Scullion & Scot is the exciting young Sheffield salon born out of lockdown, specialising in colour and extensions, vegan friendly and LGBTQ+ inclusive. Having just celebrated their second birthday, the salon entered their first competition – the hugely prestigious L’Oreal.
Colour Trophy and the hairdressing industry’s longest running colour competition, judged by the UK’s most experienced hair talent – and in front of 1900 people at London’s Battersea Evolution, they won!
This is just the start for co-founders Gemma Scullion and Jade Picken (who’s Scottish, hence the name Scullion & Scot…) The ambitious duo has set their sights on growing their team, building more talented artists while promoting their values of sustainability and inclusivity.
Jade knew she was destined for hairdressing when aged 15 she was invited to Manchester to model for her hairdresser who was showcasing her work with Wella, saying “I remember looking around in awe of the creativity and passion people had for their craft. It was truly inspiring and I thought this is it for me! I was lucky enough to be trained with an incredible hairdresser in Glasgow who pushed me to know colour inside and out and that was the start of my career.”
Gemma stumbled into her love for hairdressing when she was 17: “I walked into the coolest salon I could find in my local area for a job as a nail tech. Fortunately for me the owner of the salon asked me to be his apprentice instead and the rest as they say is history. I quickly fell in love with the art of hairdressing and moved up to Sheffield to pursue my dream.”
During lockdown Jade and Gemma used the opportunity to slow down and evaluate where their careers were going, concluding that creating a space where artists could push themselves, bounce ideas off each other and make clients feel at home was their priority.
Now a team with combined expertise, Scullion & Scot offer a variety of services for all, including cutting/styling, expert colouring, hair loss consultancy and a more private section for guests who require it. The guest
experience brings an open and communicative environment which enables the team to come up with some fantastic concepts for clients to try. Inspired by heritage brands but putting their own modern twist on these traditional foundations, the pair cite Vidal Sassoon (“his revolutionary new haircut for the modern day woman made the industry what it is today”), along with Trevor Sorbie and Horst Rechelbacher (“for pushing boundaries for a more sustainable environment in our industry”) as their icons.
A passion for colour runs throughout – Gemma is a L’Oreal Colour Specialist while Jade is an Aveda Colour Master. Team members Jessica Elwell (director stylist) and Lewis Inkles (senior stylist) represented the salon to win the L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2023. Stylist Christina-Jade is the newest addition to the Scullion & Scot team and the backbone Jessica-Paige and Mille are doing their apprenticeships to hit the salon floor soon.
Creating complimentary colour cocktails to suit guests’ skintone and lifestyle has always been a key focus, paired with minimal styling so they look and feel great in their day-to-day life through an achievable style at home.
Jade credits Vish as key to running the salon sustainably, “helping us to reduce colour waste by fine-tuning our formulas. Salon IQ interlinks with Vish and gives us a full picture of our colour journey for every client.”
Experience is everything for the guests at Scullion & Scot. “We’re still a young salon and want guests to be delighted with everything we offer. Our inclusive feel paired with high-end products and unique experiences during our treatments make us stand out. We’re also passionate about giving back; last year we ran a fundraising evening called “All things beauty and boobs” for breast cancer awareness for Weston Park and Coppa Feel, with expert guests discussing related topics and raised money for a great cause.
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