, tone and experience when you visit the salon. Her career has seen her work on shows and photo shoots for magazines, all valuable experience she brings to her clients every day.
Stacey works alongside Robert on colour creations for his clients. She is a master at colour correction, colour placement perfection and creating hair colour that works perfectly to enhance her clients look but also lifestyle and maintenance expectations.
Stylist Level 5 & Colour Director / Great Lengths Specialist
Jess has been a member of the Russell Eaton team for over 10 years starting in our Barnsley salon training in our very own salon academy and moved to our Leeds salon when it opened 8 years ago.
Jess took a year out of working at Russell Eaton to work in an Aveda salon in Australia when travelling which developed her skills further and her passion for colour and technical work grew more.
Jess is well known for her colour expertise and is a specialist when it comes to precision highlights and blonde tones and shades. She is passionate about creating the most beautiful glossy and healthy looking hair, and if your looking for the perfect natural blended hair then Jess is the hair colour expert for you.
Jess is also one of our Great Lengths hair extension specialists after completing their in-depth training program. She really enjoys transforming our clients, giving them an instant new look.
Stylist Level 4 & Creative Technician / Great Lengths Specialist
Kate is a key member of the Russell Eaton team and has worked in the industry for 11 years. She has had very intensive and technical training in both hair cutting and technical work and is a very passionate and loyal member of the team.
Kate considers herself to be a versatile stylist and loves all aspects of hairdressing including colour work and balayage and has a particular eye for detail in mens hairdressing, short hair cuts and clipper work. She will work with you to create a style bespoke and tailored to your needs.
Ryan has been hairdressing for over 7 years and has worked in some of the leading salons in the hairdressing industry where he has perfected his precision hair dressing skills and along with his natural creativity in working with softer styles and longer hair making him one of the most versatile members of our team.
His skills combine techniques he has gained from names such as Sassoon, Lisa Shepherd, George Northwood and Bruce Masefield.
He draws inspiration for his work from many areas and has a particular passion for short hair, bobs and precision work.
Stylist Level 3 & Senior Technician / Great Lengths Specialist
Steph has worked at Russell Eaton Leeds since it opened 10 years ago and gradually worked through the intense training program that our salons are renowned for offering.
Steph love, love, loves long hair!! Her speciality is in dressing and styling long hair, she has worked alongside our creative team assisting on various shoots for the likes of Harvey Nichols and John Lewis. She is fantastic at working with your hair texture in creating the perfect shape easily managed at home. If it is a soft textured look your after, complimented with beautifully placed highlights and colour, or the perfect bouncy blow-dry a visit to Steph is a must.
Steph is one of our great lengths specialists and loves to work with clients creating not only the perfect colour but also the length, thickness and texture of the hair with the use of her skills.
Mia has worked at Russell Eaton Leeds since it opened and has gradually worked through the intense training program that our salons are renowned for offering.
She is one of the most well liked members of our team and a popular choice for clients. Mia’s speciality is in precision hair cutting and is fantastic at working with your hair texture in creating the perfect shape easily managed at home.
Mia’s gentle and likeable personality makes her clients some of the most loyal in the salon.
Stylist Level 3 & Senior Technician / Great Lengths Specialist
Jade is a home grown talent, having worked at Russell Eaton for 5 years, she has quickly become one of the most popular members of our team with her infectious and bubbly personality she is a favourite amongst our clients.
Jade has a particular flare for long hair and the most blended, natural, soft colour work. She loves nothing more than to create the perfectly placed colour and shape complimenting her clients requirements whilst using her in depth knowledge and creating the perfectly conditioned hair as our in-salon careologist (an expert in hair care).
Jade has assisted on many events as part of the Russell Eaton artistic team including shows, shoots and seminars, all of which has broadened her knowledge and helped her to create the perfect client experience.
Michaela is one of our exciting level 1 stylists, having worked her way through the intense Russell Eaton training programme she has been working in the company for over 6 years now, developing her passion and drive for the hairdressing industry.
She has fast become a popular choice for anyone wanting a colour change, she is a colour expert and has a particular passion for long, soft, beautiful hair.
Michaela works in both our Barnsley and Leeds salons.
Laura is our latest Russell Eaton new talent stylist and is one to watch within our company. We are always very proud to see our team members who have worked very hard through their apprenticeship and intense Russell Eaton intense training programme, Laura has just done that!
Laura has a passion for both colour and cut and is a specialist in colour perfection, balayage and highlights. Her individual style helps you to identify a bespoke and personalised look for you.