Salon Director Helen Elliott has been in the hairdressing industry for 23 years, starting out as a hairdressing apprentice in Australia.  

She has worked as a senior stylist for Saks and Elysian hair salons, and also has extensive experience managing salons including The Cutting Room and Greys Hairdressing, both in Hertfordshire. 

A specialist in wedding hair, Helen has travelled extensively around Europe and is now looking forward with excitement to running Johnson Blythe Hairdressing in Hertford with her best friend Claire Mariscal.  

Let’s find out more about Helen in our fun Q&A…

Which styles or colours do you absolutely love doing? I love all aspects of hairdressing. To me, a cut isn’t a cut without a big bouncy blow dry or some form of colour flowing through it. I would be lying to say there is one section of hairdressing I prefer – for me it’s a mixture. Everything compliments each aspect. I love to do it all but I have to say I am renowned for my blow dry.

What do you love about being a hairdresser?  I love creating. I love making people feel good about themselves. Seeing a client genuinely happy after I have done their hair does it for me! 

Which celebrity hair would you like to get your hands on and why?  Tough one… there are loads! I love doing hair!! If I had to choose one, probably Cheryl Cole,  as she has good hair and really can pull off any style. As much as I love her long hair, I would love to take hers quite short as I think she would really suit it. 

Who or what inspires you to create fabulous hair?  Fashion, my friends, my three girls. They all love having their hair done and I love coming up with new ideas for them to keep it interesting and also to keep my mind going.  

If you had to live on a desert island, which three hair product items would you take with you?  Shampoo, serum, dry shampoo.

What is your ultimate ambition? I’m embarking on it right now, opening Johnson Blythe.  Then on to opening another one!

How would you describe yourself in three words?  Hardworking, courteous and control freak!