Saks Apprentice, from Toxic Cherry Hair and Beauty based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire is making waves in Hairdressing, after being accepted onto the prestigious Goldwell colour creatives course. In this blog post Abbey tells us a little more about herself….

Hairdressing is always something I have been passionate about from an early age, although people told me it ‘wasn’t a proper job’ and ‘it wouldn’t get me anywhere’. That just made me more determined to prove them wrong.

I signed up to an apprenticeship with Saks and really enjoyed the working style; I really liked the idea of one to one training in salon, rather than learning in a classroom.

My Saks Educator mainly helped me with the theory aspect of the course and online tests. This is because Toxic Cherry was focusing on the practical side of training with me.

I sometimes found this slightly harder but that’s simply because our salon standards were higher and more demanding than standard NVQ requirements, but I knew it would be totally worth it in the long run.
I love working at Toxic Cherry as it’s like a second family.  We fall out and disagree, just like families do, but most importantly we also laugh and support each other both in and out of work.
Paula, the owner of Toxic Cherry is always encouraging us to push ourselves, be forward thinking and we are always looking to do something new there’s always a real buzzing atmosphere in salon.

I don’t think there is one aspect of Hairdressing I don’t love! I thrive when I’m being challenged, or doing something a little bit out of my comfort zone, even when that might involve bending the rules a little bit.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t made mistakes, because I have; but the most important thing about making a mistake is learning from it.
I have been accepted onto an exclusive Goldwell course, which focuses on Colour Creatives. I won my place by creating a mood board of looks and a personal recommendation from Paula.

I'll be learning from the award winning William Wilson and Mark Leeson , and have my work photographed in a professional photoshoot to produce my ‘Colourzoom 2017’ picture and competition entry.
I am so excited about the whole experience. Both the educational aspect of the course and seeing the end result of my creation, with support from people so established
 and well known within the hairdressing industry.
Strangely enough, I am so excited about the prospect of travelling alone and totally taking myself out of my comfort zone.
 Long term, I am so happy to see where my career takes me and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way.

I think eventually I would love to travel with hairdressing whilst keeping a base in Ashby. 

However, right now I am so proud of myself – I feel like I have proved all of those people wrong who didn’t believe I could make a career out of something I am so passionate about.
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