We had a chat with Nicholas Greeves, Concept Hair’s newest Apprentice of the Month!
The Concept Hair Hairdressing & Barbering Apprentice 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.
Nicholas was nominated by his employer, Janet Maitland from Janet Maitland Hair Excellence, County Durham, and was chosen as Apprentice of the Month by our judge Let Lew after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram and Facebook.
Let said it was a very tricky decision to make, but Nicholas stood out because of how much his passion and ambition to succeed show in his work.
The award was sponsored by Sunlights Balayage, who sent Nicholas an amazing Balay Box worth around £100.
Our runners-up were Dylan Valente from Sesh Hairdressing, Edinburgh, and Marley Rose Armstrong from Meraki Hair Lab, Bishop Auckland.
Nicholas, 18, was nominated for the following reason: “I think Nick is a true original! Not only an exceptionally clever and vibrant young man, but he is also wise, kind and compassionate.
“He is excellent with clients of all ages and his work outside of hairdressing shows energy and drive necessary for success. Not only has he won a regional photographic competition for his hairdressing he has shown his excellence by throwing himself into the recent Gok Wan show we took part in. He is a true hairdressing star of the future.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Nicholas! How does it feel to be the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Month?
Nicholas Greeves: Overwhelming! Seeing all the supportive comments from stylists and clients was heartwarming and then to have won just topped it off and it feels incredible.
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry?
NG: I have been in the industry for two years now.
CH: Have you always worked at Janet Maitland Hair Excellence?
NG: I have always worked there but, included in the course, I went to college at BL Hairdressing Training.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
NG: I’ve always been interested in hair and fashion. I love all the ways you can express yourself through it and hairdressing was the perfect place to turn that passion into a career.
CH: What do you love most about it?
NG: I love meeting new people in the salon and helping them achieve the hair of their dreams. There’s no better feeling than seeing the clients face at the end of a service when you have created just what they wanted.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
NG: Where to start! A lot of my role consists of keeping the salon running smoothly. I greet clients, get coffee and shampoo to help the stylists stay on track. Now that I am further in my training I also apply colours for stylists and do blow-drys whenever I can. Soon I’ll be able to do cuts as well after completing our intensive training on each style.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
NG: I would love to take every opportunity that comes my way. In the future I would love to take part in Shaping Futures which consists of training orphans to be hairdressers but ultimately I hope to run a busy column in the salon doing what I love all day.
CH: What inspires you the most?
NG: Seeing my colleagues and other stylists getting the chance to go to events such as London Fashion Week after years of hard work really inspires me, because I know if I work hard it could be me in the future.
CH: What’s your favourite social media platform?
CH: What’s your favourite hairstyle?
NG: Currently my favourite style is a messy bun because it’s relaxed but classy and works for every occasion.
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
NG: I would say it was that you have to start somewhere. As an apprentice, you are starting off at the bottom of the ladder and sometimes it feels as though you’re going nowhere and you’ll be washing hair forever. But what you have to remember is every stylist you work with was an apprentice at one point too and they progressed, so you will too.