Hairdressing has been part of my family, my granny made wigs and my mum and sister were both hairdressers. I started as a young girl helping my mum wash hair and pass rollers and this led me to becoming a Saturday girl. I studied at college and then built up my career in one of the most successful salon groups in the world. I started as a junior stylist and worked my way up in the company to stylist, senior stylist and then salon manager. I moved to London where I became part of the Design Team doing Education. I added the qualifications of assessor in level 1 and 2 NVQ and studied to get my masters in colour. I loved education so much and being able to pass on all the knowledge I have learnt over the 20 years I have been in the industry, that I decided to go into training full time. It is so satisfying helping people and seeing them grow.
Senior Technical Educator
Growing up being the only girl with 3 brothers I dreaded having my hair washed, combed and braided. Not because I was a tomboy but because I felt I’d never survive the washing and combing that seems to be the right of passage most black girls go through. My brothers on the other hand, as well as their friends, had their hair cut by my Dad who saw himself as a barber. My mother every few months would go to a leading Afro/Carribean hair salon in London, where she would have her hair relaxed and coiffed returning home making me wish I had her hair and could go to the hair salon. Years, how many hairstyles and chemicals later I became a hairdresser specialising in both Afro and European hair, doing colour, texture, styling, hair extensions, working and learning from many talented hairdressers in my discovery of the hair industry. I’ve trained as a hairdresser 30 years now and have been an educator for 12 years, feeling blessed to be able to pass on knowledge, instill confidence and the passion that I feel for my industry every day to salons and fellow hairdressers.