Would you like to Become a Colour Director like Lloyd Court?
Lloyd Court applied for a job at seanhanna and moved to London to take it when he was only 16. He now runs the colour education courses for Skyler London. Read our interview to find out how he forged his career as a successful colour director.
What was Lloyd Court’s route into the hair industry?
When I was 15 I was given a school project about pricing around the UK. I researched hairdressers in London and seanhanna popped up. I fell in love with everything about the company and emailed my CV while I was still in class. After my interview, I moved to London and started my apprenticeship at age 16 at the seanhanna Wimbledon salon. I was offered a place on the L’Oréal Colour Specialist degree course and was selected to be the youngest member of the seanhanna creative team when I was 18 months into my training.
Can you tell us about your role?
I am the colour director at Skyler London and along with my business partner Skyler Hanna, we ensure our team are well trained and knowledgeable on all things colour. One of my main responsibilities is running our internal and external education courses. I’m also a key member of our marketing team and help to support and build marketing strategies that increase brand awareness for Skyler London.
What are the pros and cons of your role?
I love my job as I get to educate, grow and build our amazing team. I’ve been able to work with L’Oréal Professionnel on some truly incredible projects. The only downside is I never get home in time for Silent Witness on a Tuesday night!
What are your tips for building a name in the industry?
Find a mentor with the same aspirations and ideas as you. Social media has really helped to grow my career and Skyler London. We’re always encouraging our guests to tag us in selfies. The beauty of Facebook and Instagram is you can reach a worldwide audience, which means you can learn from them too.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is being told I’m too young. Being an educator means teaching people twice your age and this can be quite daunting. My biggest tip for building confidence is to believe in yourself and your ability and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What’s your advice for someone who aspires to have a career like yours?
Find a salon that truly inspires you. I’ve been incredibly lucky to find a company that cares about everyone who works for them. Skyler has really helped to mentor and support me to become the hairdresser I am today. Be prepared to work hard and don’t complain about the jobs that are handed to you. Being a great colourist is all about practice so you must be willing to learn from your mistakes. When working on creative projects, you need to make sure you do your research and practice, practice and practice again!
What are your favourite accounts to follow on Instagram?
My favourite accounts to follow on Instagram are Angelo Seminara (@seminaraangelo), Robert Lobetta (@robertlobetta), Tracey Cunningham (@traceycunningham1), Infringe (@infringemagazine), Edoardo Paludo (@edoardopaludo) and Jean Baptiste Santens (@jeanbaptiste.santens).
What’s your styling philosophy?
Hair should always have an element of pretty. I think whatever style you are going for, it should make you feel good and should suit your client. I was taught that you shouldn’t be able to feel a good blow-dry on the scalp – I’ve taken this philosophy with me wherever I go.
What’s next for your career?
I’m studying for my trichologist degree at the moment. This has been something I’ve been considering for a while and I felt it was the next step for me in my hair career. I will also be entering HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional this year and I hope to become a member of the Fellowship FAME Team.
This article was originally published in the March 2019 issue of Hairdressers Journal
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