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?
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?