We had a chat with Harvey Luke Allen, 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.
Harvey was nominated by his employer, Natalie Allen at Harvey Luke Hair in Derby 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: “He’s willing to put himself through different aspects of hairdressing and showcase what he can do. He will grow from doing things out of his comfort zone. I respect that and think it is very important.”
The award was sponsored by JOICO, who sent Harvey an amazing bundle worth around £100.
Our runner up was Lauren Woodland from Unique Creations, Blackwood.
Harvey, 16, was nominated for the following reason: “He started on the shop floor in October and is now a competent barber working within a team of four, running a full column.
“He has enrolled in college to broaden his skills by working towards his hairdressing qualification. Youngsters with so much passion in this industry are so hard to find.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Harvey! How does it feel to be the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Month?
Harvey Luke Allen: I feel proud! I wasn’t expecting to win, so it’s nice to get recognition for my hard work over the last few months.
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry?
HLA: 11 months.
CH: Have you always worked at the salon?
HLA: I started last July.
CH: Did you train anywhere else?
HLA: I went to Sid Sottung academy on a four-week private intensive barbering course and then signed up in September to a hairdressing apprenticeship.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
HLA: I’m a third-generation hairdresser, so I’ve grown up around hair.
CH: What do you love most about it?
HLA: Personalised, bespoke cuts.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
HLA: Barbering – running a full client base.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
HLA: To become an educator and inspire others under my own brand.
CH: What inspires you the most?
HLA: Instagram, I’m always watching videos from around the globe.
CH: What’s your favourite hairstyle?
HLA: Tapered cuts with length on top.
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
HLA: Ask questions! Make sure you fully understand techniques and why you are doing what you are doing to create different looks.