North East’s hottest power couple, Gary Hooker and
Michael Young are both the brains and beauty behind the luxurious hairdressing brand Hooker & Young.

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Since 1992, Hooker & Young have opened an incredible five salons; Darlington, Gosforth, Jesmond, Ponteland and Wynyard. Every salon is synonymous with style and each brings a little something different to the table, creating a wholesome and respected salon group. Their impressive repertoire of award wins confirm their credibility and dedication, both locally and nationally. Gary and Michael recently won Living North’s Creative Contribution award and have an incredible 13 British Hairdressing Awards under their belt. But none of these accolades would be possible without their salons and the dedicated teams that keep them running.

The first salon to open way-back-when in 1992 was the Gosforth salon, housed within the Marriott Hotel on Gosforth Park. Regarded as Gary and Michael’s first true love, this salon is where it all began and holds a great heritage to Hooker & Young. It is all about luxury and indulgence, with a focus on impeccable customer service, setting the bar high for the salons to follow.

Next on the scene eight years later was the boutique Jesmond salon, which attracts a quirkier clientele requesting the latest statement looks. This salon soon became known for having its finger on the pulse of the hairdressing and fashion world with a team that ooze creativity and inspiration, including 2015 North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year finalist Jonathan Turner.

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The Hooker & Young salon in Wynyard is home to the current Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Marcus King. As manager of the salon and the Creative Director of Hooker & Young, Marcus’s expertise in men’s hairdressing means this salon is the go-to for male clientele in the north east. With all the latest in men’s services, techniques and trend spotting, Marcus ensures that male hairdressing is top quality throughout the whole salon group.

The Darlington salon began as somewhat of a wild card as it hugely widened the geographical area that Hooker & Young operate in. However, it was certainly a leap in the right direction due to its huge success. It is a reminder of the wonderful business minds of Gary and Michael and the influence and success of the brand they have built together.

The most recent addition to the salon group is the Ponteland salon that opened in 2014. It is the most vibrant of the salons, headed up by a young team that keeps the Hooker & Young brand fresh and new. These stylists keep the company moving forward and drive the business to new levels of creativity with their fresh ideas and the fun atmosphere they create.

This combination of world class salons makes Hooker & Young the go-to salons in the North East and is the key to their incredible industry success. Gary and Michael take their elite brand across the world with countless global stage presentations, editorial campaigns and catwalk shows.

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