Career Guide – Meet One Of Our Rising Stars

April 7, 2016 12:01 pm

Still unsure whether a career in hairdressing is for you? One of the best ways to get a feel for the opportunities and career progression available is to hear from someone who’s been there and lived it! Tom Arnett works as a Top Stylist on the salon-floor in our Hampstead Salon having joined us 5 years ago as an assistant. He tells us why hairdressing was the career for him…

Why did you decide to become a hairdresser?

To be very honest it’s something I actually kind of fell into. I was studying music and performance at college because I knew I wanted to do something creative, but it didn’t work out and I left after a few months. From there I started working a few days a week as a part time removal man with my older brother, but it’s safe to say I didn’t really have a career plan in mind! I was then offered a full time apprenticeship as a plumber, but it wasn’t creative enough for me – no-one wants fancy guttering!

I’d always used clippers on my own hair and my brother’s (very badly I have to add) so I hd an inkling that I would really like hairdressing.

What was your next step?

I applied to work in a local salon as an assistant when I’d just turned 17 and loved it straight away. It’s an incredibly social job and that’s something I thrive on. I trained there for 3 years and then became a stylist for a year. Being an assistant is definitely harder work than training as a plumber but was much more rewarding for me. I got to work amongst very talented, enthusiastic professionals who are always keen to share ideas and inspiration.

Why choose Trevor Sorbie?

I wanted to work in a London based salon, and for it to be a well known and respected company. Trevor Sorbie is renowned throughout the industry for their team’s cutting ability so it seemed like a natural step to apply. There was a new salon opening in Hampstead when I went in for my trade test, and they suggested I could join them and retrain for a while as an assistant to get to the level they required. To be honest it’s the best career move I ever made – taking a step back to go 10 further forward.

How did you progress?

I trained for a year from when the salon opened (somehow they managed to put up with me!) then undertook my Vardering. This was a really intense couple of months of training that culminated in a test that Trevor himself judged. In the 4 years since passing my test I’ve been promoted to Top Stylist, represented Trevor Sorbie and KeraStraight in Shanghai, represented KeraStraight on their artistic team, become an Art Team Part Deux member, performed onstage for Trevor’s 50th anniversary celebration and helped the Art Team backstage on events and shows. Outside of the salon I’ve also been doing session work and shows including Burberry twice and Paris men’s fashion week. The company are very supportive of me pursuing session work in my own time, and I love working in the salon and managing my busy column.

What’s the next step for you?

My next goal is that I would like to join the Art Team. I’m aiming to gain more experience in the Art Team Part Deux until the end of the year than hopefully take my Art Team test. I also want to devleop my session work especially within grooming and technical cutting, while maintaining a strong clientele in the salon. I love working in Trevor Sorbie Hampstead; it’s a great working environment and feels more like working with a supportive group of friends than colleagues.

If you would like to find out more information about the opportunities available at Trevor Sorbie then please email