From the infamous “Rachel” cut and a 2-person salon, to pastel and metallic bobs, a desire to be more environmentally friendly and a 21-strong team, we certainly have “Evolved” over the past 25 years!
We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a little roundup of where it all started and how we got to where we are today, so thank you for taking the time to read our story.
It’s been a quarter of a century since we first opened on Scarcroft Road in 1994. The salon launched under the name “Origins” and with only Linzi and an apprentice hairdresser, we started small. Our most popular cut was the “Rachel” from Friends and our hair magazines were thoroughly leafed through to find the perfect style.
The salon began to gain a great reputation for service and quality and quickly started to grow. The name of the salon was changed to “Evolve” after Estée Lauder branded “Origins” as one of its products, and we moved to Bishopthorpe Road.
Since then Evolve has become the perfect name for how the salon has adapted and grown over the years to fulfil our passion and vision for excellence, and for making our customers feel and look fantastic!
From the new location, our salon really took off and supported the road’s development to become the popular destination that it is today. We even worked with other independent businesses to win the Great British High Street award in 2015! Bishy Road continues to be a buzzing community that we’re so proud to be part of.
The team has grown over the years as the business has become more and more popular, we’ve welcomed so many fantastic people into the team and are proud to have supported many of them through qualifications to become amazing, skilful hairdressers.
Each of our team members share a passion for using the best quality products to create unique looks and luxury treatments to get the best results. Linzi has always made sure that training is a part of the team’s weekly routine.
Linzi herself has a huge portfolio of qualifications, including being one of the first hairdressers in the country to attend the Wella Master Colour Programme, providing her with a vast knowledge of colour. Other team members have since also qualified.
This passion for customer service has helped us gain a tremendously loyal customer base, with some of our regulars travelling from across Yorkshire, and even Wales, to visit us at the salon!
Now as a 21-strong team we have more “evolving” to do, with the focus shifting to more diversity and environmental awareness. We are currently developing our range of products, introducing more vegan and cruelty-free products and recycled and sustainable bottles. We are also creating a grass wall within the salon, to help our clients feel closer to nature.
Trends have developed over the years along with our business and now we get most of our requests from pictures shown on social media rather than magazines.
We want the salon to feel welcoming and relaxed, yet contemporary. Our massage chairs, mood lighting and ambient music alongside our state of the art equipment combine these visions.
We have a lot to celebrate for Evolve’s birthday, but mostly it’s the continual passion by the team to learn, grow and ensure our loyal clients, look and feel amazing. We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the team for being a part of our Evolve family and each and every customer for their continued support!
Here’s to the next 25 years!
For appointments or an initial consultation please give the team a call on 01904 670644