As a child, my goal in life was to be one of three things, a racing car driver, a chef or a hairdresser. And so at the tender age of 16 I started off my hairdressing career at Vidal Sassoon. By the age of 18 I was to become the youngest ever teacher in the Vidal Sassoon London Schools, and so my career began to evolve.
From teacher, to Head Of Diploma, and eventually to Principle of the Advanced Academy. I soon realized that, after 12 years at Vidal Sassoon, what I wanted more than to become a hairdresser was to own my own salon in the centre of London alongside my best friend and business partner Johnny.
Today my dream has become a reality. Welcome to Ena Salon.
I began my career at 15 and through my training I was fortunate enough to be taught and inspired by many amazing and talented individuals, who within their own rights are renowned within our industry.
At the age of 19, I qualified as a stylist and was transferred into the Vidal Sassoon salon in Covent Garden, working on the salon floor building a reputation as a potential prodigy within the company.
My goal was to become a “creative director” before the age of 23, which I was fortunate enough to achieve.
My passion is to educate and bring out strengths in others by developing, nurturing and supervising the staff within the company, training future stylist and teachers.
Finally in 2007, after eleven loyal years at Vidal Sassoon and after gaining intensive knowledge of the industry, meeting some of the most influential people and experiencing diverse cultures, I decided to follow my dream by forming a partnership with my best friend, Pedro Inchenko, whom I met on my journey.
—Level 5 Stylist
From an early age I developed a passion for all things creative and artistic. At school I immersed myself in the practical subjects of art and textiles, continually striving to produce exciting and original pieces of work. This creative mind set, along with encouragement from my mum (she was obviously thinking of the future free haircuts!) led me to develop a curiosity for the art of hairdressing.
I’m very fortunate to have spent some months travelling to some fascinating places and more recently, from opportunities with our sister company Allilon, where we get to share our knowledge and craft around the world. I hope to not only be inspired, but to myself inspire, teach and encourage others to reach their highest ability in the profession.
Ena is a huge part of my life and will be for many many years. We’d love to welcome you to the Ena family. Come and see what it’s all about!
—Level 4 Stylist
Samuel Ryde is a master stylist at Ena salon.
Shortly after moving to london in 2004, I enrolled instantly on to the Vidal Sassoon beginners diploma course. Entering the industry at such a high level allowed me to see the quality and beauty that can be achieved.
After working at various London salons, I wanted a new challenge and to re associate my self with Ped and Johnny who I had been lucky enough to be taught under at Sassoon.
Having the privilege of working with some of the most talented people in our industry, in the most beautiful setting in London has been an honour that has allowed me to develop into the stylist I’ve always wanted to be.
— Colour Director
Whilst studying for my a-levels and art foundation course at 6th form college I was working as a junior Assistant in a north London salon. This is where I discovered my passion for colour and the science of hair. This inspired me to further my knowledge so I enrolled in the Vidal Sassoon diploma course, where I went on to win ‘best student ‘ and ‘best colour’ throughout the stages. After completing the course I joined Vidal Sassoon staff training and went on to become part of the team in the Nottingham salon for 2 years. Where I completed my creative test.
I have been part of the Ena team since 2011 and I am really enjoying the wonderful opportunity I have been given here. There is a chance for me to grow in my career and as a person. Part of my role is to work alongside the education team, on collections, photo shoots and teaching the younger generation at Ena who are interested in specialising in colour. These responsibilities give me the chance to get involved in the creative side, which is one of my favourite aspects of hair.
—Level 5 Stylist
Whist studying architecture at the age of 17 in my hometown of Lincoln, I discovered that I had a passion for using my hands and in particular, drawing. With the introduction of Computer Aided Design, Architecture became less about free hand drawing and more about the advance of technology. This factor led me to a change in career and so I soon found myself taking an interest in the philosophy behind hairdressing.
In 2002, I enrolled in a two year apprenticeship in one of Lincoln’s busy hair salons. After learning about Vidal Sassoon’s philosophy I decided to move to London and retrain with the elite. Whist at Sassoon’s I was taught and inspired by Johnny Othona, a teacher, whom I found not only inspirational but exceptionally passionate about his craft. After 5 years as a busy stylist at Vidal Sassoon’s of Sloane Street and after achieving the role of assistant art director, I decided to go in search of my mentor in order to further my career and seek new experiences.
In 2010, I located Johnny Othona at Ena Salon and was offered the opportunity to work alongside him within Ena’s education company, Allilon. My first task involved relocating to Switzerland for three months whereby I helped launch Allilon’s Swiss academy as well as teaching all the salon staff. Today I spend my time teaching the staff at Ena Salon and supporting the team on education courses, as well as servicing clients.
