In addition to the salons themselves, Nicky and Lesley have widened their focus to include their own haircare products. In 1993, they introduced the highly successful Nicky Clarke Hairomatherapy range. Additional lines have followed including the Nicky Clarke Electric range of home styling tools, and Colour Therapy and Vita Therapy supplements to promote optimum hair health.
Nicky Clarke's status as the king of hairdressers is beyond doubt, as are his household-name credentials. Indeed, he has popped up in the most unexpected places - especially on television: Hell's Kitchen, Comic Relief, Shooting Stars, An Audience with Elton John, Absolutely Fabulous… Then of course there are the regular appearances on daytime TV. Pretty much any make-over show worth its salt has sought his involvement.
So, when Nicky Clarke decides he would like to personalise his car a little, there is only one number plate that really says it all: H41 RDO.
The Regtransfers.co.uk team delivers Nicky's new plates on the day of the interview. Nicky is delighted, and now sports the great registration on his Jeep. His daughter, Tilly, obviously appreciates the perfect match as soon as Nicky shows her the number.
"No way! Oh my God, that is so cool! And it's really quite subtle."
Nicky's son and daughter are well qualified to judge: they are both private number plates veterans. Tilly displays T1 LYC on her limited edition pink Ford Ka, and Harrison has D8 HJC ("Date Harrison J Clarke") - a kind of joke whose effectiveness Nicky doubts.