Vidal Sassoon gave Leon a head start in business

LEON Alexander might not seem familiar to the majority of Jewish Telegraph readers. But you can be sure that you’ve come across his influence at some stage in your life.

Step into a hair salon, and the 71-year-old Londoner’s touch is all over it.

For Leon, born Stuart Alexander, who moved to Manchester in 1964, is the president of Eurisko, a comprehensive design, consulting and distribution source serving the salon and spa industry.

His journey to becoming one of the most influential names in salon design began in Manchester, when the former King David Schools pupil took up a job at a local hairdressing salon, near the State Fayre bakery in Prestwich.

Leon, the son of Kay and Ben Alexander, told me from his Florida home: “My parents wanted me to have a trade.

“I started as an apprentice, and became a hairdresser there. And then Vidal Sassoon opened up in King Street, Manchester, in 1970.

“I applied for a job, did a test, and my standards were far below what was required.

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