Who we are
Johan Smit Manager
I begun my hairdressing career later in life - I always enjoyed having a go at cutting my friends' hair throughout the years, and was always told that I had a natural flair.
As a restaurant manager for 10 years in South Africa, Dubai and on a series of cruise ships, I finally put down roots in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. With this new start in life, I wanted to pursue my passion... and that was HAIR...
I have been qualified for over 7 years now. I am Toni & Guy trained and have completed several courses with HOB Salons, Matrix and Fudge, keeping me on-trend with what's happening in the world of hair.
Ladies' short haircuts and colours are some of my favourite things to do, but my speciality is men's hairdressing. I love what I do – every day is a different adventure, and I'm looking forward to starting that journey with you and your hair...
Andrea Smit Creative Director
I have over 20 years' experience in the hairdressing industry, including working at internationally-renowned salons Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy. My career has also seen me travel the world as a hairdresser with luxury transglobal spa group Steiner.
I have a passion for teaching and have completed my NVQ Assessor's Award, enabling me to support my apprentices and stylists with advanced training. I am dedicated to my team, always supporting and encouraging creativity within our salon.
I love to attend training courses myself to ensure that I deliver the best possible service for my clients.
I always make plenty of time for my clients with my attention to detail and a twist to inspire. I am confident in my ability to advise on new styles and home care advice. I specialize in ladies cutting, colouring and hair up stylist for all occasions.
Leah Abbott Top Stylist
I started my hairdressing career five years ago in a salon in Headingley, where I was trained by former Vidal Sassoon stylists and completed my NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing.
I then furthered my career when I moved to Smitin Hair, where I have completed my NVQ Level 3 and become an enthusiastic stylist.
I have a bubbly personality and take pride in providing excellent customer service. I am always excited to learn new techniques, and I love attending hair courses and visiting hair exhibitions.
Ladies' haircuts, highlights and prom hair are my favourite things to do.
My journey began at 15 when I worked as a Saturday Assistant at Smitin Hair. When I turned 16 and left school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in hairdressing.
I started my apprenticeship in a West row salon then returned to Smitin Hair a year later as soon as an apprenticeship position became available and I LOVE IT.... With lots of in house training at Smitin Hair and continuing to attended West Row Training Academy I completed my NVQ Level 2. I've had the opportunity to attend hair shows and learn from some of the best hairdressers in the industry.
I then went on to complete my NVQ level 3 ( Advanced hairdressing). During studying my NVQ level 3 I had the opportunity to showcase some of my work during a photo shoot where I got involved with creating various different looks including avant garde hair. I feel I'm ready to develop my skills even further and see what the industry has in store for me. My forte is balayage and creative colours and I absolutely Love working with long hair!
I started my hairdressing apprenticeship straight after I finished school at Smitin Hair. I'm currently training toward my NVQ level 2 so I'm always watching everything that goes on in the salon, and getting involved any chance I get.
I attend West Row Training Academy every 2 weeks and do regular training with in the salon so I'm always on the hunt for willing models to practice on..... please just allow extra time as I want to be the best I can be, and there's so much more I want to learn.
I'm a open minded person who is driven by my goals. I am enjoying the journey to become a stylist. I give the best head massages and make and excellent cup of tea but I am focused on my end goal and that's to become the best hair stylist I can be.
What We Do
- Ladies Advanced Cutting
- Mens Advanced Cutting
- Creative Colouring
- Bridal & Party Hair
- Hair Treatments & Scalp Massage
- Steam Pod Staightening Treatment
- Keratin Revolution
About Smitin Hair
Owners Andrea and Johan have created a philosophy for Smitin Hair that combines delivering the highest standards of hairdressing with the latest up-to-date techniques, creating an overall experience for each individual client.
We aim to listen to what you want and to give you our expert advice so that you feel valued and satisfied with your final look, and leave our salon feeling refreshed, fabulous, and wanting to visit us again and again.
Our whole team undergoes regular in-house training, ensuring that our standards are continually monitored to offer our clients the very best. We encourage creativity from our stylists, and relaxation for our clients.
We have a friendly team of professionals in a relaxed yet vibrant environment that feels like a home from home. We welcome new clients with a complimentary consultation.