Teresa De Sousa

A typical working day involves expressing my creativity through the art of hairdressing through the various services I provide; these include colouring, cutting, styling, bridal and barbering. I work between my two salon locations to accommodate my clients, developing close relationships with them. I love the creative process, where I am able to tailor every service to the client’s needs and seeing them walk out of the salon with a smile on their face.

How did you get your job?
I decided to pursue my life-long passion for hairdressing at the age of 39 at Highlands College. I was offered work experience at Elmina and upon completing my qualification I was offered a full-time job. Over the years I have developed a loyal clientele and enhanced my skill set. Two years ago I took over as business owner and director of Elmina Salon & Spa in King Street and this year I was offered the exciting opportunity to open another salon located in St Brelade’s Bay Hotel. I am also fortunate to have a diverse, creative group of professionals who love what they do.

What motivates you in this role?
My motivation comes from how I make my clients feel. Being able to transform somebody’s appearance and make them feel more confident drives me, and enjoying what I do facilitates me in performing as best I can as a hairdresser. It’s truly exciting to work for Aveda because its values of completely organic, natural and cruelty-free products align with my beliefs. This makes it so much more enjoyable to express my passion in a good environment.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
As a hairdresser it is crucial to keep up-to-date with current trends and attend professional training courses such as the Aveda academy to watch masterclasses with global hair artists and designers allowing me to acquire tips and tricks to expand my stylistic abilities.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?
A love of learning and allowing yourself to grow creatively, teamwork and having confidence in your own ability.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. This is where personal growth and problem-solving is created. Hairdressing is a creative profession where being passionate about what you do is absolutely necessary: it allows for the best result. As long as you’re happy, this will be reflected in your work.

Aside from owning a hair salon, I also own a restaurant!

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