Mirren McCutcheon

I am really busy within the salon, if I’m not balayaging or foiling, I am answering the telephone, booking clients in, making sure the salon is tidy or stock taking. I am never stuck for something to do – that’s for sure.

What do you think are the three most important skills to succeed in your career area?
Enthusiasm – always give off good, positive energy. A friendly face, is always a nice face!
Motivation – be passionate and patient with what you do. Don’t rush anything, just focus on getting it right. Everyday is a school day!
Determination – goal set and have a vision. Thrive to be the best person you can possibly be in everything you do. Practise makes perfect, you can do anything if you put your mind to it!

Was this something you planned to do or did you change direction at any point in the past? If so, what was that and was it easy to do?
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. However, I always knew I was really artistic and it is something I really enjoyed. I completed my AS Levels, and achieved a distinction in Business Management. I even had my own business for a year – but that is a story for another day! At 18, I wanted to do something I was passionate about and went to meet the founder of NEON Salon and School, Victoria Queree. She made it so easy for me to start my career in hairdressing by enrolling me on the Level 2 Course at NEON. My trackers mentor, Roisin, has also been amazing. She has guided me through my apprenticeship and is always there when I need support and advice.

What do you love most about working in your career area?
I am a sucker for Balayage! It is my favourite colour work, as you can use so many techniques to create it. However, to create a change for a client, in which they feel better about themselves is really rewarding. Check out the NEON Instagram hair page to have a look at some things I get up to @neonsalonandschool.

Are there any negative aspects of working in your career area that people considering it should be aware of?
Like in any form of employment-starting off as an apprentice can be financially difficult. However- be patient, the harder you work, the quicker you will achieve your goals and be where you want to be.

What training / quali cations did you undertake for your current role or are you currently undertaking?
I have completed my Level 2 Hairdressing at NEON Salon and School which is the foundation every stylist needs. I am also soon to finish my Level 3 Advanced Hairdressing qualification and I would encourage everyone to do this as it’s more specialised. It includes advanced cutting, colour and my favourite, colour correction. Also take interest in additional speciality courses and never stop learning!

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of this career?
If you are considering a career in hairdressing but still aren’t sure- try to get some work experience, visit Salon International, pop in to NEON Salon and School for an informal chat. Just make sure it is the right thing for you! You are a long time working- you need to love what you do!

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