The NHF’s first-ever honorary hairdressing Ambassadors Gary Hooker & Michael Young

In 2017, multi-award-winning duo Gary Hooker and Michael Young embarked on a year-long journey with the NHF.

They became the first industry icons to be announced as joint ambassadors and have motivated and inspired NHF Members and non-members alike ever since with their expert business know-how.

Gary Hooker & Michael Young are the masterminds behind the renowned hairdressing brand, Hooker & Young. The ten-time British Hairdresser of the Year nominees have gone from strength to strength in the 25 years since starting the phenomenal brand that’s driven their numerous award wins for both creative and business excellence.

Hooker & Young

September 2017

salonfocus front cover

Hooker & Young are renowned for their amazing hair imagery. So, to kick-start their year as NHF’s Ambassadors we featured them on the front cover of the NHF’s Member magazine salonfocus.
An image from their collection ‘Made in England’ also featured on the front cover of the September/October issue which you can read here. Hooker & Young explain that this collection ‘embraces individuality and real people, inspired by celebrating different cultures and trends. Creating a story, personalities and a couple’s background is the aim of this collection, whilst representing hair that real people want to wear.’

Hooker & Young

November 2017

NHF’s Business Awards

In 2017, the NHF launched its first ever NHF Business Awards to celebrate some of the best businesses in the hair and beauty industry and mark the NHF’s 75th Anniversary.
Hooker & Young attended the celebrations to present the winners with their prizes, share some of their top tips and explain why they are longstanding Members of the NHF.

Find out more about the NHF Business Awards here.

Hooker & Young

July 2018

Hooker & Young's competition

An NHF competition for salon owners gave four lucky winners the chance to spend time with Gary and Michael at their beautiful home set in stunning countryside near Newcastle.
The winners were able to gain inspirational first-hand business advice from Hooker & Young that they could then apply to benefit their own salon businesses into the future.

Kerry from KJM Salons, one of the competition winners, said: “I had really strong feelings from the day about knowing your brand well and staying true to it through all your PR, marketing and advertising and how you present yourself and how others represent you to ensure it’s a true reflection of your brand. I was blown away with the fact that they had given up their valuable time for us and that the NHF gave us this opportunity.”

Hooker & Young

September 2018

salonfocus front cover

NHF Member magazine salonfocus had the pleasure of featuring a second front cover in the September/October edition of salonfocus to showcase the talented twosome’s latest collection.
This image was from their collection ‘Royal’. The collection tells a story of strong, beautiful women from a powerful dynasty and highlights rich and decadent looks that are empowering and individual.
Check out the latest issue of salonfocus here and take a look at Hooker & Young’s amazing front cover.

Hooker & Young

Hooker & Young’s tips and advice…

During their year as joint ambassadors, Hooker & Young have shared their advice and knowledge on how to build a successful and profitable business.

Whether you’re starting a new business, hiring a new manager, or looking for ways to incentivise your staff so you can have a happy team, Hooker & Young will give you the guidance you need.

Read all of the NHF’s blogs here.

Q&A with Hooker & Young

Q: How do you keep yourselves inspired?
A: It’s great that we always have the other to bounce ideas off when we think of something, that definitely helps keep us inspired. We also live and breathe hairdressing so are always thinking of new ideas either for the business or our creative work. 

Q: What is your top tip for a new salon owner? 
A: It sounds cheesy but don’t stop believing in your dream! It can be so hard at the beginning, but if you have the right support around you and put in the time and hard work, then it will pay off.

Q: How do you balance your professional and personal life?
A: We actually don’t have that big a line between personal and professional, but we love it that way! We like to travel to our house in Spain whenever we are able to for a couple of days of R&R, but inevitably we end up coming up with new ideas either creatively or for the business!

Q: How do you motivate your team?
A: We make sure everyone in the team is able to pursue their career within Hooker & Young in the direction they want to: whether that is photoshoots, management, education or having a full column every day. We also hold an annual conference and team awards where we invite inspirational speakers from outside the business to really motivate everyone for the year ahead.

Q: Why are you a Member of the NHF?
A: We think it’s so important to have an institution like this within the industry. It protects and supports business owners and ensures running a salon is as smooth as it can be!