Karine Jackson was born to be a star hairdresser. From starting her career in her parents’ salon in the small Australian town of Wollongong, to excelling at Charles Worthington, to setting up her own Covent Garden salon, to winning London Hairdresser of the Year in the 2007 British Hairdressing Awards, Karine’s huge talent and enthusiasm has always shone through. As well as her cutting skills, Karine is a brilliant colourist and holds the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree, putting her in the top 1% of L’Oreal colourists in the UK. Alongside her British Hairdressing Awards win, Karine has also won the Fellowship Consumer Image of the Year in 2011, Most Wanted Hair Trend in 2015. She has been shortlisted for Most Wanted Colour Expert three times and in 2009 was shortlisted for Men’s Hairdresser of the year. In 2016 she was shortlisted for London Hairdresser of the Year and in 2017, Karine was elected as the new president of the Fellowship For British Hairdressing.
“I always had a passion for hairdressing and couldn’t wait to leave school to start!” says Karine. “I started my basic training at 15 and received the best knowledge in those skills which has carried me to where I am today. As soon as I finished my training (4 years standard in Australia) and got my licence, the big city was calling. At 20 I jumped on a plane and travelled a bit before coming to London to see where all the major fashion action happened – hair and clothes fashion is intrinsic with London to any young Aussie… I worked for a London salon from 1991-1995 before returning to Australia briefly…” Karine then spent two years working for one of Australia’s top stylists, Fiona Heslop, managing her team and learning the art of hair up. Within 18 months she had won the New South Wales State Championships for total look gaining a place in the Australian Championships. Heading back to London in 1997, Karine started an Art Team at her former salon and won the Wella Creative Team award. The following year, she joined Charles Worthington: “I worked really hard with the industry leaders and moved up the ranks quickly, learning so much as I went along. I was on the international art team and travelled to Greece, Ireland and many other countries teaching Advance cutting and colouring, and working on stage at the likes of Salon International. I was Deputy Manager at the flagship Percy Street salon, then went on to manage their Covent Garden salon. I won many awards at Charles Worthington but my proudest and favourite was a little red car for being their Performer of the Year in 2001!”
In 2003 Karine decided it was time to take the plunge on her own, “which had always been a big dream. I’d never really planned to open in the West End, thinking I’d return to Sydney. I went home for a few months but very quickly realised that London was where it’s at; to me it’s the setting for fashion. I had worked here for 10 years and couldn’t leave.” So, Karine Jackson opened in Litchfield St, a fabulous airy salon in a stunning listed building 2 doors away from the Ivy restaurant, “and the adventure began!” Anyone who visits Karine’s salon raves about the fantastic service and gorgeous colour and cuts, and particularly Karine’s incredible skills and personable nature. “Training is one of our top priorities in the salon and the team rises to this and loves the high standards. It keeps us all fresh and up to date with world trends and fashion,” says Karine.
She introduced an organic colour range, Organic Colour Systems, to the salon in summer 2007 to give clients a more eco-friendly alternative to the usual big brands and the range has been enthusiastically received with over 95% of clients switching over. In 2016 Karine launched Vegan hair services, complete with beverages and cookies to cater for the demand. Karine is also a bridal hair specialist, with her salon offering bespoke wedding packages; she has appeared on stage at the National Wedding Show alongside Caryn Franklin and worked on many bridal magazine covers. Along with Karine’s fantastic work, she has also appeared on The One Show and in publications such as Marie Claire and The Observer Magazine. Visitors to her salon include Hollywood actress Neve Campbell, British actresses Shelley Conn and Sam Womack, and TV and Radio presenters Katy Hill, Jenni Murray, Lucy Siegle and Sam Mann.