As co-founder of Betties + Baldwins, Esme has helped to develop the salon’s reputation for providing a bespoke service for each client. “I really want to work with my clients to create a hairstyle that suits them in every way. A style that represents their individual style, but also fits in with their life. To release the hidden potential in their hair! I want them to go home and be able recreate that salon look with my advice.”
Esme has always been drawn to vintage inspired styles. Before discovering a love for cutting, she began her career creating sculptured styles from the 40’s and 50’s, she also worked extensively with clippers and on short cuts. Her current passion is for natural flowing shapes, inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, cut with both the straight razor and scissors. “I always look to the past for inspiration. I love texture, I want to celebrate all those little flicks and kinks. To work with the hairs natural movement, whether that’s a short sharp precision cut, or a soft flowing shag”
Owner/advanced stylist/advanced colourist
As co-founder of Betties +Baldwins, Darren has been instrumental in instilling our view that client satisfaction is key. He has an extremely loyal client base. With relationships built over many years. Clients love his honesty, and his skill in creating styles which are both beautiful and fit perfectly with their lifestyle.
Darren takes his inspiration from urban street culture and punk aesthetic. With a passion for geometric shapes and precision cuts, on all types of hair. You can’t help but appreciate his attention to detail. “I love working with my clients to create interesting, bold shapes and colours. I always feel most passionate about my work when I feel like I’m creating something that will get my clients noticed.”
Darren is always happy to share his extensive knowledge with his clients. An appointment with him is also a lesson on how to bring out the best in your hair. “I’m very passionate about healthy hair. Making sure my clients have healthy hair and know how to maintain it at home is a top priority when approaching my work.”
One of our longest serving ‘Betties’, Emmas experience, skill and disarming nature has led to a client list full of loyal, happy people. “I love working with clients that want to try something new, who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd”
Healthy hair is paramount at Betties + Baldwins and Emma embodies this with the care she gives to each client. Emma is as comfortable cutting a modern sculptured mullet, or natural curls, as she is with classic short clipper work or carving shapes with a razor. She is inspired by her love of festivals and live music. Think clean, sharp lines combined with a lust for life and inherent creativity. “I want to have fun with my clients, make them feel good”.
Chrissy has confessed that she lives and breathes every aspect of hair. “I’m passionate about colour! Whether it’s creating beautifully natural balayage or bright, vivid, creative colour.”
Chrissy fully embodies B+Bs ethos of transparency at all times, working with clients to make that dream colour a reality. Utilising her soft, easy going approach. Her creativity is only limited by what will maintain the health and condition of the hair. ‘I want to provide a personal service, and to make sure my clients understand the process and are comfortable throughout.’
As well as working behind the chair in the salon, Chrissy also shares her knowledge with other stylists. Educating for colour brand Pulp Riot. Her knowledge, infectious enthusiasm for colour, and development of unique techniques, is an asset to her clients and colleagues alike.
Alex was Betties + Baldwins first ever assistant and set the bar high for anyone following in her footsteps. She is now a fully fledged hairdresser in her own right, creating chic, natural looks.
From the very beginning of her career, Alex has had a an affinity with colouring, focusing on balayage techniques. “I really like working with my clients natural hair colour, enhancing what they already have. I love giving someone their first colour. The change, no matter how subtle, is always so exciting”
Alex loves to give her clients low maintenance, lived in colour and being a curly girl herself, she’ll share all her top tips to get your waves looking “luxure!” You can’t help but feel relaxed and at ease with Alex behind the chair.
Stylist/New Talent colourist
It’s easy to see how Jody’s background in fine art has influenced her hairdressing. She utilises a multitude of mediums to explore all possibilities, unfettered by conventions of gender or style. ‘I enjoy combining cutting and colouring techniques, from both traditional barbering and hairdressing to create unique custom looks.’
Jody takes inspiration from contrasting textures and colours. Soft shapes with bold colour and vice versa. Always ready to experiment, and learn. Jody is not ready to limit herself to one niche area of hairdressing or curb her thirst for knowledge. ‘I’m drawn towards more organic styling, I always try to encourage my clients to work with their natural texture. I especially love curly hair, it’s like a living sculpture.’
Ulle has a friendly relaxed personality which shines through into her hairdressing. She has a passion for fitness and wellness which is reflected in her love of soft flowing cuts, with plenty of texture, movement and volume. “Building a relationship with my client is super important, and I’m happy when the client is happy. Whatever hairstyle they would like to have.”
Ulle is also inspired by classic, beachy colour, and effortless style. “Keep it simple, so you have time for other things”. Hair that works in all situations. Especially if you, like Ulle, love to pack up and head off in search of waves and walks with your pooch.