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October 2023 – Salon International

We were honoured to have been invited back by Takara Belmont once again to demonstrate our barbering & hairdressing on stand to the thousands of visitors to the Salon International show at London ExCeL.


May 2023

We are delighted to find out we have been selected as a finalist in the Best Local Salon of the Year category of the The Salon Business Awards.




January 2022 – GenX Radio

We are delighted to be supporting the launch of Suffolk’s newest radio station – GenX Radio Suffolk.

Francesco Hair Salon will be sponsoring the daily Tim Gough at Breakfast Show which is live from Monday to Friday from 7am-9am.

August 2021 – Ipswich Town FC Sponsorship

As lifelong Ipswich fans we are pleased to support the ITFC as official sponsors. We have been supporting the club as sponsors since 2012, something which we are very proud of.

Francesco Hair Salon is the official club ‘interview sponsor’ for the 2021/22 season – meaning you will see our branding in all official club interviews.

You will also see us in the Matchday Programme, Team Sheets and in the stadium on pitch side  boards at Portman Road.

July 2021 – BARBERFEST Inspiration Stage

Giovanni was invited to demonstrate and talk about men’s hairdressing for the Great British Barbering Academy on the Inspiration Stage at the BARBERFEST, hosted by the Modern Barber Magazine in Brighton. 

May 2021 – Best Team Finalists

We are delighted to find out we have AGAIN been selected as a finalist in the Best Team category of the Modern Barber Awards – 2021. A real honour to even be considered for the award amongst the industries leading figures…


October 2020 – Team & Kit Sponsors

We are delighted to announce we are supporting the local community and grass roots football by becoming official team & shirt sponsors of Achilles FC Reserve Team this season. The boys look fantastic in their Francesco Hair Salon sponsored kits!

Best of luck to the team for the forthcoming season….


September 2020 – Local Press Feature

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September 2020 – Best Team Finalist 2020 – Modern Barber Awards

We are delighted to find out that Francesco Hair Salon has been selected as a finalist in the Best Team category of the Modern Barber Awards 2020. A fantastic reward for the hard work our team has put in, especially in what has been a challenging year. We look forward to the Award Night…

The Modern Barber Awards 2020 finalists are revealed

June 2020 – Preparing to re-open

The De Lellis family featured in this Ipswich Star article on how local businesses are preparing to re-open following lockdown:

January 2020 – Francesco’s Photo Collection featured in Modern Barber Magazine!

We are delighted that our work from the stage at Barber UK has been featured in the January 2020 edition of Modern Barber Magazine!

Photos: Liam Oakes

October 2019 – Francesco Hair Salon is the ‘Business of the Year’!

A brilliant evening of celebrations at the 2019 Suffolk BME Business Awards and to top it off we were named ‘Business of the Year’!

An incredibly proud evening for the whole family and a fantastic way to celebrate a successful year for the salon.

A big thank you so much to our amazing clients & staff for your continued support over the last 40+ years…

October 2019 – HJ Live Dublin, Ireland

Our demo team had a fantastic couple of days in Dublin, Ireland after being invited back to demonstrate and present on stage with Takara Belmont at the HJ Live Ireland show. It was a fantastic event and a pleasure to attend.

October 2019 – Barber UK 2020 Stage Show

We are honoured to be invited back to the NEC Arena in Birmingham to showcase on one of the biggest hair stages in the country in May 2020! Let the preparations begin…

October 2019 – Shortlisted for Business of the Year!

We are delighted to find out the we have been nominated and shortlisted as ‘Business of the Year’ at the 2019 Suffolk BME Business Awards! The awards celebrate the cultural diversity and growing success displayed within the wider Suffolk business community.

October 2019 – Salon International 2019

We were honoured to have been invited by Takara Belmont once again to demonstrate our Italian Barbering to the thousands of visitors to the Salon International show at London ExCeL.

September 2019 – Britains Best 2019 finalists

Huge congratulations to barbering brothers Giovanni & Fabio have both been chosen as national UK finalists to compete in the live finals of NHF Britains Best 2019 at Salon International next month. The national floor competition will see stylists and barbers compete in the Britain’s Best competition in partnership in partnership with Hairdressers Journal at London ExCeL.

Fabio has been shortlisted in the Barber of the Year category and Giovanni is a finalist in the Men’s Cut & Finish category. A brilliant achievement….

