Stephen Mackinder @ Mackinder Hair, Copenhagen
Stephen’s thirty years of high profile hairdressing experience have seen him transcend his suburban London beginnings to carve out a career around the globe with the industry’s best known name – Vidal Sassoon. He now brings his exceptional teaching talents and first class hairdressing skills to focus on his own hair company in the fashionable heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. He joins his partner (in life and in business) Tina Mackinder in opening ‘Mackinder’ their first Salon and School, which will offer modern, high quality hairdressing and inspired courses and seminars.
Stephen began his hairdressing career with a 9 month Diploma course at the internationally acclaimed Vidal Sassoon London School in 1974 and by ‘75’ he had been snapped up to work as a stylist in Sassoon’s West End salons. Stephen is a natural people person who bonds well with clients and staff alike. His has an acute intuition for interpreting his client’s needs and desires allowing him to create some truly inspired looks. It was this outstanding talent that took him to Beverly Hills to work alongside designers such as Versace, Gianfranco Ferre and Valentino. After a few years helping to transform hairdressing in California, Stephen returned to the UK to manage some of Sassoon’s most prestigious London Salons.
In the mid 90’s Stephen switched careers from salon floor to classroom and opened the Sassoon Advanced Academy in Mayfair, London. The Academy serves as the touchstone for the company’s creativity and it instantly drew hair professionals from around the world to learn the incredible techniques on offer. Stephen has worked on shows and has conducted seminars in Brazil, Italy, Hungary, Taiwan, Canada and Scandinavia and taught every one of the courses Sassoon offers in London and LA. He will draw on the exceptional experience afforded him in his role as General Manager of the Vidal Sassoon Schools, to offer insightful, forward thinking and high quality education for hair professionals who want to tap into his top class credentials.
When he isn't creating stunning hair, sport mad Stephen loves spending time with his two small sons. Stephen says "I get excited about hair every day. It's great to have a job where you can maintain that kind of motivation and drive. It could all have been so different.....I nearly became an accountant!"
Tina Mackinder @ Mackinder Hair, Copenhagen
Tina’s entrepreneurial talents are well documented with her first salon in Odense, the ‘Art of Hair’ which she opened in 1989. Her new venture with partner Stephen Mackinder is set to take Danish hairdressing by storm at their beautifully fitted out premises located in the desirable shopping district in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tina has talent and aptitude for creating head turning looks that perfectly reflect the client’s personality and lifestyle, a talent that was recognised with awards and accolades soon after she begun her hairdressing career. Her thirst for a challenge and natural business acumen were called upon when she opened her own salon. ‘Art of Hair’ pioneered one hour appointment times and Tina dedicated considerable time and money to raising the skill standards of her staff. Twice a year she spent time at the Vidal Sassoon Creative School and Advance Academy in order to keep her staff at the peak of their abilities. The salon became a huge success and Tina fell in love with the Sassoon philosophy and the man that ran their Advanced Academy – Stephen.
In 1998 Tina moved to London after being invited to become an instructor for Vidal Sassoon. Her insightful teaching, strong technical skill and gentle nature made her an instant hit with the students of Sassoon’s famous Diploma and Creative courses. In 1999 Tina sold her salon business in Denmark and left behind many sad clients and a deep respect in Danish hairdressing industry.
Mackinder’s Salon and School marks a return to the country that Tina loves “I am so looking forward to bringing all of my experience home to Denmark. Working with Stephen, we intent to offer hairdressers the very best training Scandinavia and our client’s, contemporary cut and colours that help them maximise the positional of their look,” says Tina.
Pia F. Jensen @ Mackinder Hair, Copenhagen
Pia was educated in Hjørring, finishing her degree as professional hair stylist in 2010.
She moved to Copenhagen one year later where she took up a full time position at Stender in Holte in the northern part of Copenhagen. During her years at Stender, she attended Wella Trendvision Awards, second time around earning the bronze medal.
Besides also assisting at Wella Education Shows and Copenhagen Fashion Week, she has done several free-lance projects in cooperation with local tailors and photographers in central of Copenhagen. With modesty in her veins, Pia always strives to achieve an innovative and creative take on hairstyling, seeking the look of tomorrow and always wanting to be better.
She perceives this process as being a product of the listening to and thereby full understanding of the individual wishes of every single customer. Pia has an ambition to meet every customer with a great smile, every day.
Sarah Kjærsgaard @ Mackinder Hair, Copenhagen
Sarah was educated in Aarhus, completing four years training at Frisør Birthe Gleerup. During her final year she was invited to work at The Aarhus Theatre, styling the hair and wigs for many productions. It was also at this time that she became associated with fashion photographer Mikkel Russel, putting her hairdressing skills in front of the camera for the first time.
After four years in Aarhus she decided to move to Copenhagen, where a chance meeting with a friend brought her to Mackinder Hair. It was obvious to Tina and Stephen Mackinder that Sarah had a raw talent that could be groomed into something special. And so it proved. Sarah undertook a rigorous six-month re-training programme to home all the skills she possessed. She cuts hair with extraordinary vision and also possesses a great eye for colour.
She now works as a salon stylist and educator having also completed a teacher-training programme. “I enjoy giving inspiration to others, as well as being inspired by others.”