The Zeitgeist Team

Are you searching for a luxury hairdressing experience in a salon where you feel relaxed, understood and looked after?

That’s what we’re here for.

Zeitgeist Hair is a boutique hair salon in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge  – voted number 1 for its independent shops in a national poll.

Our modern, intimate and friendly salon offers cuts, colours and men’s grooming of the highest standard.

We are conveniently situated within an hour of both Leeds and Manchester, and can rival any top city salon with the uncompromising quality and range of our bespoke services.

Our hair artists are all Vidal Sassoon trained and boast more than 60 years’ professional experience between them.

Each of our dedicated stylists and colour specialists worked at the very highest level of their profession before joining Zeitgeist to deliver our vision – quite simply, beautifully cut and coloured hair, meticulously tailored to each client.

Book now or call us for a free consultation – we will listen to your needs and design an individual, creative look, perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle.

Weekend and evening appointments are available. Call 01422 844 974 to speak to our dedicated, welcoming team.


Deborah Wilkinson – Director

As a child I dreamed of growing up and having a job which would allow me to spend my days creating things – which is exactly what has happened.

I love cutting hair today just as much as I did as a 14-year-old Saturday girl in my sister’s salon in Manchester, and after more than 30 years in the business I’m as passionate as ever about my craft.

Before branching out on my own in 2004, when I co-founded Circle of Friends in Hebden Bridge, I spent a fabulous decade working for Vidal Sassoon in London and Manchester.

I learned from some of the biggest names in the industry and rose to a senior management position, with responsibility for educating new generations of stylists.

I’m fascinated by style and fashion, and have been lucky enough to work on many high-profile fashion shoots and catwalk shows – as well as several celebrity heads of hair!

Opening Zeitgeist in 2011 was the fulfilment of a long-held ambition to own my own world-class salon and I go to work every day with a spring in my step!

My team is brilliant and we are all committed to delivering excellence (with plenty of Earl Grey, cake and music to help us on our way.)

When I’m not in the salon I enjoy practising yoga, running, looking after my allotment, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with my husband and two daughters. I’m also partial to art galleries, theatre, and arthouse cinema.


Jane Wilson – Senior Colourist

Using colour to make my clients’ hair come alive is a wonderfully satisfying way of spending my time!

I’ve been a hairdresser for more than two decades – time really does fly when you’re enjoying yourself – and I’m still as enthusiastic about my job as I was when I was first started,

I spent 12 years with Vidal Sassoon and a year with Toni & Guy, both in Liverpool, and have been working with Deborah for the last 10 years, first at Circle of Friends and since 2011 at Zeitgeist.

I pride myself on offering a completely bespoke service and I’ve been told I have an artist’s eye for colour – which is obviously the biggest complement a colourist can receive.

A really important aspect of my job, and one I love, is sitting down with new clients for a good chat before I go anywhere near their hair. It’s all part of providing an individually-tailored service.

When I’m not at work I spend as much time as possible with my husband and two boys.  I also go to the cinema whenever I can and love popular music. In fact, I wish I got to choose the music in the salon a bit more often!


Amy Carver – Senior Stylist

I love my job and being part of the Zeitgeist team.

I trained with Vidal Sassoon in Manchester and spent almost a decade with the company before joining another of the city’s top salons, David Rozman.

When Debbie invited me to join Zeitgeist, I jumped at the chance. There’s a real creative energy in the salon and a sense that everyone is striving to be as excellent as they can be.

I specialise in bespoke cuts for men and women and I’m one of the only hair stylists in the area to offer traditional wet shaves for men.

Travelling is another passion of mine and I’ve been to some amazing places, including a recent trip to South America, where I camped in Chile’s Luna Valley and trekked in the Andes, which was a challenging but incredible experience.

I took my life in my hands by cycling to Paris a few years ago, which was great fun. One of these days I’d love to cycle somewhere else exciting, so watch this space.

When I’m not cutting hair or globetrotting I enjoy walking and going to gigs and festivals.


Becky Blake – Senior Colourist

Working in the intimate setting of a boutique salon like Zeitgeist was a long-held goal of mine – and it’s lovely to be part of such a close-knit team.

I spent eight years with Vidal Sassoon in Manchester before teaming up with Deborah in 2007.

In recent years I’ve developed an interest in training new hairdressers, which Deborah has really encouraged, and I’m delighted to be involved in Zeitgeist’s training programme.

Watching young trainees grow and develop is extremely rewarding and is now a part of my role at the salon.

I’m very busy when I’m not at work, thanks to my four children – two girls and two boys. My husband also works offshore and works away 2-3 weeks at a time.

I enjoy spending quality time as a family, socialising with my friends and living life to the full.




Karen Hood – Senior Stylist

I’m a third generation hairdresser so I suppose you could say the profession is in my blood!

My Grandma, Janet Smith, worked in a cotton mill in Rossendale when she was a teenager and started styling friends’ hair before, during and after work.

She managed to save enough money doing this to open her own salon, where my mum later worked. When I was little I spend lots of time upstairs at the salon with my grandad, who looked after me until dad finished work and could take me home.