For the short time that I have been working for Ena & Allilon, my passion for my craft has been reignited. Not only am I surrounded by a beautiful environment with endless opportunities, but also I am surrounded by a great team of people who all love what they do and inspire me to be the best I can be.
—Level 3 Stylist Level 2 Colour Technician
Since I was at school I have always had an interest in art and anything creative. After completing my foundation art course at the age of 19, I decided to pursue a career in hairdressing and started training as a stylist in a Covent Garden salon where I qualified two and a half years later. I then went on to learn colour and fortunately have been able to continue to offer both services to my clients, which I thoroughly enjoy.
I joined Ena when it opened in 2009 after having worked with Johnny and Pedro for the previous three years, where they had inspired me to further my skills and knowledge of hairdressing and management.
I love the creativity of my job, the fact that each day is so different and that I get to meet and talk to so many different people from all walks of life. The most rewarding part of my job though is being able to make people feel and look fantastic.
I have since gone on to have a family, so now I work part time. So for two precious days a week Ena is my sanctuary. I still love what I do and I am so lucky to work with such a great team of inspirational, talented people, in a beautiful space where we are encouraged to develop and further our skills and knowledge whenever possible. It may seem corny but for me Ena is my second home and family.
—Level 4 Stylist Level 3 Colour Technician
Due to it being a passion from a very young age hairdressing was my immediate career choice. I originally trained at Vidal Sassoon in 2005 and went on to work at an independent salon in Hertfordshire for four years. I left there to pursue more training and opportunities to hone my skills as a cutter and colourist.
Being at Ena has enabled me to be around creative people from whom I can learn on a daily basis.
I hope the future will hold opportunities for me to take part in shows in various corners of the globe, thus allowing me to pass on the knowledge & virtues I have been fortunate enough to learn whilst working at Ena.
I see hairdressing not only as a profession but as an art form; influenced by a wide and varied number of creative practices that when combined create a structured, yet organic end product.
—Level 3 Stylist
Hi my name is Woody and I’m a stylist at Ena salon. I’m an 80’s child born in London & grew up in the midlands. I enrolled onto the diploma course at Vidal Sassoon in 2007 and soon after graduating I found myself a job in an up and coming independent salon in central London. After working for only a short while I was given the opportunity to assist on a photo shoot for a world-renowned product company in Berlin. It was fantastic to see the work that goes on behind the scenes of a photo shoot.
In 2009 a path opened up for me, when I joined Ena salon where I had to begin my re-training and improving my technique of cutting hair, and understanding every individuals needs. In 2013 I had the pleasure of contributing a hairstyle to a creative collection for our sister company ALLILON that was shown to hairdressers worldwide.
My passion is cutting hair and being able to make people happy with a pair of scissors, this is what makes me happy. There are many aspects within the hair industry and I’m on a journey of discovery, my hope is to one day share my knowledge and the craft I’ve learnt. I’m confident within our creative team at Ena salon and ALLILON because everyone has the same determination and strive to be the best at what we do.
—Level 2 Stylist Level 2 Colour Technician
Ena Salon ….Im back! Im so excited to be able to live my dream and thats to do 9 months in NZ and 3 months in the UK at Ena Salon. For those of you that don’t know me – I do both cutting and colouring and I love making people look and feel good.
My dream has been to always share my knowledge which is what Im doing now in NZ and up in the UK working with the best in the world!
— Level 3 Colour Technician
Hi I’m Evie, I am a colour technician at Ena salon. I started my journey at Ena salon in August 2011. My journey went from assisting the salon to being qualified and fully trained at Ena/Allilon. In September 2013 I started my intense colour training, and had my classic colour test at the beginning of December. I am now working on the salon floor as a colourist and enjoying building a relationship with new clients. People say I talk far too much, which isn’t always a bad thing, and very bubbly.
Ever since I was young I always wanted to be a hairdresser, I hadn’t yet decided whether or not I want to cut or colour. My passion for colour grew as I started out in a salon in my home town of Hornchurch working as a Saturday girl. I love playing about with new ideas and techniques to create different looks. Mixing different colours together to create new shades and tones is also high on my love list.
—Level 3 Stylist Level 3 Colour Technician
I’m Ana from sunny Barcelona and I have a secret to confess;
I was a good girl playing with my new doll and transforming her hair for very special occasions like Christmas and weekends. However that doll was going to meet new friends in a party and a radical look was needed. I cut her hair short causing sensation among girls and mothers but its hairs never grow back. So I try again but I was told to stop cutting the hair of my fellow nursery friends. They forgot to mention acrylic colours. That is when I became tempted into the vibrant world of fashion and fun, always looking for new stylish trends.
In this pursue I have work with big names in the industry. Now is the time to absorb and contribute to the amazing Ena’s spirit.
