Christo’s Hair Fashion owner Jenny to retire from Stoke Newington salon after 40 years

PUBLISHED: 15:34 20 October 2016

Jenny Buttigieg and customers Isabella Collins, right, and Violet Laniyin, second right. Picture: Jon King

Jenny Buttigieg and customers Isabella Collins, right, and Violet Laniyin, second right. Picture: Jon King


A hairdresser who spent four decades styling Stoke Newington is hanging up her scissors for the last time – because her children want to see more of her.

Jenny Buttigieg has run Christos Hair Fashions in Green Lanes for more than 40 years.

A tearful Jenny told the Gazette: “I am going to miss a lot of things. I am especially going to miss the people. They are more like my family than customers.

“I care so much for them. We used to sing and dance in here with everybody.” The grandmother of four added: “But I have been working for so many years and my children would like me to retire.”

After leaving school Jenny trained at the Morris School of Hairdressing before starting at the family firm, founded by her father in the mid-1960s.

Loyal customer Isabella Collins, 87, who has visited the salon for more than 20 years, said: “Jenny is so friendly. If you are here at 12 o’clock she sends out for chips. It is like a social club. We are going to miss her. We’ve had some laughs.”

Jenny, who lived above the salon during her childhood, has seen businesses come and go along Green Lanes over the years. “I have a lot of happy memories,” she said.

Jenny laughed as she recalled the time an elderly customer took a shine to another client’s glasses after using them to check her hair in the mirror and refused to return them until her spare pair were fetched from home.

Violet Laniyin, 88, of Manor House, said: “We always have a laugh and a joke with Jenny. It’s so important, especially when you live on your own. You’ve got company.”

Jenny added: “I’ve got no regrets about staying here. Not one single day.” She now looks forward to spending time with her family, travelling and enjoying her garden.

She will celebrate her retirement on Saturday with a special party at the salon.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

12 minutes ago

A day after we revealed an Arsenal Legends side would take on a Real Madrid side at the Bernabeu this summer it has been confirmed there will be a return match later this year at the Emirates.

18 minutes ago

The latest news from the local boxing scene

The Argentine wants his players to remain focused despite reaching the last four of the competition on Saturday

The 20-year-old Clark and 19-year-old Ochieng both made over 10 appearances each for the Brisbane Road club

Tottenham’s planned Premier League fixture at Brighton on Friday April 20 has now been postponed

The O’s experienced winger came closest to opening the scoring on Saturday, but his free kick hit the crossbar


Bar flies searching for the best beer in London need look no further – Hackney Brewery’s American Pale Ale is officially king.

The Green Party has launched its campaign to win a seat at the May elections in Dalston, where members feel they have a “real chance” of getting their first councillor in the ward.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists