Hair Expert: Elaine Napier
A master of her craft that has all of the accolades to prove it, we spoke to Elaine Napier, Owner of Napier Hair & Beauty, about her decades of success in such a highly competitive industry.
How did you start?
I’ve had an amazing career that’s spanned over 40 years and counting. With a true passion for colour and classic cutting, I worked from the bottom up. As my career developed, I had the privilege of working with Trevor Sorbie in London and met many more industry icons along the way. Then, 27 years ago, I opened my own salon and moved to Neilston Road. Back in 2009, I realised there was a growing demand for hair, nails and a wide range of beauty treatments all under one roof. Since we undertook this move, it has firmly placed us as a ‘destination’ salon and colour house. I have a wonderful team of talented professionals that are my ‘salon family’ and a loyal client list to boot, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of cutting and colouring for 35 years. It has been a fantastic journey and never felt like work.
Most requested celebrity look?
While salon guests might take inspiration from celebrities, most want what we do best. Bespoke colour to perfectly compliment them.
What’s your go-to product?
A gem of a product for everyone is 10-in-1 spray by L’Oréal. It’s the best multipurpose product ever; anti-frizz, nourishment, detangling, heat protection and split end reduction. What’s not to love?
One thing you’d advise all clients to do?
To remember that you are paying for the experience a stylist/colourist has, as well as the quality of the products used and the standard of the salon. Your hair is the outfit you wear every day, invest wisely.
In terms of hair trends, which is your favourite for summer 2019?
Definitely the icy blonde look, made all the more perfect with the launch of L’Oréal Blond Studio 9.
Napier Hair & Beauty, 136 Neilston Road, Paisley, PA2 6QH, 0141 887 9559. This feature was published in Mill issue 7 September/October 2019.