Former England, Liverpool and Leicester City footballer Emile Heskey visits Derbyshire hair salon

Stylist Diane Shooter with former England football Emile Heskey
Stylist Diane Shooter with former England football Emile Heskey

Former England and Liverpool footballer Emile Heskey paid a visit to an Alfreton hair and beauty salon.

The striker, who racked up more than 60 caps for the Three Lions, was in the area for the semi-finals of Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2019 competition.

The 41-year-old met senior stylist, Diane Shooter, who started working at Hair & Beauty at Slimming World in 1998.

Diane said: “Getting to meet Emile was brilliant, he was so lovely and down to earth, and he wasn’t shy about having a look around the salon either. He spoke about how as a sportsman, it’s important to look after your body, so he was pleased to hear about the treatments we offer.”

Heskey is the latest in a string of celebrities to visit the salon, which is based at Slimming World Head Office on Clover Nook Road, Alfreton. The staff have previously played host to celebrities such as England footballer and pundit John Barnes and soap stars Jamie Lomas and Adam Thomas.

Diane added: “I still remember my very first day at the salon, I was a newly-qualified hairdresser and I was excited to see what the future at Hair & Beauty had to offer.

“Over the years I’ve really enjoyed learning and putting my skills to the test. And with the support of our fantastic team I’ve been able to progress and help build up a loyal clientele.

“I really enjoy helping my clients discover a new look and feel amazing. And I can honestly say now, 21-years on, I still absolutely love my job.”