Changing Nature

12 - 11 - 2017

Nature and landscape have been a huge influence on Jimo’s approach to hair styling, from the textural sculptures created in his session work to his consideration of how hair sits, falls and moves.  Treating hair as a material is an integral part of Jimo’s hair cutting and styling process.

For the past twenty years, Jimo has been developing and exploring the theme of hair and its relationship to nature, through a series of artworks which feature both natural and man-made forms. From the repetition found in a flint wall, its bonds made stronger by the placing of stones in precise lines, echoing the keratin structure of hair; to a mass of foliage, which finds parallels in the weight of a haircut, its multiple layers supporting each other: a literal interpretation of ‘undergrowth’. 

Portraits taken outside use the elements to create an image – sunlight highlights different densities and textures and the wind styles the hair according to its will.

It is not just natural forms which find their way into Jimo’s work – a tube escalator’s fine ridges reflect strands of hair lying flat next to each other. A steel bridge reminds us of the structures that are present in hair, with thicker sections interspersed with thinner, single hairs.

These landscape images represent a shift from Jimo being based in one space to many. Alongside this new-found creative freedom, there will be an expansion into art/education and pop-up events. Jimo is available by appointment at the new Atelier Theory space at 85 George St., London W1U 8AQ - bookings via

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All images: (c) Jimo Salako

Vogue Italia

20 - 3 - 2017

In honour of legendary editor Franca Sozzani, who passed away at the end of last year, we are turning over the SALAKO salon to Vogue Italia for the next four weeks.

Vintage issues from the 1990s, featuring seminal shoots from the likes of Sozzani's long-term collaborator, Steven Meisel and artists such as Vanessa Beecroft and Maurizio Cattelan, will be on display to read and purchase with 10% of proceeds from magazine sales going to the Child Priority Charity, founded by Franca Sozzani, Jonathan Newhouse and Gianpaolo Grandi (both of Condé Nast), which supports artistically talented children from impoverished backgrounds throughout the world.

Sozzani's tenure, as editor of Vogue Italia since 1988, was typified by creating a collage of fashion, art and topical journalism, producing ground-breaking issues which explored diversity in fashion (the infamous Black Issue of 2008) and plus-size (Vogue Curvy).

Her work led to the award of the prestigious Legion d'Honneur in 2012 and her interests and editorial choices had far reaching cultural impact.

Looking back on these magazines, produced nearly twenty years ago, Sozzani's bold and innovative approach to editing shines from the pages, with most of the fashion pages looking as though they were shot yesterday. Each issue features iconic fashion images which were created by a mixture of established names and those just starting their illustrious careers. Certainly, the styling and photography of this period has had a huge impact on today's fashion and these vintage issues are coveted by fashion designers, photographers and artists alike.

Come and enjoy this slice of fashion history at:

SALAKO, 85 George St W1U 8AQ
020 7262 5620

We will be posting various cover shots and fashion stories on our Instagram account: @salakolondon so keep looking to see if your favourite issue is featured.

Oxytocin - Love is The Drug

24 - 1 - 2017

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we would take a closer, more clinical look at the cause of love (who says romance is dead?).

Commonly called the 'love drug', oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and is crucial to childbirth and breastfeeding. It is an important element of the bonding process in human (and human-animal) relationships. Proven to affect cognitive function, alongside emotional behaviour patterns, it is a factor in regulating social behaviour, reducing anxiety and helping people to build trust. 

A recent study examined the levels of oxytocin in single people and couples. It was found that new couples have high levels of oxytocin present which remained consistently heightened over a period of six months. Other behaviours affected by this versatile brain transmitter include anger (it can increase over-sensitivity to others) and it has been shown to help patients suffering from depression.

If you are planning to meet the person of your dreams or celebrate love with your chosen one (including yourself) this Valentine's, come to SALAKO for an up-do, blow dry or new-look colour and cut and spread the love...


A Pioneering Woman

14 - 1 - 2017

Martha Matilda Harper c.1914 - LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-USZ62-76323

Here at SALAKO we are all about championing inspiring women. Our clients include professional women from areas such as the arts, law, science, the charity sector and business. But this woman in particular caught our eye via Atlas Obscura and we decided to feature her on SALAKO Journal as a fitting inspiration for the coming year.

Her name was Martha Matilda Harper who hailed from Canada (like our very own Vanessa Trudell). Born in 1857, she had humble beginnings but fortuitously became employed by a German doctor, who bequeathed her his hair lotion formula upon his death.

Continuing work as a domestic servant, she tended to her employer's hair and came up with the idea of public hair salons for women. With her own savings, she opened her first shop in 1888, later introducing self-designed reclining hair chairs and purpose built wash basins, which are now commonly seen in hairdressers throughout the globe.

Another of her innovations was the concept of franchising, setting up a network to empower poor women and opening 100 Harper's salons across the USA which expanded to 500 across the world by the time the company closed in the 1970s.

Her energy, ideas and dedication are an inspiration to us at SALAKO and we look forward to sharing our own creations and developments with you in 2017.

Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business by Jane Plitt

Be Still

10 - 9 - 2016

EVENT: SALAKO London Thursday 22nd September 7- 8.30pm

Join the team from Will Williams Meditation to discover how vedic meditation can change your life: helping with stress, insomnia, anxiety and other conditions which exist in our fast-paced, modern world.

