Meet the Team

Meet our stylists who are here to create the perfect hairstyle for you!

We are trained in the latest cutting, styling and colouring techniques and are award-winning experts in afro, mixed race and multi-textured hair.

Great customer service is important to us so we will always listen to your needs and work with you to create a hairstyle you’ll love!  We are a friendly and approachable group of professionals who look forward to welcoming you to Afrotherapy soon.

The Team

Afrotherapy co-founder Harriet Cudjoe (nee Kessie) is a talented Creative Director.  She has been passionate about hair and, in particular, multi textured, mixed race and afro hair since the age of 15.  Her extraordinary talent and commitment to the industry has seen her styling hair for over 24 years, winning numerous hairdressing awards along the way and her work widely published in both the trade and consumer press.When not working in the salon, you'll find her on hair and fashion shoots for various hair and fashion magazines, training and developing her team or providing comment and advice as a Hair Expert.[clear]What do you love most about hairdressing?  
I love making people look and feel fantastic.  I can't think of any other job that allows me to be able to do that everyday.  It allows me to be able to express myself including my beliefs and values.  It also gives me the opportunity to nurture and mentor young people.  I find great satisfaction in seeing individuals I've trained progress and be successful.My job also allows me to meet different people from all walks of life. My clients have actually taught me a lot over the years through the interaction that we have and I love learning all the time, so this is a great aspect of my job.Who do you admire in the hairdressing industry and why? 
There are so many brilliant individuals within the industry.  Vidal Sassoon is a true inspiration and a great ambassador for the industry.  Observing Errol Douglas over the years has taught me to never quit.  I'm inspired by the creativity of people like Desmond Murray and Angelo Seminara.  Also the longevity of people like Charlie Miller and how he has developed his team, kept it as a family business, yet inspired the team to achieve.  I'm also inspired by women like Beverly Cobella and Fiona O'Brien who are leaders in their field, yet have to maintain a family balance.
From the perspective of the business side of the industry, I admire Toni Mascolo of Toni & Guy for their business acumen.What awards have you won over the years?
I have been fortunate enough to have won several Business & Hairdressing Awards.  These include:
  • Winner, Styling Team of The Year - Black Beauty/WAHL Awards
  • Finalist, L'Oreal Colour Trophy - Mizani Afro Look Award
  • National Finalist - HSBC Start Up Awards
  • Winner, Rising Star of The Year - Black Enterprise Awards
  • Finalist, Avant Garde Stylist of The Year - Black Beauty/WAHL Awards
  • Finalists in 3 categories of the Business Link For London Excellence Awards
  • Regional Finalist - Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of The Year
  • Winner, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year - Afro Hair and Beauty
 
Read Harriet's Reviews or write one yourself here

Some Recent Clients Styled by Harriet

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Say hello to our Stylist Michelle who tells us what she loves loves the hairdressing industry and working at Afrotherapy...Which hairstyle, colour or treatment do you absolutely love to create and why?   There are many hairstyles that I love creating, it is very had to pick which I would say is my absolute favourite; however if I have to choose I would say the 40s waves, I absolutely love all hairstyles from the 40s, so classic, sexy and elegant. I am a big fan of the old black and white movies, I love this hairstyle as seen worn by movie stars such as Rita Hayworth, Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers just to name a few.Why do you love working at Afrotherapy?  I love working at Afrotherapy because we are more of a family than just colleagues, we have a great support system from the salon partners, Joseph and Harriet Cudjoe, absolutely the best employers I have had,  They are always there to guide, nurture and show support whether it's work-related or personal. I have grown, matured and realised my full potential as a hairdresser since I joined Afrotherapy, so I love where I work. I am thankful everyday that I work at Afrotherapy.What makes you laugh?   Different things make me laugh. It’s hard to pinpoint one individual thing but I can name a few, watching re-runs of “Friends” (one of my favourite programmes), my son when he’s trying to act innocent and shy, Kevin Hart (one of the funniest comedians), reminiscing with my sisters about the things we used to do when we where young.How would you describe your sense of style?   I would love to say am a fashionista but unfortunately that would be untrue! I am still working on my style. I normally just throw things together - it seems to be working at the moment. However, in terms of my hairstyles they are always big and a bit avant garde, I love red hair - not too bright, more of a burgundy colour.Who do you most admire?   I admire quiet a lot of people.  In the hairdressing industry I admire the great and iconic hairdressers such as Vidal Sasson, Angelo Seminara, Trevor Sorbie, and Laetitia Guenoau to name a few. However, I admire my mum most of all because she is a hard working, kind, caring woman and is always there for me no matter what. She has and continues to do a lot for our family.Have you won any awards?  I started entering awards in my first year of joining Afrotherapy Salon and so far I have won the following awards.  Hopefully there's more to come:
  • Winner, Braid Stylist of The Year 2015 - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2015
  • Finalist, Avant Garde Stylist of The Year 2015 - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2015
  • 2nd Place Winner, Fantasy Stylist of The Year - Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2015
  • Winner, Avant Garde Stylist of The Year 2014 - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2014
  • Winner, Braid Stylist of The Year 2014 - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2014
  • Winner, Fantasy Stylist of the Year - Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2014
  • Finalist, L'Oreal Colour Trophy - Mizani Afro Look Award 2014
  • Winner, Avant Garde Stylist of The Year - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2013
  • Finalist, Braid Stylist of The Year - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2013
  • Finalist, Styling Team of The Year - Black Beauty / Sensationnel Awards 2013
  • Winner, Fantasy Stylist of The Year - Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2013
Read Michelle's Reviews or write one yourself hereMichelle gives us some insider information on the science of afro hair.  Read it here...

