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Harness & Mane

Harness & Mane – a salon based in the heart of Walthamstow. Quirky, edgy and certainly not your average hairdressers. Salon owner Gunel has been hairdressing since 2005, and absolutely loves bringing confidence and inner beauty out through hair. Gunel’s career took her to London’s alternative scene, being influenced by alternative fashion, music and events from this sub-culture, which led to her styling hair for BDSM shows.

Harness & Mane was born in 2019. Gunel wanted to offer her connections from the alternative scene a platform and created a boutique at the front of the salon where guests can pop in and buy off the shelf as well as placing a bespoke order. This is so much more than just a hair salon. It’s a safe space. The gender fluid price structure means clients pay for the length of time their hair appointment takes. New client’s are asked for their pronouns upon booking to ensure the client feels respected and appreciated throughout their visit. 

Being a safe space doesn’t just stop at the client. Harness & Mane have carefully selected the brands they stock based on their ethical values and you can find find Redken, Davines and Pureology products available on the retails shelves and at the backwash. “I love the Pureology range!” says Senior Stylist Isha “The products are so natural you could almost eat them.”

Opposite the backwashes is an exhibition area where clients can admire the work of Gunel’s favourite artists whilst experiencing a ‘mane massage.’ That’s not all, the salon hold monthly events with musicians, singers and even have life drawing sessions.

Harness & Mane team

“This really is a great place to work, and the flexible working is what keeps the staff ticking. We know the youngsters like a lay in so we’ll put them on the late 12pm-9pm shift. We work alternate Saturday’s so we get some time to socialise at weekends and if someone’s got something on, we work together to swap our days to make it work.  We’re a family.” Isha adds.

Sounds like Gunel know’s how to look after her staff’s wellbeing, and prevents them from ‘burn-out.’ We love to see a salon changing the stigma of 12 hour shifts and working all weekend.

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