Having recently finished our summer The Art of Hair Styling course series at the academy, I am on fire and couldn’t feel more proud of our achievement. We brought together ambitious hair stylists, from beginners to well-seasoned professionals visiting our central London studio from as far as Italy, France, Australia, Greece and even Pakistan, to perfect their session styling skills. Oh yes, get ready, there are new and incredibly talented stylists eagerly nipping at our heels, waiting for us step to the side so they can grab their moment to take over and shine. Well, I say there’s enough room for all of us and to be an integral part of people’s journey to fulfil their industry ambitions gives me the greatest joy.
At the Academy, I am able to gradually build up our students’ understanding in how to confidently work with all hair types. The importance of assessing hair, interacting with and addressing clients’ expectations and to create work you are truly proud of are key to a successful session career. We work at a very fast and intense pace at the studio and, by revisiting techniques time and again throughout the weeks, I love seeing stylists’ confidence and versatility grow.
Over the last few weeks, I have been tending to the tresses of actor Tom Hughes, TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman and the ever lovely Ms. Kelly Osbourne to name a few. All of my artists expect us stylists to confidently and seamlessly get on with what we do best and DO IT WELL! Across the academy’s courses we look at what it takes for you as a stylist to have artists, agencies, photographers or producers book you time after time.
Build up your industry reputation through your ability to connect with and respond to other people in your working environment. Being able to adapt to those inevitable pressures with ease and poise is key. Be a calm and collected presence on set and clients will always want to have you around.
As I spend time with each student, guiding every twist of the brush and tong as they perfect their techniques, I also get to know them as individuals. My role as teacher and mentor allows me to encourage stylists’ career prospects from a social interaction point of view by fine tuning a positive and passionate working attitude alongside creative vision.
Looking to the months ahead, I am super excited about our brand new Fashion Hairstyling course in November and, of course, kicking off this year’s The X Factorlive shows with my boy, Nick Grimshaw!