Woman’s 200-mile journey for haircut

Jo Sparks, from Roots hairdressers, Susan Parker-Jones and Jo's daughter Georgina Arnaoutis, who also works at the salon
Jo Sparks, from Roots hairdressers, Susan Parker-Jones and Jo's daughter Georgina Arnaoutis, who also works at the salon

A woman who makes a 200-mile round trip to Kettering to have her hair cut by her favourite stylist says it’s because she’s worth it.

Susan Parker-Jones travels for two-hours from Shrewsbury to Kettering up to four times a year so that she can have her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon trained Jo Sparks at Roots Hair Studio, in Thorngate Street.

Mrs Parker-Jones, 58, has been making the journey for the last 20-years, since Jo moved from Shrewsbury to Northamptonshire.

She’d already been cutting her hair at a local salon for more than 17-years and Mrs Parker-Jones was so keen to keep her regular hairdresser that she was happy to travel to Kettering when she moved.

While Mrs Parker-Jones has her hair coloured at a Shrewsbury salon, she insists the feathered cut she gets at Roots Salon is second to none and is worth travelling 100-miles each way for.

From the first time they crossed paths, Mrs Parker-Jones knew she’d done a special job.

She said: “I wanted someone who understood how I wanted my hair. The first time Jo cut my hair, from that moment I knew that she knew what she was doing.

“I wanted a long, short hair cut. My hair was down to my shoulders but she feathered it all the way up. From a long, limp amount of hair she created this fantastic cut.

“It’s worth the trip because the standard of the cut just pays for itself. Everything Jo does she puts 150 per cent into. She always goes that extra mile and that’s why she’s so successful.

“I think it’s an asset for Northamptonshire to have her in the area because you have a Vidal Sassoon standard hairdresser and not at London prices.”

Jo’s daughter Georgina Arnaotis, who is a co-partner at her mother’s salon, echoed the compliments made by her mother’s client. She said: “I definitely think she’s really good and we are really pleased that Susan is still coming here because it shows a lot of loyalty.”