OUR STORY

OUR STORY

Nikita Hair is one of Europe’s largest and leading hair salon chains. Over the course of 34 years, we have had the pleasure of serving several million clients. Our highly skilled hairdressers across the world are ready each and every day with scissors and comb in hand to provide you with great hair and ‘a great feeling’! We look forward to welcoming you!

THE NIKITA NAME

In 1984, Elton John’s super hit ‘Nikita’ could be heard on radios world-wide, and served as an inspiration to Inger Ellen Nicolaisen in naming the hair salons.

THE FOUNDER

Inger Ellen Nicolaisen is a self made entrepreneur from humble beginnings, and she became a mother at the young age of 15 years old. The responsibility of having a child pushed her in developing her business skills. At the age of 16 she started her first business selling children’s clothes. In 1984 she founded Nikita Hair, with her first hair salon in Norway. Nikita has grown to become one of the largest and leading hair and beauty companies in Europe with 150 salons and over 1000 employees.

With a fighting spirit, enthusiasm and passion the founder of Nikita Hair, Inger Ellen Nicolaisen, has the vision: “Together we will create the greatest adventure in hair and beauty history!” .

Not only has Inger Ellen grown a large, strong company, she has raised a large family as well. Inger Ellen has given birth to 3 children but has 14 children who call her mom. Eleven of them are from a children’s home in Eastern Europe. It is truly a family business, as 8 of her children work in the company. Her care for children expands beyond her own family. She is the founder of the A Hand to Children foundation. For more than 2 decades she has actively worked to help children.

Inger Ellen is a has been acknowledged with several awards including:

  • The Art of Management in 2002,
  • Businesswoman of the Year 2002,
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 (Ernst & Young)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit 2004 (Global Business Forum)

 

She is also known for leading, in the 2004 television series Kandidaten, the Norwegian version of Donald Trump’s, The Apprentice. Inger Nicolaisen has an informal and outspoken leadership style and a unique ability to inspire and motivate. Together with a team of talented team members, Inger Ellen and her daughter Christinah Nicolaisen have succeeded in launching successful Nikita Hair salons throughout Europe. A strong focus on the client, professionally skilled hairdressers and a strong company culture creates “a great feeling” for everyone.

Inger Ellen’s motto:

If you think you can do it, or if you think you can’t, you will be absolutely right! – Henry Ford

ENTHUSIASM AND A FIGHTING SPIRIT

Inger Ellen Nicolaisen has an informal and outspoken management style and a unique ability to inspire and motivate. She has set an example and led the way and, consequently, has received various awards and prizes for her leadership skills, including ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘The Art of Leading’ (‘Kunsten å lede’) award. She has also been proclaimed ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in Norway. In 2004, she played the female version of Donald Trump in the Norwegian version of ‘The Apprentice’, called ‘Kandidaten’.

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

Nikita Hair continues to grow and our vision stands firm. Christinah Nicolaisen, daughter of Inger Ellen, took over as president of the company in 2014 and will focus on developing the company further. Christinah started as a 12 year old working her way up through the family business. She has had a strong grasp of the hair and beauty industry from a young age. Like her mother she too is an ambitious career-driven woman. Christinah studied business and fashion at London College of Fashion, Central St. Martin and several leading university from Spain, Mexico and France.