About Us

John started his early career at “Fish Hairdressers” in Soho. This is where John took some of his inspiration for his current business.
Chop first started way back in 2001 when John McMahon spotted a a gap in the market and opened the first CHOP in Cheddar, Somerset. With the idea of bringing a city salon with the contemporary look to the country without the price tag.
Recently, Chops Hairdressing has gained national acclaim thanks to being credited over 40 times in the Guardian newspaper All Ages Fashion Shoot creating beautiful styles on top models over the two day shot in Hackney.
Soon after opening John took on a barber to deal with the busy shop that he had created! Cue Chris Young, Chris was a young barber from Weston Super Mare with mad scissor skills and an eye for perfection. With this and Johns own natural talent for hairdressing and fashion, an instant successful partnership was born. Seeing that business was booming John decided to take on his fist apprentice, not only to keep the place tidy but to learn from two masters the ancient art of the scissors! Soon after they hired Alex Virdee, from the village of Cheddar himself, and who relished in the opportunity to the new skills of the barbering trade. After 3 years of successful trade John decided to expand the barber shop and incorporate a ladies salon into the business which proved a fantastic move from the beginning. The ladies salon was headed up by John’s long term friend Kate Maccall who joined us from a managerial position at Toni & Guy, and quickly built up a large and loyal client base. The rest as we say is CHOP-History. Now just over 10 years on, John can be found in either our award winning academy on Mondays or in the shop where it all started CHOP Cheddar throughout the week. Chris has since moved on from the Cheddar shop and is now an owner with John of CHOP Wells which they opened together 5 years ago, and has a solid team working with him. Starting as a junior Alex has moved up through the ranks and is now in partnership with John after they opened CHOP Street in 2008, and quickly established the business during the downturn of a recession! Just after opening the Street barber shop, the ladies salon in Cheddar moved to their own premises, which is now the largest shop in the CHOP Family and is now the base of operations for all our academy training. The ladies salon is now run by Hollie Brinklow, Kate Maccall, and Johns’ sister Nicola Bramble. Since opening all of the CHOP’S we have become an integral part of all the respective areas and their surrounding communities. So next time you fancy a trim or an overhaul, why not pop into any one of our shops and experience CHOP for yourself.

THE GUARDIAN WEEKEND

The two day photo shoot in Hackney, London. There is an electric atmosphere as hair, make up and clothes are chosen by Senior Stylists and Technicians and our Chops Kate Maccall to get the perfect look for this seasons shoot.

Recently, Chops Hairdressing has gained national acclaim thanks to their partnership with the Guardian newspaper and is credited in the “All Ages Fashion Shoot” in the Weekend magazine within the Guardian. To view the Weekend photo shootclick here

Classic cuts

Classic cuts

Contemporary hairdressing

Chops hairdressers specialise in contemporary hairdressing of classic cuts, cool avant guarde styles delivered by expert stylists.

Our team

Our team

we've chosen the best

The Chops hairdressing team are chosen to ensure you are in the hands of award winning stylists providing hairstyles for; catwalks and professional photoshoots.

National acclaim

National acclaim

In the Guardian newspaper.

Recently, Chops Hairdressing has gained national acclaim thanks to their partnership with the Guardian newspaper.

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