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 200 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.

1Deborah 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 35 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 and teaching Iyengar yoga, cycling, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two daughters. I’m also partial to art galleries, theatre, and arthouse cinema.

unnamed-1Jane 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 14 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, am a recent convert to spinning (of the bike variety!) and love popular music. In fact, I wish I got to choose the music in the salon a bit more often!

unnamed-1Amy 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 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, 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. Although as a new Mum these activities are on hold for a little while!

unnamed-1Becky 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.

guaUHosMFwcWezFk9mshQ5u97k9rozgoKRl3gTrWdUQKaye Helen Volante – Senior Stylist

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_2493Melanie Baker – Senior Stylist

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 15 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, including a very exciting time at London Fashion Week.
My main passions outside of hairdressing are maintaining a healthy vegan lifestyle, yoga and a new found love of Brazilian Jujitsu. 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.’

Chris Burton- Senior Stylist and Colourist

I started my training with Debbie and Jane over twenty- five years ago at Vidal Sassoon, King Street, Manchester. From here, I relocated to Vidal Sassoon London where I worked for ten years; four and a half years of which I spent as the Principal of the UK training academy, leading over 500 training and creative workshops. I then co-owned successful hairdressing businesses in Australia and the UK and have worked around the world as an educator in colour and cutting. I am now enjoying spending time in London and Hebden Bridge (!) working as both a Colourist and Stylist at Zeitgeist. It has been great to meet and work with such lovely clients and once again to work with Jane, Debbie, Karen and Kaye whom I had previously worked with in Manchester. In my spare time I love to travel, visit the gym, go to Bikram yoga and search out a deal!


I started my career working in a technical role for a television company in post production. In my early thirties after visiting my hairdresser in Amsterdam where I was living at the time, I decided I was ready for a change of career and was keen to move in a more creative direction.  It was very fortunate that my hairdresser gave me the opportunity to work with her on a Saturday whilst still working for the television company during the week. I eventually decided to take the plunge and left my job in television and undertook a Toni and Guy hairdressing course in London. When I returned to Amsterdam, I went back to the Salon I had been working in, but this time took over the running of the business whilst the owner went on maternity leave. When I moved to Hebden Bridge, I became a client at Zeitgeist and am delighted to have had the opportunity from the beginning of the summer to expand my training and learn more skills alongside Debbie and I’m now really looking forward to working on the salon floor. In my spare time I love travelling with my family in my camper van, walking my dog, yoga, netball have recently joined a community choir which I am loving.

Simone Weber – Senior Colourist and Stylist

Oh, hello! It’s so lovely to meet you!

I have moved to the UK a couple of years back now, at first venturing into working with my language skills -however, before that, back home in Germany I had been a hairdresser for over nine years, both cutting and colouring “the Sassoon way”.

With the end of last year (2019), I finally realised how much I have been missing our incredibly creative trade and started my “comeback”, which means months and months of getting back up to speed with all the latest tools and techniques and finding the right salon -and therefore, having the opportunity to join Debbie and her amazing Zeitgeist team exceeds all I could have hoped for!

I can’t wait having clients again and witnessing those moments when cut and colour are coming together in their beautiful entirety -a bob with a sharp little fringe and a two-tone tint, for example, a face-framing colour placement adding that certain “extra” to a one-length mane, or, if you’re more the multi-shades-of-blonde type, no worries, I love classic highlights and layers, too!

When not in the salon, you’d most probably find me buried in a book or my latest me-made-with-love sewing project.. swearing under my breath but never giving up!

And last, but not least, the “small print”:  Should I ever stop chatting to you mid-sentence during a cut, please, please bear with me, I’m just really concentrated on your new head of hair 😉 !

Olivia Butterworth – Stylist

From the age of 14,  I worked as a Saturday girl in a Salon. I loved the over-all buzz,  meeting people and the creativity it offered. I  knew from that point it was the job for me.

At 16,  I started my 4.5 year apprenticeship at circle of friends, trained by Frances and other stylists who were taught at Sassoons. I have now been fully qualified for 4 years.

I have attended many training courses and events  run by session stylists. These stylists work with hair for vogue and on the catwalk. I have learnt different ways of styling and finishing hair as well as creating editorial looks. Over the past year I have attended colour courses at wella studios in Manchester and London to perfect my colour skills. Which I am still in the process of completing.

In my spare time I like to watching films and television, walking in the countryside and  spending quality time with my boyfriend, family and friends.

I am really excited about joining the wonderful Zeitgest team, it will be a pleasure to work alongside the amazing hair stylists and colourists.

Frances Kershaw – Senior Stylist

I became a Saturday assistant at the age of 14 and I knew then that hairdressing was going to be the perfect job for me. I did my hairdressing apprenticeship after leaving school and in my early 20’s I retrained at Vidal Sassoon, King Street, Manchester. Here I worked with Debbie, Jane, Chris and Kaye and later Becky and Amy. I loved learning about precision hairdressing and perfecting my craft and particularly enjoyed the teaching aspect of the role. I moved to Circle of Friends and was there for 18 years; 7 of which I owned and ran the salon. During my 18 years at Circle of Friends, I took three years out of hairdressing to train and work as a social worker. I have always loved learning and had also undertaken a degree in social anthropology whilst working at Vidal Sasson. I really enjoyed working with young adults who were leaving care but missed the creativity of hairdressing and returned to Circle of Friends.

In my spare time, I really enjoy walking my dog Tibby (now a welcome addition to the salon as everyone has fallen in love with her!) and being in nature. I love the theatre, watching Manchester United, cooking, eating out, experiencing new places and spending time with my friends and family.

I am really happy to be here at Zeitgeist, concentrating on what I love most; hairdressing. The team are wonderful and I have been given a very warm welcome.


Becks Dewis

Originally from Birmingham, I moved to Hebden Bridge over 20 years ago and had two children. After spending time bringing them up, I had a variety of jobs iworking with  children and elderly people in supportive roles.

I am loving getting to grips with all things hair and having Zeitgeist as a big part of my week. I really enjoy being around all the wonderful clients and staff and hearing about  their lives and interests.
In my spare time you can often see me walking the hills of Heptonstall with my three dogs. You are also as likely to see me at a gig or eating out with friends.

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