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





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!



Kate Westall-Ives – Receptionist

I’ve proud to say I’ve been with Zeitgeist from the beginning and it’s my job to make our lovely clients feel welcomed and looked after.

The day-to-day running of the salon is in my hands and if you call to make an appointment it’s probably be me you’ll speak to first.

There’s nothing I don’t know about the gorgeous Bumble & Bumble products we stock and I’ve always got time to advise clients on what would work best with their hair.

I also make a great cup of tea and am in charge of the biscuit and cake supplies – so I’m worth being nice to!

I’m very interested in style and fashion and like to experiment with different haircuts and colours – which is handy when you work here.

When I’m not at Zeitgeist I enjoy going to gigs and festivals, making silver jewellery and walking my two gorgeous dogs.