The UK hair professionals bottling their genius
With countless stand-out hair and beauty launches, we shine the spotlight on some of our favourite hairdressing multi-hyphenates
When Charlotte Mensah released her range in 2015, it was a game-changer for Afro styling - breaking the trend of mediocre packaging and sub-par ingredients. It was also important that the brand reflected her Ghanaian roots, hence the traditional Kente print logo. Its hero ingredient manketti oil has put the premium haircare line firmly on the map.
Founder of award-winning natural hair salon Purely Natural in East London, Anastasia Chikezie has not been resting on her laurels. Her new style range prioritises natural ingredients, containing powerful nourishers like mango and shea butter. In addition, the stylish five-piece hair tool kit sees combs and brushes crafted from sandalwood for a touch of authenticity.
A man of many talents, Hector Obeng has an extensive list of hairdressing accolades to his name. However, unbeknown to most, he has branched out into hair extensions and fashion, selling a range of customised sports underwear, human hair extensions and hair replacement units. Yet it is his unisex perfume collection that has become a best-seller.
Former barbershop proprietor Aaron Wallace noticed a lack of grooming products catering to the unique needs of black men. And it was this eagle-eye observation that led to the launch of his eponymous brand, Aaron Wallace Grooming. Using a considered selection of mango butter and blackseed oil, its products revitalise dry, brittle hair and improve hair growth.
Over the past year, Adem Oygur has been moving up the hairdressing rankings - landing his first Spell cover in October 2019. Growing up on a hazelnut farm in his homeland Turkey, he saw the true benefits of this wonder food first-hand, particularly on the skin and hair. Today it has become the hero ingredient in his multi-purpose beauty line, Adem London.
These days one of the UK’s hottest hairdressing talent exports, Vernon François, is busy tending to the kinks and coils of Hollywood A-listers. Luckily, he has left us with a bevvy of moisturising stylers catering to every hair type. Use the unique curl code displayed on every product to decipher whether it is a match for your curl pattern.