From Saks Apprentice, to salon owner, Sam talks to us about her journey to Root 66;

"Hairdressing has always been a passion of mine; I think it all started when I was chopping my Barbie's hair and taking off with my brother’s hair gel to style my Ken doll at a very early age. I then started as a Saturday girl in a local salon aged 13 and have never looked back.

"I started my apprenticeship at 16 but I absolutely hated college, I didn’t like having to work at everyone else’s pace and I loved being in a salon so much, seeing the bustling salon with clients just made college seem boring.

"Training with Saks allowed me to work as quickly as I felt I was capable and stay in my favourite environment at the same time. I was way too enthusiastic to be confined to a desk or classroom, I wanted to be in the salon seeing and doing things!

"With Saks there are so many opportunities to enter competitions and win prizes. I won apprentice of the year 2011 and cut with the scissors I won for years afterwards, I loved them!

"I could write an essay on the challenges I’ve faced opening my own salon. It all started when I had been working in the industry for about nine years when suddenly, I was rushed into hospital with heart failure.

"That was a pivotal turning point in my life, I knew something had to change, while I waited for an operation I was ready to leave the Hairdressing industry for good. Then the opportunity arose for me to be my own boss. I seized it thinking, what’s the worst that could happen?

"That’s when the hard work really started, and trust me, it’s been hard work. To bring my vision to life I have had an outhouse toilet bought inside, along with other major building work.

"But it’s the things you don’t see happening that really set you back; I had a roller shutter fall through my ceiling on Christmas Eve as I was locking up - just to name one!

"After many sleepless nights, blood, sweat, tears and four letter words. People thought I was insane; and at one point I did actually start to question my own sanity.
 
"18 months later , I’m working all hours of the day and evening, and I don't have much of a life outside of work. However, with all that said my life at work is absolutely amazing, we have great clients and a team that I am beyond proud of!

"If I could change one thing, it would be that I would have done opened my own salon sooner!

"If I could give one piece of advice to apprentices, it’s that there will be days when you wonder why you don't just go and get 'a proper paid job'. But, if you do that you'll never discover what could become of you.

"I was so lucky to have a supportive family who encouraged me to stick at it, and achieve my goals no matter what. If you really love what you do; keep with it and one day you'll wonder what on earth you were thinking when you even considered giving up.

"Hairdressing is a constantly evolving industry, creative and full of passionate individuals that live and breathe the business, meet as many of these people as you can and learn from them. You'll never know everything there is to know, but the more you learn, the better you will be!"



Root 66 Haircare in Bilston offers quality Hair services from highly trained stylists.
Check them out at www.root66haircare.com or call  01902 491664. 
 
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