Apprentices Reveal their Inspiration for Becoming a Hairdresser

by laurahusband / last updated March 4, 2019

Apprentice Inspiration

To celebrate National Apprentice Week, HJ has asked apprentices to share their inspiration for becoming a hairdresser. The apprentices also reveal where they go to research new techniques and styles and how their idols helped them to make the decision to pursue a career in hairdressing.


“I really look up to Debbie G. She’s an amazing hair cutter with a purist approach in relation to line and linear shape that always creates beauty.
Robyn Dorman-Swailes,  IDLEWILD salon 


“I get my inspiration from fashion magazines, celebrities and my work colleagues. I really enjoy the styling aspect of hairdressing including blow-dries and hair up. It really does put a smile on my face that I can make someone feel good by just doing their hair.”
Samantha Jane Wheeler, Met Blow Bar at Metropolis Hairdressing in Kingston


“Jamie Stevens is uber talented and has a simple approach to hairstyling. He is hugely adored but he remains modest and shies away from the title “celebrity hairdresser”.
Louis King, apprentice at Headquarters Kingston


“Sharon Malcolm is my inspiration. I wrote to her when I was still at school and she was encouraging. I went to the salon with a friend who already worked there and she offered me a job. She is so passionate about what she does and dedicates time and energy to help you to be the best you can be as a person and a hairdresser.”
Morgan Johnston, apprentice, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Newtownards, Northern Ireland 


“Harriet Stokes was the first hairstylist to inspire me to do creative colour. I’ve followed her journey for a couple of years and I love how she makes bright, bold colour look expensive and classy. I’m also inspired by Stewart Roberts who set up Haircuts4homeless. He uses his skills to help those less fortunate and boost their self esteem. His kindness should be an inspiration to us all. My final inspiration is my boss Sally Brooks. Her work is incredibly creative and I am constantly learning new styling tricks and techniques from her. She is so passionate about her profession and she inspires me to work hard at everything I do.”
Charlie Collier, head assistant, Brooks & Brooks, London 


“The person I’d say I look up to most within the hairdressing industry would be my boss Salv Mulé (salon director at Academy Salons) because of the dedication and motivation he’s put into his businesses, clients and staff over the years. Salv strongly believes in is setting goals to help you work your way up the ladder and become the best you can be. Knowing this makes me feel very confident and assured that my full potential will be reached in every way and I am motivated and excited every day.”
Shanelle Beasley, Academy Salon Claygate 


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