My career with Vidal Sassoon, both as a hair stylist and teacher, took me all over the world (including a stint being very glamorous in Los Angeles) and I loved every moment.

I met Deborah on a Sassoon course she was teaching back in the 90s and it’s great to be working together again in Hebden Bridge. I just love the vibe of the town and the wonderful people who come into the salon.

When I can be wrenched away from my scissors I enjoy scuba diving (a hobby I share with my dad), listening to music and watching box sets (a little bit obsessively!) I also have a little boy, Leo, and a dog called Rocco, both of whom are very lively and keep me on my toes!


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I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser when I was at school and as soon as I left I was offered a trainee position with Vidal Sassoon, where I spent eight brilliant years learning from some of the best teachers in the industry and building my own loyal client list – many of whom are still with me today.

I love my work at Zeitgeist and get a real thrill from making people feel fabulous. I’m inspired by classic styles and love to create simple, understated yet beautiful looks.

Literature is another passion of mine and while I was working for Sassoon in Manchester I managed to find the time and energy to study for a degree in English and American Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I still read as much as I can and particularly enjoy war novels and southern American fiction (as well as the odd Danielle Steele – my guilty pleasure!)

My life outside work revolves around my family. My husband and I love going on long walks with our little girl Ada and our dog (a very grumpy pug called Arnold!)


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I’m one of those very lucky people who can honestly say that they love their job. Hairdressing, even after many years, still feels like a hobby!

I’ve worked aboard cruise ships such as the QE2 and my work has often featured in glossy magazines and fashion shows, which is always a real thrill.

Like most of the Zeitgeist team, I learned the art of excellent cutting during my time with Vidal Sassoon in Manchester, where I got to know Deborah.

I come from a long line of teachers and enjoy using my knowledge to educate others. I’m an experienced hairdressing teacher and also make sure my own skills are kept current by regularly attending advanced courses.

I’m passionate about fashion (I have an infinite wardrobe and a huge accessories selection!) and when I’m doing special occasion hair I’m often asked by clients for advice on choosing an outfit to complement their look. I love this part of my work!

My other interests include interior design, photography, flower arranging, modern jive dancing and charity work. I like to be busy!

IMG_3458Sam Grimes – Senior Stylist

Since working as a Saturday girl in a local salon, aged 14, I knew I’d progress to work in creative environments. Learning the art of haircutting at the Sassoon salon in Manchester was a truly amazing experience and I was very lucky to be taught by some of the top names in the industry. I spent many inspiring years at the salon, progressing to senior stylist and teacher, whilst also contributing to the international salon soirees’ and seasonal collections.
I later worked as a freelance stylist whilst embarking on a 3D design degree, which led to a teaching qualification. I was then able to work as a part-time art and design tutor whilst continuing to develop my client base as a hairstylist.
I have been so lucky to work alongside many inspiring people whilst hopefully inspiring some myself along the way! I feel my skills are best when working in 3 dimensions, hence my love of cutting and styling hair, forming ceramic sculpture and reupholstering antique furniture (Like, Kaye, I enjoy keeping busy!) I’m looking forward to working with the team at Zeitgeist who have warmly welcomed me into the fold.
In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga, upholstery projects and walking my dog, Katie the greyhound with my family. I also have a keen interest in holistic therapies such as body massage, reflexology and aromatherapy.


IMG_2493Melanie Baker

My journey to becoming a hairstylist has been pretty unconventional. Originally moving to Manchester to study biochemistry, I joined the prestigious Vidal Sassoon team as a receptionist. Hugely inspired by the energy of such a talented, creative team, I just knew it was the career for me. I haven’t looked back in 12 years.
I have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to teach cutting techniques at the world class London academy and on stage in Manchester. A career highlight for me has been leading the creative team at Sassoon Manchester. My most recent ambition has taken me from behind the chair and into photographic and session styling which I enjoy greatly.
My main passions outside of hairdressing are maintaining a healthy vegan lifestyle, yoga and my King Charles called Boo. I have a love for independent, bespoke businesses, which is why a move to Hebden bridge and the fabulous zeitgeist salon, has been the natural next step.’

unnamed-1Meredith Spiller Wright – Receptionist

I am really excited to be joining the team at Zeitgeist, I have always considered myself to be a very creative person and to have the opportunity to work in such a vibrant, artistic and innovative place is just fantastic. I have always been interested in fashion and photography, and was immediately impressed by the quality of the shoots that Zeitgeist have produced over the years and I look forward to getting stuck in to the salon’s future projects.
Along with my creative side, I am also highly organised and tech savvy, so for me, the role on the reception seemed perfect. I take pride in being part of the great service offered here in the salon and if there’s anything you need, you need only ask.
I have a passion for travelling, my most recent adventure took me to India and Southeast Asia. I lived in France for a year during university and I speak french as my second language. I love seeking out new cultures and can imagine myself living and working all over the world, but right now I am enjoying being back in my hometown of Hebden Bridge and I look forward to welcoming you into the salon some day soon.