Our Story


The UK's most sustainable hairdressing salon

Elan was opened in 1971 and remains a family owned hairdressing business owned by Gordon and Lorna Milton along with daughters Lauren and Lanice. Along with our extended family - our highly dedicated team - we promise to provide a family-based salon experience for men, women, young adults and children.

In 2010 we embarked on an ambitious refurbishment plan to create an ultra-modern salon that set the benchmark for sustainability. Our endeavours have resulted in Élan becoming the UKs most sustainable salon. We did this to transform the way we do business and ensure the every day functionality was sustainable and delivered measurable environmental benefits. Over 3 years, we introduced radical measures for the greater protection of our natural resources in which we all live and work. We have introduced over 20 ground-breaking measures that have seen us on target to reduce carbon emissions by 95%, cut waste-to-landfill by 94% and reduce water consumption by 68% and we are the only UK salon with a Carbon Management Plan to monitor our ongoing progress.

From eco-friendly biodegradable towels to Fair-trade coffee to flooring, lighting, energy and water conservation, waste reduction and management and by using recycled and carbon zero materials and furniture wherever possible, we have won numerous national awards and nominations for environmental achievement.

Not only have we achieved our environmental aims, we continue to innovate and invest in training and skills to deliver the best hairdressing.

See the full range of Eco-measures we’ve introduced here

Your multi award-winning salon

Our passion for the environment has led to numerous national business awards and brought us recognition for environmental innovation and sustainability. These awards include a highly coveted Climate Week Award, British Chamber of Commerce Award and National Recycling Award for the UK’s Most Sustainable Business.

See our Awards here