Harriet

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.

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

Some Recent Clients Styled by Harriet

Read Harriet’s Amazing Client Reviews…

47 reviews with an average rating of 4.6
Salon Review by Rosemary Baker
Rosemary Baker
My first time at the salon. Harriet was my stylist. She was welcoming. My hair was in a very bad condition. I had a protein treatment put on my hair and a brilliant hair cut. So many compliments from friends. Like I said to Harriet I wish I had known about the salon a long long time ago. Have already booked another visit. Will recommend it to all my friends.
Salon Review by Pauline
Pauline
Afro therapy continue to provide excellent service. All staff are well trained and take a genuine interest in my hair care needs. I am confident to have other stylist treat my hair in the absence of Harriet.
Salon Review by Angela Baidoo
Angela Baidoo
Afrotherapy has been my go-to salon for a number of years, as the service is always over and above my expectations, I am able to talk to Harriet about my hair care and she is always offering up knowledgeable advice on how I can improve and look after my hair,as well as encouraging me to try new things. The salon itself is one of the primary reasons for my continued loyal attendance, it's the best in the area, where you feel welcome and attended to at every stage of your hair service, I look forward to each appointment and hope Afrotherapy continues to grow and thrive in the future.
Salon Review by Lola Olusoga
Lola Olusoga
the decor and layout of the salon is great. I went in for a relaxer on 4 year virgin natural hair. Miss Harriett blessed my tresses and days later I am still in LOVE with the results. I had a consultation first, was given before and after style advice. Harriet knows her stuff about hair. I will definitely be returning xx Thanks
Salon Review by Maxinne
Maxinne
I have been attending this salon since its infancy. Harriet and Joseph have always provided excellent customer services which includes advice best quality products and professional environment. You could be in the west end. The monthly hair plan makes it easier to plan hair care routine. Thanks to a brilliant team!
Salon Review by Cassandra Frith
Cassandra Frith
I was a bit apprehensive going to my appointment. I have locs and my hairline is thinning. The staff at Afrotherapy made me feel very welcome, gave me some good advice and answered my questions with respect and I left with a hairstyle that I am very happy with. It is such a blessing to go to a hairdressers that provides such a professional service with a smile and a cup of tea. Big Up Afrotherapy! I will be coming back again. Thank you. Sandra
Salon Review by Shazelle Monita Sukhnarain
Shazelle Monita Sukhnarain
Had a very exciting, interesting and relaxing experience with the staff of Afrotherapy salon. So loving my hair make over. Had loads of compliments on my way home from the salon and my other half is super loving the look too! Great and friendly staff, would recommend anyone to stop by the salon and be dearing.