Vedic meditation is a deep form of meditation that can be done anywhere, even on the bus! This makes it an ideal form of meditative practice for contemporary practitioners. Join us for an informal gathering which will focus on the many benefits that it can bring.

The evening will begin with an introductory talk with complementary herbal tea, followed by guided meditation and Q&A.

Free to attend but places are limited. To reserve a space, please email:

Chop (growing your own way)

14 - 6 - 2016
Getting a haircut is a bold thing to do. A statement of intent. A new look. It is transitory and life changing.

A cut with skilfully constructed architecture will grow into various hairstyles, all retaining the essence of the original chop. 

Jimo specialises in creating this with a distinctive technique - building foundations within the hair to avoid that awkward in-between stage of growing out a haircut. 


If you decide to keep your new, shorter more gamine look, then regular appointments will ensure that it retains a fresh feel.

 Jimo's skill lies in knowing when to put the scissors down to impose a barely imperceptible shape to the hair. No need to fear over-cutting here.


So, if you do decide to go for the chop you can do so in the knowledge that whichever way you choose to go/grow post-cut, your hair will always be looking good.

Contact studio@salakolondon for your hair cut


04 - 2 - 2016

© Ross McNeill

2016 has started with an extraordinary display by Nature. Clouds with a mother-of-pearl shimmer have been sighted drifting across the sky in Britain. A rare occurrence, nacreous clouds form when the stratosphere drops to polar temperatures to create a visually spectacular show similar to the Northern Lights. 

Their colours however, are far from the rainbow, after which they are sometimes eponymously named. Although similarly-hued, with flashes of orange and yellow, they mainly take on the cooler end of the colour spectrum: purples, violets and soft toned pinks. Their overall look is nuanced, rather than clearly defined.

Nuance derives from the French for cloud: le nuage, 'to cloud' - to soften the edges and allow for a slippage between real and non-real. 

 © Jimo Salako

In hair colour, the skill involved in creating nuance is in using pigment to achieve an effect where both natural hair colour and applied hair colour blend to create a subtle difference in tonal range.

The results are no less stunning than the Winter sky.

For a colour appointment with Vanessa contact

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It's Only Natural

10 - 9 - 2015

© Juergen Teller/Celine

Here is Angela Davis doppelgänger (Karly Loyce) with unrelaxed hair, little make up and no discernible undergarments looking dead-pan to camera, captured by Juergen Teller who does 'natural' so well. Pretty radical when you consider that Celine is a bona fide haute brand. 

Why does natural seem so shocking, so confrontational? Following on from our post on Christopher Williams, perhaps it is because our collective gaze has become so accustomed to the unnatural: the plucked, contoured beauty idiom which permeates much of mass culture.

The advent of Photoshop and new developments in camera technology can now show us the world how we would like it to be, not how it really is.

Anna, Decorative Artist
© Jimo Salako /

In our attempts to escape from reality and an increasing anxiety about what reality actually is - witness the evolution of Big Brother from an Orwellian-inspired fly on the wall show, to a knowing, branded enterprise complete with the creation of the 'real life' celebrity.

This fantasy beauty ideal has its counterpoint in the raw representations to be found in high end fashion magazines and campaigns. Make no mistake, there is a portion of the populace kicking against unattainable beauty and when future-thinking brands such as Celine are pushing the natural aesthetic you know that a change is going to come.

Sonya, Global Clinical Trial Manager
© Jimo Salako /

Of course, a third way is for women to be liberated from an either/or approach and do exactly as they please: 'done', 'undone', curly, straight, short, long. All options are available at SALAKO: Real Hair for Real Women.

Marina, Art Director

© Jimo Salako /

Bookings at: / 020 7262 5620


08 - 6 - 2015

Over the past few years, there has been a surge of interest and content based around DIY culture (we don't mean putting shelves up or grouting tiles at the weekend). 'Normal' people have accrued thousands, sometimes millions, of followers on various social media sites to share tips on how they make up, style or coiff themselves.

This democratic revolution is something to be applauded as a shift away from content supplied from on high through the usual channels of big broadcasters, brands and publications.

This trend is evidenced in the world of art and culture too: we are all curators now and could even produce a record from our bedroom too, if so inclined.

And yet, the internet sensations followed throughout the world have distinctive voices. Not everyone can make a 'how to' tutorial absorbing, informative and entertaining. We endorse the refreshing, 'can do' mentality behind many of these homemade videos.

At SALAKO we are not averse to a self-cut fringe or home colour and are happy to rescue any casualties who might have taken on the DIY attitude with too much fervour. We are also champions of real women, to which our portraits attest. Our authenticity has not gone unnoticed, as our recent review by Harper's Bazaar describing SALAKO as a comfortable space with a 'chic, intelligent aesthetic'.

Here's to individuality and self expression, wherever it finds an outlet.

All images (c) Jimo Salako

The Production Line of Happiness

15 - 4 - 2015

A new show opening at The Whitechapel is a survey of the work of Christopher Williams, an artist who takes the idiom of commercial photography to explore the imagery of consumerism.

Accustomed as we are to seeing 'perfect' images in our daily life, have our eyes become immune to the trickery of the camera? We read Williams' images reflected through this learned view but the discovery of a break or a blemish highlights the beauty of imperfection.

There is the thrill of playing detective when looking at these works, especially as Williams's technical skill is equal to any advertising photographer. Go the the Whitechapel from 29th April - 21st June and look a little deeper.