The Francesco Team will also be demonstrating for Takara Belmont on their stand at Salon International on Sunday 6th October .

September 2019 – Francesco Writing Competition Winners Announced

August 2019 – Elmers friends

July 2019 – Francesco Hair Salon offers free ELE-FIT fitness sessions throughout the summer

We are delighted to announce that as part of our sponsorship of Elmers Big Parade Suffolk that we are launching a unique summer workout for the duration of the trail.

We have teamed up with several gyms based in and around Ipswich to be able to offer you the chance to have a unique FREE outdoor gym session in-front of the Francesco Hair Salon sponsored Elmer Scultpure – ‘Thirty Ears – The Hare-y Mammoth’, which is based in Westgate Street – (Ipswich Town Centre). For full details check our dedicated ELE-FIT page

July 2019 – Meet our Elmer!!

Francesco Hair Salon are delighted to be supporting St Elizabeth Hospice as one of the Official Sponsors of Elmers Big Parade Suffolk, a Wild In Art Event in support of the amazing St Elizabeth Hospice.

Our Elmer sculpture called ‘Thirty Ears – The Hare-y Mammoth’ designed & painted by artist and hospice nurse Sarah Edwards can be found in the town centre on Westgate Street between June & September 2019.

June 2019 – Francesco demo team at Barber Connect

We were delighted to be invited to Europe’s largest barber exhibition to spend the weekend demonstrating for Great British Barbering Academy & Takara Belmont in Telford. Giovanni hosted on the main stage for Denman Brushes/GBBA & Fabio’s work was featured as a ‘Cut of the Day’ – A great weekend all round for our demo team…

May 19 – Barber UK Reaction

The boys had a fantastic weekend at Barber UK attending and demonstrating on stage to a packed audience. It was an honour to have been invited, working with the leading names in the industry!

May 19 – Francesco on the World Barber Stage at Hair & Barber UK!!

It was an absolute honour to be invited back to the NEC Birmingham for the Hair & Barber UK show.

We demonstrated Italian Barbering, barbering traditions & history all on the main World Barber Stage in front of a big crowd. It was a great day catching up with all our friends in the industry, and watching all the amazing talent on show – we’re already looking forward to the next one!


April 19 – Scottish Hair & Barber Show

We had a great weekend in Glasgow after being invited up to demonstrate for two of the biggest brands in the industry; Takara Belmont & Great British Barbering Academy.

March 19 – Francesco Hair Salon sponsors Elmers Big Parade!

We are delighted to be announced as one of the Sponsors for Elmers Big Parade Suffolk – A Wild In Art Event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice.

From June to September 2019, Ipswich is set to play host to an even bigger and better art trail than when the pigs went wild; this time featuring 50 individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the patchwork elephant.

We can’t wait to unveil our very own Elmer sculpture! The press were at the salon when Elmer visited and you can read all about it by clicking on the Ipswich Star website here.

Nov 18 –  Movember Charity Night & 50 Finest Beards Book Launch

Thank you so much to all who came on the night, including Ipswich Town legend John Wark & The Bearded Villains of East Anglia. We had over 120 people visit the salon on the night, which is a new attendance record! It was great to see so many friends and clients help such a worthy cause. We raised over £400 for the Movember Foundation.

Thanks to Hudson Group &  Ipswich Audi who donated an ‘Audi A8 for the weekend’ to our raffle. We must also thank Tim Exell – the man behind ’50 Finest Beards book’ for choosing to launch it at our salon – it’s an ideal Christmas gift idea. Pick up a copy at the salon for just £5.99.

Nov 18 – Charity Night & ’50 Finest Beards’ Book Launch

Franco’s boys didn’t fancy growing Moustaches this year, but still want to raise awareness and a few pounds for the brilliant Movember Foundation so we are hosting a charity night at the salon on 22 November between 6:30pm-8:30pm. There will be drinks, canapés, a raffle, a quiz and a book launch of ‘50 Finest Beards‘…

Check out the story on the Ipswich Star website…

‘Special beard trim night at Francesco Hair Salon in Ipswich for Movember Fundraising’

Oct 18 – Salon International – London ExCeL

We had a brilliant day at ExCeL London for Salon International 18. We were honoured to be asked to do some demos on the prestigious Takara Belmont UK stand, working with one of the best known names in the industry Mike Taylor and the Great British Barbering Academy. Even Takashi Hoshina, Managing Director of Takara Belmont had his hair cut by Giovanni!

