Cahoona’s Hair Hub is situated on the 6th floor of a Peckham car park in South London. It forms part of the newly renovated Peckham Levels, a new community centre which boasts a marketplace, bars, street food and studios for local artists. Cahoona’s was founded by hairstylist Tracey Cahoon, who, with 20 years of session styling and art direction under her belt, has worked with photographers including David Bailey and Rankin. Notably, she was also responsible for creating Amy Winehouse’s iconic beehive.
Coming from a family of hairdressers, it seemed natural that Cahoon would embark upon a career in hair. Cahoon credits her move to London to join the Toni & Guy art team as igniting her interest in backstage work. However, it was her work with renowned British photographer Corinne Day that truly transformed her career. “I ended up doing a shoot with her for a French magazine,” Cahoon says, “it was in a Hackney council estate with Kirsten Owen, one of the top models at the time. Then the next shoot I did with Corinne was with Kate Moss for British Vogue. It all happened really quickly.”
Cahoon previously ran Little Shop of Hair, a one-chair salon in the back of a clothing shop in Nunhead. “I’d been toying with the idea of opening a little shop for a while,” she says, “I was working as a session stylist but my family was growing and I couldn’t keep going away”. Cahoon set out to create a larger and more permanent space, and having been a Peckham resident for over 15 years, opening a salon there seemed like the perfect fit. INFRINGE spoke to Tracey Cahoon about her new venture.