We caught up with Jon Jamieson, who was chosen as Concept Hair’s first ever Apprentice of the Month on Friday.
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.
Jon was nominated by his employer, Ysalon in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was chosen as Apprentice of the Month by our judging panel after a week of voting on Instagram.
Blayre Turnbull, from Urban Hair and Beauty Highhouse, came a close second.
Jon, 23, was nominated for the following reason: “Jon does outstanding work, is always eager to get stuck in hands-on and learn the hard way.
“He is always so positive in his work, it brings him joy seeing what he can and has achieved. He has a bright future ahead of him and always knows what the new trends are within the industry.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Jon! How does it feel to be the first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Month?
Jon Jamieson: It feels amazing! I want to be a role model for other apprentices and show them you can achieve things in life if you work hard and don’t give up on your dreams.
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry?
JJ: I have been in the hair industry for eight years now. I started when I was 15 as a Saturday lad in a salon, then I went on to do my NVQ Level 2.
CH: Have you always worked at Y Salon?
JJ: I joined Ysalon at the back end of 2018. I was in a different salon where I was completing my Level 3/4 apprenticeship but I was then dropped from my job. I got told I did not have what it takes in the hairdressing world and they did not like the creative side of me, they said it was too much in your face. I joined the Ysalon team and they saw something special in me and made me push through doors and break boundaries with my creative side.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
JJ: It was the rush of making someone feel different and beautiful, just by changing their hairstyle. It brought me so much joy – I’m not just a hairdresser, I’m a human that wants to change the world one haircut at a time.
CH: What do you love most about it?
JJ: I love everything about hairdressing, there is nothing I hate! It’s a skill I will have with me for life and as I move up in this industry I can then show and teach the new generation the skills I have learned over the years.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
JJ: I am a senior stylist at Ysalon.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
JJ: I would like to make a name for myself and keep pushing boundaries within this industry.
CH: What inspires you the most?
JJ: To push myself to be the best of the best, but mostly my family, as I want to make them proud of me.
CH: What’s your favourite hairstyle?
JJ: The famous Geordie blowdry.
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
JJ: Never give up – if you fail, get back up, dust yourself off and try again.