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About Us

Now in its 19th year, Kitui continues to be fuelled by owner, Nicola Woods’ passionate mission: a modern, comfortable space in which to deliver first-class, forward-thinking hairdressing.

Our chic, elegant and relaxed atmosphere is designed to make you feel great and you’ll leave looking and feeling fabulous. We’re always looking at ways to be better and it’s an exciting time at Kitui. Last January we completely relaunched the salon, quadrupling our floor space and adding a string to of staff and new services. We now deliver better hairdressing services than ever before, an Elemis Elite beauty salon, and Sunderland’s only NHS approved wig service.

Qualified Experts

Whenever you visit Kitui Hair Design you are always in safe hands, whoever you deal with. Our team of hair stylists, colourists, beauty and wig experts and more are all trained to the very top of their game. A family owned business that puts its people first .

Meet the Team

Nicola Wood

Creative Director & Salon Owner

From starting her Saturday job in a salon at the tender age of 13, Nicola’s passion has always been hair, it’s all she’s ever wanted to do. Since then she’s trained with prestigious North East salons and ran a full diary by the age of 19 before opening our very own salon, at just 21. Nineteen years on and Nicola’s commitment to premium brands, customer service and technical excellence has only excelled.

Michelle Watson

Colour Specialist

Michelle has been with Kitui since the start. She ensures the smooth operation of the whole salon on the daily both behind the scenes and front of house. Michelle epitomises perfectionism in every way. With superb attention to detail, her highlights are millimetre perfect, with her original colour formulas and signature blends causing a real stir! As a specialist, Michelle has meticulously produced some amazing colour corrections and transformations. Having attended training at the L’Oreal Academy in London she’s dedicated herself to continually improve. With an advanced qualification in cutting too, you’re assured of technical excellence when booking with Michelle. Michelle is a self employed member of our hair team. Please specifically message us if you would like to book with her.

Sue Hogg & Cath Christie


Sue Hogg RM.RM and Cath Christie RN.RM make up our Aesthetics team. These ladies have 32 years of Aesthetic industry experience between them. They are extended nurse prescribers and look after an extensive list of local ladies/men (as well as a few celebrities!). They are trained by the royal college of surgeons and attend extensive further techniques courses in London and around Europe without fail. Their commitment to training and their vast experience in the game means they are able to inject where many nurses cannot, giving you the absolute best prescription and individual treatment bespoke to you. Both ladies are midwives by day and ensure you a caring approach – experts in putting you at ease.


Senior Stylist

Annabelle has been working in the salon ever since she was 14 and her ambition to progress within the hair industry is second to none. We’re hoping that her natural and artistic flair can take her far in the hair game. She has a brilliant work ethic, is ridiculously friendly and interesting not to mention creative. Annabelle is always looking for models for her weekly in-house training. Please get in touch to register with her.

Karen Young

Style Director & Hair-Loss Specialist

With over 25 years experience and original training with Toni & Guy, it’s fair to say Karen knows a thing or two about hair. She has continued to perfect her craft throughout her adult career and her technical excellence really is a cut above the rest. Having managed and owned multiple prestigious salons for twelve successful and busy years she decided to join our team. Expect precise, bespoke haircuts and a caring nature from the moment you sit in her chair. Karen is a self employed member of our hair team. Please specifically message us if you would like to book with her.

Emma Tate

Head of Beauty and Elite Elemis Therapist

Emma has a huge wealth of experience in all aspects of her work, having dedicated much of her adult career to developing and furthering her expertise.

Offering a wide range of bespoke beauty, grooming, and aesthetic treatment plans, Emma is always on a mission to go beyond what is typically expected. Emma will ensure you’re taken care of from head to toe, each and every time you visit.



Bev is probably your first point of contact in the salon, answering all your enquiries and trying to fit you in on a busy day. Bev also helps to run the back end of the business, leasing with some of our key partners at the NHS, charities and other organisations. Bev always shows up to work with a smile on her face and we are very lucky to have her on the team.


Beauty Therapist

Hannah has been fully qualified in all aspects of beauty for 5 years, during this time she has had extensive salon experience, before taking up an opportunity to go self employed in May 2018. She excels at, and specialises in applying the award winning highly recommended ‘Lash Perfect’ individual lash extensions, that give an exclusively natural lash look. Amongst other treatments Hannah offers she is also trained in and uses the unique “i-nail” extension technique which provides the client with a very natural looking nail. Alongside that she also offers gel polish, waxing, manicure/pedicure and facials. Hannah is a self employed member of our team. Please specifically message us if you would like to book with her.


Salon Manager and Lead Stylist

“I love my career and have so much fun making people look and feel fabulous. It will always be something I have a passion for.”

Caroline is the latest addition to our award-winning team and her immense talent and wealth of experience is a fantastic addition having worked in the hairdressing industry since 1998. Caroline started out at Toni & Guy, working as an apprentice to gain her NVQ qualifications. She then gained her level 3 at the highly regarded Goldwell Academy in Mayfair, London.

She then rejoined the ranks at Toni & Guy where she worked as a colour technician up and down the UK since 2012. Caroline became a L’Oreal Colour Speciliast after completing the hight level of training possible in 2017. It’s fair to say you’ll be in safe and experienced hands with Caroline.



Ellie joined us as an apprentice and has quickly climbed the ranks at Kitui, completing her hairdressing training in expert fashion. She has a natural talent when it comes to hair and her style is effortless and versatile. Ellie adores nothing more than helping her clients achieve the exact look they are after. Her meticulous approach to hairdressing is unique to her and she is such a valued member of Kitui Hair Design team.

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