October 18 – Modern Barber Magazine

Franco’s son Giovanni, of Ipswich Trichology, has been again been featured in Modern Barber offering advice on scalp conditions and men’s hair loss. The magazine is devoted to the UK’s barbering industry (and their clients).

July 18 – Modern Barber Magazine feature…

Franco’s son Giovanni of Ipswich Trichology was asked about scalp conditions…

July 18 – Ipswich Walking Football Club Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring Ipswich Walking Football Club for the 2018/19 season. Best of luck guys!

May 18 – Hair & Barber UK Exhibition

The team were invited to Hair & Barber UK give some live Barbering demonstrations for the Great British Barbering Academy at the NEC Birmingham. A great day out and a great event! For more pics visit our Facebook page…

Apr 18 – Never Stop Learning

We were delighted to welcome one of the most well-known barbers and educators in the country Mike Taylor for a couple of days of training and collaboration. More to follow…

Dec 17 – ghd Raffle Winner Picked by John Wark

Thank you to our good friend & football legend John Wark for picking the winner for the ghd Christmas Raffle. The winner was Jacob, our youngest ever winner, who picked up his prize worth £175! Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered!

May 17 –  Signed ITFC Football Raffle

Thank you to all of our clients who donated towards raising vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK  by buying a raffle box on behalf of Simon Milton & Rosie Richardson of Ipswich Town Football Club. Here they are pictured with Franco picking the winner of the signed football from the in-salon raffle and collecting the money we raised…

August 16 – Charity hair shave at local derby

We were delighted to have been asked to help rival sisters Katie Booth & Beth Howman raise vital funds and awareness for charities EACH & Macmillan Cancer Support by shaving their hair off on the pitch at half time of the Ipswich Town vs. Norwich City Match on 22 August 2016. Katie & Beth pictured below with Fabio, Ciro & Giovanni. The event was featured in all the local press including BBC Radio Suffolk, Town 102, ITV Anglia News and the East Anglian Daily Times!

charity hair shave

Eadt - 22/8/16

June 16 – Francesco Shave Kit launched

We are delighted to launch our new and exclusive ‘Francesco Shave Kit’ – ‘The Ultimate Shave for the Ultimate Man’.

There are two kits available –  The Beginners Kit & The Advanced Kit – both kitted out with top quality Proraso Italian shaving products – for more details call or pop into the salon.

The kits start from just £39.99

June 16 – New ad boards at Portman Road!

Francesco Hair Salon / ITFC

We are delighted to be sponsoring the best team in the world Ipswich Town Football Club for the fourth consecutive season! Our boards can be seen in the East of England Co-op Stand. 

April 15 – Pauls FC win Suffolk FA Sunday Shield –

Congratulations to local football team Pauls FC on winning the Suffolk FA Sunday Shield – we are proud to be club sponsors.

 Paul's FC

Jan 15: Match Sponsors at ITFC vs. Southampton

We had a great time at Ipswich Town’s FA Cup replay, attending as match sponsors. It was a a brilliant night with our friend John Wark at the table, great food, great hospitality – just a shame about the result on the night! We picked Kevin Bru as our Man of the Match, who is pictured below with Franco and club legends John Wark & Simon Milton.

John Wark, Franco, Kevin Bru & Simon Milton
John Wark, Franco, Kevin Bru & Simon Milton

Nov 14: Free Movember shave

As with previous years we are again supporting Movember UK by offering all Mo Bros in the local area free shaves at the end of November. Be sure to pop to the salon before 2nd December 2014 to claim your free shave.

Franco was featured in local press for helping our good friends at The KBB Centre raise over £1000 for charity by shaving off their moustaches at the end of the fundraising month. Well done to all at KBB for such a fantastic effort! Donations are still being taken at their Dales Road Showroom (

Ipswich Star November 2014

Oct 14: State Registration

Congratulations to our hair stylists who have taken their original hairdressing qualifications one step further by becoming State Registered Hairdressers.

The Hairdressing Council believes in the professionalism of hairdressing and its campaign is to raise standards. Being registered denotes that you are professional, qualified and experienced. Well done girls!

