Inside Oskar Pink’s hair salon hangs a local Neves guitar, designed by Deicola Neves, the owner of Camden Guitars. Musically talented customers are encouraged to have a strum post-haircut, while Stavros aka Oskar Pink sings a cover version. It’s a bit of light-hearted fun to end the session.
Stavros is a singer in his spare time; he’s been voice-trained by Matt Thomson in Camden Square and takes part in open mic sessions held at the Primrose Hill Community Centre hosted by Dan Sandman. He’s also a member of the Camden Pop Choir.
Stavros claims to have the best portfolio of Brit Pop styles this side of London
Not surprisingly, Oskar Pink attracts a lot of musicians, such as Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes, Jeff Wootton from Beady Eye and Gorillaz and Mark Owen from Take That, amongst others. Managers, publishers, roadies, engineers and A&Rs all head to Oskar Pink’s. He’s the man to go to for a rock and roll style haircut, and he knows how to make musicians look and feel their best.
The vinyl experience
Regular clients can choose from a selection of iconic vinyl albums to be played in high quality while reading the beautifully designed record sleeve and chatting about art and music. It all adds to the hairdressing experience and is rather more interesting than talking about holidays.
The Oskar Pink signature styling is influenced by decades of iconic pop bands and artists, from a Liam Gallagher mod cut to a Joan Baez pixie cut; somewhere in between is Morrissey and Ed Sheeran. Pink’s expert senior stylist and highly skilled colour technician Lauren will make you look ready to take the stage. Stavros claims to have the best portfolio of Brit Pop styles this side of London. They get the buzz from the Roundhouse, which is a stone’s throw away and steeped in a history of performances.
And finally some therapy . . .
It is a known fact that people are more likely to confide in their hairdresser than see a professional counsellor. Fortunately, Stavros has experienced years of Freudian analysis, so he can also interpret and unpack people’s problems. One customer comes every two weeks for a cut while having a talking therapy session. Success can evoke as much disturbance as failure, or fear of envy and guilt at achieving more success than your parents, which may start singers on the road to the 27 club (popular musicians who die at 27).
There’s a sign in Oskar Pink which quotes George Burns: ‘Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs or cutting hair’.
If you want to look like a rock star – though if you’re living in Primrose Hill you probably are one – then head over to Oskar Pink’s for a haircut and a strum.
18A Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2BL
Photo by Sarah Louise Ramsay