Once upon a time, your favourite hairstylist might have been an apprentice. To qualify in their chosen career would have required hard work and total commitment.
In the seven years she has owned her salon, Rosanne Marks of Sirocco Hair Studio has taken on two apprentices, and three others have come on board to sit their final exam and gain qualification.
Currently with her are Olivia, in her final year, and Anita, in her second year.
A hairdressing apprenticeship takes approximately four years. The first two years are when the apprentice learns the most units, consisting of both theory and practical elements.
Years one and two sees the apprentice working on product knowledge; the selection and application of treatments, and of permanent colour; hair-ups; blow-drying; finger-waves and cutting.
Year three is yet more advances – working on more clients, doing things faster, and learning more challenging units, such as bleach and tone; colour correction; removing unwanted additives from hair, and chemical straightening.
Year four sees the apprentice doing all elements of hairdressing and building their own clientele.
Last up is the final six-hour practical exam – basically like a full day in a salon, made up of three different services.
Rosanne loves having an apprentice inhouse, teaching them new things, watching their passion for the industry come alive and grow.
“I would highly recommend looking into an apprenticeship, rather than doing a course; you learn a lot more in the salon environment, and you also earn money while you learn.”
Edith Head once said “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”.
And yet despite the importance of dressing well, sometimes you just need a little bit of help to look and feel amazing.
After 30 years working across hair, fashion and beauty, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee isn’t just a little bit of help – she’s a whole lot of help! “When you feel good in yourself and how you look, you radiate confidence,” she says.
“And when you feel confident, you stand taller, smile wider and wear a more favourable wardrobe. When these two elements are in harmony, people notice. Your individual style shines.”
It’s not just about the hottest fashion trends. “Your personal style includes your colour palette, your silhouette, your wardrobe planning, even your shopping habits,” Vicki says.
Vicki is now offering free 15-minute consultations; a chance to catch up over coffee and discuss what she can do for you. “I have been helping clients with their personal style for many years. There is no better feeling for myself as a stylist than when I see the happiness in your eyes and smile when you look and feel amazing.”
Whether you’re a university graduate setting up your new professional wardrobe, a mum returning to the workforce, or a busy professional who simply doesn’t have the time to shop, Vicki can make things simple and easy.
“We don’t just do hair, we do beautiful; that’s my motto. Whether it’s a style tweak or a top-to-toe makeover; a one-off outfit or a wardrobe reinvention; together, we can uncover your shine.”
Look beautiful and feel radiant, silver and sexy!
The V For Hair and Beauty team has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “You don’t need or want flat, dull grey hair. We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more to embrace the grey.”
You don’t want to live at your hairdressers, so rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look. “We understand that as your grey hair comes in you still want to look great. A great cut also plays a big part in this; you want a cut that enhances your features.”
Head in for a complimentary consultation with one of their specialists in going grey gracefully. After all, V For Hair and Beauty ‘gets’ grey hair and takes great pride in making ladies feel beautiful.