Claire Sawford – Director / Salon Owner
I have over 30 years experience in the industry and started as an apprentice in a large Huntingdon salon, Berkleys For Hair, then whilst travelling took my scissors with me and styled Hong Kong, Asia and India. On return to the UK, I trained with award winning celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford and Vidal Sassoon’s world class hairdresser and Creative Director, Stacey Broughton. I’ve become part of the L’Oreal Professionel Team, participating in the ‘Creative Colour And Advanced Cutting Revolution’ training course with the inspirational Carolyn Newman; Charles Worthington’s Colour Director and L’Oreal Ambassador.
I went on to manage the New Image salon in Brampton (Cambs), where I continued to evolve in my profession, achieved Assessor Status and now own the salon – Utopia Hair Bar, so work very closely with the local colleges to help other bright new stylists shine like the very hair they nurture! Year on year, Utopia Hair Bar has won many awards and accolades!
I have a passion for creativity and have been told my unique client experience is second to none. Passing down that knowledge and supporting the aspirations and education of my team is a commitment I hold very dear to my heart, as is having a long standing relationship with all of my clients and making your hair look it’s best for any occasion!
Meet the rest of my amazing, talented, award winning Utopia Hair Bar team!:
I joined and trained at New Image 6 years ago and have an NVQ 2 & 3 experience and now love working at Utopia Hair Bar! I became a hairdresser because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I was child and my work ethic is ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do and do what you love!’ – I am in love with my craft and so always keep up-to-date with the latest techniques with L’Oreal Professionnel Academy! The reward of seeing my client smile, knowing I’ve made you feel good about yourself, is something I strive for with every client, every day. After all, life isn’t perfect but your hair can be!
I enjoy styling both men and women’s hair. My particular favourite is creating an image change incorporating both cut and colour. I like to bring celebrity inspired styles into the salon, creating a wearable and maintainable style for my clients. I’m a naturally creative person, have training in media/theatrical hair & make up and also provide make-up and nail services for our Bridal & Prom service!
I’m excited to continue my career and development alongside Claire with Utopia Hair Bar and the team I feel so very fortunate to work with.
I love to excel in my ability to mould and shape hair using well-honed setting and blow drying techniques, having been part of Vidal Sassoons revolution with the original Mary Quant ‘Wash and Wear’ style, which changed hairdressing forever! It has become a huge part of the fashion industry and I’ve been devoted to evolving my craft ever since.
I’ve passed my experience and knowledge down to a multitude of apprentices and nurtured 3 nieces into the profession. My client base is loyal and I’m conscientious with each one, so I’m looking forward to continuing as part of the transition from New Image to Utopia Hair Bar on my semi-retired journey!
I have 20 years of salon experience and originally trained at John Oliver in Cambridge. I’ve returned to hairdressing from a short family orientated break and I’m very excited to be part of team Utopia Hair Bar! I’ve refreshed and improved my qualification level to NVQ3 in the profession I love, winning the final creative competition with ‘Advanced Hair Up Innovation’. I have a passion for bespoke colouring, strive to offer an excellent client service and hope to pursue the Assessor Qualification in due course at Utopia Hair Bar. I also look forward to a new and exciting career path as a make-up artist as part of our Bridal & Prom service!
I enjoy exploring my artistic flair through hair design as a qualified NVQ level 3 hair stylist. I strive to create the perfect hair styles for both men and women and colour your hair to compliment your skin tone, personality and needs. There’s nothing I enjoy more than giving clients the unique Utopia Hair Bar experience, so you leave with your new found confidence. I am committed to furthering my education and experience within the industry and feel privileged to be part of the Utopia Hair Bar Team.