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National Apprenticeship Week 2020: Climbing the ladder at Let Lew Hair Design

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In many salons, there will be stylists with a range of experiences – from the salon’s owner to junior stylists and apprentices.

 

 

During National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we hear from three members of the team at Let Lew Hair Design in Evesham – Salon Owner Let Lew, Cristina Dulgheriu, who has risen from apprentice to senior stylist, and current trainee Kayleigh Neale.

 

Let Lew

 

 

Concept Hair: How did you get into hairdressing?

Let Lew: I was always passionate about hairdressing. It’s creative.

 

CH: How did you progress to where you are now, owning two salons?

LL: I came to the UK around 12 years ago and worked for another salon for around four years. I decided I wanted to own my salon. It’s amazing – you get control of how you want your salon to be and how you treat your clients.

 

CH: How do you encourage your team?

LL: As a salon owner it’s very important to push your team – to encourage them to do more outside their comfort zone. I let them do things they aren’t quite comfortable with. Every time you let them do something new, they learn something.

 

CH: How did you find your apprentices?

LL: I advertised on social media and got in contact with a local college for recommendations. I look for passion – I don’t care about their age. I am looking for someone to grow with, not just to make the tea and sweep the floor.

 

CH: Why should salons take on apprentices?

LL: You are getting a new individual who is growing with you. At the end of the apprenticeship, they already know how your salon runs, they speak your salon’s language and know how the system works. They become an asset for your salon.

 

CH: What’s the best advice you were ever given?

LL: Speak less, but watch more. Watch what people do and absorb their posture, how they handle things, how they approach clients.

 

CH: What’s your favourite thing about the industry?

LL: It’s so diverse – every minute, every week, every month it changes. Technology gets better, colour gets better, skills get better. It’s all about embracing individuality, which I really love.

 

Cristina Dulgheriu – Senior Stylist

 

 

CH: Why did you choose hairdressing?

Cristina Dulgheriu: I did a graphic design course and I wasn’t 100% happy with it. I did a short hairdressing course back in Romania and I absolutely loved it.

 

CH: What are the best tips Let has passed on?

CD: Be confident, be flexible with the situation – every client is an individual and you approach them like that. Be passionate about hair, get involved in competitions and be brave.

 

CH: What’s your day-to-day role now?

CD: Working to build your clients – there are some days when you aren’t as busy and you might think you aren’t good enough, but you have to be open to learning more and doing more courses.

 

CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?

CD: I would love to have my own salon. I want to grow in skill and be good at what I do.

 

Kayleigh Neale – Trainee

 

 

CH: Why did you choose hairdressing?

Kayleigh Neale: I came here for work experience and Let inspired me to do an apprenticeship. I started at another salon but the opportunity came up here and I don’t want to be anywhere else!

 

CH: What are the best tips Let has passed on?

KN: As I’m still training, if he sees me doing something he advises me on how to do it better. He says, ‘if you have a bad day, don’t let it throw you back – keep going and be strong.’

 

CH: What’s your day-to-day role now?

KN: I keep the salon clean, welcome customers and I’m slowly building up my clients. I’m learning to do gents’ hair but I can do colouring and cutting.

 

CH: What would you like to achieve in your career?

KN: In the very far future I’d like to become self-employed – not necessarily owning a salon, but having a big client base and doing people’s hair at weddings and events.

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