A pillar of the community and beloved hairdresser who has worked in Hemel Hempstead for more than 30 years is finally hanging up her clippers.
Local resident Nikki Johns has been a hairdresser since she was 16, when a course at Watford College opened the door to 32 years of being her own boss. After years of serving locals, hosting an impromptu book club, and supporting the NHS and residents through lockdown, she is moving to the seaside to hopefully take the pedal off the gas for a while.
Nikki told HEMELnews: “I loved making people look pretty and beautiful; I had the flare for it. I loved my job and still do!”
Not only has Nikki been cutting hair for more than 500 returning clients, but she has also been sharing books with her residents through an impromptu book club, cleaning ambulances for the NHS during lockdown, and even acting as a human phonebook by helping to reunite residents.
Nikki said: “Saying bye to all my neighbours and Hemel will be sad. I even have a client who is 102, but I will definitely be back to visit!”
When reminiscing on her career, it is clear Nikki has been more than just a hairdresser. Through her mobile salon, Nikki is not just there for a makeover, but also to spend quality time with her clients.
When asked what she would like to say to her clients, Nikki said: “Thank you for all the customers over the last 32 years; I’ve loved working with you all and making you all look beautiful.
“You’re not just clients, you’re friends too!”