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Slava’s salon is a sporting sensation

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If someone like Eddie Gaedel walked into Icons, the stylists would have to raise him up with a plank across the arms of the chair.

If Shaquille O’Neal turned up they’d need to stand on a box to trim the top of his head.

We know this because in addition to high-quality hairdressing services Icons also displays fascinating facts and eye-catching pictures of some of the biggest names in sport – the greatest passion of owner Slava Koulikov.

According to a measurement chart on the wall Eddie Gaedel stood just three feet seven inches tall. He played in one match for the St Louis Browns back in 1951 but it was enough to earn immortality as the smallest player ever to take the field in Major League Baseball.

At the top of the chart is O’Neal. At seven foot one inch not the tallest in American basketball history but definitely a legend of the game, and what connoisseurs like to call a “big unit.”

And around the walls are the photographs of Tiger Woods, Bobby Moore, John McEnroe, Michael Jordan and many more including Maria Sharapova, a personal favourite of Slava’s.

“Like Maria I come from Russia but unfortunately we’ve never met,” said Slava, who followed his father into a career in professional ice hockey and who still plays for the Slough Jets.

“But all these people are on the wall for a reason. They achieved the highest standard in their sport. I think Roger Federer is the all-time number one, but that may be because I like tennis. Maybe if I’d been born in a different era my favourite would be George Best, or Muhammad Ali.”

The decor also features a wide screen TV plus details of local celebrities in the shape of up-and-coming boxer Tommy Coyle and David Phillips, an ice hockey star with the Chicago Wolves in the United States.

“They are all icons,” says Slava, hence the name of the salon, which opened during 2010 in Jameson Street, Hull.

Inspiration came from a haircut in an Al Capone-themed salon in Windsor when Slava was away on ice hockey business.

“It was near the house that the ice hockey team uses and it struck me as the sort of business venture I could set up while I am still playing,” he said.

“Instead of AL Capone my idea was to use my knowledge of sport as a theme for a salon here in Hull.”

The business employs two experienced stylists and one apprentice and there are plans for expansion.

“This is my first venture into this type of business so the first thing is to build up a loyal clientele and make sure everything is stable.

To that end Slava has introduced discounts for repeat business, for bringing friends and for booking a colouring treatment on Orange Thursdays.

And although the salon is billed as a men’s barber, women are more than welcome.

“We know a lot of women are into sport and we also welcome those who aren’t,” said Slava.

“So don’t be put off by the name. Our girls do great hair styles for men and women.”

Icons Salon

21 Jameson Street

Hull, HU1 3HR

01482 214334

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Slava’s salon is a sporting sensation

As well as being a high-quality salon, city centre Icons also displays fascinating facts and eye-catching pictures of some of the biggest names in sport – the greatest passion of owner Slava Koulikov.

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