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EP122 – Nicky Clarke shares his hairdressing stories

Nicky Clarke shares his hairdressing stories with the listeners of the Respectfully podcast… and they’re well worth a listen!

NIcky Clarke and NIcky Pope record Respectfully
NIcky Clarke and NIcky Pope record Respectfully

Nicky Clarke is arguably the most famous hairdresser in the UK today. He began his hairdressing career in the 70s, as a teenager, working for the House of Leonard where he met John Frieda. This was to prove a central part of Nicky’s history. He and John went on to set up a salon of their own on the Marylebone Rd, where for more than a decade they nurtured a truly celebrity clientele. From Vogue shoots to creating the Purdey cut for Joanna Lumley, they did it all.

NIcky Clarke and NIcky Pope record Respectfully
At home with Nicky Clarke

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By 1991 Nicky set up his own salon which flourished alongside his personal appearances on pretty much every TV show you can mention from Absolutely Fabulous to The Weakest Link, Come Dine with Me and Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway. He even had royalty attend the salon opening to cut the ribbon. The tabloids went nuts for Nicky, and his personal life featured in the likes of Hello! Magazine as much as his hairdressing did. In 2008 he was awarded an OBE for services to hairdressing… but rather than hear from us, we invite you to settled into conversation recorded with Nicky in his gorgeous north London home. It’s quite a tale!

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