• Samantha

Esta - My hairdressing Journey

Updated: Mar 22, 2019


I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser, I knew I needed to start young.

When I was 15 I joined Salon 46 working every Sunday, doing all the jobs like shampooing, sweeping up, making teas and coffees and all the general jobs involved in keeping the stylists day running smoothly. I was shy and quiet when I first started but gradually I came out of my shell when I got used to the jobs and more confident with speaking to the clients. I spent a lot of time watching the stylists when I could as I found that helped me a lot.


I worked Sunday’s until I left school, I was sure I wanted to go to college full time to do my Hairdressing level 2, when I started college I changed my mind very quickly and left to do an apprenticeship. I felt this would enable me to learn whilst working in the environment giving me more training and also earning money which was a plus. Once I had started I realised that the apprenticeship was the best way to learn.


My apprenticeship was once a fortnight at college in Lewes and full time in the salon where I was trained along side doing all the jobs, shampooing, sweeping and reception.

It took me 16 months to complete my Level 2, I then went on the floor full time building up my clients. I had worked towards this for along time doing my own colours cuts and blow-dries and really enjoying it, I found you learn so much when you’re doing it everyday. I carried on with my training to work towards my Level 3 which took another year to complete, but that seemed to go so quickly as I was getting busier every week!


Throughout and after my training I went on courses with Wella, this involved:

~ Basic colour

~ Creative colour

~ Classic cutting

~ Perfect blowdry

All the courses are really good and give you an opportunity to refresh and get extra help with anything your unsure of. Giving new ideas to take back to the salon to use.


In June this year I went on the Vidal Sassoon ABC cutting course in London, which was amazing! I loved it, it was a week's course at their academy in Westminster. Every morning was theory and a demonstration where we would learn about the Sassoon way of cutting, giving us the opportunity to watch how the styles are created. Our afternoon was practical where we had a model each and got to put in to practice what we had been taught - trying out completely new cutting and drying techniques, and being pushed out of my comfort zone! I really enjoyed it and loved coming back to the salon to use the new techniques.


I love my work and look forward to it everyday. I can’t wait to go on more course and Keep learning!


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