Aug 14: Francesco Hair Salon sponsorship board at Ipswich Town FC

We are pleased to extend our relationship and support of Ipswich Town Football Club with pitch-side advertising commencing from the 2014-15 season. Our board can be seen right next to the home dug-out! This is in extension to us featuring in the match-day programme and team sheets. We wish the team the best of luck for the season! Come on you Blues!!

Francesco ITFC board.

Jun 14: ghd Raffle Winner

We are pleased to announce the latest winner of our popular ghd raffle held during June 2014 was one of our very loyal customers – Gary. Thanks to all our clients who entered the raffle, and congratulations to Gary!

Gary receives his ghd raffle prize from Franco!
Gary receives his ghd raffle prize from Franco!


Mar 14: Giovanni helps judge the WS Hair Academy Competition 2014.

Franco’s son Giovanni, of Ipswich Trichology, was asked to be a judge at the WS Hair Academy Competition held at Wherstead Park. The annual event, hosted by training provider WS Hair Academy, gives its hairdressing students a chance to showcase their work and skills on the big stage.

The categories included “Fashionista” where students were asked to create a blow-dry style & finish, “Caught on Camera”, where students created hair-up worthy of the front page cover, “Feathers & Furs” was focused on creating an avant-garde look with a focus on animals and finally “Barbering – Best of British” had students creating a gents cut & finish. Well done to all who took part.

Jan 14: Francesco Hair Salon becomes the first salon in Suffolk to be Accredited by the British Barbers Association


We are very proud to have just become one of the first in the country to win accreditation under the British Barbers Association.

Mike Taylor, BBA director, said “With the influx of so many unqualified barbers and growth in fly-by-night barber shops, it is important that the public has a means to identify professional barbering enterprises. This is what the BBA Accreditation Scheme provides”.

The story was covered by the Ipswich Star, and Franco said “Not many realise it but you can open a barbers shop tomorrow and offer poor hygiene, inadequate skills, ignore Health and Safety issues and be uninsured. This scheme shows that our salon has the right credentials and it supports the professionalisation of barbering. It is good for the public, good for decent barbers and bad for the cowboys. All professional qualified barbers should be a part of it.”

Nov 13: Franco – The Master Craftsman!

Congratulations to the boss – Franco – who as a State Registered Senior Hairdresser, was recently awarded the prestigious Master Craftsman Diploma by The Hairdressing Council.

.The Master Craftsman Diploma is among the world’s more prestigious hairdressing awards. Only State Registered Hairdressers with management and training experience – in fact the cream of British hairdressing – are awarded the diploma. Franco has been a hairdresser since 1970 and run his own business for over 35 years!

Master Craftsman Hairdresser
Master Craftsman Hairdresser (Nov 2013)

Nov 13: Movember a total of £750 raised for charity.

The Mo Bros at Francesco’s managed to match last years efforts raising around £750 for Men’s Health Charities. We would like to thank all of our clients for your generous support, donations and mickey-taking throughout Movember!

Nov 13: Francesco Hair Salon FC wins Movember Tournament!

Congratulations to the 6-a-side Francesco Hair Salon team who took part in the Movember tournament at Goals on the 24th November 2013. They remained unbeaten in the tournament and beat Merry Men on penalties in the final. It was like winning a World Cup again! Forza Francesco!

Movember Tournament Winners - Francesco Hair Salon FC
Movember Tournament Winners – Francesco Hair Salon FC

Oct 13: Wet Shaves for charity at Goals Soccer Centre – Ipswich

Following our successful fund raising last year, we are delighted to be approved as Official Mo Rated Barbers for Movember this year (2013). As part of the efforts this year we will also be at the Goals Ipswich centre on Thursday 31st October from around 6:30pm offering shaves for the start of the Mo growing in exchange for donations…See you there!


June 13: Ipswich Trichology Hair & Scalp Clinic has moved

Ipswich Trichology Hair & Scalp Clinic, founded in 2007 by Giovanni, has now moved next door to a newly refurbished and dedicated premises (63 St Matthews Street, Ipswich). Specialising in diagnosis, treatment and advice of hair loss and scalp disorders in both men and women, it is the only trichology clinic in Suffolk.

To book a consultation with Giovanni call 01473 400049 or for more information visit

Student Discount

We offer 10% student discount to students with a valid NUS card on all our hairdressing services. This offer is not valid with any other offer.

Franco wishing his son Giovanni well on opening day of Ipswich Trichology.
Franco wishing his son Giovanni well on opening day of Ipswich Trichology.