On me head! Titles-winning Gunners boss helps launch Essex Road salon

Friday, 5th August — By Zakaria Taibi

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George Graham at the Essex Road salon with stepson David Schmidt and his girlfriend Sara Castañares

TITLE-WINNING former Arsenal manager George Graham helped open a new hair salon on Essex Road on Tuesday.

The man who masterminded a last-minute championship victory against Liverpool in 1989 was showing support for his stepson’s girlfriend, Sara Castañares, who is running the business Sarah Hepburn Stylists.

Mr Graham said: “I’m really happy to be here today to show support for my stepson David Schmidt and his girlfriend. I’m just very pleased for them – they’ve taken this jump into the big world and have the opportunity to earn their own living, which is great. I wish them the very best. I’m hoping and I’m sure this salon will be a big success.”

Ms Castañares has been in the hairdressing industry for 22 years. She moved to London seven years ago from Spain having previously worked in Madrid, Barcelona and Marbella.

“This is a dream for me – everyone who does hair wants to have their own salon, their own style and décor,” she said.

Mr Graham reading his copy of the Tribune

“It’s just the start and I would love to open more places in the future and deliver training as well.

“I’m in love with Islington. I’ve lived all over London but Islington is special. I love the atmosphere. It’s for families, friends, career, you can do everything here.

“If you ask me if I would want to move to another area in the future I would say no. I want to create my life in this borough.”

No 354 Essex Road is no stranger to combs and scissors having previously been the home of Amadeus Hair, which was opened in 1986 by Saro Castagna.

Ms Castagna told the Tribune: “When I first opened up here, the place took off immediately.

“It was the go-to place in Islington to get your hair done. It wasn’t a surprise because we had a high standard of people working here.

“I opened up other salons but this was my first and it is also my last that I’m letting go, so it’s very emotional for me but I’m so pleased it’s being taken over by Sara and staying as a salon. She’s very talented and I’m sure she will do very well.”

Ms Castagna added: “It’s very strange because her surname is very similar to mine and our first names are virtually identical. I have never met anybody ever that’s not in the family with almost the same name. So this has to happen, this is Sara’s shop.”

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