The spotlights on…Jack Whittaker
Jack Whittaker; Saks Apprentice award winner, stylist, L’Oreal Colour Trophy regional finalist - at just 21 years old Jack's certainly one to watch. He spoke to us about his journey so far...
He said: “Hairdressing has always been a big part of my life ever since I can remember as my mum has been in the industry for 30 years. I always took an interest in what she was doing and have been familiar with the salon environment so I suppose you could say it all started from there.
“I left school with no GCSE’s and I almost fell into hairdressing it was a natural progression for me. I decided the best way to get where I wanted to be was with an apprenticeship - I just wanted as much hands on experience as I could get!
“I have absolutely loved training with Saks Apprenticeships, the learning style works for me as I am not restricted to a classroom and I can complete all of my training in salon. My Saks Educator Ann has been truly amazing. I think she is the only teacher I've had who has taken the time to get to know me and how I work, and encouraged me to push myself to be the best I can be.
"The salon I work in Boho is amazing, there’s such a relaxed atmosphere, and my managers Rick and Lee have been incredibly supportive. I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I entered the 2016 L’Oreal Colour Trophy and was a regional finalist. I am so proud of this achievement as I didn’t really know what to expect! I put a lot of work into researching different trends and fashions to make sure my work really stood out.
“I will take everything I learnt from entering this year and make sure that I channel that into next year’s entry -fingers crossed I can go even further.
“I’m hoping to continue these successes into next year and to make a name for myself within the hair industry.In five years’ time I could see myself doing more backstage work at fashion shows or TV work.
“If I could give just one piece of advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship within the hair or beauty industry it would be to do it for the right reasons. Do it because you have real passion and enthusiasm and it's a way to channel your creativity. So many people think hairdressing is an ‘easy option’ or it looks like fun, but believe me – if you want to succeed it takes much more than people initially think.
"Long days on your feet, having a lot of patience and taking the time to really listen to your client, time management and creativity are just a few traits you need to do well in this business, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”