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Anna Lodge works with Gill and the team on the salons marketing and PR. She has been a customer at Gill Goddard Hair since 2007. She writes…

Celebrities’ styles and fashion remind us of times past. But a few photos can send us on our own trip down memory lane. These images from my mother, whom I discovered keeps a collection in her wallet. (I am touched).

When I was small my grandmother used to pull brushes through my hair, hacking away in a desperate attempt to untangle my hair. I still remember the feeling of my head being pulled back as she remonstrated me for ‘letting it get so bad’. Things have got better since then I am pleased to say.

Young Anna 2Here I am school age – I am so eager. I remember the feeling of loving school and loving learning (I see this same look on my own 6 year old sons face.) I remember being devoted to my home-life and feeling so utterly safe there. And quite terrified about all the rest of the world as well as amazed by it.

IMG_2668As a teenager I was very much committed to the practical side of life – don’t distract me with clothes or hair I have things to do and books to read (look at those glasses!). However, I remember quite acutely realising that how one looked and felt had a lot to do with how confident you were. And hair was a big part of this. Hair spray was still massive then – although I don’t think I had a clue how to use it!

IMG_2667Oh my goodness – then the late 90’s happened! This was my party season. High platform trainers, jeans and T-shirts – pretending you didn’t care how you looked as you clumped about. But actually minding a lot. I minded a lot. Having long, clean, wafting hair was all in if you were a teenager traveling to far away countries and cultures with a mate. That said, I wouldn’t have dreamed about colouring my hair. I was a bit of a purest. Unlike my mate Jenny who hennaed her hair pretty regularly. We are both grown up now of course and still great friends. And think safe to say I look colour my hair a lot more than she does these days.

IMG_2677This little photo was from my curriculum vite in France. I feel I even looked French! And certainly the experience of working for a French family business made me stand-up and think about what I wanted. French business women, including salon owners, can be very direct and levelling people.

So since my early 20s have always had my hair cut by independent stylists in family run businesses and enjoyed the love these men and women have for the hair they cut. I like the business ethic within a family run salon and the way that the other stylists are clearly part of the family. And us, the customers, are invited into part of that for the duration of our appointments.  In fact their love of service, hair, care, people has been a really informative part of me developing my own business. I have my own SME now and love and care for what I do in similar measure. It is a great privilege therefore to work with and for Gill.

And so also, it comes around. The messy hair on the head of my own little darling – this is me and my son Oli. Hairbrush at the ready. Obviously, it is my turn to collect the images that will show him in moments in his life….

Anna and Oli

 Look out for hair stories from Hanna, Fern and Gill coming soon in this series.