How would you define beauty? Beauty is skin deep. You could have the most amazing hair or the most amazing makeup but you won’t necessarily feel good within yourself. Confidence is key. Through conversation and the transformation process of the haircut I really try to bring that out in people. We empower each other; we talk about things that uplift us, things that we want to do, and things that we can and will do. Thankfully the industry is changing in terms of what beauty we celebrate, and that’s so vital because everyone looks different but everyone should feel beautiful and confident, that’s kind of what I’m all about.
What is the best thing about working in the hair industry? The best thing is making someone feel amazing. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves. I try to channel that inner beauty through hair, and seeing someone leave the room with an extra bounce in their step – that is so satisfying!
And what is something about the hair industry that you would love to see change? I hear stories all the time (and have also been in these situations myself) where staff are being rushed around, they can’t get their lunch, no break from being on your feet, there’s a lot of overworked and underpaid stylists. So I’ve really stepped back in this space; I probably don’t do more than one big hair job a day because I want to prioritise my wellbeing. Also going back to gender, there are still so many salons that base their services on gender and I really think that’s a massive problem to all the amazing people in the world that can’t access services because of this.
Regarding the differentiation between salons, I’d love to see hair come together more. Perhaps many people aren’t trained with all hair types or they’re not confident, but either learn to become more comfortable or employ people who are. For example I do afro hair but I’m not that great at braiding specifically, so I’ve got someone coming into the studio for that. I think it’s crucial to have this mixture because ultimately hair should be able to be more of a universal process.