In 2018 I was a student who attended sixth-form. Every day that passed I became less and less interested in the courses that I had chosen. Nobody tells you what sixth-form is really like and the pressure they put on you to enter university, every week I was given new forms and new tasks to complete to apply for university's and their courses.
But by this point I had already made up my mind that university wasn't the path for me and found myself wasting my time filling out forms to not go ahead with, so I made a change.
Summer 2018 was the summer that changed my life for the best!
June was the month that I plucked up the courage to take a step into the real world and go for what I wanted to do with my life - hairdressing.
This was when I started my apprenticeship at GlamouriZe and started to enjoy learning again.
Being an apprentice in hairdressing is harder than what most people expect, hairdressing isn't just about cutting the ends of hair, it's about much more, being able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, knowing each step to every service and being able to carry them out to the best of your ability while still thinking of the best way to get a desired result.
The thing that I found the hardest when starting my apprenticeship was having the confidence to have a full conversation with new people and carry out a service, for example shampooing, confidently.
While we're on the subject of confidence, Team Glam have taught me to believe in myself, that failure is the best way to learn and I have grown my confidence hugely. I no longer get that fuzzy feeling in my stomach when the phone rings or its my time to do a service.
No matter how confident I feel when carrying out a service I have practised for, I always feel nervous to complete it when it comes to an assessment. You can never prepare too much for these assessments and sometimes the nerves get the better of you and show your flaws, when something doesn't go right the first time I have learnt that being hard on yourself doesn't make it better instead take away at least 1 thing I could of done better and don't stop practising until you have nailed it! And then continue to practise throughout my career.
So I’ve practised on the training head and now I‘m 'ready' to do the service on a clients hair, I still get a nervous feeling before hand, however after my minute of madness, I always end up loving every service, trying out different ways to do things that I have picked up on from watching the other stylists and my clients leave happy, this is the best feeling.
Working at GlamouriZe has definitely made me the person who I am today and I couldn't ask for a better team to work with! I‘m excited for my future career in hairdressing, this year I hope to continue my training and building confidence when on clients. Also hoping to attend my first colouring course.