Some Recent Clients Styled by Michelle

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Hi, my name is Crystal and I love all things hair.  I specialise in Natural Hair, Weaves & Extensions, Creative Colour on Weaves & Styling as well as Relaxing and Styling Services.I'm currently available for appointments on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  To book an appointment with me, please call 020 8345 5621Here's a bit more about me...Look forward to meeting you soonWhat Made You Choose Hairdressing as a Career?
From a young age I knew I was creative rather than academic and I wanted to do Drama, but my mum insisted I did Health & Social Care, which I started but really didn't enjoy it.  I really didn't feel it was for me.  One day a friend was going for an interview at a local hairdressing salon and I decided to go along with her.  To my surprise, I was also offered a job and I haven't looked back since.  I love doing hair, I love meeting new people and I love the industry.  My dream is to one day open a Hairdressing Training Academy and to inspire other young people into the industry.Who's Hair Would You Most Like To Style & why?  
I'm a typical hairdresser, and I'm always looking at people's hair and picturing in my mind how I could create a new look or figuring out what style would suit them better.  I enjoy making my clients feel happy about themselvesHow Do You Describe Your Sense of Style?  
I would say uncomplicated, classy and naturalWhat makes you laugh?   
I can laugh at most things.  I even make myself laugh sometimes:)Which Type of Hairstyles Do You Absolutely Love to Create?   
I would love to say am a fashionista but unfortunately that would be untrue! I am still working on my style. I normally just throw things together - it seems to be working at the moment. However, in terms of my hairstyles they are always big and a bit avant garde, I love red hair - not too bright, more of a burgundy colour.Who Do You Most Admire and Why?   
The one person I find myself watching and listening to on a regular basis is Judge Lynn Toler, an American Lawyer who also talks a lot about relationships and empowering young people.  I find her to be honest and motivational What Qualifications Do You Have Or Are Currently Working Towards?   
I have NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Hairdressing from Newham College.  I also did a short course in Weave Installation and Wig Making.  In the future, I would love to pursue a teaching qualification.Have you won any awards?  
I have won a couple of awards whilst I was training at Newham College.  However, I feel that at Afrotherapy, I'm now in a salon where I can explore my creativity and would love to compete for Natural Hair, Weave, Bridal and Avant-Garde.
  • Customer Service Award, Newham College
  • Best Colour Application, Newham College
 

Some Recent Clients Styled by Crystal

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Hi, my name is Shaniqua . I am currently doing a Hairdressing Apprenticeship which will give me an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing.  In the salon, I am a Salon Assistant and assist the Stylists to ensure all our clients leave the salon feeling fantastic.  Since I have started my hairdressing  journey  I have learnt so much and I can not wait to be able to put what I have learned into practice.What Made You Choose Hairdressing as a Career?
I am naturally a creative person and always coming up with ideas. It wasn't till Year 10 when I was at school that I decided I wanted to start doing hair but I didn't just want to be someone that just works in a salon, I wanted to be someone that works in her OWN salon.  I had picked business studies as one of my options so every business studies class I would map out what my salon would be like from the website to the location to how it would look inside and out.  I like doing hair because I like seeing the transformation a person goes through when having their hair done and being able to stand back and say "that's my work, I  did that."Who's Hair Would You Most Like To Style & why?  
I would like to be able to cater to all hair types from Afro to Caucasian as this would give me a wider client base and I will have more of a skill set.  Also being able to do hair for up coming celebrities and ones who are already out there would be amazing.
How Do You Describe Your Sense of Style?  
My sense of style is based around music and movies so for example,  urban hi hop 90s  destiny's child and T.L.C although not as dramatic.

Even though it may sound rough and ragged I adapt it to fit my lifestyle for example work and college and then when I'm out with friends for me every style that you see now isn't as new as we think some are and some have been adapted from 90s style and someone has put their own spin on it and I think that's really cool.

I like to connect clothes fashion with hair fashion.  What makes you laugh?   
I laugh at a lot of things so to pick a particular thing would be hard.
 
Which Type of Hairstyles Do You Absolutely Love to Create?  
I don't have a particular hairstyle.  If I see something I like and want to create that hairstyle I will work at it until I'm satisfied.Who Do You Most Admire and Why?   
I have a lot of people that inspire me in loads of ways, but I would have to go with my mum as she has been there for me since day 1 and  I hope to have as much determination, grit, strength  and willingness as she has.
What Qualifications Do You Have Or Are Currently Working Towards?   
I am currently a Salon Assistant, but would like to progress to a Graduate Stylist and then eventually a Senior Stylist.  As soon as I've completed my NVQ Level 2, I will go on to do my NVQ Level 3.