Technik, in Morningside Road, has proven it’s a cut above after being crowned as our Salon of the Year for 2014.
At the hairdresser, there’s now a double celebration taking place as partners Garry Walker, Kim Turner and Chris Rossi mark its 30th anniversary.
With thousands of entries submitted to the Evening News’ competition, the salon was deemed to be head and shoulders above the rest. Mr Walker, 54, said: “We are all chuffed to bits that our clients voted for us.
“The girls were absolutely thrilled because they work very hard – we have got a very strong team and loyal staff, some of whom have worked for us for more than 20 years, so it’s more for them that I’m delighted.” Mr Walker said the key to the salon’s success was keeping up with the latest trends, having had three major refurbishments over the years.
“We’ve gone from strength to strength,” he said. “There’s a family atmosphere and it does sound a bit of a cliché but we are like a big family.
“I would like to thank our customers from the bottom of my heart because taking the time to vote means a lot to us. We have won other awards, but this is more personal because it’s been voted by the clients.”
The salon currently has 14 full-time staff who are dedicated to delivering the perfect experience with a cut and style starting from £32.
Resident trainer and partner Ms Turner, 54, praised the staff for their loyalty and has already promised them prosecco and cake at work today. The partners also plan to hoist a banner boasting their success.
Ms Turner said: “It’s absolutely amazing – we are delighted to win it and obviously we want to thank our clients and staff.
“We have very good customer service and keep in touch with all the current styles and fashions, but we also customise everything to our clients’ needs and are friendly and approachable.”
She also put the success down to the loyalty of customers, with one of them – Laura Eadie – still making a weekly trip from West Calder at the age of 95.
Ms Turner said the industry was constantly evolving.
She said: “Hairdressing has changed so much over the years – some of our younger clients get such different things done to their hair and then you get the older clients who might just come in for a blow-dry.”
Mr Rossi, 57, said the honour was the highlight of the salon’s history.
“We cannot believe it – after 30 years to be recognised like this is amazing,” he said. “We have done two big London shows but this surpasses that.
“When you told us we were all running about kissing each other and congratulating each other.”
After personally congratulating Technik staff, Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell said the salon could brand itself the “best of the best”.
“People are really passionate about their salons,” he said.
“Getting your hair cut is a very personal thing and it is so important that whoever is doing your hair gets it just right. We received hundreds of nominations for this competition and thousands of submissions in support of so many great salons from all across the Lothians.
“People really wanted to tell us about their hairdresser and why they thought there’s was the best.
“So to come top at the end of that process having outstripped all the others is a really special achievement.
“They really can call themselves the best of the best.”