In the beauty world, Nicola is as well-known as her long list of celebrity clients are worldwide – to namedrop only a few, Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Emilia Clarke, Kate Winslet, Kate Moss all fly her around the world and she regularly sees Sienna Miller and Margot Robbie when they’re in town. Reputation wise, blondes have become her “thing”, so she’s the woman to see if you want glossy, golden locks but we actually love her approach to brunette hair just as much (if not more): she manages to give subtle, candlelit shimmer to flat colour by way of whisper-thin highlights and is a dab hand at colour transformations too.
Having worked closely with John Frieda for fifteen years, it’s of little surprise that he chose Clarke to make the jump over from the Aldford Street branch, to reside over her very own salon on Margaret Street. While you’d be forgiven for thinking it might specialise in colour, Nicola’s expertise and popularity amongst her peers mean that her “handpicked hair squad” ensure the salon is equally adept at cutting and styling (we love Joel or Annie for always nailing the cut we ask for). For colour, seeing the woman herself would be our first choice but unsurprisingly it doesn’t come cheap (a whole head is £500), so we also love Jessie and Ava for their imperceptible colour work or for something edgier (from rose-golds to blues) , book to see Shannon, the colourist Nicola gets to do her own hair. Look out too for appointments with good friend Sam McKnight and Renya Xydis, who use it as their base whenever they’re available.