I started my hairdressing career where I grew up in West Dunbartonshire and attended college in Glasgow before moving home, city and job.
Securing a position for over 10 years as a senior hairstylist in Stirling. I became self employed in February 2010 and freelanced around the Stirling area and also Scotland attending to many brides and their guests at their chosen venue.
Driving hundreds of miles per week, carrying my kit around, and spending too much of my life and time in the car became unmotivating and lonely for me, and the piles of banana skins I had to clear out of my door pocket…well… too many to mention!
I was also unsettled in my personal life at this time and was supported unconditionally by my friends and the wonderful people in my life, which included my clients.
It is my considered opinion that the hairdresser is the most influential person in any community. When the public goes to a hairdresser, something happens to them. They feel safe, they relax. The hairdresser knows what their skin is like under the makeup, they know their age, they don’t have to keep up any kind of pretense. People tell a hairdresser things they wouldn’t dare confess to a priest and they are open about matters they’d try to conceal from a doctor. When people place their secret lives in the hairdresser’s hands, the hairdresser gains an authority few other people attain. I have heard hairdressers quoted with complete conviction on art, literature, politics, economics, child care and morals. I tell you that a clever, thoughtful, ambitious hairdresser wields a power beyond comprehension of most people.
– John Steinbeck