—Level 2 Stylist Level 1 Colour Technician
Hello everybody my name is Gianna Poullou and I am from Cyprus (Larnaca). I am a part of the family of the 23rd Greek Seascouts Group Of Larnaca. I come from a family of hairdressers and have been in the salons from the age of 11. I discovered my passion for hair by assisting my Mum, Auntie and Cousin in their salons and without them I would not be the person I am or carry the skills they taught me. The first thing that they taught me in the salon was how to shampoo, I then slowly learnt how to comb the hair and moved onto blow-drying. I did my first haircut at the age of 15 and by the age of 17 I was cutting clients in the salon. When I finished high school I joined the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. During my course I was awarded “Best Student’’ on the Women’s and Barbering stage as well as being awarded “Best Student” at our graduation soiree. My career at Ena Salon started in February 2014. I am always willing to learn new things about the hairdressing world and do my best to achieve my goals. I would love to be a part of a creative session team, doing hair backstage on fashion shows and photo-shoots.
‘’The starting point of all achievements is desire’’ – Napoleon Hill
—Level 2 Stylist Level 1 Colour Technician
Hi, my name is Iveta. I came to the UK from Lithuania in 2010, not knowing what my dream was going to be. I found my calling when I found Ena Salon.
I feel so fortunate to have found my way into an industry that today is one of my biggest passions. I never realised how much I was going to LOVE doing hair.
At the age of 24 I qualified as a stylist at Ena. One of my strengths is that I am meticulous and clear. I am looking forward to see what the future holds for me as a stylist at Ena.
I can’t wait to make you look and feel amazing.
—Level 1 Stylist
I come from the peaceful Mediterranean island of Sardinia. I discovered my passion for hair at an early age practicing on dolls, family, friends and even my dog!
I have always been attracted to all forms of art, my purpose is share my feelings through something made by me, with my hands. I found this opportunity in the craft of hairdressing, I strive to create a beautiful unique look for each of my beautiful and unique clients.
In 2013 I moved to London to realise my dream and I was lucky enough join Ena Salon. I began an intensive program of training following the highest standards. At Ena I found a second family, a very hard working team and I feel proud and lucky to be part of this team.
My goal for the future is to become a creative stylist and to share my knowledge teaching others.
— Level 1 Colour Technician
I guess I’m not your typical girl, I grew up in Estonia and moved to Finland at the age of 12. It was here that I got my diploma in dressmaking and design… while I wasn’t skateboarding semi professionally!
After an amazing two years working and snowboarding in Tahoe California and working a year in NYC my husband and I along with a pug named Oscar, moved back to England. Here, I started an intense course at Vidal Sassoon academy .
My maiden name means colour in Estonian, so I guess I have gone back to my roots …no pun intended! Maybe I was always meant to work with colour in one way or another. Now, I am happy to say that I have found my place at Ena Salon where there are endless possibilities,I have been with the company since 2016.
One of the things I especially love is that our salon is eco friendly. We work closely with a brand called Davines and because I love all animals, it’s a pleasure to be working with a brand that is a cruelty-free and has the same vision of sustainability.
—Level 3 Stylist
I have been a hairdresser since 2003, working alongside some of the industry’s finest award winning stylists. Gained a wealth of experience from salon work, fashion shows, photo shoots and educating. I have now arrived at Ena where I feel a great belonging and excitement to be a part of such an inspiring team. My exceptional foundation skills and knowledge of precision work enable me to create a bespoke look of the highest quality for every client. When it comes to customer service my philosophy is clear: – “Customer service comes from the heart. If you’re the most caring loving person you can possibly be, then to serve someone comes naturally”
— Level 1 Colour Technician
My passion for doing hair began to grow while I was at university, and following the completion of my degree, I decided to change my career and follow my passion- hair.
Once I discovered that doing hair was my calling, I began to develop my skills in hairdressing, I initially began working with clients of Afro-Caribbean background and crafted my skills in braiding e.t.c. My desire to learn more about hair and to broaden my reach led me to take on additional study in trichology.
One of the best decisions I made in 2015 was to be a part of Ena. I began my apprenticeship programme and have been taught by the best in the industry. I take great pleasure in doing people’s hair and my aim is to please each client, knowing that each person is an individual looking for their unique style.
Ena is home and will always have a special place in my heart. I am surrounded by amazing people who always want to be the best. ‘Birds of the same feathers flock together’.
—Level 1 Stylist
I began my career in hairdressing in Hertfordshire, aged 15, before moving to a well-established salon in Covent Garden. Five years later, after hearing about its high standards and excellent training programme, I settled at Ena.
I gain most enjoyment from being in salon, getting to know each client/customer personally and working with them to achieve the look they’re after, using the knowledge and skills I’ve gained over the years.
My inspiration comes from visiting exhibitions, watching films and listening to a wide variety of music but nothing inspires me more than the team I have around me at Ena.