We caught up with Samantha Wheeler, who was chosen as Concept Hair’s Apprentice of the Month for March.
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.
Samantha was nominated by her employer, Metropolis Hairdressing in Kingston Upon Thames and was chosen as Apprentice of the Month by our judging panel after a week of voting on Instagram.
Our runners up were Erin Smith from Reflexions and Hannah Munro from Ishoka Hair & Beauty, both in Scotland.
Samantha, 23, was nominated for the following reason: “She has set up her own blow dry bar at the salon and has made it a huge success.
“Sam is a key part of our team, she is a positive influence on the salon’s atmosphere and puts 100% into everything she does.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Samantha! How does it feel to be the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Month?
Samantha Wheeler: It feels really amazing to have the opportunity to have won at the beginning of my career. It has really given me the confidence boost to enter other competitions and see what I am capable of.
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry?
SW: For three-and-a-half years now.
CH: Have you always worked at Metropolis Hairdressing?
SW: Yes. Everything I have learnt has been taught to me within the salon in training, by my salon educator Katy Brereton.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
SW: I have a real interest in hair, I used to always love doing my own hair and watching YouTube videos. Also, my mum thought I would be really good at hair as well!
CH: What do you love most about it?
SW: I love being able to make people feel good about themselves by simply doing different hairstyles on their hair.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
SW: Running a blow-dry bar within the Metropolis salon.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
SW: My passion is styling hair. I would like to potentially do session work for fashion shows, magazine shoots – or even TV and film.
CH: What inspires you the most?
SW: Coming into the salon every day and being able to learn something new. There is just endless possibilities of what you can do with hair.
CH: What’s your favourite hairstyle?
SW: The Hollywood Wave.
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
SW: Never give up. The more you practice something, the better you will become.