Istanas' Story

Nicola Aitken  is delighted to realise a long standing dream with the opening of ‘Istana’ (meaning ‘Palace’ in Malay) Hair Salon. Nicola spent six months travelling in 2014, something which Nicola had longed to do for many years. Nicola is no stranger to ventures which require bravery and commitment, including jumping out of planes, and sponsored charity runs, to competing in and winning ‘Scottish Hairdresser of the Year’. Nicola say that her personal confidence, creative ideas, and self-belief all increased through her experiences whilst travelling. This culminated in her desire to return home to invest her talent, and passion for hairdressing into her dream of running her own salon. 

Owner

Nicola

Nicola is an awarding winning hairdresser and has been in the industry for 30+ years. Nicola has trained with celebrity stylists and colourists such as Hooker & Young and Jamie Stevenson. She started her hairdressing journey in Esselmont and Macintosh, Regis hairdressing.  

Stylist

Neeve

Neeve has been in the hairdressing industry for 6 years and has won several awards. She has trained with different brands over the years and is an AVEDA specialist. 

Beauty Therapist

Becca

Becca is an award winning therapist and has been in the beauty industry for 7 years. Rebecca has worked in different salons and spas including a 5 star spa massaging golf pros. She specialises in Eyelash treatments and intimate Lycon waxing.

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