I run both a hairdressers training school and salon. On a school day I teach beginner and advanced hairdressing. A typical day starts with a theory lesson followed by a practical session which sees clients come into the school. On a salon day, I look after clients and I tend to do lots of colour correction which can be quite technical, I love the science behind this part of my job.
What do you think are the three most important skills to succeed in your career area?
The essential skills are stamina, patience and creativity!
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 always wanted to be a make-up artist and during a stint of work experience at the BBC, I was advised that they only employed make-up artists who had experience in hairdressing too, so I decided to do that first. Once I qualified, I moved to Jersey and got a job as a trainee salon assistant and as I love training, I naturally fell into that role. This led me to do a number of professional qualifications and make-up took a back seat. When I had a bit more time, I did a beauty course and followed this with the guide to promotional make-up at the London College of Fashion. All of the skills I’ve gained, support what I do now and whilst I’d love to do more make up I don’t have time!
What do you love most about working in your career area?
I love how the industry is constantly changing and moving forward and I love seeing my students develop their skills. It’s great to see them starting as beginners and eventually running their own salons.
Are there any negative aspects of working in your career area that people considering it should be aware of?
I love my job, but it can be physically and mentally demanding. You are on your feet constantly and the days can be long. You also have to be able to offer clients an excellent service, even when you might not be having a great day yourself.
What training / quali cations did you undertake for your current role or are you currently undertaking?
In order to stay ‘current’ hairdressers have to continuously train. I started with NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Hairdressing. I then gained my assessors qualification followed by a two year teaching diploma. I also have other qualifications in quality assurance, coaching and HR and not forgetting beauty and make-up. I like learning!
Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of this career?
Hairdressing is constantly evolving and is an exciting career option. Alongside working in the salon we also get to be part of photoshoots, fashion shows and it’s also a great career to travel with. I think it’s also important to dispel the myth that hairdressing isn’t well paid, this always puts people off and isn’t factual. Some of the best hairdressers are making a very successful living!