We had a chat with Marley Armstrong, Concept Hair’s newest Learner of the Month!
The Concept Hair Hairdressing & Barbering Learner of the Month award celebrates students and apprentices who are passionate about the future of the hairdressing & barbering industry, going above and beyond in their apprenticeships to set the standards of the industry.
Concept Hair has launched the award to recognise the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
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Thanks to everyone who shared their amazing comments about all five of our nominees this month, we loved reading about how great they all are! It was a tough call, but we are delighted to announce @marleymerakihairlab from @merakihairlab is this month's Learner of the Month – congratulations Marley! Our competition judge @letlew said: "I can see the improvement and better skillset from the last time she entered the award. Well done to her for coming back again!" You've won an Elchim hairdryer from @salonsdirect! We are shaking up the award from May onwards, to enter you simply have to tag us in a photo of your best work with #ConceptHairLOTM – full details on our website (link in bio)
Marley, 19 from Meraki Hair Lab and Bishop Auckland College, was chosen as Learner of the Month by our judge Let Lew after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram and Facebook.
Let said: “I can see the improvement and better skillset from the last time she entered the award. Well done to her for coming back again!”
The award was sponsored by Salons Direct, who sent Marley an Elchim hairdryer.
Our runners-up were Abbey Ellis from Westrow Bingley, Kallie Altounis from Lou Lou’s/Central Hairdressing Academy, Rabia Khan Muhammad from Nelson and Colne College and Heather McNeill from Expressions Hair and Beauty/SAKS.
Marley’s boss said: “She tries so hard in everything she does. She is always giving the clients whatever they need and loves to make them feel good about themselves. She’s a credit to my salon.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Marley! How does it feel to be the Concept Hair Learner of the Month?
Marley Armstrong: It feels great, I’m so grateful to have been nominated and to have won this.
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry? Have you always worked at Meraki Hair Lab?
MA: For nearly three years. I’ve worked there since the day it opened in July 2018. I also train at Bishop Auckland college once a week.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
MA: I’ve always been so interested in hairdressing, everything about it. I always loved going to the hairdressers when I was younger with my mam.
CH: What do you love most about it?
MA: I love making people feel good about themselves and seeing them smile when they look in the mirror. I also love learning and in this industry, you can constantly grow and improve your skills.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
MA: I greet clients coming into the salon, making them feel welcome and comfortable, making sure the salon is running smoothly whilst also working my own column of clients.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
MA: I would like to go on to do hair shows, working on stage. I’ve also always wanted to go and work on cruise ships.
CH: What inspires you the most?
MA: Making people feel confident about themselves and loving what they are seeing when they look in the mirror – helping them achieve their hair goals.
CH: What’s your favourite hairstyle?
MA: I love braiding hair and doing pin-ups being creative with the hair. I love all aspects of hairdressing as well.
CH: What about your favourite social media platform?
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
MA: To always believe in yourself.