We had a chat with Lily Marriage, 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.
Lily was nominated by her employer at Finishing Touches, Southend, and 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 dedication and strong determination of perfecting her skills in her work.”
The award was sponsored by R+Co, who sent Lily the Ultimate Bundle worth more than £100.
Our runner-up was Lucy Thompson from Mack Hairdressing, Essex.
Lily was nominated for the following reason: “Lily is currently running a full column in the salon and is awaiting her assessment results. She started with me two years ago as a shy quiet girl and has now found this amazing confidence in herself.”
Concept Hair: Congratulations Lily! How does it feel to be the Concept Hair Learner of the Month?
Lily Marriage: I was completely unaware that I was entered into this competition, I was entered by my boss Lisa. It feels amazing to win!
CH: How long have you been in the hair industry?
LM: I started working in another salon three-and-a-half years ago when I was 15, and then moved over the Finishing Touches two-and-a-half years ago to start my apprenticeship. I was training in Level 2 on a Monday, alongside working in the salon, and my training was shared between the two, but I learnt my own methods and techniques in the salon.
CH: What made you want to get into the industry?
LM: Through school I was always indecisive about what I wanted to do when I left but I knew it had to be very creative and hands-on. I don’t like to have too much of a routine either so hairdressing is perfect because you never do the exact same thing twice. I couldn’t tell you the exact point I decided on hairdressing, but as soon as I started, I knew I wanted to push myself as much as possible.
CH: What do you love most about it?
LM: The people you meet and the confidence it gives you. When I first started at Finishing Touches, I had little to no confidence, everyone I knew said it was a challenge to get a conversation out of me. But all the girls at the salon made sure to throw me in at the deep end at every opportunity they had. And I’m so thankful that they did because it has benefitted me, my career and my family so much.
CH: What is your day-to-day role?
LM: I’m currently running a full column in the salon, I frequently enter into competitions and I’m always looking for new courses to grow my knowledge and gain more experience.
CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?
LM: I don’t yet know what my ‘end goal’ is, because I know whenever I achieve something, I want to go further, so I don’t think I will have an end goal, but along the way, I’d definitely like to try different competitions and events, and push my work out there more.
CH: What inspires you the most?
LM: When styling the hair, I love those big, bouncy waves, they add so much volume and shine to the hair and they really show off all the different tones. I see a lot of these on Instagram, which is where I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration from. For any highlights or balayage I do love to look at Ashley Lewis (the_blondologist), I can really see the effects of different foil placement and techniques from her page. I also love looking at Guy Tang, and Not Another Salon’s page, I really love the blend and the finish that the stylists achieve. For hair ups my go to is always Another_braid, all the styles are so intricate and detailed, but for a more classic hair up I tend to go to Pinterest.
CH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
LM: Hard work always pays off!