"A trip to editorial whiz Jimo Salako's salon is mandatory"
- U.S Vogue
"For the past seventeen years, Jimo Salako has been doing my hair. He's amazing."
- Yasmin Sewell
"There are few hairstylists that I trust completely. I can say that I absolutely depend on Jimo's eye"
Often referencing 'moods' rather than 'styles', Jimo's approach to hair isn't based on current trends. Instead, his inspiration ranges far and wide, from obscure 1960s European films to contemporary art and design. This eclectic knowledge of popular culture feeds into the various looks that he has created over the past twenty years for luxury fashion brands and music clients including: Comme des Garcons,Fendi,Stella McCartney, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Neneh Cherry and now at his studio,SALAKO.
During his time travelling the globe as a session stylist, and working for magazines such as The Face, Self Service and Vogue, and with photographers which include Nick Knight,Norbert Schoerner, David Bailey and Roger Deckker. Jimo has always continued cutting a select group of people, whom he met on location, or sent by word of mouth. They would take their seat in the front room of the flat he shared with musicians and artists in London. Just at home cutting here, as on a shoot with high profile fashion brands (clients often asking for a haircut after seeing him work his styling magic), his love for hair cutting continued whilst he explored different creative avenues.
Drawing on his experience as founder and editor of independent art and photography magazine NextLevel and as an award-winning film maker (Lateef The Mechanic,1999; Assumptions, 2000) he has developed a creative space in the heart of London W1: SALAKO. Always an innovator, Jimo has set out to create a new kind of hair service. With a client base including individuals from the worlds of design, art, fashion, law, architecture,healthcare and music, SALAKO has been created for a new community who value a definition of luxury based upon conversation, relaxation and inspiration.
A visit to Jimo is always highly personal and his intuitive way with people is reflected in directional, yet natural hair cuts. He has an artisanal approach to hair, treating it as a material to be nurtured, coaxed and manipulated. A 'Jimo' haircut never wears its owner, rather, it expands and references their own moods to effortlessly mirror their lifestyles.