For this month’s interview series, we spoke to Nicole Depommes, TONI & Guy Clapham Junction. Nicole has been a hairdresser for over 30 years. She opened Toni and Guy Clapham junction in 1993 and was Clapham Mums’ first partner.
Here is what Nicole had to say:
You have been a hairdresser for 30 years, what keeps you going?
Lots of things keep me going in the Hairdressing industry, I love everything about the fashion industry (hair clothes and makeup),I think working with young people keeps me fresh as well, there is nothing better seeing a 1st year apprentice qualify 3 years later. I also never stop learning with my craft.
What do you love most about your job?
I love Seeing Clients smile when they love their hair, its pure satisfaction for a Hairdresser.
It’s a really fun creative industry to work in especially Toni&Guy, we sponsor London Fashion week every year we get to work with amazing designers and learn so much to keep us at the top of our game.
Something very personal to me is working with with clients that are dealing with pre and post cancer hair issues. Consultation, wig fitting and cutting and lots advice.
Toni& Guy was our first partner on Clapham Mums. What do you like about working with us?
It was great to be part of the start-up company with Alicia all those years ago and Our Clapham Mums clients really appreciate their 20 % discount they get on cut and colour, every little helps when you have children.
What are your top hair care tips?
Of course, a well cut and coloured head of hair is important, also shampoo and conditioner and styling products really help with home maintenance, also home styling products should be a hairdryer, wand, and a pair of straighteners’ depending on the look you are after.
What are some hair trends you love and hate?
I loved all the summer beach waves over the summer but now we are loving the long bobs again for the autumn.
I really don’t hate any trends but I do hate home colours as they are so unpredictable and we often have to sort out for clients.
Where do you see your business in 10 years?
Bigger and better!
How you manage work life balance- any tips?
That’s a tricky one as all mums will know but with my daughter I just have to be totally organised with everything done the night before.
What do you love about the Clapham area?
I love the vibe and attitude and diversity of Clapham people, there’s such a mix of young and old, and we have all of the mix in our salon.
What are your favourite haunts in the neighbourhood?
Little Bird (best cocktails) and the Humble Grape (best wine) on Battersea Rise, Buena Sera (best Italian) Northcote Road, the Tea Shop st Johns road (best coffee) just and I love that Pret Manger has opened up opposite the salon.
If you had to give one piece of advice to younger self, what would that be?
Not to take myself to seriously and that anxiety doesn’t get you anywhere, it’s a waste of energy.
TONI&GUY Clapham Junction are offering an exclusive 10% off all services, valid Monday (10am-7pm) through to Thursday (9am to 8pm). Simply quote “ClaphamMums” when booking your appointment and present your Card at reception. And there’s also room to park a pram!
65 St. John’s Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 1QX
Telephone: 020 7228 5566